Orient Worldtime Showdown: CEY04002B vs. CFA05001B

January 3rd, 2011 | 2 Comments

It’s almost time for a new year, which means following the age-old “out with the old, in with the new” mantra, right?

Not necessarily, at least when it comes to your next watch purchase, whether it’s the Orient CEY04002B or the CFA05001B.

This is the dilemma that Orient lovers are faced with, especially since orientwatchusa.com recently added some new models for sale in the US.

There’s the CTD0A001W, a sporty quartz chronograph model. But there’s also the new Colossus CTD10003B, which has a similar style and features.

Then there’s the Orient Worldtime, which includes the CEY04002B and the CEY04001B, both of which have been around for awhile, and the new 2010 Worldtime CFA05001B.

Choosing between the two can be difficult. Both models have many features in common, including:

  • Sapphire crystal
  • Water resistance up to 100 meters
  • 40-hour power reserve indicator
  • Stainless steel band
  • Semi-skeleton caseback
  • Bi-directional bezel (giving it the ability to give you the time in different time zones)
  • 43 mm case diameter

Even though they’re similar, they still have some key differences that cause some people to prefer one over the other (although many love both). To help make your decision about which Worldtime will be your next purchase, here’s some more information about each model:

  • The Orient Worldtime CEY04002B
  • The Orient 2010 Worldtime CFA05001B

The Orient Worldtime CEY04002B

One of the distinguishing features of the CEY04002B worldtime is the two-tone black and white dial, which is referred to as a panda dial. The contrast of a panda dial makes it a style that’s appreciated and sought after, so this feature may be the deciding factor.

This model has a busier face than its 2010 version, but it also has larger numbers, allowing for easy readability despite all the complications on the dial. The AM half of the 24-hour dial is also in white, which many owners say makes it easier to read.

Another differentiating feature is the second subdial. Instead of having a second hand, this model keeps track of seconds with a subdial on the bottom left of the dial.

This CEY04002B, at $510, is slightly more affordable than the 2010 Worldtime, which costs $600; so if money is a a deciding factor, the less expensive model may be a better choice.

The Orient 2010 Worldtime CFA05001B

Those who prefer the 2010 Worldtime CFA05001B do so because they prefer a simpler face and the more streamlined look of the all black dial with accents of red. However, the numbers are smaller and may be harder to read.

Another feature that sometimes sways people to the side of the CFA05001B is the fact that it has a full second hand, which they prefer over the second subdial of the CEY series. This model also has a carbon fibre dial.

So, tell us. Which Worldtime is your favorite and why?

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  2. By Jason on Jan 11, 2011

    CFA05001B – I like the mono-colored face of this model and the 24 hour readout. It may take me awhile, but I will likely end up with one of these in the future. A free one would be absolutely awesome!

  3. By Henry on Aug 28, 2011

    CFA05001B. Just bought one. Should be here in about a week.

    I have a CEY04001B which I have worn every day (for several years) to work and most of the weekend and a CEY04003W which is my “going out” watch.

    These are incrible timepieces. Precision made, accurate and reliable. I wear them with the same pride as the craftsmen who created them. – and best of all – FREEDOM – NO Batteries, gimiky solar or mechanically chared cells that eventually fail – almost always when you need the watch. (Been there – done that – TWICE!!).

    Looks like the stainless steel bracelet will wear out before the CEY04001B does. I am very confident that the CFA05001B will perform as well.

    The only down side to owning three of these precision instruments is having only one left wrist.

    As for the CEY04002B Panda – perhaps next year. After that – please! No more variants of this series. It will be far too difficult to justify the funds and get authorisation from the CEO / Treasurer (Wife).

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