Can’t afford that Omega Planet Ocean diver? Check out the Orient Mako

October 19th, 2012 Posted in Orient Watch Reviews | 16 Comments

Wouldn’t it be great if we could have everything we wanted? Well now you can. Sort of.

If you’ve been eyeing an Omega Planet Ocean but find the cost a bit overwhelming, Orient has a solution. Not only does Orient have a great diver watch but it’s a great diver watch at a great price. It’s the Orient Mako, of course.

Let’s take a closer look at both the Planet Ocean and the Mako and let you be the judge.

Omega Planet Ocean

Omega is undoubtedly one of the strongest players in the world of diver watches. This Swiss watch company has been producing top-of-the-line timepieces since the mid-1800s. It’s no wonder these watches are desirable, but the cost of them can be quite high and uninspiring (even used).

The Omega Planet Ocean boasts essential diver features such as 600m water resistance, and a screwed-down crown. Additionally, the Planet Ocean features a helium escape valve. This ultimate diver is certainly suitable for saturation diving and intense water sports.

Though the Planet Ocean is certainly a well-constructed timepiece with Omega’s in-house movement and solid materials, the watch’s rise to fame may safely be indebted to James Bond. So, unless you’re James Bond or a professional diver, you may want to save the money you would spend on the Planet Ocean (upwards of $6,000), and put it towards a quality substitution.

Orient Mako

The Orient Mako is perhaps Orient’s bestselling watch, diver or otherwise, and for good reason. The Mako contains all the necessary features of a diver watch: 200m water resistance, lume, screwed-down crown, unidirectional bezel, and solid materials. Plus the Mako just has a cool, diver aesthetic. Available in a bunch of styles, the Mako includes either a durable urethane band or a solid stainless steel band. Orient’s in-house mechanical movement, caliber 46943, completes this watch.

The Mako’s date and day calendars and much slimmer watch hands may be the most notable stylistic differences between it and the Planet Ocean. And that’s exactly what many people prefer about the Mako. It’s not as sporty as other divers, making it more versatile and practical for day-to-day wear.

Which isn’t to say the Mako doesn’t stand out. It certainly does, and for $215, it stands way out from the diver watch price point. It may not be a Planet Ocean, but the Orient Mako is no less a great and an affordable diver watch.

Which watch would you choose? Do you already wear one of these diver watches? Leave us a comment below!

  1. 16 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Dave on Oct 19, 2012

    Right now my diver is a vintage Vostok Amphibia. I love it, but after purchasing the Orient Sky Sapphire as a daily dress watch I’m seriously considering a Mako.

  3. By Jason Duerr on Oct 19, 2012

    I’m an Orient first time customer as of last week. Very impressed with their service. tracking number was right on time. My biggest concern was the watch weight: Too many times i’ve looked at lower end Swiss Army, and was turned off by the cheap feel. All my Orients are heavy and feel sturdy. Go for it. Mako is in my near future, too.

  4. By Roger on Oct 19, 2012

    Great watch. Own the black one and its my daily watch.

  5. By Blake on Oct 19, 2012

    In my opinion Orients are one of the best value/quality watches available today. I am an avid watch collector and have 25+ watches in my collection. Prior to owning my first Orient I was a watch snob and only would buy Swiss. After receiving an Orient Star Retro Motorcycle as a gift I was blown away by the quality. I have since added an Orient Star Retro Airplane, two Mako XLs and a Thresher to my collection. This past summer I had the opportunity to buy an Omega PO at 40% off. Ironically, I was wearing my orange Mako XL at the time and I could not justify the POs price after comparing them side by side.

  6. By Steve on Oct 20, 2012

    The Mako! I’ve had one for, umm, 6 years now? It’s had the crystal replaced (because I scratched it bad!) and it’s taken such a beating because it’s the watch I wear everyday. It’s held up to the beating. I love it.

    Orient all the way.

  7. By Tom on Oct 20, 2012

    looking for a chain watch, resonably priced

  8. By Marc on Oct 21, 2012

    As a connoisseur of fine time pieces, I came across your website researching the Omega I will be buying for my birthday. I am intrigued by your brand having just heard of it. I like the styling of your time pieces but was wondering if you are afraid of being compared to Invicta because you are yourself, promoting as an Omega alternative?

  9. By nick on Oct 22, 2012

    Hello Marc,

    That is a fantastic question.

    We know that Invicta gets a lot of criticism. We feel that perhaps its due to the fact that people see their watches as blatant copies of popular models. What separates us from Invicta is the fact that our heritage spans more than 50 years, and that we manufacture all of our movements in-house while Invicta is known to sometimes use outsourced Miyota movements. We pride ourselves on being the largest mechanical watch manufacturer in Japan (doubling the output of Seiko and Citizen together by roughly 3 times).

    We presented an alternative to the Planet Ocean and feel that is as much an alternative the Submariner or the SuperOcean Heritage are. We were simply evaluating what features some may be looking for in a similar watch, and found that the Orient Mako was the best alternative in terms of value and quality.

  10. By Sajeev on Oct 30, 2012

    I got my Orient Black Mako today (bought online from Amazon) and I’m loving it. It is going to be my daily watch. It feels solid and looks are great and clean.

  11. By Kristine Thompson on Dec 6, 2012

    I bought a Orient Black Mako for my husband, for our anniversary and he absolutely loved it! I guess I know what he’s going to want for Christmas too!

  12. By biplov tandon on Feb 28, 2013

    Please let me win this one.I love it

  13. By Rory Chole on Mar 13, 2013

    seems to look like the real deal and since im a broke college student, a cheaper watch that looks nice is a big bonus

  14. By Bruce Hempel on Apr 18, 2013

    I’ve seen the Mako in person and it is a very nice watch. I’d prefer it to the Planet Ocean (which I also love!) because of its affordability and the lack of worry about losing it for whatever reason (peace of mind!). But I actually like the Orient Ray even better than the Mako, both for its design and its stronger lume.

  15. By James Stuart on May 16, 2013

    Orient watches are the best non- Swiss manufactured watches that are available on today’s watch market.I have collected Swiss watches for over forty years.I can honestly say that I am totally blown away by the quality of the Orient watch brand.
    True in- house manufactured quality at an affordable price!

  16. By Juan Fernandez on Sep 6, 2013

    It is said that Omega is using ETA made movements, with some modifications, therefore the Omega watches do not have in-house made movements.

  17. By John Miller on Jul 7, 2014

    I just got my black Mako. It is an awesome watch. While I don’t own an Omega, I do own a Rolex, and the Mako looks every bit as well made. This makes my third Orient, and I have been nothing but pleased with my two former Orient watches.

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