The blue on the C65 Diver series

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The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by jkbarnes » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:14 pm

Question for those who have a C65 Vintage Diver in the blue - how blue is it, exactly? I’d really love a deep navy blue that at times almost looked black. The blue C65 Diver never struck me as that type of blue. However, in that video of the C65 Diver auto, it had that look at times.

Can some share their observations on how the blue looks out in the wild, as opposed to in photos?

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by timor54 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:28 pm

It’s very different indoors vs. outdoors in my experience. Much lighter, and to me more interesting, in natural light.
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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by Thermexman » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:11 pm

I’d say that the blue was more of a ‘petrol’ blue than anywhere near a navy blue! The dial has a hint of a metallic sheen about it too.
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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by jkbarnes » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:27 pm

Thermexman wrote:
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I’d say that the blue was more of a ‘petrol’ blue than anywhere near a navy blue!
I had to look petrol blue up, as I’ve never heard that term. After looking it up, that appears to be the very color. I like it.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by jkbarnes » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:29 pm

Follow up question: is the blue purely an aesthetic decision, or is there a vintage connection to the color? For example, did black dials fade over time to a blueish color? Or was blue simply a common and popular color on dive watches back in the 60s?

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by Thermexman » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:14 pm

If you googly “blue dial vintage dive watches”, and look at the ‘images’ tab, you’ll find blue dials in the mix. I’d wager that the choice of blue is more about offering a blue dial, than representing faux patina. There’s some lovely examples on that page!

For example:

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by Mikkei4 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:15 pm

jkbarnes wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:29 pm
Follow up question: is the blue purely an aesthetic decision, or is there a vintage connection to the color? For example, did black dials fade over time to a blueish color? Or was blue simply a common and popular color on dive watches back in the 60s?
IIRC from seeing pictures of several old Speedmasters many old black dials lost colour and changed closer to shades of brown than blue. Not that they are divers and I don't know if this was specific to Speedmasters.

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by Mikkei4 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:21 pm

From the various photos I'd be quite happy with that shade of CW blue but also desire a deep Navy Blue as on the Halios Abyss Blue with the Sapphire bezel or alternatively that of the Oris Aquis blue/black.

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by Bident » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:40 pm

I think vintage divers with blue are a popular combination. For example, Baltic, a newer microbrand based in France, also offers vintage styled divers in blue (and in black and black/gilt as well).
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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by Mikkei4 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:18 pm

^^ that Baltic is the dark navy and bezel that I'd like.
Unfortunately these are not currently available to order.

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by jkbarnes » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:28 pm

Mikkei4 wrote:
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^^ that Baltic is the dark navy and bezel that I'd like
Yes! Exactly the color I really like.

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by Mikkei4 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:47 pm

It'd be at least a £720 purchase for me in the UK although probably more as any second tranche of supply would be more expensive than the initial pre-order batch.

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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:04 pm

timor54 wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:28 pm
It’s very different indoors vs. outdoors in my experience. Much lighter, and to me more interesting, in natural light.
If you were to flatten the colour balance on the left hand picture, it might look different. That one appears to have very high saturation. Compare the skin tones on those images. I assume you didn’t go to a tanning salon?
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Re: The blue on the C65 Diver series

Post by timor54 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:08 pm

Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:04 pm
timor54 wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:28 pm
It’s very different indoors vs. outdoors in my experience. Much lighter, and to me more interesting, in natural light.
If you were to flatten the colour balance on the left hand picture, it might look different. That one appears to have very high saturation. Compare the skin tones on those images. I assume you didn’t go to a tanning salon?
Accepted, uncorrected iphone photos. But still representative of how the colour perception varies...
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