Orange Diver Watch – Keeping you Fashionable & Alive

January 3rd, 2010 | 25 Comments

Computers can send us information from millions of miles away but even the best fail. Just ask NASA. In diving, failure can mean death so divers for decades have relied on their watches to let them know how long they have until they need to surface. With precise standards and rigorous tests, these watches have proven to stand up in the most inhospitable conditions.
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ISO 6425 Standard


Since 1932 with the arrival of the Omega “Marine” everyone from the hobby diver to major militaries started buying these water-resistant time pieces to keep an eye on how long they had to breathe. The rigorous standards that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have put in place assure divers that the watch is worth every penny they spend. Along with stress tests like exposure to extreme magnetic fields and soaking in a saltwater solution for 24 hours the watches must contain features like a unidirectional bezel – a rotatable edge surrounding the dial of a watch used for measuring elapsed time – and clearly distinguished minute markings on the watch face. Only a watch that passes the ISO 6425 standard are allowed to be marked “DIVER’S.”


Why the Orange Face?


Dive watches are some of the most popular watches for divers and collectors alike. The forum on watchuseek.com is a chatterbox of enthusiasts who come to discuss their latest purchases, the trends, and to show off their collections. When looking at these collections, you see that many of the dive watches have orange faces. Why the orange face? Orange is one of the last colors to disappear underwater. The color’s wavelength is longer so it turns blue pretty slowly as you descend into the briny deep. It also pops when wearing it on dry land. Orange is not a typical color and eyes are drawn to it. Whether you’re a landlubber or a scurvy sea rat, this kind of watch is essential to your collection. Here are some of the most talked about brands.

  • Seiko “Orange Monster” – Price: $165-$495 One of the standards. Detailed in a lengthy customer review titled “Affordable Perfection” as “built like a tank” and the author says it can be put “up against a Rolex or Omega any day…” The author describes the watch as heavy and the lack of an easy way to “hack” the second hand, stop it so you can sync it exactly, but those are the only drawbacks mentioned in the extended editorial. This watch is easily found through online resellers but not on Seiko’s official website. As always, research who you buy from to make sure you don’t get scammed by too good to be true prices.
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  • Orient Diver Automatic – Price: $133-$190 Also known as the “Mako.” Available through Orient’s website, Amazon.com, and several online resellers. This company has been busy since its entry into the US market late last year. Its bigger brother goes for about $1,800 and can stand depths of 300 meters. The Mako can stand depths of 200 meters. Unless you’re ready to go a fifth of a mile down, and chances are unless you’ve had extensive training you are not, this is a much better choice. The reviews on Amazon are all positive and the only downside listed was for a similar model that didn’t hold up too well after being dropped.

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  • DOXA 750T – Price: $2,290 The price is serious. So are the wearers. The DOXA forum on watchuseek.com has become the official forum for DOXA watches. The wearers of DOXA are very vocal and seem to be in the majority of posters in the “What watch would you wear after armegeddon?” thread. DOXA’s website says they’re sold out so you can either wait until the next production run or jump on one of these forums and get your haggle on.
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A customer review on Orient Watch’s website says “A watch is the only piece of jewelry a man should wear, and he should make it stand out.” A class of watch this versatile and popular, with a bright orange face that will get you noticed on land and get you back to your boat safely at sea, should definitely be an addition to your collection.


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  1. 25 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Victoria the fashion lady on Apr 18, 2009

    Aside from a wedding ring, Watch is the other accessory that you can see in men’s hand. That is why it is very important that should wear the best watch. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. By Arkansas Kurt on Apr 20, 2009

    I really like this watch here, but I work in an animal rendering plant. Is this watch fat or acid resistant? Thanks

  4. By Greg Hauenstein on May 1, 2009

    Hey Kurt,

    Stearic acid is commonly found in animal products and actually helps remove and prevent rust in metals.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_4740798_use-stearic-acid-removing-rust.html

  5. By James Augo on May 1, 2009

    I love this watch, does it come with a yellow dial? Why do they call it an Orange Monster and why is it called a Mako? Are those official terms by the company?

  6. By Greg Hauenstein on May 1, 2009

    The yellow diver is only offered in the CEM6500 series.

    Mako is a type of shark, so I imagine that’s why it was the chosen nickname. As for why the “Monster” is called that, I’m not sure.

  7. By Rusty on Jul 11, 2009

    I have both the Orient Mako, Pepsi bezel; the larger 45mm Orient Pro Diver, and a black Seiko Monster. Nothing against Seiko or Seiko fans but I’ll take the Orients any day.

    I have never been a big Seiko fan as the Monster is the only one I own and yes, I know that Orient is now owned by Seiko. The parent company could learn a lot from it new acquisition IMHO.

  8. By RobG on Jul 26, 2009

    Heh…buh-bye ugly Seiko orange monster!

  9. By Xspect on Nov 4, 2009

    I love my mako. I have the seiko orange monster and a citizen Eco-zilla. They are all great watches. The seiko and citizen are huge heavy watches. The orient’s power reserve indicator has a certain classiness about it. Orient is the pinnacle of automatic watchmaking for the everyday “man”.

  10. By Charles on Nov 4, 2009

    The Seiko Orange Monster is called “The Monster” because it is ugly, like a monster. Also the hour hand looks like a deformed tail that you might find on a Sea-Monster.

    I prefer the Orient Mako to the Seiko Monster for several reason.

    1> It looks much better. Smooth line and a case that screams rock-solid.

    2> Its hand windable, never understoof why Seiko Autos are not hand windable. Another deal breaker for Seiko.

