Gauge your Power with the Orient CFTAB004B

February 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Orient racing watches have a lot to offer, but they do things a little differently than dress watches do. Because they’re more modern in design and often draw inspiration from cars, racing watches have the basic features Orient is known for, but with more creativity in the design.

The best example of this is the power reserve indicator, a convenient feature that most Orient watches have. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this popular feature and what it looks like on racing watches like the Orient CFTAB004B:

  • What is a power reserve indicator?
  • Why do I need it?
  • What does it look like?

What is a power reserve indicator?
A power reserve indicator is a unique feature that a mechanical watch can have. In an automatic watch (which is a self-winding mechanical watch), the movement of the wrist is what winds the mainspring, and ultimately powers the watch.

A power reserve indicator, as the name suggests, is a function on the dial that lets the wearer know how much power is left before the watch will stop running. Many Orient watches, like the Orient CFTAB004B, have a 40-hour power reserve indicator, so you can easily see if your watch is fully wound or not, and you’ll know exactly how many hours of stored energy it has left.

Why do I need it?
Is a power reserve indicator a completely vital feature for a mechanical watch to have? No. Is it really, really convenient and helpful? Yes.

If you didn’t have a fuel gauge in your car, you wouldn’t know when to refuel until it was too late. Essentially, a power reserve indicator is like your watch’s fuel gauge, letting you know when it needs to be refueled.

If your watch doesn’t seem to be functioning properly, and you notice that the power reserve indicator is close to 0, you can conclude that it might just need to be powered by the movement of your wrist. Without a power reserve indicator, you would have no way of knowing that a lack of stored energy was the cause of your watch’s malfunction. Your power reserve indicator can save you a potentially expensive trip to a watch expert.

What does it look like?
A power reserve indicator can have many forms. In simple dress watches like the CFDAC004W, the power reserve indicator is a small, elegant looking feature in the upper-middle section of the dial, near the 12 o’clock position.

But we know that a power reserve indicator is similar in function to the fuel gauge in your car. We also know that racing watches are often inspired by the design of sporty race cars. So what better way to show off a watch’s power reserve indicator on a racing watch by making it resemble the fuel gauge on your dashboard?

That’s exactly what sporty models like the Orient CFTAB004B and the Orient CEZ05003B do. The power reserve indicator is more than just a convenient function on these watches, it’s also a modern and unique design element.

Do you like the way that the power reserve indicators in Orient racing watches are built into their sporty design, or do you prefer the simplicity of an executive watch with a smaller, more understated feature? Share your thoughts below.

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  2. By John on Mar 27, 2011

    The power reserve looks great on every model. I’m not a diver or a pilot and I never need a stop watch feature. With the power reserve, it’s great to have a pragmatic feature that’s usable and has cool factor.

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