Is the Oris Divers Sixty Five perfect?

Probably. Well, it seems to be perfect for me or as perfect as any watch can get.

Perfection is an unachievable aim and one that we would likely not want to attain even if we could. The opposite sex, or same sex of course, watches, cars and any other material object. Perfection is never happening, but the best you have experienced is a good thing and will offer a glimpse of what perfection is like. Until the next one comes along which is just a little more perfect.

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My wife bought me the Oris Divers Sixty Five a couple of months ago and in that time it has grown on me more and more. I have a list of things I like to see in a watch, but it is the entire form and the unseen parts that I cannot list which make a watch what it is. Anyway, the list-

Divers style with a prominent bezel

Simple and easy to read

Not too deep, not too shallow, not too big, not too small

Decent mechanical movement (automatic or hand winding)

Subtle and long lasting lume

The Sixty Five ticks all of those boxes with ease and the form in particular is what first attracted me to it. The bracelet is thin and extremely flexible, and it flows perfectly onto the shallow side casing which makes it sit naturally on the wrist.

The dial is stunning in its simplicity and it is exceptionally easy to read with prominent hour markers and hands that sit perfectly within it. For perfection I should have gone without the date window which would add to the vintage feel, but it’s not the end of the world.

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The colouring is wonderfully considered as well. The blue dial (looks black a lot of the time), the fautina hands and markers, the black bezel and silver casing work so well together. They stand out and blend in at the same time which is not an easy trick to pull off. Indeed, the colour of the hands and hour markers is so clean that it does not feel like a vintage recreation, but rather a blend that just sits as it should when on the wrist.

The 100 metre water resistance has been criticised by some, but consider this. It is a watch that will likely not be worn when diving, like 99% of diver watches, and the honesty of only running to 100 metres makes a lot of sense, as does the beautifully domes crystal which finishes off a near perfect design. The obsession with seriously high numbers when it comes to water resistance makes little sense for desk divers like me, and presumably for the majority of you reading this.

By the way, mine has proved to be deadly accurate (+ – 2 seconds a day) when worn each day and it really is one of the few watches I own that I do not notice 95% of the time, but when I need to see where I am in the day I take a second longer than I should to admire it, just a little.

Is it perfect? No, nothing is. OK, maybe it is.

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