    3> The Orient is price way below what it is worth and it looks great, not like a monster on your wrist.

    Now being a Man who is married to a woman I see a watch as my only accessory. Girls have Earrings, Men have watches. Girls have shoes, Men have watches. Girls have outfits, Men have Levis and Watches. Girls have rings, men have watches. Girls have necklaces, Men have watches.

    A watch is to a man what a diamond ring is to a women. End of Story.

    Thanks for reading.
    Charles
    a.k.a Lemaniac40 @ Watchuseek.

  11. By Ryan Olson on Nov 4, 2009

    I own 1 Orient watch and and 1 Bulova watch I routinly find myself wereing the Orient watch more for work. I think the reason is because it’s reliable. It fell off my 3 floor apt (was fixing my bicycle needed to take it off to not get grease on it) and got knocked off and hit the ground. Not a soft landing. Was a little worried if it was damaged or not but still keeps the time perfectly. I was very impressed. Being someone who likes to go swimming and snorkeling, knowing that it won’t get water damage is always a plus.

  12. By Editor on Nov 5, 2009

    Nice.

  13. By greg reynolds on Nov 5, 2009

    you guy’s rock cool watches

  14. By altauprieten on Nov 5, 2009

    I love the oriental ‘divers’, I still own a few after worn and sold some. They are solid, good looking, ‘good value for the money’, nicely finished watches and I see that lately their marketing depts. try moving them in the fashion accesories niche. I am not an every-day sporty person, I am actually a ‘pro desk-diver’ ! but I feel really empowered when weraing a solid SS cased diver watch. This one is the current ” +1 ” in my wishlist, as I feel this is hobby with watches is my only admitted weakness, err: addiction already ! Lucky you who can enjoy this with detachment !

  15. By Sam on Nov 5, 2009

    Orange is the new black!! These divers from Orient are really outstanding! A great Value as well!!

  16. By FJ on Nov 6, 2009

    Nice to know. Just one comment: The pictures of the Seiko Monster and DOXA are both pretty high resolution. However, the pictures of the Mako are not.

    I just bought a Orient and it looks beautiful in person. Please, please invest in better photography. It’ll make the watches really pop on the website.

  17. By Frank In Miami on Nov 6, 2009

    To Charles…. You are absolutely WRONG about the hand winging capabilities of the Orient Mako. The caliber 769 movement used in the Mako and the 7S26 used in the Seiko Monster neither movement is able to hand wind and hack. Get your facts straight. In fact, no Orient Automatic branded watch currently sold in the international market offers hand winding (The only Orient Automatic that offers seconds hand hacking is the CDH series dual time with the 48K40 movement but still no hand wind capability. I also own that watch).

    To James Augo…. The 300m Orient Saturation Diver is sold with a yellow dial but only for the Japanese Domestic Market. The watch is sold as the Orient Star 300m Saturation diver model number WZ0271FD. Ballpark asking price is around US$1,200 and you can ordered it from Seiyajapan.com, Chino Watch or higuchi, inc (google these three for links). All based in Tokyo, Japan and extremely reputable to deal with.

    For the International market, Orient only offers the 300m Saturation diver in Black and Orange dialed versions. Otherwise the watches are identical to their Japan market counterparts.

  18. By David on Jan 3, 2010

    Really like the orange, more watches should have this color :)

  19. By Thaddeus Franks on Jan 4, 2010

    I dig the Seiko orange monster! The orange dial is very different in that it really stands out from the typical colors. I believe Orient and Seiko are dollar for dollar the best quality watches for the money.

  20. By Adriana on Jan 4, 2010

    He leido con mucha atencion todo aquello que la empresa quizo resaltar en los relojes y los comentarios de la gente. Particularmente pienso que el reloj es una parte importante de la vestimenta, de la edad y por sobre todo de un target, pero este ultimo queda totalmente relevado ante la cantidad de propiedades que el mismo tiene,. Soy mujer pero quiero tener ese reloj, porque no solo es la calidad, el nombre de la marca es todo aquello intangible que tiene como significado tener un Seijo Mako o Monster y ademas a quien se lo ocurre pasar desapercibido con semajante WATCH

  21. By Kevin on Jan 7, 2010

    My wedding ring is a symbol of a commitment I made to one person and not for the rest of the world, just her. My college ring is symbol of accomplishment – I worked a full time job to support a family while I earned my engineering degree (summa cum laude) so I deserve to brag a little.

    While my watches perform a function (telling time) – anything more than a cheap plastic quartz watch is really about what I like not a need (I do not dive – but own 3 diver watches…). Even my cell phone tells time, so does my car and my computer – I don’t actually need a watch- I agree, they really are jewelry for men.

  22. By Clare on Feb 5, 2010

    worlds coolest watch ever u rule

  23. By Stephen Nolan on Mar 31, 2010

    I thought I had an easy choice with a Seiko Tuna, but now this one is in the mix

  24. By Peter Gozinya on Apr 28, 2010

    Orient in pic is the 300m saturation diver and not the Mako.

  25. By jorge on Apr 7, 2012

    I want an Orange Monster but in black. Do they make a Black Orange Monster?

  26. By Donal Hickey on Dec 12, 2012

    The first Monster was made in Black. So yes, there is a Black ‘Orange’ Monster. Seiko also have something with an even cooler name. It’s the Franken Monster! It’s called that because it has these big bolts on the sides and looks like Frankenstein! The model is the Seiko 5 SKZ255J1. Santa, I would love an Orient! (-:

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