Orient Mako II Review: Refining A Classic

Orient Mako II Review: Refining A Classic

Postby Racer-X » October 22nd 2018, 9:25pm

"Few affordable divers command such a reverence as the Orient Mako. For over a decade the Mako has been one of the most go-to recommended dive watches for both first-time watch-buyers and seasoned collectors alike. But within that same breath of appreciation, proponents of the Orient Mako were also quick to express the piece’s quirks and downsides. Over the past 14 years though Orient has taken note and improved some of these items, like better lume and an improved bracelet experience. However one point of criticism always seem to stick without any remedy in sight: the movement. The Orient Mako originally launched with the Orient 46943 – an automatic 21 jewel movement with accuracy issues, lack of hacking, and a quirky date change button. For a while it seemed like the watchfam would have to just be content with the Orient 46943 caliber.

Enter: Orient Mako II. Orient’s answer to the movement-centric woes of the watchfam is the new Orient F6922 caliber. Although Orient has been pioneering advancements within their in-house movement manufacturing, these improvements were only really available within the Orient Star line or the highest tier (and rarely seen) Royal Orients. Entry level Orient pieces weren’t seeing the movement love. That ends with the Orient Mako II. But is upgrading the movement enough? Is it a “lipstick-on-a-pig” situation or is the movement upgrade exactly what the Orient Mako needed? Let’s find out. The specific Orient Mako II I’m reviewing today is the ref: FAA02002D9."

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Re: Orient Mako II Review: Refining A Classic

Postby bedlam » October 23rd 2018, 3:37am

It's always been a great affordable diver...nothing had changed
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Re: Orient Mako II Review: Refining A Classic

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » October 23rd 2018, 6:44am

bedlam wrote:It's always been a great affordable diver...nothing had changed

The bezel's not fully indexed :mrgreen:
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