The 2016 Oris Divers Sixty-Five (42mm), The Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition & A New Strap for the Deauville Blue dial
The four Oris strap options for the 42mm Divers Sixty-Five.
The stainless steel 42mm Divers Sixty-Five's are here! This watch features a dial layout nearly identical to the bronze Carl Brashear model. Like the Brashear, the 42mm stainless steel model forgoes the lume outlines of Arabic numbers at three, six, nine, and twelve o'clock that are the hallmarks of the original steel Divers Sixty-Five, and instead features circular applied indices. Where the indices of the Brashear's are rose gold to compliment the bronze case, the stainless steel model features steel indices. However, like the Brashear, the dial color is a deep blue which is much darker than the Deauville blue dial found on the 40mm. Like the Topper Edition 40mm Limited edition, the 42mm features a bare steel bezel that departs from the coated black treatment of the original Divers Sixty-Five DNA.
Like the 40mm models, the 42mm steel models are extremely light for a dive watch--one of the main benefits of having a mere 100m of water resistance. If you want to read more about how it performs as an actual dive watch, read this piece by ABLOGTOWATCH'S James Stacey. The 42mm Divers Sixty-Five on a bracelet weighs 138 grams, while the 40mm weighs in at 126 grams. On the tropic style rubber straps, the 42mm weighs 96 grams versus 86 grams for the 40mm. Aftermarket straps will be somewhat more limited for the 42mm than for the 40mm given the former features a 21mm lug width versus the more universal 20mm on the 40mm watch.
The watch features five strap options, and we considered all of them worth having for stock. A few are just larger versions of those available on the 40mm, though there are also new options available, including black/blue and solid black NATOs, and a distressed vintage brown leather. Familiar options are the tropical rubber and the riveted link steel bracelet.
The lume signature of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The NATO straps feature the same deployant clasps that appeared on the prototypes of the original Divers Sixty-Five shown at Baselworld in 2015. On those watches, Oris ended up producing thicker fabric straps that were not true NATO straps as they didn't go underneath the watch. These NATO straps also vary from a typical NATO in that they use a deployant clasp instead of the typical hardware loops.
The blue/black NATO strap of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
Topside view of the 42mm black/blue NATO strap of the Diver Sixty-Five.
Bottom side view of the 42mm black and blue NATO strap of the Diver Sixty-Five.
The tail side of the black/blue NATO strap of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The buckle side of the black/blue NATO strap of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The deployant clasp of the black/blue NATO strap of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The black NATO strap of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The tail side of the black NATO strap of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The buckle side of the black NATO strap of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
VINTAGE BROWN LEATHER
The vintage brown leather strap comes with a stainless steel tang buckle. Unlike the tropic rubber strap that features one large keeper, it features two small keepers. The strap features four stitches near the spring bars that give it a vintage look, and presents a suede-like texture that feels like nubuck leather. The underside of the strap is treated black calfskin.
The vintage brown leather strap on the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
A close view of the cross stiching on the vintage brown leather strap.
A close up of the dial of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
A side view of the thin case of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The crown side case view and profile of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The steel tang buckle and keepers of the brown leather strap on the Diver Sixty-Five.
The steel bracelet is the same rivet style featured on the 40mm watch. Though it looks like it would weigh about the same as vintage 1960s bracelets, the Divers Sixty-Five bracelet has surprising heft for its dimensions. When seeing the 40mm version steel bracelet, I remarked how much heavier it felt than a true vintage bracelet such as the Omega 1171 bracelet. In fact, the Divers Sixty-Five 40mm bracelet weighs sixty-four grams while the Omega 1171 weighs a mere forty-one grams. On the wrist, bracelets of this era can also give a sense of imbalance or top heaviness because of the contrasting weight of the watch case. That is not so with the Divers Sixty-Five on bracelet. Like the 40mm version, it also features heavy taper to a 13mm clasp.
The steel bracelet of the 42mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The clasp and available adjustment positions of the 40mm Oris Divers Sixty-Five bracelet alongside the 40mm on a tropic strap.
The taper of the case to the clasp on the 40mm Oris Divers Sixty-Five bracelet.
For comparison to the prior photo, an Omega bracelet of the 1960s presented a similar taper.
Featuring a brushed finish throughout, this new Oris bracelet sports an attractive yet subdued look. The end links fit perfectly flush to the case and the inner links are thinner than on other Oris dive bracelets.
The tropic strap for the 42mm, which is my favorite of the Oris straps, is the same as the strap on the 40mm Divers Sixty-Five. This is the strap that we chose along with the steel bracelet for our limited edition Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition.
The Divers Sixty-Five 42mm on black rubber tropic strap.
The Topper Edition Divers Sixty-Five on the tropic style strap.
As for the Topper Edition, we recently received a prototype of the watch (pictured above) and it looks even better than we had hoped. The production versions are still (fingers crossed) expected to arrive in August and September. Below are more photos of the prototype. Around sixty specific numbers of this 100-piece limited edition are already sold, though watches are still available from both the first lot of fifty expected in August, and the second lot of fifty expected in September.
The orange pip of the Topper Edition Diver Sixty-Five. The font of the Oris Logo is larger and closer to that of the original. The line in the Oris logo has also been removed.
This part of the dial has several differences with the standard production 40mm Diver Sixty-Five. Instead of featuring the water resistance, the font is larger with the text "ANTI-SHOCK" and "26 JEWELS". This is a similar to the original Diver Sixty-Five which featured "ANTI-SHOCK" and "17 JEWELS" on the dial. The lack of a date allows the six o'clock marker to be exactly the same as the twelve, three and nine o'clock markers. Like the original, "SWISS MADE" has been moved from the minute track to the base of the dial.
The dial of the Topper Edition Divers Sixty-Five.
The orange tipped second hand of the Topper Edition Divers Sixty-Five.
The case back of the Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition. It's almost the same as the regular 40mm Diver Sixty-Five.
The Lume signature of the Topper Edition Diver Sixty-Five. The six is perfectly symmetrical to the other numbers due to the removal of the date window.
The new NATO for the Deauville Blue 40mm
Another new strap option for Divers Sixty-Five models is that light blue NATO for the Deauville Blue 40mm. This is the same style of NATO as is featured on the 42mm. It also provides a nice opportunity to show the design contrasts between our Topper Edition and the production Divers Sixty-Five models.
The 40mm Deauville Blue dial on the new light blue NATO. The bezel has undergone a PVD process to make it look more like the original watch from 1965.
The twelve o'clock side of the case and new NATO strap of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Deauville Blue. This watch features the modern Oris logo (with the line).
The six o'clock side view of the new NATO strap on the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Deauville Blue. You can see the minute track placement of the words "SWISS MADE", the date aperture at six o'clock and the steel tip of the second hand.
The hardware of the light blue NATO strap of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five.The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.