Planet Orient vs Omega Planet Ocean? Compare and Choose

December 27th, 2009 | 25 Comments



When it comes to buying a watch, there are many factors to consider. From materials and sizes to style and price. The Omega and Orient watch companies offer a variety of remarkable watches.

Want to know the difference between some Orient and Omega watches?

This article will cover:



Orient CFM00003B: How Deep?

The Orient CFM00003B is part of Orient Watch’s sporty mechanical collection.

This watch has one of the largest ranges of function and technology options in Orient’s latest 2009 international collection.

This mechanical watch is part of green technology because the energy from the motion of the watch is stored in a spring, which then powers the mechanical timing device of the watch. This means, you are the power source instead of a battery.

A few highlights:

  • Genuine black leather band
  • Water resistance up to 100 meters
  • About 42 hours with Power reserve indicator
  • Case Measurement: Diameter of 44.5mm and Thickness of 13.7mm
  • Crystal glass

This watch retails at $345 on OrientWatchUSA.com.


Now to Compare…

The Omega Planet Ocean Men’s Automatic Chronograph Black Dial Watch 2918.50.82 is a popular men’s automatic watch. It’s hackable and is wind-able using the crown. Aestectically, it similar to the Orient CFM00003B in multiple ways: this watch has a black leather strap; crystal glass.

First, the obvious difference is that the Omega is a mechanical chronograph and chronometer (COSC certified), whereas the Orient is not. This distinguishing feature is very appealing to some willing to pay the extra buck. Another primary difference between the Orient and Omega watch is in their respective water resistance levels. While the Orient watch maintains water resistance at 100 meters, the Omega watch is water resistant up to 600 meters. The men’s Omega automatic watch is for those who want to do some serious diving. It offers supreme reliability for the ocean’s harsh environment.

Another difference to note between the two watches is their size. Varying slightly, the Omega watch case diameter is 45.5.mm while the Orient watch is 44.5.mm. Although Omega (at this level) has a higher accuracy rating, Orient has a reputation to be accurate out of the box.

What many consumers will note as the monumental difference between the two watches though are their respective prices.

This Omega goes for $4,108.00 on Amazon.com, while the Orient CFM00003B retails at only $345 on OrientWatchUSA.com.

If you do not plan on doing any serious deep sea diving, stick with the Orient watch. It has outstanding features, similar qualities to the Omega watch, and most importantly, it will save you over 90% of your money.



Orient CFM00002B: Bigger is not always Better

The Orient CFM00002B is part of Orient Watch’s sporty mechanical collection as well. What is unique about any of the Orient watches is the attention to detail from start to finish. Orient values commitment to in-house production of mechanical mechanisms. Orient’s wide range of experience in watch making, assures you are getting a watch of superior quality.

The spring of this watch will store up to about 40 hours of power, which you can check using a power reserve indicator. Perhaps one of the most important things to note about this watch besides its elaborate functions though, is its top-rated reliability.

A few highlights:

  • Solid Stainless steel bracelet
  • Screwed-down Crown
  • About 42 hours with Power reserve indicator
  • Case Measurement: Diameter of 44.5mm and Thickness of 13.7mm
  • Crystal glass

This watch retails at $365 on OrientWatchUSA.com.


Now to Compare…

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Men’s Watch 2218.50 is another great Omega wristwatch. As with the other Omega and Orient watches discussed, this Omega 2218.50 has a myriad of similar features as the Orient CFM00002B such as a screwed down crown, a stainless steel bracelet, and an automatic movement.

The few differences between the two watches include: a greater level of water resistance (600 meters for the Omega) and a slightly bigger case measurement. The fashionable features, including the orange colors and the strap are near identical, not to mention the technology is outstanding for both.

Once again, the primary difference to note between these two watches is the price: $3,995.00 (Omega) or $365 (Orient).

While the Omega has a slightly bigger case and water resistance level, bigger is not always better–or at least not better by thousands of dollars!




Compare and Choose Your Watch

Both Orient and Omega watch companies produce noteworthy watches. In fact, the four watches described above all produce high technological functions, as well as popular and fashionable features. Therefore, with a notable number of similar characteristics in the watches, how do you choose?

Orient is known for its ability to deliver luxury watch features and functions at a third of the price of comparable brands, like Omega. Everyone wants a first-class watch without the first class ticket price; Orient provides just that.

