ORIENT’s In-House Watch Movement

April 18th, 2012 | 114 Comments


If you’re a newbie in the watch world, you may wonder what makes ORIENT unique and why it has such a cult-like following. Sure it offers a nice selection of watches and designs, from the Racing CFM00002B to the Orient Sky CET05001W .

But a lot of the buzz has to do with ORIENT making its own movements.

What is an In-House Movement?

An in-house movement is developed and manufactured by a watch company for their watch production. Many well-known watch companies do not produce their own movements, but rather, outsource and design a watch around a movement.

Orient, however, develops and assembles their mechanical movements strictly for their own production.

True watchmaking starts with the development of a movement. A movement is simply the mechanism that works the watch. Can you imagine purchasing a watch for thousands of dollars knowing that it wasn’t even made by the company?

Imagine buying a Rolls Royce knowing that it was built by Fiat. Would you pay the premium? This is exactly where Orient fits.

in-house-movement

Which Brands Make Their Own Movements?

Here is a list of watch brands that make their own movements. Even though a lot of watch companies nowadays make some of their own movements in-house and outsource the rest, we are only including companies that make 100% of their own movements entirely in-house:

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Citizen
  • Glashütte
  • Girard Perregaux
  • Grovana Revue Thommen
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Orient
  • Patek Philippe
  • Prim
  • Rolex
  • SeaGull
  • Seiko
  • Vacheron & Constantin
  • Vostok
  • Vulcain
  • Wempe
  • Zenith

Which Brands DON’T Make Their Own Movements?

This may shock you, but a lot of reputable brands out there use outsourced movements.

  • Ball Watch Co
  • Breitling
  • Breguet
  • Chopard
  • IWC
  • Omega
  • Panerai
  • Tag

Here’s a great discussion about the topic on WatchUSeek.com.

  1. 114 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By CSJ on Apr 15, 2009

    What about Invicta? Theirs says Miyota.

  3. By Ted on Apr 18, 2009

    Your list is not accurate at all! Vacheron, Wempe, Audemars Piguet and Breguet all make some in house movements, but not all movements are made in house.

    Also, the rotor doesn’t tell you much, it is easy to buy a movement from ETA and just engrave your rotor.

  4. By joey on May 2, 2009

    Ted,

    That’s an excellent point.

    Not all of the movements use their own components, however, they do have a technical team that research and develop new functionality.

    They decide sometimes to use in-house movements but many times they decide to outsource because of cost implications.

    I do agree with your point, and we should perfect this list.

  5. By John Anderson on Dec 23, 2009

    I like a lot of these Orient watches, I dont see any unique designs by them but for the price I am tempted to buy one.

  6. By Neil on Dec 27, 2009

    You are in some pretty high-flying company (Glashutte, Patek, Rolex). Many of the Swiss makers rely on ETA (owned by Swatch) for their movements, but those are becoming harder and harder to come by, as they are now keeping them for their own brands.

    It is fantastic that you have the capability of making your own fine movements!

  7. By John Morgan on Dec 29, 2009

    It’s an eye-opening experience when you realize which watch companis do and do not make their movements inhouse.

    This is very helpful and I will refer to it often, Thanks for the education.

    John Morgan

  8. By Dave on Dec 29, 2009

    Great list. It looks like there aren’t that many watchmakers manufacture their own movements. It certainly puts Orient Watch in some unique company.

  9. By Brian on Dec 29, 2009

    Thanks for the information. I thought that Rolex was also using the zenith el primero movements in some of their watches as well.

  10. By James Chen on Dec 29, 2009

    If most of these company uses the same movement. Why do they charge so much. The only differentiation is the case and the logo

  11. By billy on Dec 29, 2009

    Great watchs at some wonderfull prices!

  12. By billy on Dec 29, 2009

    Top of the line watches at a great prices!

  13. By billy on Dec 29, 2009

    There is no better watches at these prices!

