How to Modernize a Watch like the Orient CFM00005D

January 12th, 2011 | 1 Comment

We’ve already established that there are some design elements in a watch that give it an elegant, classic feel, while others can have a much more modern and trendy design.

A white watch with a genuine leather band and Roman numerals as hour markers, for example, has a timeless look, while a model with a digital display in a bold color like orange or yellow is definitely a more recent trend.

But when it comes to fashion, rules are made to be broken and lines are meant to be crossed. That’s why many watch models, like the Orient CFM00005D and the Orient CVFAA002B, combine classic and modern design elements into one timepiece.

So if you want to modernize a watch to make it more contemporary, it’s easy to do so. Likewise, you can take a trendy model and give it a more classic appeal with a few modifications.

While you can’t alter the watch’s case diameter or change most of the features on the dial, there’s one simple modification that can change the entire look of a watch, and that’s changing the watch band. Read on to learn how doing so can update the look of a watch.

Modernize a watch

Take the Orient CFM00005D for example. The dial of the watch has a sporty look, which is characteristic of more modern watches. But the brown genuine leather band is reminiscent of classic dress watches. You can update this watch to give it an even more contemporary look by changing the band from leather to mesh or rubber.

A mesh band is a great option if you want to modernize your CFM00005D or any other model. Since it’s metal, a mesh band can be dressy but it’s also appropriate for casual wear. Additionally, it’s more flexible than stainless steel, so it provides comfort in addition to a modern style.

If you want to go for a more casual, sporty look that’s also modern, swapping out a leather band for a black rubber band is the way to go. This creates a unique look for racing watches because the rubber on the band is reminiscent of that on a car tire, which gives the watch a true racing style.

Changing your watch band is simple and only takes a few minutes, but it can transform the entire look of your watch, especially if you want your timepiece to showcase all of the latest trends. It’s also not a permanent change, so you can update your watch or switch it back to its original band as often as you want.

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  2. By Tony Lewis on Jan 13, 2011

    The Orient CFM00005D is not a good example to use in regards a watch strap change. It’s lug width does not lend itself to a mesh and most rubber straps would have to be modified to work.

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