RedBar is a collective of watch-heads who gather in bars across the country to drink, gas about watches, and—most importantly—to indulge in genuine, face-to-face community. The watch-heads who join RedBar are also likely to adore Oris, a storied and independent Swiss watchmaker with endless cred and a catalog of hit watches, especially their vintage-inspired dive watches. For 2018, Oris and RedBar have come together to offer a co-branded, limited edition of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five.
The collaboration is the important story: this watch marks RedBar’s first co-branding venture, and a percentage of proceeds from the watch will go to benefit the RedBar Fund (an entity which donates to charities in the various communities where RedBar chapters have emerged). Important stuff. However—and this is rare—the watch itself is upstaging the buzz-worthy collaboration. Why? Because it’s just so damn beautiful, because there are only 100 of them, and because you have to be a registered RedBar member with $2,100 to spare in order to get one. Unlike so many limited editions, this one has actual limits.
If you’ve yet to strap a 40-millimeter Divers Sixty-Five to your wrist, know that it is a surprisingly svelte machine with unabashed vintage looks and a hypnotic dial. For the RedBar edition, we find the new bronze bezel that Oris revealed at Baselworld 2018, a red-to-black fumé dial, vintage-toned lume inside rose gold-plated indices, no date, a double-domed sapphire crystal, and a chocolate brown leather strap. This combination glows warm like the embers of a beach fire after a long day of SCUBA diving; it makes me want to sport a fisherman’s sweater and a red knit cap while singing French folk songs with my identically-clad aquanaut comrades.