  14. By billy on Dec 29, 2009

    The best for less!

  15. By Doug on Dec 29, 2009

    Hi,

    I have been a fan of Orient Watches for some time. I have watches from the following companies; Rolex, Seiko “Spring Drive,” “Nardin” etc,. I especially like the Orinet Star Royal WZ0011FC model in white which I also own,. For those naysayers out there please but a high end Orient watch and see for yourself why they are a great value for the money. There are also 18K models of the Royal Orient Line available in Japan.

    Doug+

  16. By Jay on Jan 5, 2010

    I saw these watches and reviwed them. AND then I bought one!!!!

  17. By Herman on Jan 7, 2010

    8-1-2010

    Hello,

    bay the CEY04004W0 was the best thing i did
    in 2009

    Herman van den Berg

  18. By SteveC on Jan 9, 2010

    Hi,
    I have had Citizen and Seiko automatics, and they cannot hold a candle to the Orient Star I have just bought. The automatic movement is so smooth in comparison. Great watch, great price!

  19. By Josh on Jan 10, 2010

    I am very impressed. Being in the US, I’m new to Orient as they are new to us. I’ve owned an Omega Speedmaster triple date with chronograph and even when I purchased it used, at 15 years old the watch still cost $1700. Consider that the movement was by ETA. Sure, Omega modifies the ETA movements before installing them, as do many of the high end watch makers that use ETA movements as a base, but the fact that like Rolex, Orient makes their own movements is most impressive. The Orient CFM00001S that I just purchased is of such high quality for the price, more than a grand less than my old Omega! And it still has a quality solid band (even the end links!) and the exhibition case back is really cool!

    Thank you Orient for coming to the USA!

  20. By Al on Jan 12, 2010

    I’ve had my Orient Blue Mako (original) since Christmas. What a watch! When I opened the box I was surprised at the quality of fit and finish. In this price range I could have gotten no finer timepiece. And I did shop around for a month.

    The fact that the movements are Orient calibre (in house) makes this watch all the more a tremendous value. I will be purchasing more.

    Thanks, and please try to get some JDM models to this side of the world.

  21. By Tim on Jan 22, 2010

    It’s nice to see a company getting a start in the US that’s making it’s own movements. I like a lot of Swiss stuff, Hamiltons in particular, but it’s nice to see someone that’s not part of the Swatch conglomerate and is not using the same ETA and Valjoux movements as everyone else.

  22. By Dayle on Jan 23, 2010

    “What about Invicta? Theirs says Miyota.”

    MIYOTA movement is made by CITIZEN.

  23. By Jim Naimo on Jan 24, 2010

    In this day and time it is still good to find a company that offers something for everyone. Orient offers a diverse line of watches. While some are very expensive high end models that compete with the best out there one has to remember there are less expensive but extremely well built models put out by Orient. While I may not be able to afford all that Orient offers I can still get a well built watch. That is something Rolex cannot do.

  24. By Jerry Cochran on Jan 27, 2010

    Hello, I became interested in Orient Watches after a discussion at Watch Talk forums. The Orient is highly thought of at that forum and believe me, they know their stuff about timepieces. Even though Orients are typically less expensive, they offer fresh styling, accuracy, complications and simply good looks that are features of many more expensive watches. I believe that Orient watches are a fantastic timepieces for people who like to wear different watches on a daily basis.

  25. By Anand Ranganathan on Jan 29, 2010

    I have seen examples of Orient watches at the general merchandise store we shopped at, when we lived in the the Middle East in the 70′s and the 80′s.Have not seen examples in the U.S.A. until now.
    Time to get one for myself!

  26. By Blake on Feb 1, 2010

    Just purchased the CEM75002D. Can’t wait to get it in the mail! It is such a beautiful watch, now how to tell the wife….

