Orient Watch Museum: 60 Years of Orient Artifacts

June 17th, 2010 | 10 Comments

Ever been to a museum? How about an online museum? If not, now’s your chance! In conjunction with their 60th anniversary this year, Orient Watch just created an online museum that takes viewers on a visual journey through Orient’s past and into its future.

From 1950 to 2010, Orient has manufactured and produced fantastic timepieces. This article will take you on a tour through the company’s museum, stopping to feature great artifacts in Orient’s history.

1951- Artifact 1: Orient Star

The Orient Star was the first watch produced by Orient Watch after the company was renamed. The name reflects the company’s desire to create a watch that would “shine like a star.”

The Orient Star incorporated a design that was anything but pretentious, and embodied a timeless union of form and design. Later models were designed after the timeless Orient Star, including Jupiter and Dynamic watches by Orient.

1956- Artifact 2: Orientstar Dynamic

The Orientstar Dynamic was the first of Orient Watch’s to unite the hour, minute and second hands.

The modern design of this watch’s dial was said to have been achieved by a craftsman who repeatedly carved each Arabic numeral into a piece of soap with a razor until designers were satisfied with the outcome. The finished samples were incorporated into the plans.

1960- Artifact 3: Royal Orient

The Royal Orient was Orient Watch’s premier brand of watches. The simple and elegant design of the Royal Orient dates back to 1958. The highly-refined standard of this classic design is still valued today.

The most unique feature of this watch is the index layout around the circumference of its dial.

1964- Artifact 4: Grand Prix 100

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the belief was that more jewels meant more quality and accuracy in a watch. Orient brought truth to this statement with the Grand Prix 100, which had movement boasting 89 rubies and 11 sapphires.

In addition to its large number of jewels, this watch also incorporated parts used only in the world’s finest watches. The Grand Prix was a statement of Orient Watch’s superior technical expertise.

1967- Artifact 5: Fineness

In 1967, Fineness was the thinnest automatic wrist watch in the world, featuring a day and date calendar function. All parts of the watch — including the gear teeth, the main plate, the bridge and the self-winding rotor — were made smaller and thinner in order to achieve the title of thinnest in the world.

1976- Artifact 6: Touchtron

The Orient Touchtron marked the world’s first light-emitting diode (LED) in 1970. It had neither gears nor a mainspring. But its electronic module and illuminated digital readout were large steps in the watch-making world.

The Touchtron electronic wristwatch featured a display panel developed jointly with Sharp.

It also featured an innovative, touch-sensitive module that eliminated the need to touch a switch when displaying the time. One touch to the bezel closed a circuit to the case and illuminated the display.

To put it simply, the Touchtron was a game changer.

1979- Artifact 7: Orientron Just

The Orientron Just offered an internal integrated circuit that allowed the wearer to maintain the accuracy of the watch to less than a second after the push of a button. This assured that the second hand would always be 100% accurate with the time.

This watch could also memorize time spent so it could easily adjust to different time zones. This watch gained a lot of attention because of its revolutionary functions, including a “second hand with a brain.”

1996- Artifact 8: Power Reserve indicator movement

The power reserve indicator is Orient’s proprietary indicator displaying the remaining spring power in a mechanical watch. Orient Watch’s power reserve made its debut in 1996. The indicator is located at the 12 o’ clock position and tells the wearer how many hours of power are remaining.

With this new movement, Orient’s veteran design team was able to redesign old watches and incorporate this movement into new and improved designs. This made it easy to place the power reserve indicator at the 12 o’clock position where it is easily viewed and does not interfere with case thickness.

2004- Artifact 9: Royal Orient

The Royal Orient first appeared in 1959, and it made its way back onto wrists in 2004.

At this time, Orient Watch’s Royal Orient was able to exemplify the era because of the high level of watch manufacture by Japanese manufacturers. The Royal Orient was extremely successful. It was Orient’s first watch to offer water resistance.

