CFT00004B: an Orient Watch Review

March 12th, 2010 | 7 Comments



You may have seen the CFT00004B before; it has those unabashed good looks that one is accustomed to seeing on the runway, which could be why the CFT00004B is one of Orient’s model watches. Of course, it’s good looking, but it’s what’s inside this classy timepiece that is really special.

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Let’s review the CFT00004B:


Movement

Like all Orient Watches, the quality of the CFT00004B begins with its 100% in-house movement.

What does that mean?

In-house movement means that a watch’s movement was developed and manufactured by the watch company for their own watch product. In other words, the movement is not outsourced.

Outsourcing can often be more cost-effective, but watches with in-house movements are highly regarded, and usually only the most high-end watch companies produce their own movements.

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In addition to Orient, let’s see some others who use 100% in-house movements:
  • Rolex
  • Zenith
  • Seiko
  • Citizen
  • Audemars Piguet

And who doesn’t:

  • Breguet
  • Omega
  • IWC
  • Tag
  • Chopard

Some may argue that it doesn’t matter where a watch gets its movement, but that seems to disregard the art of traditional watchmaking, which is based on developing and creating a movement.

See the CFT00004B’s in-house movement in action in this Orient watch review created by Watch Report.

Crystal

The Orient CFT00004B uses sapphire crystal.

What does that mean?

Sapphire crystal is often used on higher-end watches as opposed to mineral crystal. Sapphire is desirable because it is more scratch-resistant than mineral or other types of crystal. It has also earned a 9 on the Mohs scale, which measures the relative hardness of materials. Diamonds, for comparison, earn a 10.

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One downside to sapphire crystal is that it is very shiny, so an anti-reflective coating is often needed. The CFT00004B uses anti-reflective coating to tone down the shine.

Other special features

In addition to an in-house movement and sapphire crystal, the CFT00004B has some other noteworthy features, too.

Power Reserve
Like all of Orient’s automatics, the CFT00004B has a 40 hour Power Reserve. This watch also has a PR indicator, so you’ll know when your watch needs to be charged (i.e. worn).

If you’re wondering, Power Reserve is a watch’s way of storing or saving up energy. When your watch is fully wound, it will continue ticking for about 40 hours until it will need charging again. If you wear your watch daily, you won’t need to worry much about charging your watch because it’s probably fully charged most of the time.

Stainless steel case and band
Stainless steel is the traditional metal used for watch cases and bands. It’s widely used because it’s “tried and true” meaning that stainless steel is a trustworthy and durable material that we use for nearly everything including buildings, sculptures, mixing bowls, guns and even water bottles.

Not to mention stainless steel is corrosion resistant, which is especially important for diver watches.

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Water resistance
The CFT00004B has a water resistance of 100m. This means that this watch is safe for swimming, snorkeling and most water sports.

Racing inspired look
As part of the Racing Series, the CFT00004B looks like a speedometer. The PR indicator is modeled after a fuel gauge, and the neon green details recall the accents on both a speedometer and a fuel gauge.

Orient watch reviews

Let’s see what others had to say about the CFT00004B in their Orient watch reviews:

Versatile- “It adds a very dressy look and presents a little “bling” factor if that is what you fancy. I feel this allows the watch to be worn with just about anything.”

Comfortable- “I really like the comfort of this watch. It is the largest watch I own, but wears very nicely.”

Accurate- “Accuracy so far (set to atomic clock 48 hours ago): +7 sec. Very nice.”

-From Watchuseek.com

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Fascinating- “The semi-skeleton face is very nice, too. I catch myself staring at the oscillations of the balance wheel, and marvel at the engineering that goes into a watch like this.”

Well-built- “It’s very well constructed and has some weight to it as well, which in my opinion is a testament to the quality of this particular watch.”

Good buy- “…this watch is a pretty sweet deal. You get great quality and good looks at a good price.”

-From Amazon.com

Share your thoughts about the CFT00004B or your favorite Orient Watch below.




  1. 7 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By tyrone yeung on Mar 12, 2010

    Please inform me where to purchase
    orient watches in Hong Kong

  3. By tyrone yeung on Mar 12, 2010

    I like orient watch & want to know where
    I can get it in Hong Kong

  4. By Don Hendrix on Mar 12, 2010

    I’ve owned a number of brand name watches over the last 40 years, many were gifts but when I choose a watch for myself, I always purchase an Orient watch for the quality, look and feel.

  5. By Wendy Swartz on Mar 12, 2010

    I believe they are by far the best watches I have ever come across. I wish everyone could afford to have the quality of this workmanship. WELL DONE

  6. By ORIENT Marlee on Mar 13, 2010

    Hi Tyrone,

    You can go here:

    http://www.orient-watch.com/support/distributors.html

    Select “Asia” then “Hong Kong,” and you’ll be able to see your options.

    Thanks for your question!

  7. By Jéjé on Mar 14, 2010

    This might very well be my next Orient. I don’t have and open heart yet and I really like the looks of the CFT00004B

  8. By Jerry Cochran on Apr 7, 2010

    Dear Sirs, I have been a watch collector for several years. My interests span both mechanical and digital timepieces and I possess watches from all over the world. Last year I purchased an Orient. I frankly bought this watch out of pure curiosity. I am amazed at the quality and the accuracy. It is looks great and always generates compliments. It is probably the greatest value of any watch I own. I have no problems advising friends to purchase one. Best regards, Jerry Cochran

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