  27. By David on Feb 7, 2010

    I currently have 2 Tag’s and have had quite a few issues with them, I must say that I was very disappointed. This explains a little more of why I have had some issues (outsourcing). I have just purchased 2 Orient watches 1 automatic dive watch (CEM65001B Black Mako) and one quartz chronograph (CTD09003D). If the perform half as good as the reviews and half as good as what I have seen I am sure I will really enjoy them. I will post another update after I have had them a few weeks.

  28. By janari on Feb 18, 2010

    can anyone tell me about orient cal 429? was it a good movement? how about orient chronoace racer 27? was it a good watch?

  29. By Erick on Feb 18, 2010

    Tissot should be placed in the “does not” section, they, and as other companies use the Valjoux 7750 movement, its a good movement, but my PRS516 has the same movements like in the Ball Watch Co, and a few Rolex’s,and cost 1,000′s of dollars but compared to the Orient watches, this Japanese watch company is very very good, very reliable, very well made, i am looking into buying my second Orient soon.

  30. By Jeff York on Feb 24, 2010

    I have owned my my first Orient watch(Titanium with slide rule)for 4 yrs and second one(with the full calendar) for 2yrs. I love the feel and function of both these watches. The titanium for the size is the lightest watch I have in my collection of 75 watches. Even with the bracelet, it weights less than some with leather bands. What I like the best is I get them started and they keep time. I seldom have to keep resetting the time on them. I take one off and 40 hours later they are still running. I have watches from all over the world and by far these are my favorites.

  31. By Aldo on Feb 26, 2010

    “NOW BREITLING DOES HIS OWN MOVEMENT, THE B01″

    So you can change Breitling and put it up in the first list.

  32. By David on Feb 26, 2010

    Its funny that a Omega is the “official” ‘time’ keeper of the Olympics when they dont even make their own movements, and never have since the “Speedmaster” days. All they make are the cases, “the glass-and-chrome”, the “window dressings”.

    Its amazing what alittle propaganda and marketing will do. Keep up the awesome time keeping production ORIENT!

  33. By Jawahar Joe on Feb 26, 2010

    I had my first day/date automatic way back in the 70′s in India (Mangalore). It was stolen and could not afford to buy another automatic. When I came to the US, automatic watches were unheard of. Thank you, Orient, for bringing these fabulous watches to US.

  34. By vasilis on Mar 4, 2010

    I love mechanical watches from japan and i have enjoyed my 21 year old seiko very much without ever having any problems. I have been looking at orient watches on the internet and I must say that they have won me, but it’s difficult to bye one in Greece where I presently live because they are very hard to find and when found they are highly overpriced. :-((((

  35. By JJM on Mar 6, 2010

    The best automatic for the price! No contest.

  36. By Ha on Mar 13, 2010

    I don’t know what people mean when they say that orient watches have no unique design? If you want truly unique and strange without much quality, go with Marc Ecko watches. For the price, I’m really tempted in buying an orient watch.

  37. By Jared Lesser on Mar 15, 2010

    To go along with this discussion, perhaps you could provide images of a few different Orient movements along with their caliber numbers. I’m sure many Orient enthusiasts would be keen to see the various movements offered in different watch lines, and see the differences between calibers.

  38. By Tim Bradley on Mar 18, 2010

    I think it’s fantastic that Orient makes it movements in-house. That gives a lot more ability for quality control of the entire watch.

    I was surprised by some of the watch manufacturers that don’t make their own movements–some of them are at the top end of the price spectrum. Presumably, you could spend thousands of dollars on a watch that has a pretty ordinary movement, right? What’s the point of that?

    Part of the reason I purchased a watch from Orient (an orange Mako–LOVE IT!) was that, although the brand is still a little bit “under the radar” here in the States, they have a good reputation for quality products.

  39. By randy on Mar 27, 2010

    stunning watch with the orange face. definitely stands out.

