CEM65004B vs. CEM65006D: a Mako Duel

April 30th, 2010 | 21 Comments

Sure, the CEM65004B a.k.a. Black Mako and the CEM65006D a.k.a. Pepsi Mako have a lot in common, yet they also have some pretty big differences.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the similarities and differences of these 2 Makos.


Read on to learn more about:

Orient Mako watch features

Both the CEM65004B and the CEM65006D (as well as all of the other Mako styles) share these special features:

In-house movement: as with all Orient Watches, the Makos have an in-house movement produced exclusively by and for Orient timepieces.

40-hour Power Reserve: all Orient Watches have a power reserve feature that keeps the watches ticking for up to 40 hours even when they’re unworn.

200m water resistance: Makos can safely be worn while swimming, snorkeling, recreational diving or during other water sports.


Stainless steel case: this feature protects the watch from breaks, dents and corrosives (especially important if you wear this watch in the water).

Day/Date calendar: a calendar is always a good thing to have on your watch. The Makos add to this convenience by providing an English/Spanish calendar.

Screwed-down crown: this feature protects the internal parts of the watch from water, corrosives or other damage.

Plus, the Makos are so desirable because they are available in a wide range of unique colors and styles, which is what we’ll discuss next.

How the CEM65004B and CEM65006D differ

The CEM65004B and the CEM65006D have 2 big differences: color and band.

These aspects of a watch are often as important as the movement and accuracy. No one wants to wear an ugly watch, no matter how well it keeps time.


The CEM65004B, Black Mako, is a simpler, quieter watch than the CEM65006D. Many people will prefer the simplicity of an all-black watch to a bright blue and red watch like the Pepsi Mako.

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Furthermore, black can make matching pretty easy, so the Black Mako may be considered more versatile, and it can go from business to casual while the Pepsi Mako may just be considered casual.

However, the colors of the Pepsi Mako are more true to a dive watch, which some people will prefer to a basic black watch.


The Black Mako uses a black urethane band with the “Mako” symbol on it while the Pepsi Mako has a basic stainless steel band.


Many people will prefer the urethane band if they plan to spend a lot of time in water while wearing the watch. The urethane band may also provide more security, so you won’t have to worry about a link breaking and losing your watch.

On the other hand, the stainless steel band on the Orient CEM65006D is a more classic, less sporty approach to the Mako.

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What people are saying about Mako watches

So, now that you know a bit more about Makos, let’s see what people have said about the CEM65004B and the CEM65006D.

Solid and comfortable- “[The CEM65004B] is a solidly built watch, and the rubber strap is very comfortable.”

Easy to see and read- “The [CEM65004B's] face is big and easy to read in the water, and the hands, numbers, and markings light up very nicely in the dark.”

Perfect- “[The CEM65006D's] weight is substantial, and the size is perfect.”

High level of craftsmanship and skill-
“The craftsmanship, thoughtfulness, and skill put into [the CEM65006D] are highly evident when it is examined in-person. Any watch-lover or collector will truly appreciate this watch!”


If you have a Mako, be sure to send your review to Orient Watch USA.

Do you prefer the CEM65004B or the CEM65006D? Comment below.

  1. 21 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Douglas Love on Apr 30, 2010

    I prefer the Black Mako to the Pepsi Mako but I have an Orange Mako on order.

  3. By Jairus on Apr 30, 2010

    I really like the looks of your watches! I think we need some more automatic skeletons on the market from you.

  4. By Matt on Apr 30, 2010

    The Black Mako is a great looking watch and would be a perfect water sports/dive watch. The day/date complication is a nice addition where a lot of dive watches seem to only have the date.

  5. By Earle on Apr 30, 2010

    I like the CEM65006D, Pepsi Mako. I like the blue and red bezel and the blue dial face.

  6. By Derek K. Burks on Apr 30, 2010

    I like the blak Mako best, but for me it is just appearance. i just do not like the pepsi as much.

  7. By Doug on May 1, 2010

    Both classic looks. I’ve got the black Mako on the stainless bracelet. It is definitely dressier that the Pepsi. That Pepsi on stainless would be a great casual weekender.

  8. By Manohare Sahadeo on May 1, 2010

    I got to know of ORIENT Watches from a Polish gentleman. I collect watehes. I was interested in the one he was wearing. He told me that the one he was wearing do not use batteries but is powered by the movement of the wearer hands. I found that to be very interesting.

  9. By Steve Jackman on May 1, 2010

    I prefer the black Mako to the Pepsi. The blue and red just doesn’t work for me. Of course I really prefer the orange, which just arrived yesterday. Beautiful, simple styling. Let’s see some new colors! Green would be nice.

  10. By Bob Lilienthal on May 1, 2010

    I prefer the black Mako but with the metal bracelet. Both great looking watches though! I’m impressed by the entire line.

  11. By rev rev on May 1, 2010

    Of the 2 watches offered here I must say I prefer the Black Mako over the Pepsi. The Black Mako just looks classy. If I could choose any watch by Orient I would have to choose one of the Light Powered watches.

  12. By Chuck on May 1, 2010

    Make mine a pepsi!

  13. By Wilfredo Audifre on May 3, 2010

    I like the Pepsi Mako. All my other watches are either Black or Blue. The Pepsi looks sporty but classy.

  14. By Chauce on May 3, 2010

    The deep-sea blue dial gets my vote every time (purely for looks). However, I can see why the functionality of the black combined with the rubber strap is desirable. My recommendation is save up for two Makos – one for work and one for play.

  15. By Scott on May 6, 2010

    I bought both those watches. Black with Black and Pepsi on SS. Great watches, very happy with my purchase.

  16. By Gil on May 21, 2010

    The black model would go with more but for a casual watch the red and blue one gets my vote. Since I have a few all black, I’d opt for the colored one!

  17. By Saltor on May 23, 2010

    Yo compré un Mako negro solo que le cambié la correa por una de caucho más formal. Me encanta mi reloj.

  18. By Brian2 on May 27, 2010

    Just ordered the “Pepsi” so I would have to say I likt that one a little bit better, however, if I am satisified with the watch quality a black will soon find it’s way in the mail. This will be my first auto, and I am excited to see how I like before I buy any more. Brian

  19. By Michael Walters on May 28, 2010

    Just ordered the Black Mako on a stainless bracelet. Spent awhile deciding whether to go for the urethane band or not. I finally chose the SS so that I could also wear it to church 9about the only time I dress up these days).

    The Pepsi bezel is growing on me though, which means I’ll probably end up buying one eventually….

  20. By Hrab Traian on Jun 1, 2010

    I just buy a CEM65004B. I would ask you to inform me about more technical dates (shock resistance, technical solutions etc.).
    Is it possible to change the rubber band with the basic stainless steel band without other changes? Can you offer me some basic stainless steel band?


    Best regards,

  21. By Tom on Apr 25, 2013

    Both watches look fantastic…and its good that you can get the pepsi on the uerethane strap and the black on the bracelet, so many combos are possible.
    For me I already have a black diver watch in the Steinhart OB1, so I would prefer the pepsi all the way. I dont think you can go far wrong with either. The price is incredible for what you are getting so its a win win for either watch. Any watch from the CEM6500xxx range is a solid choice

  22. By nolll on Feb 28, 2014

    i’ve just bought the pepsi with superluminova option

    i’ll receive mine in 5 days, it´s hard to wait. that´s my first automatic watch :D)))

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