Stay Classy: The Slim Orient Class (GW01) Collection now back in stock

September 11th, 2014 | No Comments

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One thing that is great about slim watches is that they fit under the cuff. Brands like Piaget and Frederique Constant offer svelte watches, however common people like you and I can’t afford them. Orient Watch USA has just stocked the Orient Class collection, a slim, quartz powered line that you wouldn’t know is quartz. But how? Quartz watches are known for two things: being battery powered, and the accentuated tick of the seconds hand. The Orient Class did away with the seconds, so looking at it, you wouldn’t know if it was a mechanical watch or not. Which is great because the watch starts at only $205 (or $99 if you use the code CLASSY at check out…). Our favorites are the blue handed models with roman or Arabic numerals. Classy indeed.

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Sports Chrono Goodness: The New Orient Endeavor Chronograph

September 4th, 2014 | No Comments

FTT0Y001B0 FTT0Y002B0 FTT0Y003W0 Endeavor.Still007The sports chronograph is something most collectors say you should have in your collection. Some would say its popularity was carved by the Speedmaster or the El Primero or the Monaco. And since then, its gained a great popularity like you wouldn’t believe. Orient Watch USA recently introduced the Endeavor Chronograph collection, and what’s truly unique about it is that it is a 1/20 second chronograph (which can measure/record time accurate to 1/20 of a second). The case is a behemoth: 48mm, but it does appear that the IP black bezel may size it down a bit on the wrist. The domed crystal gives the Endeavor a nice glean, and the wide date just proves it functionality. Available in three variations.

Specifications
Analogue Quartz Movement : caliber KFB00
Chronograph in 1/20 second
Chronograph hands (second & 1/20 second), Small second hand
Wide date indicator

Stainless steel case
Curved crystal glass
Screw caseback
Screwed-down crown
Genuine leather strap
Water resistant to 100m
Diameter 48.00mm
Thickness 11.60mm

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The Top Five Back to School Watches at Under $250

September 2nd, 2014 Posted in What to Wear and How to Wear It | No Comments

If you’re a student, you may or may not be back in school already. And you may or may not have considered getting trusty watch to let you know how much longer you’ll have to sit through the dull 3PM lecture or how long you had overslept that Monday morning for the 8AM lab. If you’re not a watch person, you may have assumed that owning a nice mechanical watch would cost you a grip. But it doesn’t have to. Presenting the five best Orient automatic watches for under $250. (Don’t forget to use the code summer2014 at check out to save 30%, get free shipping and a free watch).

AnchorThe Anchor – $180

If you’re looking for a simple stainless steel watch with a comfortable leather strap and bullet proof movement, look no further than the Anchor. With three hands and a date indicator, the watch will be your go-to day in and day out.
 

BrazenThe Brazen – $210

If you’re looking for a sport watch, the Brazen is a smart choice. It features a woven texture on the dial as well as a sharp color contrast that makes reading the time a cinch. Available currently in black/red and blue/yellow.

 

SymphonyThe Symphony – $215

The Symphony could be described as a pseudo-hybrid watch (if that makes sense): Its classic baton hour markers scream classic, but the size of the watch could make it appear more modern watch. It is nearly as versatile as the Mako and Ray. Available on a stainless steel bracelet or leather strap.

 

Mako rubberThe Mako on Rubber – $245

This is the iconic Orient diver watch that has been the gateway to watch collecting for most people. With a simple strap swap (usually leather), the Mako transforms from a sweet beach lounger to an essential desk diver. Offered in blue, black and of course, retro orange.

 

UnionThe Union – $250

At the very end of the spectrum is the Union. It features a unique wide calendar display and an exquisite guilloche-styled finish on the dial. A fine piece to wear for any kind of interview or office internship.

The Labor Day Sale at Orient Watch USA

August 27th, 2014 | No Comments

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With Labor Day weekend coming, the sales are sure popping up! Orient Watch USA has just announced its Labor Day sale. They’re offering the Orient Union for $112.50 shipped and $123.75 shipped for leather and stainless steel versions, respectively. The code is laborday2014. The sale ends September 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST server time. Here’s the full line up: http://orientwatchusa.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=ev0s

Starting a Watch Collection for under $1000 – The Variety Pack

August 19th, 2014 | 2 Comments

New to watches? Thinking about starting a collection? Lets face it, watch buying and collecting can be addicting and time consuming. But once you’ve gotten bit by the watch bug, it is hard to stop, and there will always be one more watch you need to ‘complete’ your collection. As many a WIS can attest to, this can get expensive–especially when dealing with mechanical watches–but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll show you how you viable it is to start a fantastic watch collection (with a limited number of quartz pieces mixed in) for under $1000, a price that would probably net you only one watch from another brand.

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Lets start off with a so called ‘variety pack’. This variety pack would be perfect for someone who has just started wearing watches and/or collecting and wants to have all their bases covered. It would also be wonderful for someone who has an eclectic personality and participates in a variety of activities.

_DSC1468 - CopyFirst up is the Orient Ray (on rubber). It dons a sporty vibe that’ll look great while taking a dip in the pool, hot tub or afternoon on the beach. With its rubber strap it’s lightweight and easy to clean. It is also a prime candidate for strap swapping (just think: with a black leather strap, it’ transformed to a dressier watch!) Available in blue and black for a classic diver look or in orange for a very sporty but old school 70s diver feel. $260.

 

angle on front LSFor the more formal occasions, the Orient Symphony is a must. With classic designs and a modern flair, the Symphony is a watch that is both timeless and up to date. Sharp dauphine hands and tapered indices keep the classic styling and the 41mm case makes the watch very practical for the modern wearer. Add on the date complication and the Symphony is ready for daily wearing whenever you want to add class to your outfit. Available in a multitude of dial colors and case materials, from stainless steel to gold tone to rose tone. Starting at $210.

 

_DSC9919 - CopyNo watch collection is complete without a bona fide pilot’s watch. The Flight is an ode to the B-type flieger watches of the past but with generous amounts of lume, making it ideal for those late nights. The 42mm case will provide a great wrist presence and high contrast dial is perfect for quick glances and telling time. Outside of the Orient Ray or Mako, this might be the ultimate casual sport watch. Available in a multitude of colors. Starting at $295.

 

neo 70s 9087 PSed - CopyMany collectors debate if you should have at least one chronograph in your collection or if it’d be better to spend that money on a vintage piece. The Focus Chronograph is a two for one. It’s got a look that’s straight out of the 1970s (check out those hands!) but with the modern convenience of a 39mm case and date window. The Focus’ chronograph tri-compact layout will meet all your timing needs. The faceted crystal works perfect with the subtle dial gradient on the dial that truly makes for a unique timepiece. Available in four distinct colors! $225.

Add all of these up and we are $10 shy of our limit– the total is $990, which is completely unheard of when dealing with three mechanical pieces and one spiffy quartz.