Oris Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial Ref. 01 733 7720 4057 TS
Green With Envy?
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial proffers a seductive appearance, courtesy of its beguiling green dial, cream-coloured hands and hour markers and a fetching green/black textile NATO strap. Angus Davies visits the Oris atelier in Hölstein, Switzerland and enjoys a dalliance with this very handsome timepiece.
Hölstein, Switzerland is home to Oris, a watch company, founded in 1904, which has earned an enviable reputation for producing affordable and stylish Swiss timepieces. Unusually, while many watch companies are clustered together within the cantons of Geneva, Neuchâtel and Vaud, Oris is located on its own within the canton of Basel-Stadt.
Recently, I decided to venture off-piste, away from the usual environs of watchmaking and visit Oris’s atelier in order to tour the brand’s facilities. Oris may not be the largest production facility I have visited, but it remains highly impressive. I freely admit that when asked to recommend a watch for less than £3000, I often proffer the name, Oris, explaining the company’s products deliver a high quality / price ratio. Furthermore, I personally feel the brand has released some stunning designs in recent years which distinguish it from the crowd.
Arriving at Oris’s premises in Hölstein, I was met by my young, stylish host. The gods had clearly smiled upon him. He was blessed with good looks, was articulate and his conversation revealed a high degree of intelligence. I could not help but think that some people have all the luck. However, perhaps the greatest cause of envy on my part related to his eye-catching watch, an Oris Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial.
The deep green shade of the dial yields a profound appeal. While there are some watches which feature green dials, the shade of this Oris is quite unusual and, to my eyes, most becoming.
The cream coloured luminescent hands and hour markers evince an aged-appearance while conferring superb legibility. A luminescent circlet adorns the central seconds hand, approximately three-quarters along its form, also augmenting readability. The only other function is a date display at 3 o’clock. Brevity is the order of the day and, as a result, ease of interpretation is assured.
Encircling the dial, a crisp minuterie, using cream strokes to indicate each one-minute integer, makes the read-off of minutes and seconds child’s play. The dial is rounded near its extremities, a trait is shares with the bubble-curved sapphire crystal. On one-hand, this does lead to slight distortion of the hands when viewed from some angles, however, it does deliver a huge degree of visual allure.
Framing the dial is a unidirectional bezel, fitted with a black aluminium insert. The bezel is marked with a 60-minute scale and features a triangular index at noon, equipped with a creamy, luminescent zero marker.
Unlike some divers’ watches, this timepiece measures a comparatively modest 42mm in diameter. This verdant-green watch does not overwhelm the wrist and, despite Oris failing to specify the height of the timepiece, it does appear relatively slender when compared with many other divers’ watches. Indeed, as a result of the modest scale of this watch, the Oris is perfectly at home with casual or formal attire, on land or in the sea. This is a very versatile timepiece.
Oris offers the Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial with a choice of stainless steel bracelet, brown vintage leather strap, black rubber strap or, in this case, a green/black textile strap with an adjustable stainless steel folding clasp. Personally, I adore the latter option and found it accorded a very agreeable fit with my hirsute wrist.
While modern watch buyers have grown accustomed to exhibition casebacks, Oris subscribes to customary practice, equipping the Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial with a solid stainless steel, screwed caseback. It is engraved and sports the ‘historic Oris shield emblem’.
The multi-part stainless steel case feels incredibly robust, bestowing a wonderful post-apocalyptic-survival toughness. This watch may be attractively priced but there is no sense of penny-pinching.
The Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial is equipped with the Oris Calibre 733, based on the Sellita SW 200-1, a self-winding movement with a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz). The movement contains 26 jewels and delivers 38 hours of autonomy.
While the Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial adheres to the diver’s watch tradition of having a solid caseback, I would have preferred an sapphire window affixed to the rear, granting sight of the movement within. Oris equips most its automatic watches with a comely red oscillating mass and this timepiece proves to be no exception. However, in this instance the solid caseback prevents sight of the oscillating mass, depriving me of an attractive spectacle. Nevertheless, this is only a minor gripe and one with which some readers will disagree.
Owing to the fitment of a solid caseback, I was unable to appraise the movement and pass comment on the standard of finishing.
The deep green dial of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial has an abyss-like quality, granting profound appeal. The colour of the dial beautifully contrasts with the hands and dials to grant superb readability and much visual allure.
The dimensions of the case should prove appealing to a broad cross-section of would-be watch buyers. Furthermore, the modest height of the Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial should lure those individuals who do not like their watch to excessively protrude beyond their shirt cuff.
However, there is an elephant in the room. While we continue to describe this Oris as a diver’s watch it has a maximum water resistance of only 100 metres (10 ATM). This degree of water resistance will prevent the Oris being used in anger at great depths. Those readers seeking a timepiece suitable for diving should, perhaps, consider one of the Oris’s other timepieces e.g. ProDiver Pointer Moon with its maximum water resistance of 1000 metres (100 ATM).
Personally, like many watch buyers, I do not intend to venture into the deepest oceans and my primary motivation for selecting a diver’s watch relates to its robustness and appearance, and in this regard the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial delivers.
Finally, there is the matter of the modest price of this watch, £1300 (RRP as at 7.11.2016). This represents incredible value for money based on the array of qualities manifest. Indeed, despite feeling jealous of my host’s obvious talents, I can be relaxed knowing that this watch is within my financial grasp.
- Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five Green Dial
- Reference: 01 733 7720 4057 TS
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 42mm; sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; date
- Movement: Oris Calibre 733, Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz) 26 jewels; power reserve minimum 38 hours.
- Strap: Green/black textile NATO strap with an adjustable stainless steel folding clasp
- Price: £1300 (RRP as at 7.11.2016)