The Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Fives are finally in steel The Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Fives are finally in steel

The Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Fives are finally in steel

Fergus Nash
  • The Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five has finally been given a steel alternative.
  • While the bronze version from 2021 is still great, it’s not as versatile as a steel watch.
  • Colour theory dictates that the different metal tones affect how we view the pastel dial colours.

A couple of years ago you could barely go online without seeing yet another bronze dive watch being announced, but in 2021 Oris went several steps further than anyone could have predicted. Merging the trends of bronze cases and bright, pastel dials, the Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five also included a rare bronze bracelet, completing the slightly outrageous picture for a watch that just screamed fun. While that series was, and still is, a loveable and quirky watch, the announcement didn’t come without a question mark from the community.

Aside from the concerns about keeping the case and bracelet clean after oxidisation, as well as leaving green streaks on your wrist and cuffs, there was definitely a question about when the gorgeous pastel dials would be available with steel cases. Bronze has been a big success for Oris, and watches like their all-bronze Hölstein Edition or the Fratello x Oris Big Crown Pointer Date are some of the most beautiful efforts within the genre. But, while those metallic and dark-coloured dials are a perfect match for the patina-ready warmth of a bronze case, the Oris Cotton Candy colours may have been better suited to steel.

It took some time, but now we finally have our answer. The Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five in steel is just as fitting as we’d hoped. The colours feel like they have a bit more room to breathe, and those who know colour theory will be aware of how surrounding or nearby colours can drastically affect how we view them. Paired with a white metal, the pink seems a bit rosier, the green more minty, and the blue appears richer while still playful. The dimensions are the same with a 38mm diameter and 48mm lug-to-lug, and the water resistance is still swim-friendly with 100m of water resistance and a screw-down crown. The effect of the steel bezel is quite cool too, honing in on more of a rugged edge than the standard Divers Sixty-Five watches.

Another benefit to the Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five’s steel case is obviously the price, as high-grade steel is more readily available than bronze despite being technically harder to machine. As many customers would consider the bronze version to be an occasional wear rather than daily, the US$2,900 price point is a substantial investment for the bracelet model. The new steel references on a bracelet are both more versatile and more affordable at US$2,550, or US$2,350 on the colour-matched, faux-fabric rubber strap. The lug width is 19mm, so finding aftermarket straps may be harder than an even number.

Powering the Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five is the Oris 733, using the ubiquitous Sellita SW200-1 as it’s base. This Swiss automatic calibre is renowned for its performance and reliability, even if the 41-hour power reserve isn’t as flashy as other models boast. The 4Hz beat rate gives a smooth sweep to the seconds hand, and features such as hacking and hand-winding are included.

The Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five in steel pricing and availability:

The Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five watches in steel are now available from Oris retailers. Price: US$2,350 (rubber strap) / US$2,550 (steel bracelet)

Brand Oris
Model Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five
Case Dimensions 38mm x 48mm x 12mm
Case Material Stainless steel
Water Resistance 100m
Crystal(s) Sapphire
Dial Pink, green, or blue
Lug Width 19mm
Strap Faux-fabric rubber or stainless steel bracelet
Movement Sellita SW200-1
Power Reserve 41 hours
Availability Available now
Price US$2,350 (rubber strap) / US$2,550 (steel bracelet)