First Look at the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bico in Steel and Bronze

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The Oris Divers Sixy-Five has been a wildly popular model for Oris since its initial release. The watch is based on their very first dive watch made in — you guessed it —  1965, and the design works just as well today as it did over half-a-century ago. With its quality construction, epic retro styling, and reasonable price point, it’s hard to find a downside to the Sixty-Five line of divers (check out our reviews here and here, and our field test here).

There are two dial styles and both are available in multiple colors — one with stylized numerals and the other with more traditional block and circle hour markers. There are also three different case sizes: the sweet-spot in 40mm, true-to-form in 36mm, and for the mightier-wristed among us in 42mm.

Last month at Baselworld, Oris unveiled a small but significant tweak to the Sixty-Five line by adding a full bronze bezel insert option to the blue dial version, giving it a warm, two-tone look — introducing the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bico (for bi-color).


Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bico

Dial: Blue with warm accents and “light old radium” Super-LumiNoba
Case Materials: Stainless steel w/ solid bronze bezel
Dimensions: 40mm
Lugs: 20mm
Crystal: Double domed sapphire with AR coating
Water Resistance: 100m
Crown: Screw down
Movement: Oris 733, base Sellita SW200-1
Strap: Leather; oyster-style bracelet in steel/bronze
Price: $2,100 on leather; $2,350 on bracelet


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Before we dive (pun intended) into the Bico, Oris has one more announcement that their fans are sure to like. Currently, not all color and size combinations of the Divers Sixty-Five are in production. Oris plans to expand the Sixty-Five line to have all dial colors available in all three sizes — fantastic news for Divers Sixty-Five fans of all wrist types! The expansion is planned to roll out this year, and it will make the Sixty-Five almost like a custom line with three sizes and four dial colors to choose from! Now, on to the Bico.

While the addition of the bronze bezel insert may seem like a minimal modification, the change in the overall look is quite dramatic. The bezel, for instance, has the markers in relief, which is a very popular look right now and it’s also something Oris recently did with another watch — the Aquis Date Relief. The inky, dark blue dial here is quite nice, especially coupled with the unique hour markers rendered in rose gold and filled with “light old radium” Super-LumiNova.

The Bico model is available with either a brown leather strap or steel-and-bronze oyster-style bracelet with rivet links. That’s right, those center links are actual bronze, so when the watch ages and the bezel and center links develop their patina, that’s when this watch will really look special. This is a really unique proposition, and I can’t wait to see what these start to look like after some use.

While I’m not normally a fan of the two-tone look, I honestly think the Bico really pulls it off, and I predict this release is going to be quite popular with those who after a two-tone watch but don’t want to spring for something gold. Oris

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Christoph (Instagram’s @vintagediver) is a long time collector and lover of all things vintage, starting with comic books when he was a kid (he still collects them). His passion for watches began in 1997 when he was gifted a family heirloom vintage Omega Genève by his step-father. That started him on the watch collecting path—buying and selling vintage watches of all sorts, with a special appreciation for vintage dive watches and Seiko.
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