Orient Watches Japan: 5 Watches We Almost Forgot

March 4th, 2010 | 3 Comments



We’ve spent pages on the Makos, Divers and Orient Stars, but now it’s time to give a few almost forgotten watches their Andy Warhol-inspired “15 minutes of fame.”

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In this article, we’ll look at some notable watches in Orient’s


Urban Collection

If you’re an admirer of Orient’s Retro-Future Orient Stars, you ought to check out Orient’s Urban Collections, specifically the CFNAA006B and CDBAA003A “Metro Series.” These watches capture the Modernist Era with a touch of contemporary. And sort of like Chameleons, they adapt to any setting whether business, casual or just fun.

CFNAA006B


Let’s take a closer look at the CFNAA006B specs:

  • Approx 40 hr Power Reserve
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel case
  • Genuine leather band
  • Day/date calendar
  • 50m water resistance
  • $145 price tag

The CFNAA006B makes a great alternative to the pricier Orient Stars, and offers an interesting aesthetic reminiscent of Germany’s Bauhaus artists.

Next up: the CDBAA003A “Metro Series.” The CDBAA003A is simple, clean and fashionable. This watch also recalls the industrial designs as seen in the Orient YFHAB001B “Car Concept,” though more toned down.

CDBAA003A


Here are the features:

  • Approx 42 hr Power Reserve
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel case
  • Genuine leather band
  • Semi skeleton dial and case back
  • 50m water resistance
  • $210 price tag

The semi-skeleton feature, which is always a nice touch, offers an interesting glimpse of the inner workings of the automatic movement designed by Orient Watches Japan.

CDBAA003A back

Power Reserve Collection

Orient’s Power Reserve Collection includes subtle, business-like designs that recall classic mechanical watches. We’ll look specifically at the CEX0P003W and the CFHAA003D.

The CEX0P003W is an elegant timepiece reminiscent of early aviation and racing timepieces. Its quiet, white dial makes this watch a real hidden treasure.

CEX0P003W


Let’s look at the features:

  • Approx 40 hr Power Reserve and Indicator
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel case
  • Genuine leather band
  • Day calendar
  • Tachymeter scale
  • 50m water resistance
  • $225 price tag

If white is too subtle for you, check out the other CEX0P00 watches available with a blue or black dial.

As for the CFHAA003D, it has a slightly more out-going design than the CEX0P003W, but still remains clean and refined. This watch also includes a few modern touches as seen in Orient’s Urban Collections and Orient Stars.

CFHAA003D


Here are some features:

  • Approx 42 hr Power Reserve and Indicator
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel case
  • Genuine leather band
  • Seconds eye
  • Semi skeleton dial and skeleton case back
  • 50m water resistance
  • $450 price tag

Either of these Power Reserves from Orient Watches Japan would make an excellent addition to a watch collection. And with their PR Indicators, they’re also simple enough for someone who is new to the mechanical watch world.

Executive Collection

Last but not least, let’s meet the CET05001B. This watch is a good model for Orient’s Executive Collections. It is simple, elegant and refined, and is best-suited for, you guessed it, a busy executive or professional.

CET05001B


Here are the specs:

  • Approx 40 hr Power Reserve
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel case and band
  • Day, date and 24 hr clock eyes
  • 50m water resistance
  • $160 price tag

Another notable feature on the CET05001B is its unique dial. This dial reminds me of the diaphragm shutter-like dial on Orient’s YFH02001B “Camera Concept.” But if black is too boring for you, the CET0500 watches are also available with a blue or white dial.


Tell us about your favorite timepiece from Orient Watches Japan. Comment below.





  1. 3 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Allan on Mar 9, 2010

    The Power reserve collection and Executive Collection are nicely designed they both can work with casual and semi-formal events.

  3. By sue wilson on Mar 12, 2010

    I love the idea of these watches. They are very unique and well designed.

  4. By IanM on Mar 17, 2010

    The Urban Collection, Executive Collection and the Power Reserve Collection show more examples of Orient’s diverse product range – witrh designs to suit all tastes and intended uses. All use Orient in-house movements, and that “Metro series” is pretty gutsy.
    Congratulations Orient – the value quotient on your watches is extreme!

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