what an amazing watch, so beautiful and so authentically retro.
i have owned some of the best watches, from rolex submariner, to rolex date, to sinn pilot watches, damasko pilot watches, top line divers. i can honestly say this timepiece is as enjoyable, perfectly constructed & finished, and beautiful as any of them.
it is such a highly authentic retro version of oris & other brand divers from the mid-60s you would be hard pressed to see the difference, though (thankfully) this one is 42mm where the originals were much smaller. also many of those originals, sadly, had chrome coated cases with steel backs. this is all beautiful ss.
the specifics are a great domed crystal, flawless uni-directional bezel, a classic shaped case with the very classic look of a big crown with NO crown guards...the way the old divers were made, and a pilot watch style even today.
i got mine on the blue/black NATO strap with the most amazing oris buckle that took me a few moments to figure out but is pure genius and comfort. further, the strap is a bit finer weave than most nato's, which is fine. i usually put my watches on a bund strap, a 3-piece military style, to save wear on the back (i add a round piece of moleskin under the watch double-sided taped to the strap). i loved this nato strap so much i just added the bund piece back (it fits with the nato strap running thru it) and i left it on the nato. it looks super.
however, this piece has a number of other strap options, including what looks like a great bracelet, plastic & leather straps.
the movement is superb, perfectly matching my other Swiss movement watches, and my computer. the retro lumed markers are big and easily read. as are the lume on the hands. i also love the small lollipop seconds hand.
the entire dial is authentic retro and comes in the most gorgeous colors. i chose one of the most popular, the deep blue which under the domed crystal looks like it is changing colors between some deep shade of black and a very dark ocean blue. i have never, or rarely, seen such a marvelous dial color.
now, the most problematic part of the purchase was the price. however, i will cheer jomashop here for literally offering the lowest price on these that they are available anywhere. i've read blog after blog extolling these watches at their list price of $2000plus, so at $1195 i am very happy.
lastly, two points. the caseback engraving is a wonderful and, again, authentic homage to the original 1965 model, as is the little date window. great. and for those who love operating movable bezels, this is the smoothest, most on the money, enjoyable to operate i've found anywhere. i'm no diver, but sure makes timing my coffee brew fun!
one of my favorite pieces i have ever owned in 20 years of great and some very expensive watches. a legit Swiss made authentic diver harkening back to the bygone days of diver design. thanks Oris, and thanks Jomashop for making this possible!