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- Self-winding automatic
- Case diameter: 41.50mm
- Mineral crystal
- Fantastic lumination on indices
- Water resistant to 200 meters (660 feet)
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The CEM65009D is from the new Orient Ray collection that builds on the highly popular Mako series. It is a men's dive watch with a 21 jewel Japanese automatic (self-winding) movement, day/date window, blue dial with blue uni-directional rotating bezel, new (larger) luminous hands, luminous indices, screw down crown and day change pusher, mineral crystal front and solid screw down back. Case: Solid stainless steel, both polished and brushed, 41.5mm (w/o crown), 13mm thick. Band: Solid stainless steel, deployant closure with pushbutton release, 22mm. Water Resistance: 200 meters. Warranty: 1 Year.
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The Orient Story Orient Watch was formally established in July 13th, 1950 in Tokyo. Orient Watch has focused on mechanical watch making, specializing in self-winding watches using only our in-house movements. Orient is considered one of the "Big Three" watch companies in Japan, but what sets them apart from the competition is that they have dedicated themselves in the advancement of mechanical watch making. The Orient Watch Company produces their mechanical movements in-house at their facility in Japan. These movements are dedicated for the use Orient's own mechanical watches. This list of industry abnormalities with the consideration of being one of the most affordable choices makes Orient an exceptional experience in the world of time keeping, and yet remains as one of the most obtainable.
Orient is a brand unlike any other... It is profoundly unique.
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- Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- ASIN: B00A6U2EYE
- Item model number: EM65009D
- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 20, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Orient|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Clasp||Fold-Over Push-Button Clasp with Safety|
|Case material||Stainless Steel|
|Case diameter||41.5 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||13.3 millimeters|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band width||22 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless Steel|
|Calendar||Day and date|
|Special features||Orient Men's|
|Water resistant depth||200 Meters|
Top customer reviews
The watch seems to be extremely well made. The bezel aligns perfectly with the dot at 12:00 and, while a bit difficult to rotate at first, solidly clicks into place at each minute interval. The color is gorgeous. As other reviewers noted the blue is deep and only really comes out in sunlight or well lit rooms. Also the lume is fantastic compared to other watches I have in this price range (Casio, Citizen, etc.). I won't comment on the bracelet as I swapped it for a leather strap immediately (I just prefer that look on divers).
As for the movement it is obviously tried and true based on the experience of other Mako and Ray owners. My particular watch runs a bit faster than others (+20s per day) but is still in spec. While it's not quite as accurate as I'd like, it's only been 3 days and these watches are known to have a break in period. Even so, it's been very consistent in gaining just under a second per hour so regulation shouldn't be a huge issue down the road.
I will update if necessary but based on my initial impressions this watch is easily 5/5 stars for the price. Anyone looking for a great gift for a guy this holiday season look no further.
First impression: Wow! Opened the box and I was really amazed how beautiful the watch is. Over the past couple of years I have been passing an Omega dealer saying to myself "One day I will get that Omega Seamaster". Frankly, this is as close you are going to get but for 1/20th the price. This is my first Orient & diving watch. I am not an expert or a watch collector. This watch is heavy even heavier than my Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium. As for quality, 'time' will tell. You can dress-down or dress-up with it. Close to a James Bond look I think.
I will update this review later on but I am really amazed.
Update July 13th, 2013
I have had this watch close to year now and it is working perfectly. No complaints. It does speed-up a little but by a 1-2 minutes every 2 weeks which is not bad for a mechanical watch. I wear this EVERYDAY, for the office, leisure and dressing-up but not for running of course. I have hit this watch on walls by mistake several times and guess what...still works like a charm albeit several scratches on the metal links but no big deal. Looking forward to owning this watch for years and years to come.
Update: September 21st, 2015
It has been over three years since I have bought this watch. I still wear it everyday and yes it still works. Here is what has happened so far.
