Mechanical watches are often regarded as an antiquated charm. We have clocks on every appliance, one in the car, and a smartphone that can display accurate time down to the second. Some would say the need for a mechanical wristwatch is dead. On the other hand, we live during a time (see what I did there?) where we are hyper-connected to our digital devices. After an innocuous check of the time on your smartphone, you’re liable to be distracted by a pile of notifications waiting to tempt you. A two-second time check is apt to turn into a thirty-minute scroll session.
Oris, a watch manufacturer from Hölstein, Switzerland, believes the need for a mechanical watch is still very much alive. Since their establishment in 1904, they have navigated the gap between being true to their watchmaking heritage and the demands of a modern world. We would suppose that if someone asked Oris ‘is the wristwatch is still relevant?’, their retort would be clear: ‘of course it is’.
Perhaps nowhere is the vintage charm of Oris more apparent than in one of their most well-known watches: the Divers Sixty-Five.