Consumers are always looking for beautiful aesthetic features in a product, and when buying a watch, the rule doesn’t change. Orient has taken care of the “looks” aspect of their products with stunning attributes and design (see past reviews), but they have also gone beyond their competitors in functionality for the price. Orient’s ‘Blue Mako’ is a great example of enhancing functionality without breaking the bank.
Diver watches have been flooding the current watch market. Some of the most popular companies, for example, Casio, Citizen, and Invicta, have all set out a line of diver watches in the market that can reach up to 300m (990 feet) in water resistance depth. The Japanese automatic watch company, Orient, has also put out a line of diver watches that matches their competitors. The CFD0C001M is at the top of the line that can be purchased for a little over $1,200 on Amazon.com. The CFD0C001M looks great and is very functional for the extreme water-bound scuba divers with a water resistance depth of 984 feet. But let’s face it, we can’t all afford such a nice watch without emptying out our bank accounts, especially in the current economy!
The Casio ‘Sea Pathfinder Tide Watch’ is listed for $127.00 on Amazon.com – comparable price to the ‘Blue Mako’. First off, there is a great difference in aesthetics. The Casio model has a digital face with a more “sporty” looking design whereas the Orient model has a more traditional face with a luxury design. Relative to the buyer’s taste, the design is a toss-up. However, the Orient model offers better functionality in water resistance depth.
As mentioned earlier, the ‘Blue Mako’ delivers water resistance up to 200m (660 feet), but the ‘Sea Pathfinder Tide Watch’ only offers water resistance up to 100m (330 feet). This fact might not make a difference to some who don’t spend a lot of time in the water or who remain in shallow bodies of water. On the other hand, the constant water-bound and snorklers may want to protect their investment and go with a watch design that is going to keep water from ruining their watch for about the same price.
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