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Introducing The Oris Divers Sixty-Five 'Bico' In Steel And Bronze (Lives Pics & Pricing)

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Bronze watches are big right now. Two-tone gold and steel watches are totally in right now, too. But can you have both? Oris thinks so, and the Divers Sixty-Five is the platform on which they’re testing out that theory. They call it the "Bico," a crafty contraction of “bi-color.” You still get the the 40mm case, the domed sapphire, and the vintage looks, but it comes in the novel combination of bronze and stainless steel.

Last Baselworld, Oris introduced the Divers Sixty-Five Bronze Bezel, which mixed steel and bronze in a way that resulted in about a four out of 10 on the in-your-face bronze scale. The bezel was made from bronze, but the typical insert was still present, creating a subtle ring of color. Rose gold accents also jazzed up the dial a bit to match the bezel. But otherwise it was pretty understated.

This year, they've turned it up to an eight or so. Instead of just a bronze bezel with a standard insert, they flipped the design and gave us a bronze insert positioned in a steel bezel. The center links of the bracelet are also done in bronze, and the same rose gold accents are present on the dial.

Initial Thoughts
To me, the two-tone motif is a symbol of luxury and the eighties. It’s very Wolf of Wall Street in my mind. The classic combination of metals already has an identity that’s been solidified over decades. That’s why I’m having such a hard time understanding this watch. It’s also why I think it’s so fascinating. The Divers Sixty-Five "Bico" twists the two-tone identity into something that I think people who have never been into two-tone before can appreciate. 

Look at this watch. It’s pretty wild, right? The reddish hues of the bronze throw off preconceived notions of what two-tone is all about. Now imagine in a few years when the bronze gets that nice patination and character it’s known for. Bronze develops a dark coating that hides the luster of the metal, and sometimes you get patches of green maritime-looking funk. This is a watch that has a strong case of multiple personality disorder in such a cool way. The look of steel will stay constant aside from picking up a few marks, since it tends to keep its sharpness and luster. But that isn’t the case with bronze. It gets a little messy. As time goes on the personality of these two metals will move further and further apart and you’ll end up with a look that’s both sharp and well-worn in the same watch. You can always inhibit the patination process, of course, but I think that’s the most interesting aspect of this watch. It’s neat now, but it will be even more interesting years down the road. 

The Basics
Brand: Oris
Model: Divers Sixty-Five "Bico"
Reference Number: 01 733 7707 4355 

Diameter: 40mm
Case Material: Steel and bronze
Dial Color: Blue
Indexes: Rose gold PVD
Lume: Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Steel and bronze bracelet or brown leather strap

The Movement
Caliber: Oris 733 (based on Sellita SW200-1)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date 
Diameter: 25.6mm
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Winding: Automatic winding
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 26



Pricing & Availability
Price: CHF 2,200 on the two-tone bracelet
Availability: April 2019

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