Time Piece #11
The Orient Watch company has been around since 1901 and they focus primarily on creating automatic watches and they use their own in house movements. The company was formed by Shogoro Yoshida and in the early days Seiko and Citizen were their main competitors. What has set this company apart is that they have always focused on mechanical time pieces where as Seiko and Citizen focus on slightly cheaper quartz movements. Another wonderful thing about the company is that most of their products are affordable which is very surprising since automatics tend to be far more expensive than their quartz counterparts. That being said they do have other lines such as Orient Star and Orient Star Royal and the prices for some of those watches can exceed several thousand dollars.
A few weeks ago I received this watch called the Orient Ray. In a previous post I discussed how the Invicta Pro Diver is a homage to the Rolex Submariner. Well this model is also another homage to the Rolex Submariner. Come to think of it, it is rather amazing how the Submariner. It is probably one of the most recognizable watches in existence. Companies have not necessarily copied the Submariner 1:1 but it is clear that they take their cues from it and in my opinion the Orient Ray takes cues from the legendary Rolex Submariner as well as the Omega Seamaster.
The size of the case is about 41.6mm and 45.6 across when you include the crown. The entire watch is made of stainless steel and it has a mineral crystal. Powering the movement inside the case is a Orient Caliber 46943 automatic movement which has 21 jewels. Just shake your wrist a few times and the watch will power up and wearing it through the day will build up around a 40 hour reserve. Meaning that you should be able to not wear the watch for 40 hours before it dies again. The majority of automatic watches have 40 hour power reserves including the aforementioned Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster. There are some automatic watches that can stay running for 5 days which is nice but unnecessary for me. I have no problem taking a minute to set the time and date on a watch that has not been worn for a few weeks. The lume on this watch is just okay. It won’t last through the entire night but it is still visible for about 4 to 5 hours in a completely dark room. It is rated for up to 200 meters so diving with this watch is not a problem.
For a street price of $150 this is a fantastic watch and I have no regrets about purchasing it. When compared to the Omega PO pictured next to it, I think it holds it’s own in the looks department. Especially considering that the Omega costs almost 20 times more than what I paid for this watch. Granted the other watch is the Omega PO which was made famous by Daniel Craig in the lastest Bond film. The PO is generally my daily driver but about once a week I will throw the Orient on the wrist to change things up a bit. I tend to prefer diver styled watches in comparison to racing, aviation and dress watches. I just like the fact that a lot of divers tend to look good with casual and dress attire :-).