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Orient watches?

Postby mley1 » December 23rd 2018, 8:27am

What is your opinion about Orient watches? I've seen a few around on the interwebz, and was curious what your take on them is. Are they rubbish for the peasants? Are they reliable tools? Are they worthy as a beater watch? Will they compare with say the Seiko 5's?

Since I'm a cheap bastard, and can't stand spending thousands for a watch yet, I'm curious about the Orient brand. Or, should I just keep rocking on with Seiko for a while? What other watch brands would you recommend that are good value for the money, and tough. I have a tendency to destroy watches in my line of work.
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Re: Orient watches?

Postby TemerityB » December 23rd 2018, 8:49am

Orient is actually under the Seiko umbrella. Most of Orient's line represents some of the best bang for the buck in the entire watch industry. I dragged my feet in buying my first one - now I own four. Amazing quality given the price points, with legit house movements, divers that are actually divers, and classic styling on the dress pieces. Orient is the bomb.
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Re: Orient watches?

Postby foghorn » December 23rd 2018, 9:00am

I'll take the manntle and be the guy.
Although I know I'm in the minority, I don't like Orient. I have owned a few and never kept a one for very long. I found the accuracy to be Seiko 7s26ish at best and of the 4 I have owned 3 had mechanical problems. I never much cared for the designs either.
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Re: Orient watches?

Postby Thunder1 » December 23rd 2018, 9:21am

TemerityB wrote:Orient is actually under the Seiko umbrella. Most of Orient's line represents some of the best bang for the buck in the entire watch industry. I dragged my feet in buying my first one - now I own four. Amazing quality given the price points, with legit house movements, divers that are actually divers, and classic styling on the dress pieces. Orient is the bomb.

What he said..the Orient Bambino rivals the Seiko Presage line in popularity for casual dress watches..check out the offerings at Long Island Watch..
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Re: Orient watches?

Postby conjurer » December 23rd 2018, 9:26am

In your line of work, Mr. Ley, the only watch I could recommend is a Casio Gee. I myself love the Orient brand; as T says above, they're under the Seiko umbrella (although they are branded under the Epson name, which is in itself somewhat disconcerting--there's literally no way to make sense of Seiko's corporate family tree.) The Mako is a very good dive watch one can pick up for peanuts, and it's almost as good as the Seiko SKX007 diver. A true dive watch, the Mako is very fine in many respects, and looks fine with a business suit or casual wear, but I fear it wouldn't hold up well while being worn when one is hammering an Aryan Nations slab of roast beef to a concrete floor.
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Re: Orient watches?

Postby mley1 » December 23rd 2018, 9:37am

conjurer wrote:In your line of work, Mr. Ley, the only watch I could recommend is a Casio Gee.


After destroying several Timex's, I went to the Gshocks. My latest one has lasted about 8yrs, amazingly. It's beat to hell, and has some smooth spots on it, but it's still working fine. I use my watch at work all the time. Everything we do is on a time schedule/building schedule, and when anything happens or SHTF we have to document the time it happens, and when it stops. Time is important there. So, my watch is important at work. My Seiko's are nice, maybe too nice for where I work. I've taken my SRPB55 off several times, and put it in my pocket to protect it. It's not just during a UOF when something bad might happen to a watch. During searches, or escorts, or just plane moving through cell doors and gates, watches can take a beating. I guess with the Seiko's being new, I'm being a bit paranoid about damaging my Seiko's. I need to just relax, wear them, and rock on. If they get some scars on them, the scars will tell a story.
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Re: Orient watches?

Postby codguy » December 23rd 2018, 11:25am

I find the fit/finish on Orients to be lacking IMHO, YMMV, M2₵, etc

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Re: Orient watches?

Postby bedlam » December 23rd 2018, 6:39pm

At the price point the fit and finish is exceptional. If they were being put up against watches 10x as expensive, then not so much. Anyone criticising Orient fit and finish has not worn their Sat Diver.

For the more discerning buyer I would unreservedly recommend Orient Star.
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Re: Orient watches?

Postby biglove » December 24th 2018, 3:40pm

bedlam wrote:At the price point the fit and finish is exceptional. If they were being put up against watches 10x as expensive, then not so much. Anyone criticising Orient fit and finish has not worn their Sat Diver.

For the more discerning buyer I would unreservedly recommend Orient Star.



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