Plus, on top of a great price and amazing features, Orient watches are also well-known for their:

  • In-house movements
  • Power reserve indicators
  • Fully-automatic timepieces
  • US-based service & maintenance

It is important to compare a variety of watches before you choose the right one for you. However, when purchasing your next watch, consider the Orient CFM00002B and the Orient CFM00003B, great watches, comparable to the popular brand Omega, yet a tenth of the cost.

  1. 25 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Kamie on Oct 22, 2009

    This is really cool to have a watch that costs less. thanks.

  3. By Frank In Miami on Oct 23, 2009

    While I am the proud owner of an Orient CFM00001B “Planet Orient”, allowed me to point out to a flaw in your comparison:

    The Omega Planet Ocean has a mechanical chronograph.

    Show me an Orient automatic labeled watch that offers a mechanically driven chronograph? You’ve got none, at least in the US market.

    The only Orient watch that has a column driven mechanical chronograph is the Japan market only Orient Star Clubman chronograph that retails for around US$3,500 at today’s exchange rates.

    The Orient Star Clubman is comparable in price and features to the Omega Planet Ocean.

    While I see the point of your comparison, these 2 watches really do not belong to the same market segments. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

  4. By Harry on Oct 28, 2009

    I believe the reviewer got the models confused.

    They should have been comparing the Orient to:
    Omega PO XL model #2908.50.83

    Which is non-chrono model which is about $2800 from non-authorized dealer.

    However, I do believe the comparison is fair because:
    PO is Chronometer certified Orient is not (nor do they guarantee the watch to be within chronometer spec)
    PO has MUCH better finished movement with Rhodium plating compared with bare bones Orient movement (much more labor went into making the watch)
    PO hacks (I believe Orient in-house movement in these models do not hack at the moment)

  5. By Harry on Oct 28, 2009

    I meant to say the comparison is NOT fair.. Please edit.

  6. By dave on Oct 29, 2009

    Harry, if you means COSC certified that’s mostly or only for Swiss watches.

    The lack of a certification does not mean that a watch is NOT accurate.

    Can’t fault you on fit and finish.

    What this “compare and choose” is talking about is bang for the buck. On that score Orient has it right. For bragging rights, get the Omega.

  7. By Lisa Jones on Nov 15, 2009

    I think unless you are rich, the orient seems like a good choice, although not exactly the same

  8. By Mauro on Nov 25, 2009

    I’m very sorry but, albeit I’m a big fan of Orient watches, and this particular Orient model is very good, I think that this review is misleading, because the Omega is a mechanical CHRONOGRAPH and CHRONOMETER (COSC certified) watch, so you cannot really compare those two models in terms of functionality (the Orient is a Power Reserve with hand date that resembles a chronograph watch but actually it has a simpler movement).

  9. By MOHAMED MAGDY AHMED on Dec 2, 2009

    DEAR SIR ,
    I WISH TO WIN ORIENT WATCH BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST BEATIFUL WATCH IN WORLD
    THANKS A LOT
    MOHAMED
    36 AMMAR BIN YASSER STREET HOME 10 CAIRO EGYPT

  10. By Brian Todoroff on Dec 28, 2009

    I’ve got to agree that this comparison is not really valid. You can’t put a chronograph up against a power-reserve & date and say they are similar watches. Put up a chronograph vs a chronograph (don’t really care about COSC cert) and then we can have a real discussion. Love the Orient brand and my Orient automatics, just not a fan of this comparison.

    Thanks and keep up the great watches,
    Brian

  11. By geraldo on Dec 28, 2009

    ficarei contente em receber o brinde

  12. By Jason on Dec 28, 2009

    When James Bond starts wearing an Orient watch we’ll talk.

  13. By Jairus on Dec 28, 2009

    Cosmetically, I can truthfully say I like the looks in these models of the Orient watches the best.

  14. By Diana Wheatley on Dec 28, 2009

    I have seen these watches advertised on the QVC channel and look absolutely lovely.

  15. By Sean on Dec 28, 2009

    Wow- What a bunch of snobby comments. There are many similarities between this $3600 watch and a $360 alternative. The Orient has a ton of features for the price.

    And Jason – Bond started with a Rolex, not an Omega.

  16. By Charles on Dec 29, 2009

    The re-write of the “Casino Royale” scene after Vesper and James discuss poker skills on the train…

    Vesper: “Rolex?”

