Oris are doing for watches what British-based Charge Cars did the 1967 Mustang Fastback, when the carmaker released its 499—a hand-built, period correct Mustang with an electric engine capable of 0-60 in 3.9 secs. In a time of mass (some might say disposable) production, vintage aesthetics harken back to an era we associate with quality and care. But under the hood we still wish to reap the rewards of modern technology. This is the Divers Sixty-Five 12-Hour in a nutshell.
The GSAR is a quintessential tool watch. In hand, and on wrist, it looks and feels like an instrument first and a watch second. Its MILSpec heritage has been woven into its genetic code. So, the Arctic Edition needed to be more than a simple colourway. It had to be purpose driven.
But what really differentiates the Strat-o-timer from other GMT Master-inspired watches is the cushion case. Made from 316L stainless steel and measuring 40mm in diameter, the Strat-timer case has a lovely, unified brushing along the top and through the lugs. This is offset by the mirror polish along the curvaceous mid-case. The overall impression is organic, like a sea-smooth pebble.