  40. By Hogrider1234 on Apr 4, 2010

    I’ll be curious what Orient has in store for 2010…Hey guys…you need some national exposure…like ShopNBC…

    we at Watchgeek.net are watching ;)

  41. By HR on Apr 8, 2010

    I have to agree with the comment by JJM: “The best automatic for the price! No contest.” It’s been a week since I have my 2ER00002D Diver watch and I absolutely love it. Keeps better time than my other two Swiss watches. Too bad this model is going to be discontinued (I heard). I wish Orient would have upgraded it by adding a sapphire crystal and a nicer bracelet.

  42. By Pointeau on Apr 13, 2010

    I have an Orient automatic Model EV09-C1. Anice looking watch with full day display, it keeps fairly accurate time. However, there are three problems with it, all of which keep me from buying other Orient automatic watches, or other Japanese automatics, or any automatics, with the same features: 1. It is not a hacking movement. 2. It cannot be wound by hand. 3. On this day/date version only the date is quickset; to advance the day you have to wind through 24 hours to get the day to change. Sorry, those are three big differences that keep me buying watches with ETA movements, or other Swiss watches with in-house movements. Let me know when Orient has changed their design and I’ll be ready with money in hand.

  43. By Pointeau on Apr 13, 2010

    In reply to:” Its funny that a Omega is the “official” ‘time’ keeper of the Olympics when they dont even make their own movements, and never have since the “Speedmaster” days.”

    Omega uses ETA movements, yes, but ETA and Omega are both part of the SWATCH group, so technically Omega’s movements are produced by the same company that owns Omega. Furthermore, Omega takes ETA movements and modifies them to their own specifications, refining them to meet the highest possible standards. They don’t just put the Omega name on the movement.

    I like my Orient watch, and I do think it was a great value for $100 or so. Still, I don’t wear it very often because now after only one year it is running fast by 15-20 seconds per day. On the other hand (or wrist) all of my watches with ETA movements, including a $300 Invicta Swiss Automatic, even after 4-5 years, are keeping time to within 5 seconds per day. My Omega with an ETA 2892 movement, just recently serviced, is dead-on balls-out accurate (+/- 1 second per day). The point is this: what difference does it make that a watch company produces its own movements if companies like ETA can supply quality movements equal to or better than the OEM? In fact few companies have the experience and expertise that ETA has, including Orient and Seiko. And dig this, many of your ETA movements are not expensive and can be replaced for less than $100.

    As I said in an earlier post, the three most annoying aspects of Japanese automatic movements are that they are not hacking, cannot be hand wound, and in the case of my Orient, not fully quickset. There’s room for improvement and I for one would rather have one expensive watch than ten cheap ones.

  44. By Tan Chin Teik on Apr 14, 2010

    I own a few brands automatic watches like Seiko.Citizen.Rado.Tissot.Titoni.I noticed these watches are make with different jewels. 21 or 25. Only watch with 25 jewels is Titoni. The rest is 21 jewels.Accuracy wise the one with 25 jewels.I do noticed Orient automatic do have 23 jewels. What is the different when choosing an automatic watch with higher than 21 jewels.

  45. By Mark on May 2, 2010

    I’m looking for an automatic, orange-dialed diver to add to the stable. Orient watches seem to have a good reputation with some of the groups on the web I belong to.

  46. By John Kelsey on May 12, 2010

    I stopped wearing my Rolex Datejust because I just bought my 2ER0000D and I like it better. It also keeps better time. It consistently loses 4 seconds a day. After I have it for a few months, I will get it adjusted. I, too, would have liked a better bracelet and saphire crystal.

  47. By Michael on May 12, 2010

    I just got in my Mako. Awesome watch and I cannot wait to wear it. I have not even worn it and my family is already jealous.

  48. By TimW on May 14, 2010

    My new mako arrives tomorrow, I’m pumped. thanks for the great prices and fast shipping!

  49. By Bill Albertson on May 18, 2010

    I ordered a CDB05001W and received it May 5, 2010. I set it to the Atomic Clock broadcast on short wave. In thirteen days it has gained 4 seconds. Thats outstanding. Thank you Orient Watch Company.

