3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy Orient Automatic Watches

April 9th, 2010 | 2 Comments

It’s time to play devil’s advocate. Instead of the typical overview of the great features of a given Orient automatic , this article will discuss reasons you shouldn’t buy Orient Automatic Watches.

These reasons include:

Enjoying Winding Your Watch Every Day

Some people love the idea of waking in the morning, making breakfast, getting dressed for work, getting the kids dressed for school, and heading out the door only to realize their watch says 3:04. These people love the feeling of spending an extra few minutes in their busy morning routine to reset and wind their mechanical watch so that it tells time through the day.

hectic times

If you’re one of these people, don’t buy an Orient automatic watch. They have fully automatic, self-winding movements with power reserve indicators. If you buy an Orient automatic and keep an eye on the indicator, you will never have to wind your watch. Time-saving isn’t for everyone.

Neither are in-house movements… read on.

Liking Outsourced Movements

Other people like the idea of their watch’s movement being mass produced by a factory in a foreign country. They claim that this decreases price and increases quality.

Orient disagrees with these people, producing all of their watch movements in-house. Part of a watch’s luxury is its complexity and fine detail, and in-house movements are a way for watchmakers to demonstrate their technical expertise and experience. In-house production simultaneously cuts costs and increases quality because transport costs, export fees and markup prices are drastically reduced.

But if you don’t agree with Orient, steer clear. Instead, go for a watch with a stock movement or modified movement.

With stock movements, each movement isn’t always checked for quality. Instead a sample is taken to represent the effectiveness of the manufacturing process (for example, every 10th movement might be inspected). There’s always the chance that you’ll end up with one of the other 9.

A broken watch

Some watchmakers alter stock movements (which then become modified movements) by adding, removing, or changing parts. Modified movements tend to be the most expensive movements with the least value. Extra cost results from the modifier’s “expertise,” but these movements are still basically outsourced, mass-produced stock movements. Many companies say that modified movements are in-house movements!

Preferring to Pay More

Speaking of cost, there are others who prefer to pay more for their timepieces. Because of the perceived status of purchasing an expensive watch, or maybe even belief that paying more always means higher quality, many opt to spend thousands of dollars on their timepieces.

If you would rather buy a watch than make a down payment on a house, look elsewhere. While all Orient watches are high quality, the average price of an Orient automatic watch is $287, and the median is $220—far from enough to buy real estate.


Orient owners prefer automatic watches with quality in-house movements at reasonable prices. One Orient watch owner, Greg Cygnor, commented: “I can tell you this, I have both Swiss and Japanese in house movements and can say there is very little difference between them. Except one thing the higher price of the swiss watches. Give me a good solid japanese movement any day and I’ll spend the money I saved on 3 more watches.”

But now, you know the reasons you shouldn’t want to buy Orient Automatic Watches. It’s your decision whether or not to join the ranks of Orient fans.

Cassie Wallace

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  2. By Joe on Apr 9, 2010

    I am looking forward to the day when Orient would make the models available overseas accessible here in the U.S.

  3. By P.J. on Apr 14, 2010

    I bought the new Orient Mako II in October 2009, and ever since I received it it has been 5 minutes too fast. This is not the type of quality I expected from a new watch.

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