Alright we're back with my favorite Oris models from this year. Officially, the company released 134 new watches, although it's worthwhile to note that they count each different strap or bracelet as a new watch. For example, the two watches here are the same, but one is on a black rubber strap while the other is on dark brown leather, yet they are counted as two new models. Regardless, Oris changed up the Diver's Sixty-Five again this year, making this the third iteration of the model line. Whereas the first design was characterized by a dial that was generally lighter and accented by playful numbers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 positions, the newer versions have less adventurous markers. Opinion was fairly split on whether the numbers looked good. I am firmly in the "numbers look good" camp, but the new version has done away with them in favor of more traditional dial markers. This particular version has tan Superluminova to imitate aged radium lume found on the original watches from, as you may have guessed, 1965. They retained the modest sizes, releasing a number of 36mm, 40mm, and 42mm versions this year. Although the new dial design will likely appeal to a broader audience, it stands out less than the past version and they're now less-likely to catch a potential buyer's eye in the showroom. They're still currently producing all three generations so if you're a fan of the original design like me, there's no particular rush to get one before they can only be found in the hands of private owners. Even though clicking "Configure this Model" will bring up all the different variations of the Diver's Sixty-Five, both past and present, here's a link to the leather strap version and the rubber strap version found in the pictures above. They can also be purchased on a metal bracelet or different dial colors, one of which can be seen below. The MSRP for the rubber strap version, which should be between the price for the leather strap and metal bracelet variations is $2,000 USD, although it is only available for preorder right now.
Continuing onward with my favorite new Oris watches from Baselworld 2018, here's the Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition. A while back, a non-chronograph version of the same watch was released, the first bronze watch ever released by Oris. This version carries over much of the same design, most notably the bronze case, blue dial, and status as a limited edition. For a limited edition of just 2,000 pieces, the price is actually quite reasonable. The Oris 771 movement, based off of the SW 510, is an automatic chronograph, but beyond that the watch comes in a nice presentation box, you get the idea. Although I feel they could've charged more, Oris has set the price at $4,950 USD, which is more than reasonable.
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