    James: “Awr-ee-ent.”

    Vesper: “Beautiful…”

  17. By Jo on Dec 29, 2009

    Good watch, but price a little high.

  18. By Dave on Dec 29, 2009

    I have to echo the sentiments of others who have said that it would have been a much fairer comparison if you had chosen a non-chronograph Omega to compare against.

    That said, I do think the Orient watch is of great quality for the price, and I would like to see Orient manufacture a quality automatic chronograph movement in a nice stainless steel case and with a nice quality band for the budget price that Orient is famous for. That would be a winner.

  19. By runner1 on Jan 1, 2010

    Gentlemen…gentlemen…gentlemen, and ladies, value and luxury are generally not good bedfellows. Go for one or the other. For us who aspire to being the proud owners of a high end watch, its not about how well it keeps time…its how well it makes you feel. So either care for your purse or your pride, but not at the same time.
    Happy hunting.

  20. By Stan McGee on Jan 4, 2010

    I have had an Orient watch since purchasing one in Egypt in 1979. The watch now has a gold bracelet and I still get complements on it. The day date is English/Arabic. My favorite watch for daily wear. Weird how I chanced on to this web sight but thought I had to send a comment. Thanks for letting me send this note since it’s brought back good memories.

    Stan

  21. By Joshua on Jan 11, 2010

    I agree with most of the comments above, both regarding the bad comparison and the affirmation of the main point that the Orient is more bang for the buck. There are definitely other Omegas or even Rolex watches that would be more closely compared to other Orient watches, but even if you went to the trouble of choosing other watches, the main point would still be the same: Orient is a lot for the money. I loved my Omega Speedmaster and I love my Planet Orient (black with white sub dials). The Omega broke the bank and had to go, but the Orient was affordable even as I am a full time student. Major Kudos to Orient for such great quality and features for such reasonable prices!

  22. By Gavin on Jan 19, 2010

    The Orient doesn’t have a hacking second hand, which means you can’t set the time accurately. Nor does it allow you to wind it manually, which is quite an inconvenience if you don’t wear it everyday. That’s quite apart from the Chronograph difference. It’s not snobby to point these out; a misleading article invites correction.

    I’m looking forward to buying my first Orient this year, and I’m really looking forward to Orient one day releasing a hacking and winding watch!

  23. By ORIENT Amanda on Feb 9, 2010

    Thank you all for your comments on my comparison. While you are right that the functionality of these two pieces is not absolutely comparable, the purpose of this comparison is to point out what Dave said: “What this ‘compare and choose’ is talking about is bang for the buck.”

    Although I did mention the Omega is a chronograph, I failed to highlight this as a key difference. I’ve made changes to the article based on your feedback and welcome any additional comments.

    And please stay tuned for upcoming watch comparisons written by other reviewers!

  24. By Christopher Sean on Aug 15, 2010

    I find that the “comparisons” posted on this website between Orient watches and other brands are just silly.

    I own many Orient watches and I believe that Orient make some of the finest and best quality watches in their price range.

    However…..

    As the owner of several Omegas, Rolexes and Patek Phillipes along with my MANY Orients I just think its demeaning to Orient watches to see them compared to the aforementioned brands based on some silly fashion “how it looks” comparison.

    Like many others who visit this website I am an educated watch collector (which is what attracted me to Orient watches in the first place) and I can easily justify the retail price of each of my watches.

    Posts such as this one that compare apples with oranges and conclude that apples are better simply because they are cheaper raise big questions as to the impartiality of the “reviewer” ….. it really sounds as if the reviewer is an Orient employee being paid to promote Orient in a very disingenious way.

    Very unfortunate because ORIENT WATCHES ARE GREAT and they easily stand up on their own without the “promotion” of flagrantly biased “reviews” such as this.

  25. By Moh. A. Bedeir on Sep 1, 2010

    Dear All,
    I’m already still having and wearing my first Orient watch since purchasing in 1979 (automatic stile) and I’m happy with it.
    However, I really want to have my second Orient watch even if it will be a Winning Orient Watch.
    Thanks,

  26. By Mike Keohane on Feb 18, 2011

    Sure. And there isn’t much difference between a Toyota Corolla and an Aston Martin either. For example, they both have 4 wheels and they both have glass windshields, so in many respects,they arn’t much different at all.

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