What to Wear and How to Wear It: 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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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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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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ORIENT in house caliber 46943 automatic movement
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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.

Back in Business: The Orient Surveyor

July 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment

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The Surveyor is a deceivingly straightforward watch. A 3 hander with date, nothing significant, until you take a step closer to investigate. The detailing on the Surveyor is top notch, which begins with the dial and moves to the case and finishes with the band (or bracelet depending on model).

From afar the Surveyor appears to have a solid colored dial, (it’s offered in black, blue, white and red) but when looked at closely you can see the polished checkered pattern that has been applied to the dial. This pattern grabs light and reflects it quite nicely as the dial turns; giving depth and visual interest to the watch.  It’s a pattern not often seen in watchmaking; making the Surveyor all the more attention grabbing. This pattern gives the Surveyor a classic sports watch influence and styling, keeping it nice and casual. Sitting atop the dial are fencepost styled hands and applied bar indices which have been lumed. The angular hands and indices compliment the checkered dial, that when lined up creates straight lines which are visually very satisfying, especially if you are one that seeks out order in the world.

Measuring at 42mm and 11.2mm thick, this timepiece has an up to date size, combined with the 24mm lug width, the watch has a definite presence on the wrist.  The wide lug width is noticeable and creates a very secured look on the wrist. Though the use of a polished tapered bezel makes sure that the watch doesn’t feel too over the top in the size department. Along with the bezel, the sides of the case and lugs have a high polish to them, whereas the top of the lugs have a brushed finish. What makes this interesting is how it corresponds with the stainless steel bracelet. The top of the 3 link bracelet has a brushed finish, which blends into the top of the brushed lugs, this creates a seamless flow from case to bracelet. On top of this, the sides of the bracelet have been polished, matching the polished sides of the case. Both these touches exemplify how much thought and effort was put into the Surveyor, this doesn’t happen by accident. The blue dial variation of the Surveyor has been housed in a black IP coated stainless steel case with a matte black leather band with a matching black IP coated buckle. The leather band is quite supple and has a broken in feeling right out of the box. A wonderful detail are the holes cut for the buckle, which are slots instead of the typical round holes, a lovely reference to the angular lines of the dial and hands.

Specifications for the Surveyor
ORIENT Caliber 48743 Automatic Mov’t
Stainless Steel  with Sapphire Crystal
Date Window
Water resistant to 50m
Diameter: 42mm without crown
Thickness: 11.2mm
MSRP: $270 for the Black IP Coated Case $285 on Stainless Steel Bracelet at OrientWatchUSA.com

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The Orient Surveyor, Reviewed by Dappered (+ Giveaway!)

July 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Dappered recently reviewed the Orient Surveyor! If you’re on the fence about it, give the review a read. You’ll also have the chance to win the watch! Additionally, the Surveyor is on sale, starting at $148.50 shipped with code study! Here’s the full line up: http://orientwatchusa.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=surveyor

Read the full review here: http://dappered.com/2014/07/win-it-the-orient-surveyor-automatic/