Orient Star Watches: Twinkling Like Diamonds in the Watch Sky

February 27th, 2010 | 10 Comments

The Orient Star Retro-Future Watches represent one of the finest collections of Orient Watches offered in the U.S. Their designs are fashioned after 1950′s industrial motifs, combining past and future into contemporary timepieces.

The watches also preserve the tradition of early watchmaking from their intricate details to their in-house automatic movements, and somehow they still manage to have a flawless, red-carpet-ready look.


Let’s learn a bit more about the Stars:

YFH03002B “Motorcycle Concept”

When you think “Motorcycle Concept,” don’t think Harley-Davidson, think more along the lines of The Motorcycle Diaries. This watch is not leather bound, bulky or wearing a skull bandanna. Instead, the YFH03002B presents a clean design highlighted with faint, almost pastel grays and blues.

motorcycle concept 1

The screwed down crown is designed to look like a bolt, and the seconds eye and Power Reserve Indicator are reminiscent of a speedometer and a fuel gauge.

Here are some other noteworthy features on this watch:

  • Approx. 40 hour Power Reserve
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Skeleton case back
  • 100m water resistance
  • Screw case back

This Orient Star would be great for motorcycle enthusiasts or riders who want to add a bit more class to their wardrobe.


The “Motorcycle Concept” is also available in muted blue or orange.

YFHAB001B “Car Concept”

The “Car Concept” is certainly the most unusual Orient Star because it is square shaped, recalling the dashboard of a classic car.

Some other unique car-inspired designs on this concept include the steering wheel-like skeleton eye (could also resemble a wheel or hub), the speedometer-esque seconds eye and the stainless steel band that recalls the textures of a tire.

car concept 1

Key features of the “Car Concept” include:
  • Approx. 40 hour Power Reserve and Indicator
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Skeleton case back
  • 100m water resistance
  • Screwed down crown and case back

This concept is perfect for any modern-day greasers or car show regulars. Unlike the “Motorcycle Concept,” this watch uses bright, bold colors. In addition to black, it’s available in red or blue.

YFH02001B “Camera Concept”

I think the “Camera Concept” is my favorite motif. The camera and the watch have a lot in common, and the Orient YFH02001B does a fine job of showing off the similarities without being too obvious or over the top.

camera concept 1

Let’s look at how this Star has features similar to an old 35mm. For starters, the dial looks like a diaphragm shutter; the bezel looks like an aperture dial on a lens; the crown looks like a shutter release; and the Power Reserve indicator looks similar to certain f/stop scales.

Here are some more features that this concept captures:

  • Approx. 40 hour Power Reserve
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Skeleton case back
  • 100m water resistance
  • Screwed down crown and case back
  • Bidirectional bezel


While this watch can’t actually take pictures (it would be pretty cool if it did though), it certainly makes for an interesting conversation and timepiece perfect for a photographer or other visual artist.

YFH04001B “Airplane Concept”

The “Airplane Concept” is the most high-tech of the Stars with its flashy sapphire crystal dial and case back. This concept combines formal features with touches of youth and fun, which rightfully reminds me of the aviator in Le Petit Prince, who possesses both adult and youthful qualities.

airplane concept 1

Some notable airplane-like features on this watch include: a Power Reserve Indicator reminiscent of both an artificial horizon and an airspeed indicator, a seconds eye similar to an altimeter, a propeller (or even a jet engine) design on the case back and crown and a dial reminiscent of a magnetic compass.

Here are some other features of this Watch:

  • Approx. 40 hour Power Reserve and indicator
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Skeleton case back
  • 100m water resistance
  • Screwed down crown and case back

airplane concept 2

This concept is also available in bright blue or orange.

And finally…

After writing about these Orient Star Watches, I started looking at some other potential concepts. You may have seen the “Road Bike Concept,” which is very classy and cool for any roadies you may know, but I was also thinking that it would be fitting to create a “Spaceship Concept” Star using some high-tech ceramics and anti-reflection crystal.

Can you think of a concept or motif to add to the Orient Stars? Comment below.

  1. 10 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By chris winterbottom on Feb 27, 2010

    YFH04001B “Airplane Concept” is a great looking watch. I like the idea of a space concept but it should have as moon phase and made of tungsten perhaps a shuttle or space station on back and hi lume for darkness of space.

  3. By Jesse on Feb 27, 2010

    I think a “Train Concept” would fit well in the OrientStar line, and there are a lot of elements from a train that would go well on a watch, such as wheels, gauges, and switches.

    Another way to go would be a “Radio Concept” that could be styled on the radios from the ’40s and ’50s. The various dials and classic styling would be a fertile ground for watch design. This idea could also be used with a “Television Concept.”

  4. By Mike Bernier on Feb 27, 2010

    How about a ship-based concept watch? They’ve got cars, motorcycles, and airplanes…why not a ship? Ships rely on precision timepieces for navigation, so it should be a great fit in this series.

  5. By Jocelyn on Feb 28, 2010

    for a watch Thanks

  6. By John on Feb 28, 2010

    Love the Motorcycle inspired look. The whole Orient Star Line is beautiful

  7. By Travi on Mar 1, 2010

    I love the Motorcycle and Airplane look. I think I like the Motorcycle look better it is a very clean and easy to read look. I would like to find a pic of this in blue and orange. It would make for a nice bold finish.

    I have not worn a Orient myself and would like to try one and compare it to the Vostok I am wearing now, which has been nothing but trouble.

  8. By Steve Poorman on Mar 1, 2010

    You touched on different materials on your “Spaceship” idea (which I think would be really cool). I would have liked to have seen that applied on some of these lines. Maybe a PVD coating? Or maybe ditch the Stainless Steel and go the Titanium route?

  9. By MIKE GIERKE on Mar 6, 2010


  10. By pedro tapi on Apr 23, 2010

    los conceptos actuales estan muy esplotados,muchas marcas los tienen,y hay que pensar en las raices de uno mismo para dar con algo exclusivo,dado que la marca es nipona, porque no el concepto Samurai,empleando el mismo acero que se usa en las espadas samurai,el mismo cuidado en los detalles.La cultura Japonesa es tan rica y cuidada en ese tipo de cosas,bueno solo es una idea,gracias y un salodo………

  11. By Joe Liguori on Sep 29, 2012

    I have the YFH04001B Airplane Concept watch and love it. I get more complements on this watch than any other.

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