She Comes in Colors: The Joyful Lineup of Oris’ Divers Sixty-Five Cotton Candy Timepieces in Steel
Often a bellwether brand for spearheading dial color trends, earlier this year, the Hölstein-based watchmaker released a new set of cotton candy-inspired tool watches made from steel that are so much more than fluff.
At a watch show a few years ago, I remember handling an Oris dive timepiece with a stunning deep green dial and asking myself two questions: 1) Why the brand’s use of green was so unexpected? And 2) why wasn’t it used more often as a dial color?
Little did I know both of these questions would soon be moot because, amazingly, this encounter with the green-dialed Oris took place only a year before a sort of “green” revolution hit watch design, and green dials become ubiquitous across the industry.
Oris simply beat everyone to the verdant punch.
While these particular pastel dial colors first debuted on the Oris Divers Sixty-Five in bronze watches in 2021, this new-jack trio is rendered in a 38mm shimmering stainless steel case, giving their richly colored powdery light blue, minty light green, and sunset-y pink “cotton candy” dials a shimmering and durable material to play with. A three-link steel bracelet only heightens this effect.
Moreover, like the previous bronze execution, these stainless steel iterations are also available on an almost startling good-looking color-matched Perlon woven straps made from recycled materials, telling an even more compelling color story on your wrist. This is especially true considering the stainless steel version’s lightly colored plain metal bezel.
The Oris Divers watch debuted way back in 1965 (hence the contemporary Sixty-Five designation of the line), so the brand has a long heritage in dive watches. Ergo, even these new colorful nods sport respectable 10 bar (100 meters) water resistance, a sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, lumed hands and indices, a date window at 6 o’clock, and an automatic Swiss-made Oris calibre 733 mechanical movement.
Of course, using stainless steel instead of bronze means Oris can offer these new Divers Sixty-Fives at a lower price point than the previous Cotton Candy line, but that shift also makes them more universally appealing. A clean, stainless steel entry-level dive watch already has a lot going for it. But once you add these gorgeous, unisex colors into the mix, the whole package just gets that much more fun and harder to resist.
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(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)