Friday, January 29, 2016

The Best Men's Orient Watches for Under...

I really had not given Orient much thought before I started the best men's watches under blog.  I thought of them as just another Japanese watch maker, and, ok, that is what they are. But they put a really nice spin on it.

Orient watches, first off, don't look Japanese to me.  That might sound wrong, but what I mean is Seiko looks like what I expect a Japanese watch to look like, and Citizen, totally looks like I expect a Japanese watch to look like.  It's not a bad thing.  Seiko is one of my favorite watchmakers out there.  Citizen, well, not so much.  Never been a huge fan for Citizen.

But Orient looks like Swiss watches to me, and, even more, they are mechanical movement specialists, they excel a mechanical watches and they even make their own mechanical movements, and have done so for a very long time.  They are much nicer than I every originally thought, and I believe them to be a great value on top of that.  They continually astonish me, the amount of watch you can get for the price of some of these watches.

The Best Men's Orient Watches for Under...

The Best Men's Orient Watch for under 100 Dollars

Capitol Quartz
Model: FUG1R003W/UG1R003W
Case: 40.5mm Stainless steel
Band: 22mm, Leather
Movement: HS911 Quartz
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Day, Date
Water resistance: 30M/100ft

While I stated I looked at this company for the automatic movements, I am starting the Orient list with a quartz, I know, it sounds wrong.  But you are not going to be able to find a Orient mechanical for under 100 dollars, normally, you may find one on sale.  During the holiday seasons I have seen the flight going for 100 dollars.

But either way, this watch made the 5 best men's watches for under 100 dollars list, because it has a classic look and is made by a company that has a reputation for making good watches.  The Japanese watch industry, in many ways, is better than the swiss.  I would not hesitate in buying a Orient or Seiko, Citizen.

This Orient has a 40.5mm stainless steel case with a crown at the 3 o'clock position.  The white face has thin dash marks for the hour markers, and the hour, minute and second hand are stainless steel.  The day/date window is located at the 3 o'clock position as well and the patterned, 22mm leather band has a buckle style clasp.

The Orient Capitol is a nice looking watch.  And although I am not a huge fan of quarts movements, I will never say I am against them, and this watch is well worth the 99 dollar price tag I have found it for on Amazon.  It is a very nice looking watch, with a strong vintage feel, something that falls right into some of my favorite categories.

The best Men's Orient Watch for under 200 Dollars

Model: FER2A005Y0/ER2A005Y0
Case: 42 mm, Stainless steel
Band: 22mm Leather
Movement: Orient 48743 Automatic movement
Functions: HH, MM, SS
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 100 M/325 ft

The Orient Flight is a pilot watch if I have ever seen one before.  The tell tail triangle at the 12 o'clock marking and the minutes marked our in Arabic numerals at the 5 minute marks, are all for easy reading while occupied with operation of heavy machinery.  The 42mm stainless steel case is fairly large without being overwhelming and the white face with black numbering gives great contrast for the wearer to easily determine the time.

It has a crown and a date window at the 3 o'clock position and the brown leather band is 22mm wide with a buckle style clasp.

The automatic movement is made in house, and is an Orient 48743 Automatic, it has a 40 hour power reserve and runs at 21,600 bph.

I love this watch for under 200 dollars.  I loved it so much it appears on my 5 best men's watches for under 200 dollars list.  I would own this one, there is no doubt in my mind.

The best Men's Orient Watch for under 500 Dollars

Orient Star Classic
Model: SEL05004W0
Case: 38.5mm Stainless steel
Band: 20mm, Leather
Movement: 40N52 Automatic
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 50M/165ft

The Orient Star line of watches is Orients top line.  They are the flagship watches for the company.  And this Classic really shines in the under 500 dollar price range.  I am partial to the Orient watches in general, but I really like the looks of this watch, particularly.

The 38.5mm Stainless steel case is very reminiscent of vintage watches, not like the modern oversized behemoths we wear now a days.  It looks like a dress watch straight out of the late sixties with the white face and polished and pointed, dash style hour markers.  It also has stainless steel, polished hour, minute and second hands, and the face include a power reserve gauge, making it easy to make sure your watch doesn't randomly go dead on you.  The date window is at the 3 o'clock position and the watch has sapphire lenses on both the front and back.  The 20mm, Leather band has a buckle clasp, which is also stainless.

The movement is a automatic, mechanical movement, with second hacking and hand winding, has 22 jewels, and runs at 21,600 bph, and a power reserve indicator.

All this makes this watch a great buy at around 320 that I have been finding it for.  Some sites even sell it for 270, so you will have to look around.  It has been sold out around the holidays.

The best Men's Orient Watch for under 2000 Dollars

Orient Star Full Skeleton
Model: SDX00002W0
Case: 40mm, Stainless steel
Band: 20mm, Leather
Movement: 48E50
Functions: HH, MM, SS
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 50M/165ft

I skipped the 1000 dollar price point because I could not find anything I liked, but I had to include the Orient Star Full Skeleton.  Mostly because I have yet to have a full skeleton on any of my lists and this is really a neat looking watch.  I love watching movements, so having this one front and center is fascinating to me.

The 40mm stainless steel case has a crown at the 3 o'clock positions.  The face is white and skeleton, with stainless steel dashes marking the hours, the black hour, minute and second hands contrast with the silver and gold movement.  And the 20mm, leather band is plush and includes a buckle style clasp.  The front and back of the watch is covered in sapphire crystal, for a true see through effect.  

The watch is extremely cool, with the mechanical movement and the small seconds dial and power reserve, there is a lot of action going in with it.  It is one of my favorite watches.  It could have almost been in the under 1000 dollar price range, just missing it, selling for around 1100 dollars.

Wrap up
The Best men's Orient Watches Under, has been one of my favorite lists to make, so far.  I love these watches and they very well might be one of my near future purchases.  I think they make a great product for a great price.  I don't think you would be disappointed.

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of the best men's watches under as much as I have enjoyed writing it.  Thank you for reading.


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