Blue Mako, the watch formerly known as Orient CEM65002D

March 19th, 2010 | 5 Comments

Remember when Prince changed his name to that unpronounceable symbol? During that time, his popularity also dropped pretty severely. Coincidence?

No, I just think people prefer talking in words, not abstract symbols.

The Orient CEM65002D went through a similar transition, but for the better, and we know it today as the Blue Mako.

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Let’s see what else is good about this watch:

Orient’s bestseller

That’s right. The watch formerly known as Orient CEM65002D is also Orient’s bestselling men’s automatic watch.

How can that be?

I think it has a lot to do with the combination of quality, luxury watch features and a $190 price tag.

The Blue Mako is also multi-purpose. It can easily go from diver mode to business mode, no questions asked.

Many happy Mako wearers have also said that the wild blue dial and bezel color is unmatched, and especially remarkable in bright sunlight.

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Diver features

To earn the “diver” stamp, a watch must meet the ISO 6425 standard regulated by the International Organization for Standardization.

Though the Orient CEM65002D doesn’t meet ISO 6425, it still has some important diving features:

  • Diver’s 200m water resistance: this is key to a diver watch. ISO 6425 requires a minimum water resistance of diver’s 100m.
  • Unidirectional bezel: the bezel must have markings at least every 5 minutes.
  • Excellent lume: ISO 6425 requires that divers are visible/readable at 25 cm in total darkness.
  • Stainless steel case: this keeps the watch protected from galvanic corrosion.
  • Minute markings: each minute must be clearly marked.


If you’re planning on doing some professional or saturation diving, I’d look for something a bit more advanced than the Mako; but this watch would be a great choice for recreational diving. And of course it’s well-suited for swimming, snorkeling or any other water sports.

Other special features

Check out these other important features on the Blue Mako:

  • 40 hr Power Reserve: keep your watch ticking up to 40 hours without wearing it.
  • Day/date Spanish/English calendar: change these by using the crown and the push-button above the crown.
  • Solid, stainless steel band: keep your watch on-hand with this sturdy bracelet.
  • In-house movement: know your watch came from a reputable, established watchmaker.

In-house movements are commonplace on Orient Waches because the company believes in producing a signature movement found only on Orient timepieces. Be sure to learn about who uses in-house movements and who doesn’t.


Recent reviews

See what some Blue Mako/Orient CEM65002D wearers are saying about this bestselling watch.

Accurate- “The time keeping is surprisingly accurate at -3 sec/day which for an automatic is extremely good.”

Reliable- “It has proven itself reliable to me, and it’s a dressy dive watch. Let me tell you about the lume–very bright green.”

Cool- “I think they are big substantial watches, nicely finished with the typical polished sides and brushed tops, big bold hour indicators and cool sword hands.”

Quality- “I’ve purchased many diver watches and this is a great value. Solid case and good weight…very high quality. I always get good comments when I wear this one.”

Captivating- “But the most captivating part of this watch has to be the dial. It’s a deep blue with a matching blue bezel, but it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in a watch face.”

What do you think of the Orient CEM65002D a.k.a. Blue Mako? Comment below.

  1. 5 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Gary Walton on Mar 19, 2010

    Here is the burning question? Is the Mako really a ISO 6425 rated diver ? You will here that ask a lot in comparison to the Seiko line of divers and it has been excepted that the Mako is not iso a rated diver. So please find out once and for all is it or has it been certified and have the Seiko line of scuba divers gone through something that Orient has not to make the claim that they are iso rated. We can put an end to all the arguments..

  3. By michelle on Mar 20, 2010

    These are soo cool!

  4. By michelle on Mar 20, 2010

    The Orient Blue Mako is one awsome watch! Michelle

  5. By James David Walley on Mar 20, 2010

    While the Blue Mako is a very nice watch, your statement that it meets the ISO 6425 standards is false, as — despite your claim — the Blue Mako does NOT have a luminous seconds hand. In fact, it’s a rather striking omission, although I will grant that the red tip on the non-luminous hand is quite striking visually. Too bad there wasn’t a way of incorporating lume with it.

  6. By ORIENT Marlee on Mar 22, 2010

    Thanks for your question/comment.

    No, the Mako is not ISO 6425 certified, but still has most of the features necessary to qualify.

    I’ve clarified that in the article.

    Hope that’s helpful and thanks, again!

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