on January 25, 2014
UPDATE: Four months in, and it still keeps perfect time. The only time I have to adjust the time is when i change time zones.
It's tough to review an inexpensive automatic watch after just a few weeks of owning it, but so far, I love it. It's clean, simple, well-sized and attractive. I love that the seconds hand moves in tiny increments so it looks like the hand sweeps, rather than ticks. The date is easy to read and the lume is excellent. Many other lume watches I've owned maintain a green shade even during the day, which has always bothered me. I want my lume to look white when it's not dark. This lume looks perfectly white, yet after 8 hours of sleeping with my watch under the covers, it reads as clear as day in a dark, early morning room. I can't comment on the stock strap since i replaced mine immediately with a Panera style brown leather strap (note it's 22mm).
So far, it keeps time perfectly. I match it up against my phone's time daily and it's always spot on. I've even dropped it hard into my sink once and it didn't impact its ability to keep time (many autos don't take impact well at all). Time will tell (no pun intended) if the watch deserves 5 stars. For only $150, I expect an auto to start sucking within a year or so. If it gives me 2-3 years of accurate time keeping, I'll be very happy.
on January 17, 2014
This is my first automatic mechanical watch and I'm loving it. It has a neat design that sits equally well with a shirt and tie as it does with jeans and polo shirt. There is a lovely understated elegance to it that sits very well with me, just large enough to get noticed but not flashy. The face is large and exceptionally clear, with high contrast between the black face and white hands; you can tell the time with all but the briefest of glances, great for driving. I checked the lume after being in the office all day under florescent light and it was a bit weak, I will report back after a few weeks to see if has improved. The watch is very very clear in partial/gloomy light even without the lume however.
Although this is non-hacking movement (the second hand does not stop when the crown is pulled out) you can briefly stop or reverse the second hand by slowly rotating the crown anti clockwise, or there is a trick to stop the second hand - check online. I easily got mine bang on GMT when I set it.
Ive had the watch for about 30hrs now and it is keeping exceptional time (-2/4 secs) but only time will tell whether this accuracy will continue, I will report back. Mine seems to run a bit slow during wear, so I place it face up at night to gain a few seconds overnight. There are other tricks if your movement is slightly slow/fast or you can have it regulated. I will update after a few months of ownership on its accuracy.
The strap is very nice in my opinion, despite negative reviews elsewhere. It is very thick but is a bit stiff new, so not exceptionally comfortable at present, but perfectly acceptable. I'm hoping it softens and moulds to the wrist with use.
In summary, at this price I really don't think there is a better value automatic watch in the marketplace at present as I researched long and hard before buying. Certainly I think it is better value than a "swiss made" movement that has been 49.9% assembled in the far east.
The delivery from Long Island Watches was exceptionally fast. I placed the order on Friday, the seller posted Monday afternoon in NY, US and I had the watch thursday morning in Billingham, UK. Thats 3300 miles in a little over 3 days.
on July 22, 2013
Super impressed with this watch. Great construction, looks awesome and a great size on the wrist. It really stands out and looks much more expensive than it is. The case is great and well constructed. The only complaint is that the band is just so-so. After a few months of near daily use, the band is starting to show signs of wear. Either way, this is just a good excuse to buy a new band.
I will definitely recommend Orient watches in the future and buy some more myself!
on June 11, 2014
I had been in the market for a new watch for a couple of months. I made a couple of missteps and got roped into some of the new companies that are making low quality timepieces and offering them at high discounts off the MSRP (which they set by the way). So after some bad experiences, I discovered the Orient brand. I couldn't have been happier.
I was looking for something with an aviator look, moderately sized (I'm not a fan of what I call the gauntlet watches that some companies are putting out there these days), with a quality automatic movement. .
The Orient was everything I was looking for in a watch. A good price point, quality workmanship, a classic look, and dependable time keeping.
I will definitely be looking at Orients in the future.