An Affordable Dress Watch – The FER2400BW0 New Bambino

July 30th, 2014 | No Comments

_DSC2273 - CopyDubbed the “new” Bambino, the FER2400BW0 was an immediate hit with classic watch lovers and vintage watch enthusiasts alike. The FER2400BW built upon the foundation of the “original” Bambino and took the watch further into the mid century design arena.

The features and functionality of the BW remain the same with the “original” Bambino. Three hands for time with date at the 3 o’clock position. Beating under this beautifully domed dial, a nod to mid century classic watches, is the ORIENT in house caliber 48743 automatic movement. Protecting the dial is the domed crystal. The domed matches directly to the domed dial, creating graceful elegant lines straight out of a googie designer’s dream. Holding the movement, along with the crystal and dial is the 40.5mm stainless steel case. The 40.5mm size is a touch larger than the sizes of vintage timepieces typically are(35-39mm), making for a lovely modernization more in line with current tastes without being comically large. Making use of both polished and brushed finishes on the case adds another touch of modern tastes. Brushed sides draw the eye up top to the face of the watch, which is surrounded by the highly polished beveled bezel.

With all that in mind, what are the updates? The hands, dial markers and crown have all been changed. Each individually is small, but working cohesively, they create a truly modern vintage timepiece. At the 3 o’clock position is the crown, which has been changed to be in the onion style. It smoothly flares from the case with a moderate amount of knurling for easy grip and functioning. The crown’s lines mimic that of the crystal and dial. Moving to the dial, the tapered indices have been exchanged for rose gold tone Roman numeralsA and bars. The choice of Roman numerals and bars have the effect of adding sophistication. Placing them in rose gold tone gives them the vintage or heritage feeling. Surrounding the the Roman numerals is the railroad style minute track in black. This contrasts perfectly with the white dial and does a great job of framing the face of the watch while adding functionality of being able to see each minute hash and then further hashed at each 1/4th of a minute. The railroad track further enforces the vintage vibe from the watch while adding further visual interest, as if you needed more. Lastly matching the markers, the new hands are in rose gold tone. They are a much slimmer version of the previous dauphine hands, giving the watch a delicate look that is often attributed to vintage pieces. The brown leather band brings out the rose gold accents and vice versa. This combination, (while not inherently mid century design only, gold watches are still produced today) gives the watch an older overall quality and is perfect for someone looking for a new watch seemingly plucked from the middle of the 20th century.

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A Modern Day Vintage Watch – FER2400CN0 Bambino

July 24th, 2014 | No Comments

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Wildly popular the moment it was released, the FER2400CN0 “new” Bambino almost immediately sold out. The CN took the already stellar platform of the Bambino and injected another level of vintage flavor to it. It’s easy to simply stay a “vintage inspired” timepiece, but what exactly from the CN make this true?

First off the CN uses the same case, crystal and dial (though the style has been redesigned)  from the original Bambino. The domed crystal and dial are very indicative of mid century styling, designed to give the watch graceful flowing lines. The stainless steel case is also the same and features both polished and brushed finishes, which gives the watch a modern feel and look. True mid century pieces are typically all polished for a very dressy look. The choice of adding brushed sides to the Bambino modernizes the watch in a very tasteful way and draws the eye to the face of the timepiece. These elements alone would make for a vintage looking piece, but with Orient’s new design choices, the Bambino is firmly a vintage inspired timepiece.

What’s new. Many things. Possible the first thing to notice is the cream dial color, an interesting choice and a dial shade that appeared frequently in the past and popularity has waned these past few decades, which doesn’t mean its not cool. But a clear indicator of the vintage feel. As a dress watch, the cream is a bold choice, as it gives the watch a touch of a casual feel for a dressy-casual watch. From there the hands are the next change to stand out. The wide dauphine hands have been switched out for much slimmer blue dauphine hands. The petite size of the hands give the watch a visually delicate disposition, a fitting mood for a mid century piece. In low light they appear almost black, but when hit with light, they shine a bright brilliant blue. At the tips of the hands are the Roman numeral and bar markers, which have replaced the tapered indices. Roman numerals are typically an indicator of classic dress style which is emblematic of sophistication. Surrounding the Roman numerals is a railroad style minute track, another vintage styling cue. The railroad track does well to visually stimulate your eye and draw it around the dial to each detail of the face. Moving from the dial, the crown is the final new addition. The onion style creates a great ease of operation for setting the watch and once again adds another detail of mid century flair.

Same as the previous generation, the Bambino remains on leather. A brown leather band has been paired with the CN and perfectly compliments the yellows, reds, and browns in the cream dial. Remaining at 40.5mm in diameter, the Bambino is firming a modern piece, though the heart of the watch is vintage.

Specifications for the Bambino
ORIENT Caliber 48743 Automatic Mov’t
Stainless Steel  Case
Date Window
Water resistant to 30m
Diameter: 40.5mm without crown
Thickness: 11.8mm
MSRP: $260 at OrientWatchUSA.com

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What to Wear and How to Wear It: The Best Watches for Camping

July 22nd, 2014 Posted in What to Wear and How to Wear It | No Comments

We feel that there are all different kinds of instances in life that require a trusty timepiece (because why not?). This is just one of them. Introducing “What to Wear and How to Wear It”, where we provide some personal suggestions about what to wear, when and (most importantly) why.

