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Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 23rd 2018, 6:59am
by SaoGage
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Wow, talk about bang for your buck. Came across this on sale for $320 and immediately made the purchase. I’ve normally seen this hovering around the $500 mark.

So this is a new Orient diver that is quite evidently a “mini” or “baby” Saturation Diver with a lot of the same design cues as that behemoth. It’s about 43.5mm in diameter and still quite thick, but it’s noticeably smaller and lighter than the Orient flagship. And truthfully, it’s damn near as nice.

I would put this right around Sumo level, maybe slightly less impressive finish but definitely the same level of overall execution. The dial and bezel are just fantastic. However, the bracelet is rather “meh” but the lugs/end links look good.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 23rd 2018, 7:27am
by artman
That's really cool Sao. I dig that bezel and color combination.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 23rd 2018, 7:29am
by TemerityB
A few of us in the chat box last night were talking about this model, as I recall. Looks great; I agree about the color combination.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 23rd 2018, 7:35am
by SaoGage
TemerityB wrote:A few of us in the chat box last night were talking about this model, as I recall. Looks great; I agree about the color combination.


I need to drop by the chat once in a while. Lots of good things going on right now with Japanese horology. This is going to be a big year riding on the successes of last year.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 23rd 2018, 7:45am
by TemerityB
SaoGage wrote:
TemerityB wrote:A few of us in the chat box last night were talking about this model, as I recall. Looks great; I agree about the color combination.


I need to drop by the chat once in a while. Lots of good things going on right now with Japanese horology. This is going to be a big year riding on the successes of last year.


I believe the esteemed Mr. Conjurer noted the mini as something he's had his eye on.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 23rd 2018, 8:30am
by conjurer
Dayum!! That looks great, Mr. Gage! Now we want a full review and lots of pics, and we lot 'em goddamn fast, you savvy?

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 24th 2018, 11:52am
by SaoGage
conjurer wrote:Dayum!! That looks great, Mr. Gage! Now we want a full review and lots of pics, and we lot 'em goddamn fast, you savvy?


You got it good sir! I actually have a few watches here that I’d like to do a real review on for the Lords. Will do my best!

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 24th 2018, 1:23pm
by spanky1
Wow; I'm on board with the 43mm S.D. That one is a winner. I like it a Lot

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 24th 2018, 1:39pm
by spanky1
Thanks Sao: Just what I needed. Another wrist watch. :D

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 24th 2018, 7:47pm
by biglove
Had read about these. Love it.

Really wish it was hovering at 40mm. The older I get, the less likely I am to buy anything over 40mm.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 24th 2018, 11:45pm
by spanky1
SaoGauge you're a very fashion conscious young man. Can you post a picture of a NATO strap that works well on this watch. How about this one in the orange, grey, and black?

https://www.amazon.com/ArtStyle-Colorfu ... ato+straps



Thanks

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 24th 2018, 11:52pm
by Mortuus
That's an AWESOME wartch, Mr. Gage; nicely played, sir! I too will eagerly look forward to your full-on review of this beautiful piece of Japanese Wartch Flesh...WOOF!! 8-)

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 25th 2018, 4:39am
by foghorn
As an admitted "non-follower" of Orient I have one question to satisfy my self imposed ignorance.
How do these differ from the older M-Force series?

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 25th 2018, 5:22am
by catnap
Really nice loooking watch

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 25th 2018, 7:58am
by SaoGage
spanky1 wrote:SaoGauge you're a very fashion conscious young man. Can you post a picture of a NATO strap that works well on this watch. How about this one in the orange, grey, and black?

https://www.amazon.com/ArtStyle-Colorfu ... ato+straps



Thanks


Spanky,

I'm much more strict in my NATO wearing than most, so please don't let my persuasions keep you from wearing the watch however you'd like.

With that said, I don't particularly care for striped NATO's on a two tone watch as I think it ends up clashing. Of the ones you linked, I would probably recommend the regular bond striped (black and grey) version for this watch, of any of them.

I would personally wear any of the following with it:

https://www.amazon.com/MEGALITH/dp/B077S8742S/ref=sr_1_42?ie=UTF8&qid=1519570288&sr=8-42&keywords=22mm+nato

https://www.amazon.com/22mm-Synthetic-Leather-strap-spring/dp/B01LVYK7GB/ref=sr_1_140?ie=UTF8&qid=1519570384&sr=8-140&keywords=22mm+nato
The darker brown and black would look great

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016Z8K08W/ref=twister_B01K3SZXFA?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
The black regular Blushark (they make a really solid NATO, worth the price IMO)

https://www.amazon.com/AlphaShark-BluShark-Luxury-Nylon-Watch/dp/B06XHCXQ66/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1519570450&sr=1-1-spons&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1&keywords=22mm%2Bblushark&th=1&psc=1
This is their seatbelt material premium line, and I can vouch that these are top notch.

https://www.amazon.com/Watch-MiLTAT-armband-Military-Brushed/dp/B00XHLHN3G/ref=sr_1_29?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1519570556&sr=1-29&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1&keywords=22mm+miltat
To give you a color option. Miltat makes great NATOs also.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 25th 2018, 8:01am
by SaoGage
foghorn wrote:As an admitted "non-follower" of Orient I have one question to satisfy my self imposed ignorance.
How do these differ from the older M-Force series?


I have owned an M-Force that I had on a sharkmesh, gave it to my father several years ago. Great watch, actually.

How is it different? Much more classic style and good looks versus the funky M-Force case and bezel. I would also argue better execution and a much better dial (seriously, the dial is the best part of this watch. It's incredible).

I've always liked Orient but hated most of their designs. This is IMO the single best watch Orient could have put out right now.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: February 26th 2018, 7:40pm
by AntFarm
Wow that really is a nice one. I like it a lot.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: June 12th 2018, 9:50pm
by Pete26
Love it, just ordered the same watch from Watches 88, for some reason LIW won't ship this watch to Australia. Is the bracelet difficult to adjust?

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: June 13th 2018, 4:09am
by Kahuna74
I like that one a lot. I love my 300 Sat but sometimes it is just to big to wear all the time.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: June 13th 2018, 4:30am
by MAX
Very nice. Id like to see that with a black case and strap.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: June 13th 2018, 7:06am
by bedlam
We always said, the OS300 would be perfect if it was smaller...and here we are.

I'm gonna own this one :-)

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: June 17th 2018, 11:57am
by Casimm
Excellent, colors blend in nicely too.

Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: June 17th 2018, 3:46pm
by spanky1
Thanks to SaoGage, I also drank the Koolaid a few months ago. It's become one of my favorites.

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Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

PostPosted: June 18th 2018, 5:44pm
by 32771
Very nice fellas. Very nice.