Continuing up the case, there’s a slim bronze bezel and a generously domed sapphire resting atop. When looking at the dial at more extreme angles, you’ll notice some cool, funky distortion at the edges. The dome is reminiscent of vintage acrylic crystals, except that it’s crafted from sapphire with all of the scratch resistance and durability to boot.
You won’t find any crazy angles or polishing techniques on the case of the Divers Sixty-Five, but that’s fine with me. What you will find is simple finishing done right. The top surface of the lugs feature straight brushing on top and polished sides. Transitions between brushed and posited surfaces are razor sharp. On the right side of the case, the screw-down crown stands alone. Like its vintage counterparts, there are no crown guards to be seen. The crown is proportionate to the rest of the case – hitting the sweet spot in the middle of the road. It’s large enough for a firm grip to adjust the time, yet small enough to avoid digging into your bent wrist. The Oris logo is proudly displayed on the side of the crown too.
While assessing the Divers Sixty-Five for this review, I couldn’t keep my hands off of the 120-click unidirectional bezel. The “snap” of the mechanism is solid, authoritative, and, if you’re a fidgeter like myself, super fun to play with. It’s one of the better dive watch bezels I’ve used. The bezel ever-so-slightly overhangs the case, so it’s particularly easy to grasp with your thumb and forefinger at the 2:00 and 8:00 positions.
The bezel is a looker too. It’s not often that you can use the words “subtle” and “two-tone” in the same sentence when describing a watch, but here we are. Rendered in bronze, only a slim ring surrounding the bezel insert is visible from above. When viewed from the side, the bronze is more apparent. The warm-toned metal really works with the texture of the bezel, especially when light shines off of the ridges. Oris found a tasteful way to add a two-tone look to the watch without being overwhelming. While I’m not generally a fan of two-tones, I do like the application on this watch.