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- Quality Japanese Automatic movement; functions without a battery; powers automatically with the movement of your arm
- Solid stainless-Steel Bracelet
- Skeleton case-back
- Mineral crystal
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
With its roots dating back to 1901, Orient Watch has specialized in the manufacture and growth of mechanical timepieces. Since 1950, Orient has been at the forefront of the production of mechanical watches in Japan. When it comes to watchmaking, Orient does not have an obscure history: Orient has been producing mechanical watches for more than 60 years. It is one of the top three watch manufacturers from Japan and produces 2 million watches per year. Frankly, it may be the biggest watch brand you’ve never heard of. All of Orient’s movements are exclusively made in Japan and no iteration in manufacturing is outsourced. The implicit value of possessing an Orient watch is that the only way to enjoy its tremendous quality is through ownership.
Orient prides itself on the premise that its timepieces are a “watchmaker’s watch”-- a no frills mechanical watch that is robust and trustworthy.
- Our online reputation suggests that an Orient watch is reliable out of the box. This can be attributed to Orient’s undying dedication to mechanical watches.
- In the eye of the Quartz Revolution in the 1970s, the other top Japanese brands went on to predominantly manufacture quartz, while Orient remained focused on its mechanical movements. And while Orient does produce quartz watches, all movements are supplied by its parent company.
- So what’s the difference between quartz and mechanical? Despite the obvious difference in moving parts, the short answer is seen in the smooth sweeping second hand of a mechanical watch versus the choppy tick of a quartz movement.
As an in-house movement producer, Orient joins a short list of watch companies that actually manufacture their movements in-house and exclusively for their own use. In the industry, it is highly uncommon that a company produces their own movements in-house, and by doing so Orient Watch can ensure that the quality of their wristwatches are held to the highest standards— Orient’s watches have often been lauded for their rich styling, dependability, and tremendous value.
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.8 x 3.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- ASIN: B001EWEQWG
- Item model number: YFH02001B
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 12, 2008
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Orient|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Clasp||Fold-Over Clasp with Double Push-Button Safety|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||40 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||12 millimeters|
|Band Material||Two-tone stainless steel|
|Band width||20 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Special features||Water Resistant|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top Customer Reviews
The crystal is nicely treated for anti-reflection. The exterior surface is slightly convex, so reflected images are small, dim and do not significantly interfere with viewing. It's definitely fun to see the balance wheel through the observation window. I'd like to see more of the movement, but Orient doesn't make movements designed for fully skeletonized watches.
Orient did a good job with the face design - they have not forgotten that the primary purpose of the watch is to tell time. There are some embellishments, but they add character rather than confusion.
The screw-down crown is nice - it's not going to snap off accidentally; there's a nice guard "block" just above the crown. It will do a good job protecting the crown, but it does get in the way a bit when you're trying to unscrew the crown.
I'm not fond of the fact that the second hand can't be stopped while setting the watch. I'm also not fond of the fact that you can't manually wind it either. I'll pass up this opportunity to make an off-colour joke about the hand movement you get to make if you let the watch run down.
Not much to say about accuracy yet; I haven't seen any detailed technical reports on the Orient 46S50 calibre movements anywhere on the net either. As this is a recent acquisition, I'll probably wear it around for another week to put some miles on the bearings and even out the inner lubrication before testing it. Off the cuff, I'd say this watch is about 15s fast this week - somewhere between 2 and 3 s/day - but I haven't been making rigorous measurements.
This watch shines with quality in every aspect starting with the gloss black wooden box it arrives in. These boxes are unique to the Orient Star line which is a notch above the standard Orient watch line. My expectations when I opened the box were definitely surpassed for a watch at this price point. There is no doubt this watch is in the same league if not higher than watches selling 3 to 4 times the price. I didn't think that was possible but it is true.
The watch feels very solid with some definite heft and size to it as mentioned in the other reviews. I think that heft is a plus. Even so, it is extremely confortable to wear and gives one a sense this watch is rugged and will last. The curved back exposition crystal fits the contours of your wrist perfectly adding to the overall comfort. The fit and finish of the bracelet and the case is very good. The clasp locks with a good solid click.
I could look this watch for hours without end, especially the skeleton dial that reveals the moving balance wheel. Being able to see the inner workings of the watch through the back crystal adds to the enjoyment. The legibility of the dial and hands is good but not necessarily the best I have seen on a watch. The only thing missing is a calendar function but I can easily give that up for what the watch does offer. The power reserve dial is really a great feature as it accurately conveys how many hours of power are in the mainspring.Read more ›
The case is well sized at 40mm (not including crown). It's big enough to read easily and stand out without being gaudy or showy. The bezel is perfect...it includes f-stop detailing (which is etched in, not merely painted) with a knurled edge for easy rotation. The unidirectional bezel movement clicks from position to position very smoothly, and is easy to turn with no risk of slippage. The crown shares the same knurled edge and is similarly easy to unscrew, even with the guard. Orient curved the caseback, including the exhibition window, in a way that allows the watch to ride much lower on the wrist than other watches of a similar thickness. You get all of the substance without having the watch catch on your shirt sleeves.
With no date complication, setting the time is a breeze. The 6 o'clock subdial counts the seconds, so while the watch isn't hackable, it's easy to set the time dead on with a little bit of patience. At 12:00 the hour, minute, and second line up perfectly, as one would expect from a watch of this caliber. Still, good to know that they didn't skimp on the functionality.
While the face of the watch is complicated, it's easy to read the time because of the nice thick hour and minute hands. Reading the time at a glance is easy, which was a concern I had before purchasing. But fear not, the watch is able to serve its purpose. The subtle aperture blade inspired look of the dial is unique and stunning when you concentrate on it.Read more ›