  50. By Mandy S on May 22, 2010

    It’s funny how Gallet Watch is never mentioned. Besides manufacturing their own innovative chronograph movements for years, they have been privately supplying components and modules to a number of companies that make the big “in-house” claims. You guys in the industry press have a responsibility to look beyond the expensive advertising and piles of press releases that the big industry players shower on the market.

  51. By Brian2 on May 26, 2010

    I have been looking for high quality, durable, and unique yet affordable everyday watches for some time now. I think that Orient is moving to the top of my list along with some Hamilton’s and Seiko’s. One thing that concerns me is “1 year warranty”. I assume that if the quality is there that the company would stand behind their product, so why just the 1 year.

  52. By Gil Guemes on Jun 2, 2010

    The only complaint I have with my new CEM65002D Mako is the bracelet needs another link to fit my wrist comfortably… Mongo has a big wrist!

  53. By angelo dinglasan on Jun 5, 2010

    First saw the Orient watch in the Philippines when I was on vacation a few years ago. I used to work for a mercedes dealership her in san jose ca. Little did I know that several of the mechanics here were aficionados of the orient brqand of watch. I think the quality is very good for the price. I have 2 rolex’s but would like to get an orient watch for daily wearing. In house automatic movement excites me.

  54. By Gregorio on Jun 5, 2010

    @Pointeau

    What you’re saying is factual, but not relevant to price.

    Orient has made a basic mechanical movement which reflects its price. On top of that, it’s an in-house movement. I challenge you to find an in-house manufacturer that has these types of features at the same price.

    If Orient were to use ETA movements, the retail price of an Orient would at least double.

    Do you really want that realization for those 3 things?

  55. By Chuck Houser on Jun 6, 2010

    I think orient makes beautiful watches for the price. I bought one years ago I like it a lot. My concern is with service. I had an encounter with Puri-Time, Inc. years ago that left me a not so happy camper. I’ve been thinking lately of trying again but am hesitant to pull the trigger.

  56. By James on Jun 8, 2010

    (The Orient 300m Saturation Divers watch)

    I have been a Divers watch user specifically all my life, and have relied upon and used the trusted Seiko brand divers watch for 30+ years with great results.

    Through the past 2 years & after many hours of research & study of the Orient brand history and looking over there professional line of Scuba Diving watches by reading any & all accounts of them available, I have come to the realization that the “OS 300m Saturation Divers Watch” may very well be the highest quality and best practicle divers watch made for the working Scuba Diver and alike.

    Thanks,
    James

  57. By Arun on Jun 9, 2010

    Like others said, Orient makes thier in house movements. I own a orange Mako. I am surprised and proud to see none of the movements in the market has quick response on just picking up the watch the movement responeds quickly from complete stop to running. I have multiple Seiko’s, Omega, Rolex and Citizen automatic. They don’t unless you shake little more than three small swings. And accuracy is far better than modified omega ETA movements with 21,600 BPM (6 beats/min). I am also surprised to see, Orient uses the same type of magic lever concept like seiko uses on their automatic moving parts. Which makes the watch to gain main spring power in a very little movement of the rotater and that drives the power down to the complete balance to tick. Amazingly smooth and very clean and simple movement. Less complicated compared to Swiss Movements. Anyone who owns this indigenous engineering marvels should be very proud to own and feel like any other expensive watches they own.

  58. By Valentine on Jun 12, 2010

    I just recently developed an interest in automatic watches. The mechanics and timeless skills that have developed over the years fascinate me. I’m an engineer and love complications. I believe that Oreints is doing a great job, by bringing such wonderful pieces at an affordable level to all those with similar interests. This is good & consumer friendly business principle.

  59. By Srikanth. on Jun 16, 2010

    When are you guys coming to India?