The pin holding the metal strap/link to the watch broke twice. The first time is because I was dumb enough to let a toddler play
with it and she literally slammed it to the ground. I was horrified but guess what? No scratches on the time piece and it was working
perfectly. The second time was because I was carrying something really heavy, a 100 lb Kettlebell, and I think the tension in my
wrist was just too much for the pin link. Took it those two times to a watch repairer in a mall (kiosk) and got it fixed for 10 dollars.
The past month or so I have been eyeing the Tag Hauer Aquaracer. Amazing nice watch but costs 10 times more and only has about 65% 5 start rating on Amazon as opposed to this Orient watch that has over 80% 5 star rating. I mean seriously, Orient could have just jacked-up the price and I would have still bought it. As time goes, you will really appreciate this watch at least I have. Not sure when and if I will replace this with a European brand but it does seem hard to justify spending over $1,500 and get a so so experience from it. I will stick with my Orient for the time being.
The watch came well packaged in a real display case strapped to a little cushion. My first surprise was when I picked the watch up, it felt really solid. I shook it a little and it made a little grinding sound, a little like the sound of my Seiko Kinetic but quieter. The case is a perfect size as is the face. As others have mentioned the blue dial looks black. In direct light it, it takes on a blue hue like when sunlight hits a DVD. To my eyes the face appears very dark royal blue with a blue prism effect hovering over the area that the light is hitting, very pretty. The hour markers are spaced perfectly and the lume is the brightest and longest lasting of any watch I have purchased in the past forty years. I keep the watch on my nightstand and the lume is still faintly glowing when my clock goes off at 5:30 AM. The mineral crystal is one of the compromises, sapphire would be nice but at this price, really? The watch’s crystal is spring water clear and looks beautifully framed in the very dark royal blue bezel. The case itself is polished stainless steel on the sides and brushed on the top part of the case. The substantial bracelet is a combination of polished and mostly brushed metal. The crown is screw down for water resistance as is the date changer button that sits to the side of the crown. All the visual elements go together beautifully and the watch exudes quality.
Setting the time and date on the watch was easy. By gently turning the crown counter clockwise and releasing it, I found that it pulls out smoothly and clicks gently into position without much resistance. The movement of the hands are smooth and precise. After setting the watch to 6:00 to be certain the date change gear was not engaged, I unscrewed the date button and advanced the date to the day prior to today’s date, then advanced the hands to the correct time and date verifying the correct AM/PM setting. Since setting the watch about a week ago I have noticed that it has only gained about a minute or so. One odd quirk though, my Ray takes it's time about changing the date. It seems to start changing around 11:00ish and doesn't get fully finished on the new date until around 1:15-1:30. Not a big deal, I'm usually asleep. I don't know if this is common to this models movement but considering none of my other watches take as long to complete the date change and the minutia that some wristwatch people get rabid over, be forewarned.
Regarding criticisms, as others have mentioned, turning the bezel requires a bit of force, however, its rotation is smooth. Some have complained that the numbers are not etched into the bezel but do a head count on some of the most expensive brands and you will see that this criticism lacks merit. Also mentioned is the lack of an exhibition window on the rear of the watch. Although that’s a nice touch, I personally don’t really miss it. And finally, there are some criticisms that might be directed towards the band. The bracelet is attractive and refined like the rest of the watch. It’s links appear to be solid which is a rarity. The bracelet opens by lifting a secondary latch and pressing two tabs along the side which releases the main clasp. It is a good secure design but there is something that feels a little flimsy about the secondary fold down clasp. Perhaps it’s the presence of a tension pin which allows the clasp to pivot loosely when disengaged. Also, many true divers watches have an extension clasp which allows an additional section to lengthen the band to fit around a wet suit. There is none on this band. Having brought that up, this watch is rated water resistant to 200 meters but the designation is not D200 indicating it has not been ISO 6425 certified for actual diving. It actually means it might be alright to go to 200M for a bit but using it to dive is a gamble. I have not seen any official warning against using the watch to actually dive with but it is not certified for that purpose, just saying…
In summary, this appears to be one of the best most solidly constructed watches I have ever bought, especially in this price range. It is unquestionably from a cost basis the best money I ever spent on a watch. Love it!