Need some time for a vacation to recharge the batteries? What’s a better way to do that than hiking or camping? Breaking away from city life and exploring mother nature is an incredibly rejuvenating experience, but one that should be taken with the proper tools. So don’t forget to take your watch because it is easy for a phone battery to quickly drain away whereas an automatic mechanical watch won’t. An important feature for a watch to have while exploring the wilderness would be high water resistance in order to protect the mechanical movement from sudden rain showers, fishing or when crossing creeks. Pairing it with a rubber strap will provide additional benefits due to its light weight (every ounce counts when you are carrying supplies through the woods) and the fact that it’ll be easy to clean the dirt off once you get home. Stainless steel will get too sticky from sweating during those hot summer months. Also, if you are planning on staying out after dark, a bright lume is critical during the moments before you set up your campfire and after you put it out.

Some great options for camping:

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Ray Rubber FEM6500CD9

Many of the features that make this a great diver watch make the Ray Rubber a great watch for the woods, the 200m water resistance is more than enough for crossing creeks and fishing in a lake. The rubber strap cuts down on weight that could be used for more supplies and the lume will keep you on time long after the sun goes down and you are heading back to your campsite.

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M-Force Air Diver SEL03005Y0

If you are going to be roughing it even longer, take the M-Force Air Diver. With its three ISO Certifications for water resistance (200m), shock resistance, and anti-magnetism, the Air Diver can take whatever you throw at it. Long after your cell phone dies, the Air Diver will still have plenty of juice left, and thanks to the handy power reserve indicator you can tell exactly how much is left. If you are starting to run low, don’t forget that is also hand winding!

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M-Force Beast Ti SDV01001B0

If you want the three ISO certifications (200m water resistance, shock resistance, and anti-magnetism), but a bigger case and less weight, check out the M-Force Beast Ti. The case clocks in at 47mm and it has lume that’ll light up the night sky. Important to note is that the titanium case is highly resistant to corrosion, which is a killer feature when dealing with all the elements that you’ll come into contact with out in the great outdoors.

The Return: The Exclusive (and Elusive) Yellow Mako

July 17th, 2014 | No Comments

_DSC1932 - CopyIt’s been 10 years since the Mako was introduced to the world and USA. Since 2004 the Mako has been the top selling model for Orient in the world and USA. To celebrate the Mako’s continued success in the USA, Orient rereleased a yellow dialversion, exclusive to the American market.  Use code ’10years’ at check out to get it for the special price of $140 shipped. The Mako is the watch that anchors Orient’s dive collection and is by far Orient’s most important timepiece, but why is that? What makes the Mako special?

To put it bluntly, it’s versatility is outstanding. The Yellow Mako is a watch that can be worn daily for years and styling still look fresh. In today’s world of watches, especially those of diver watches, case sizes are getting out of control. But the Mako’s 41.5mm case is a great medium size, it is big enough that none-watch people won’t call it a ladies watch and it’s small enough that it doesn’t look comically large on your wrist. This case size isn’t a trend, it’s the standard, it won’t go outdated.

_DSC9694 - CopyThanks to the automatic winding ORIENT in house caliber 46943 movement, you’ll never have to worry about winding the watch, strap it on and go about your day, its taken care of. No daily hand winding to do or battery to replace. The 46943 caliber comes directly from the original 469 caliber, which has been produced since 1971. Featuring the day and date complications, which besides the time, are the most widely and needed complications on a wristwatch, this is the information you need on your wrist on a daily basis.

Many watches out there have such low water resistance that washing your hands can be a bit too adventurous for them. Not the case with the Mako, sporting a 200m depth rating, you can take the Mako to the beach for snorkeling, yet the styling of the watch doesn’t scream that this is a tool watch only meant for the depths of the ocean. It’s classic divers sports design which transitions smoothly from the wetsuit to the jeans and t-shirt and even to a suit in a pinch. The bracelet or strap on the Mako has the power to transform the watch, from the diver’s companion to a sporty daily wearer on bracelet.

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A Brief History of the Orient EM65 “Mako”

July 16th, 2014 | 1 Comment

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With the Orient Mako celebrating its 10th birthday this week, we take a look back at its brief, brief history.

While there is no exact birthday date for the EM65 (or the “Mako”), the model was put into production in February-March of 2004. Due to the lead time of production, the first batch of Makos rolled out worldwide in the winter of 2004. It housed the famous 46943 movement that had been production since 1971 and which still is in production today. The Mako was originally offered in 8 styles and 3 dial colors: black, blue, orange and blue with a two-toned bezel (often called a ‘Pepsi’ bezel) on both an oyster styled bracelet with safety clasp and a long rubber diver’s strap. In 2009 however, a limited edition model in yellow was produced exclusively for the US market. From its initial release to today, the EM65 has been the top selling mid range watch (which sits between the Standard Line and Orient Star) from the brand, worldwide. It has also been the #1 selling Orient model in the US market.

So what’s behind the “Mako” name? This is also somewhat of a mystery. Puritime, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Orient Watch in the US, started distributing the premium line ( or mid range line) in 2006. A quick Watchuseek search shows that the term “Mako” was already being used in mid-2007. Legend has it that the “Mako” name came about on the forums and is based on the circular dolphin logo that appears on the rubber diver’s strap. A forum member pointed out that the dolphin actually looked like a shark, and thus it was christened as the Mako. It is also important to note that this was the event that perhaps started the nicknaming of Orient watch models.

Sure there have been similar models that have been released alongside the Mako (the Dolphin and the Ray ring a bell), but there always will be the Mako. And with a new EM65 model possibly in the works, the original Mako will forever be considered a classic.