Unfortunately, after such a successful run, the Royal Orient left the scene, but was remembered fondly by those who owned it during its first run.

2005- Artifact 10: Orient Star Retro-Future

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Orient’s camera model draws on past mechanical marvels of the manual cameras of the 1950s.

The detailed design of this model are eye-catching and flashy. The crown and the bezel are designed after the form of a camera’s shutter and focusing ring.

2006- Artifact 11: Professional Diver

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This pro-spec diver watch was designed to satisfy any diver’s needs, from surface diving to saturation diving. It can withstand depths of up to 300 meters.

This watch also incorporates a unique, shock-resistant movement and a a helium gas-resistant case.

Both the case and the band are made of stainless steel. The stark contrast of white indexes makes the dial incredibly visible. This watch also contains an easily visible power reserve indicator.

The professional diver watch is perfect for the serious diver.

2010- Artifact 12: 60th Anniversary model

Stay tuned for updates on the release of Orient’s 60th Anniversary model!

  1. 10 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Ian Caswell on Jun 22, 2010

    Wow, I would be more than happy to own any one of these! Past and present, Orient have made some damn fine watches.

  3. By Howard on Jun 23, 2010

    I can’t wait to see the 60th Anniversary model.

  4. By Gil on Jun 27, 2010

    It’s nice to see where Orint has been, hopefully they’ll continue drawing on the past for future designs…

  5. By Chan on Sep 5, 2010

    The first watch was given to me by my father was a watch with a 2 lions logo when I was at high school back in Viet Nam. And it was a bit too big for me at the time, but I just loved it, because the logo was so nice and outstanding and the date, I also wore it for swimming. Furthermore, at the time all my family just loved anything if it were made in Japan. I had the watch for nearly ten years and was robbed by pirate on the way out from Viet Nam (I was the early boat people to escape the Vietnamese communist). I hope if I can win one of this watch, I will be very happy.

  6. By Olsi on Nov 20, 2010

    I have a orient 21 jewels watch. It is superb. The best that a man expects from a wrist watch.

  7. By nada on May 2, 2011

    I own a very stylish Orient watch (A05268-10 CS); I bought in the mid 1980s in Melbourne, Australia. It has an Art Deco style rectangluar case and a cream ‘antiqued’ face and flat chain strap. It is made from a bronze coloured quality weight metal. I have never seen another one like it before (either in real life or online). I appreciate both 20th century and contempory watches. My son is also a watch aficionado, and says he would like to own a 70s LED watch; so I will direct him to reading about the Orient ‘Touchtron’… now that I discovered that it is the pioneer of the LED watch! When I receive (the many) compliments about my 80s Orient, I can now ‘spread the word’ about this desirable & collectable brand. I would now love to own a Orient watch from this millenium. Thanks for informing me about the history of ORIENT!

  8. By Tomas R on Aug 7, 2011

    My first watch (1981)was not an orient, it was a gift, LCD screen… I felt in love with digital watches, I have had lots of them. I was happy with my digitals. Then as I grow up started to like analog watches until one day, when I took two of my loved analog watches to have them served (baterry change, cleaning, etc) and I saw them as they were oppened. Well, I couldn`t belive it, they were excactly the same from the inside, suddenly they weren`t stainless steel any more, they were just platic. It broke my heart, and i thought “it isn`t wright…metal outside then metal must be inside” I crossed the street and went right into an Orient shop,and I asked if they had this “old style” watches with mechanical stuf inside… Well that very same day started my love for mechanical watches and for Orient´s watches.

  9. By nossier on Nov 10, 2011

    i like orient very much …….my first watch was orient>>

  10. By nossier on Nov 10, 2011

    my first watch from dad was orient>>still with me…i like it much

  11. By Mohammad on Feb 10, 2013

    I love orient becuse that have many designes for different choices
    and really you can not find brand with this quallity and this prices

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