  60. By Chris Chamberlin on Jul 3, 2010

    I have been impressed with the quality of the Orient watch for some time. I own the CEZ05003B watch which looks great and keeps good time. I would encourage anyone to purchase an Orient watch: mechanical is so much better than quartz. It takes a true craftsman to make a mechanical watch; anyone can make a quartz watch. Semper Fi

  61. By Michael Wong on Jul 15, 2010

    I hear so many good things about Orient watches being a great value. Loving the Mako. That watch definitely getting the most love from people and I hope to get one for myself someday.

  62. By Larry Cannon on Jul 22, 2010

    I bought an Orient Metro and have had it a week and a half now. For the first two or three days I was resetting it forward and backward slightly. But it has since stabilized and I haven’t touched the setting in almost a week. I have two other Japanese automatic watches (different maker), and when I’m wearing them, need to reset both slightly every morning. My ONLY wish is that Orient would provide exhibition backs on most of their watches, fancy or not. It’s just neat being able to see in.

  63. By Henry Haslebacher on Jul 23, 2010

    I discovered mechanical watches about 3 years ago. I eventually discovered the Orient brand and last year I bought an Orient CEV09002B. The styling is excellent with a day/date design. The accuracy is very good for a mechanical watch, losing or gaining only a few seconds a day which can be adjusted by laying the watch either on its back or its side. The next morning, it’s usually pretty good as gauged by my atomic clock. I intend to buy more Orient watches.

  64. By Matt Peringer on Aug 2, 2010

    Having done a great deal of research on Orient watches, I’ve learned what a great company Orient is. From in-house movements to high quality production, Orient has won me over. After all that, they still manage to be affordable. Next for me…an Orient Professional Diver!

  65. By Shu Ho on Aug 3, 2010

    I have done lots of research online and read a lot of user experiences with Orient. It looks to be an amazing watch! I plan to get one for myself but am having a hard time picking which one… I just wish I had them all.
    Great reviews have convinced me.

  66. By Sherri Dalton on Aug 10, 2010

    I have been collecting watches now for six years. I very much like the fact that Orient makes their watches in-house. Not out-sourcing movements and other components really means a lot to me. As of late, however, I have become enchanted by the new pocket watch. I love the 316l stainless case, the beautifully decorated handwound movement that is visible through the sapphire crystal front and back. The dial is simple but elloquently designed with a subtle pattern that may be oil pressed. The blued hands and power reserve are also beautifully done.I love Orient and find myself wanting a few but the pocket watch at the top. With all the different collections here, there’s something that should make everybody happy. Orient Watch = a well made watch at a tremendous value comparedx to others. Thank you, Sherri D.

  67. By Dorsey Howard on Aug 16, 2010

    I now own two Orient automatic watches and am very pleased with both of them. The quality of workmanship and materials is outstanding. Their accuracy is within a few seconds per day. Truthfully, these are the best watches for the money that I’ve ever owned. I’m recommending Orient to everyone I know. Thanks for a refreshingly high quality product at a price that’s affordable.

  68. By Gerald on Sep 24, 2010

    I love the quality of the Orient watches. I own a Breitling, Omega and Raymond Weil and I love the Orient. I wear it all the time.

  69. By mario on Oct 30, 2010

    I love orient watches I have. One orient automatic 3 stars 18KT GP. 21 jewels. Its my favorite watch. I have 35 years with this watch

    this watch. Have with my family like 50 years. Tanks. Orient factory

  70. By joel on Nov 11, 2010

    best designs and very affordable

  71. By Larry Ruble on Nov 15, 2010

    I wonder when Orient will be bring out a Hacking type movement in there wristwatches? I have there pocket-watch it’s a manual wind hacking movement and it’s a great accurate watch.I wish in there video reviews they would state if the movement is hackable and if it’s can be manually wound.

