If you’re a fan of blingy, busy, fussy watches, scroll away now; this is not the watch you’re looking for. Instead, with the new Oris Divers Sixty-Five you get 40mm of stripped-down, no-frills, cleanly designed form-and-function simplicity that’ll make you smile every time you check the time.
ORIS have been producing lovely things since they started in Hölstein in 1904. But since Dr Rolf Portmann took over at the helm in 1982, the firm has concentrated on solid, functional watches that do a job but with their own distinctive style. For example, the mid-1990s Big Crown Commanders were classic ETA-powered three-handers, but the third hand was a date indicator, the running seconds being in a sub-dial at 6. It was an idea lifted from a watch the firm made originally back in the 1930s. They were chunky, well-made, reliable watches with a look all of their own.
The Divers Sixty-Five follows in the same tradition of taking an idea from the past and updating it.