MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby Mortuus » March 23rd 2018, 9:44pm

Orient is one of those brands that everyone seems to like, even if they haven't yet purchased one. For those of us who have purchased one, it becomes a pretty safe bet that there'll be a second or third added to the collection, such is the enjoyment we get out of owning our Orient(s). In fact, we often talk about our first Orient watch as being a "gateway" Orient, as in "gateway drug" that leads to an addiction. And most, if not all of us, have referred to our watch collecting as a type of addiction, on more than one occasion. For me, that first -- or "gateway" -- Orient was the Mako, a well-made, inexpensive standard 40mm automatic dive watch that has what can only be described as "an iconic" appearance. Here's mine, with its aftermarket NATO strap:

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This Mako features what I have come to refer to as the "classic Orient diver blue" color, with some beautifully off-setting red tones that make this watch 'a natural' for NATO, ZULU or bracelet wear. This watch has been around for quite a while, and there are, of course, many different styles to pick from in deciding what your second choice will be be. For me, it was yet another diver, this one a bit more capable and, yes, stylish as well:

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My third Orient was actually gifted to me by a fellow watch collector, and of the three I owned at that time, it was certainly the most unusual, with a dressier design, a quartz movement, an unusual faceted crystal and an intersting dial color I'd theretofore never seen:


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So that was my entire Orient collection as of a couple of weeks ago, until this one day when I was goofing around on eBay and several other purchase sites, when I came across this absolutely gorgeous Orient. MAKO XL II watch, a model I had decided I wanted a long time ago, but kept putting off because I kept seeing other watches that distracted me. Ah, but THIS one, model# CEM75006W, had it ALL, including my favorite color, GREEN:

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I love dive watches, and I especially love a dive watch that has some GREEN going for it, and THIS one has it and it's beautiful. But it also has this amazingly beautiful and clear white dial that really makes everything on it -- indices, day & date -- POP like crazy!

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And, like all other automatic Orient watches, it has its own in-house movement, this one the caliber 46943, which features a 40-hr. reserve. The case width is 44.5 mm (w/o crown), and the entire construction is stainless steel, including the bracelet. Interestingly, the watch looks and feels a bit larger on the wrist, about 46 mm or so, but its 13.3mm thickness keeps it from becoming top heavy, like the first and especially the second generation Invicta Grand Diver sometimes does.

Its crown is located at the 3 o'clock position, and it sets the time and date, while the single pusher at the 2 o'clock position sets the day. Like it's smaller sibling, it is a non-hacking movement, but for sheer looks and solid performance, there's nothing quite like these basic, well-engineered tool watch designs.

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I'm extremely pleased to have finally picked up this awesome Orient MAKO XL and added it to my very modest little collection of dive and sport watches. Many thanks for dropping by and having a look! It always means a lot when you DO!

Oh...and I almost forgot: here's "da lume!"


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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby spanky1 » March 23rd 2018, 10:12pm

All excellent choices and very nice pictures. Thanks for posting.
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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby bedlam » March 23rd 2018, 11:17pm

Can't go wrong with the Mako. Nice pickup Mort
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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby Thunder1 » March 24th 2018, 4:26am

**Yep...
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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby biglove » March 24th 2018, 7:33am

Have owned more than a few Orient watches and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Gave my best friend a Mako and one more. He loves them.

They really are a great gift and a fantastic addition to any collection.

Wish the Mako II was smaller as mine was a favorite but just too large for my tastes.

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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby conjurer » March 24th 2018, 4:23pm

The Mako XL is one of those Orients you really don't hear much about; I had one for awhile, gave it a lukewarm review, then ended up admitting that I really loved it. It's big, slightly goofy, and you can probably drive nails with one.

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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby Mark1 » March 24th 2018, 6:11pm

Congrats Mort that's a nice one. I like the gold dialed one too.
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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby Kahuna74 » March 25th 2018, 5:01pm

Nice mort. You know I own more then a few Orients. Love eveyone I own.
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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby smellody » March 25th 2018, 5:30pm

Nice my friend from beyond. That first watch looks American gawd dam it! Nice review, collection, and three "thumbs" up!
   
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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby nimbleboy » March 26th 2018, 7:25am

That's a great-looking watch. I gifted my ex-girlfriend a black Mako II a couple weeks before I broke up with her.
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Re: MORTUUS' New ORIENT MAKO XL II Automatic Diver

Postby Casimm » April 8th 2018, 12:01pm

Looks good.
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