A Closer Look at Movement: Orient 469

April 5th, 2010 | 15 Comments

We spend a lot of time looking at a watch’s exterior features and glossing over what really goes on behind the watch dial.

Today, let’s take a look at one of Orient’s oldest, most classic movements: 469 or EM.

Read on to find out about:

History of the Orient 469 movement

The 469 movement dates back to the 1970s. Originally, Seiko owned the movement, which was then referred to as the 7005.

Orient then modified the movement to make it their own.

Though the movement is so old, it continues to be used on Orient Watches today. And not just any Orient Watches, but some of the bestselling collections.

Many watch wearers and collectors respect the simple, inexpensive design of the 469 movement because it has proven to be durable, resilient and reliable over the years.


What’s good about this movement

Yes, it’s a tried and true in-house movement. Now let’s look at the 469 features and see what makes the movement so long-lasting.

  • 17-21 jewels (21 jewels is more common for new Orients)
  • 21,600 vibrations per hour
  • 40-hour Power Reserve a.k.a. running time
  • Shock-proof bearings to protect the balance
  • Date & day calendar
  • Click button located above the crown (adjusts the day and language)

The Orient 469 movement is, of course, automatic, so there’s no need to wind. Instead, the mainspring is wound based on the movement of your arm while wearing the watch.


Should the movement stop, swing the watch back and forth 10 or more times to get the hands moving again. Once the movement starts, be sure to set the date and time.

Since it is automatic, the movement may lose accuracy. To maintain accuracy, Orient recommends wearing your watch for at least 8 hours everyday.

Not to mention, the movement is also battery-free.

Orient Watches with a 469 movement

These popular Orient Watches proudly sport the 469 movement.

Mako a.k.a. CEM6500

The Mako, Orient’s bestselling men’s automatic watch, uses the simple and resilient 469 movement.


Let’s see what else is good about the Makos.
  • 200m water resistance
  • Stainless steel case
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • 41mm diameter
  • Wide array of colors to choose from
  • $190 price tag

The Makos are so desirable among Orient Watch fans because they are versatile, good-looking and durable.


The CEM7500, sometimes called Mako’s “big brother,” also uses the classic 469 movement.


Here are the watch’s other features:
  • 200m water resistance
  • Stainless steel case
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • 46mm diameter
  • Excellent lume
  • $250 price tag

Because the CEM7500 watches are a bit more high-tech than the Makos, they’re often more appealing to watch wearers who seek a sturdier diver.

What do you think of the Orient 469 movement? Comment below.

  1. 15 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By nikola on Apr 5, 2010

    OH it´s look great…for me dark blue watch is best,not because color ,how can i see that watch is quality watch…my regards

  3. By Ron Walsh on Apr 5, 2010

    While browsing the Orient Watch website, I came across the CEZ05003B watch, and I think it has to be the best looking watch of all the racing watches listed. This timepiece will definitely be taking a slot in my watch box (that is when I am not wearing it, showing it off).

  4. By Mark Williams on Apr 5, 2010

    I have had a Mako for a couple of years and it has been the best automatic for me, and not because my friend lost it to me in a bet!

  5. By Casey on May 9, 2010

    A good automatic is a thing of beauty- can’t wait to get mine!

  6. By Adrian Lewis on Jul 4, 2010

    Had my orient mako stolen and it feels like a lost friend ive had many watches but none that felt or looked this good hope to get A black pro diver soon !!

  7. By Pawe? on Aug 24, 2010

    Very good movement. I wear my Orient with 469 only from time to time but I can admint, that this movement is durable and especially worth it’s price

  8. By richard rose on Sep 15, 2010

    I have the cem0h007b World Time watch. It has the well-known and reliable 469 movement. The case and bracelet are stainless steel.The watch face is a black dial with luminous hands. It has a rotating bezel noting the cities of the world and their time zone. The watch is highly durable, reliable, and accurate. It is also quite attractive and affordable.

  9. By richard rose on Sep 17, 2010

    Name the CEM7500… call it the Great White.

  10. By Michael on Jan 20, 2011

    I love my mako! Keeps great time and looks like a million bucks for a buck fifty! I am looking for more Orient watches like the Planet Orient

  11. By Martin Thorson on Apr 21, 2011

    I love my yellow Mako…looking for the larger 7500 series in black..


  12. By Jacinto on Apr 22, 2011

    Great movement, I have three mako´s

  13. By Antonio Ghatas on Sep 15, 2011

    i want to know information About my old clock
    - date of industry
    water resistant : stainless steel – base metal bezel
    469g80-8a ca

  14. By Jonathan on Feb 24, 2012

    Such a distinctive classic. Orient watches deserve to be far more well known.

  15. By Cade on Oct 4, 2014

    I recently bought a serviced 1970′s Orient Sea King 3-star (469617SA-7A) blue dial version. Nice looking watch with 44 mm case.

    As expected, after servicing, keeps very good time after ~ 40 years since it was made.

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