Baselworld 2018: Hands-on with Oris' new Diver 65 36mm and 40mm Bronze Watches
We keep thinking that the demand for bronze will abate, but this is not the year. Lots more bronze all over the Baselworld Show floor, with Oris leading the charge with a collection of interesting new offerings in the alloy. Two in particular – from the Diver 65 collection, we anticipate will be a big hit with collectors – particularly those who were not able to get ahold of the popular 'gilt-dialed' Movember edition which was exclusive to the European market last fall.
I'll be honest, while the heavily patina that comes with a well-worn bronze case might not be for everyone, the new Diver 65 with just the bronze bezel might be just the ticket. Here, we have only the bezel itself rendered in bronze, then with matching PVD-coated rose gold accents in the hand and indices. The look is quite cool, and will age uniquely, but more important, it will age much more subtly – perfect for those who want their watch to have its own character, but not overtly so.
36mm on top, 40mm below – note the only immediately visible bronze surface is the bezel edge
This Diver 65 will now be coming in three sizes: a new 36mm case is joining the standard 40 and 42mm options that we already know and love, introducing a new wrinkle of versatility to this collection for those who prefer their vintage-inspired pieces to mirror the more classic proportions of the source material. The Diver 65 already wore slightly large for its silhouette, due to the thin bezel and wide dial aperture, so the 36mm could actually prove to be the perfect unisex watch.
The new 36mm Diver 65 on a 6.5" wrist
The 40mm variant on a 6.5" wrist
To place a pre-order from the new Oris Diver 65 collection, or if you have any questions about the new models, visit our new Oris Pre-Order Central page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. If you don't see your desired watch in the Pre-Order Central, don't worry, just call the shop at 888-730-2221, and we'll be happy to assist you. For the latest in the rest of Topper's show coverage, head over to our Baselworld 2018 page, which we'll be updating following every brand meeting.The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.