  72. By Marc F Cochran on Nov 22, 2010

    I own Rolex, IWC, Perolette, Patek, Omega and a slew of vintage Hampliton, Longines, and more. I started buying Orient before they were available from the US. I have 9. None have failed. All keep nearly perfect time with my atomic clock. I’ve had my watchmaker open and examine the Orients. He’s 82, Rolex certified. He’s most impressed with Orient “in house movements”. nd refuses to accept that they are so reasonablely priced.
    My son is an rock climber. He’s worn the Orient I gave him all conditions. Although rather beaten up on the outside, he swears it’s tougher than his Submariner.

    Orient in house watces are a great value both mechically and detail in any style. In a world of poor Quality imported junk, Orient is truely delightful find. May the company continue to prosper and grow based on their value and quality. Sincerely, Marc Cochran
    AS, USA

  73. By Mike Murphy on Nov 24, 2010

    I have been shopping for a new watch. My two year old Vostok Europe N1 has worked well, but the crystal has proven to be weak. I looked at Bulova automatics. Who makes their movements(21 jewell Japanese)? I am seriously considering an Orient World-Time.

  74. By John on Nov 27, 2010

    #By James Chen on Dec 29, 2009

    If most of these company uses the same movement. Why do they charge so much. The only differentiation is the case and the logo
    ============================================
    Not so…Some Name brand Companies outside of the Swatch Group buy ETA movements but refinish the movement to their own degree of finishing. Many also buy what is known as a debauche, a basic movement that requires machine fine finishing.

  75. By Joseph Aziz on Nov 27, 2010

    I have been collecting watches since 1974 when I bought a Bucherer automatic in Lucerne, Switzerland for $31. Today it would cost $2000., which is why people cannot afford Swiss watches anymore. But I just bought a leather strap classic Orient Day Date (Day on bottom at 6 o’clock) for $99. on Amazon which is the closest watch I have ever seen to my old Bucherer. An incredible achievement for Orient to have made such a superb watch at $99. No other watch can touch this watch for the money, period. Accurate to within 5 seconds a day, date clicks in right on the money, with the day just behind by a few minutes after 12 AM. Beautiful strap, without unnecessary gimmick of deployment clasp. Delicate refined work on face, and lightweight case, similar to the feel of a quartz watch. I would have this watch cleaned, lubricated, and overhauled, if necessary, at a future date, even if it cost three or four times the cost of the watch. Please keep the price down as an act of generosity and love for male watch collectors. Thank you, Orient.

  76. By Joseph Aziz on Dec 13, 2010

    Orient is a fine watch–I just bought one for my wife for Christmas.
    They seem too good to be true. It is hard to believe that with all the skilled work that goes into them, they can be sold so cheaply. They seem to be assembled by one individual, not and assembly line, but I would like a confirmation that they are assembled by one individual, rather than an assembly line.
    Frankly, they seem to be assembled with greater care and delicacy than many more expensive Swiss watches, judging by some of the videos posted on Youtube.

  77. By richard ellis on Dec 16, 2010

    Im a greenhorn relatively speaking when it comes to timepiece history I took my fathers old Seiko in to be cleaned and have a new crystal and the watchmaker said it would take 3 months. So to my dismay i looked online when i came across Orient watches was i blown away after reading the company history. I keep dropping hints to my spouse about an Orient watch for Christmas. Just an automatic that doesnt cost much money is all i want honey?! I didnt know of the company and to be truthful i thought Seiko was the only watch made in Japan.We just dont hear of them is the southern USA. Needless to say the Seiko will be fixed if possible but put up. If my spouse gets the Orient thats what i will wear. Happpppy 60 Orient.

  78. By richard on Dec 21, 2010

    The 21 jewel Orient movement, I think, is a
    Seiko 5 movement. It is a good movement that has been around for a long time. Seiko owns Orient. As far as which is better, Swiss or Japanese, most of the inventions for these watches are originaly Swiss. Like cars, they are mostley all good. I think paying over $100.00 for a watch is Silly.

  79. By Jason on Jan 11, 2011

    I’ve been searching for something “different” in a quality watch and am looking forward to buying my first Orient. The hardest part is figuring out which I want to buy first!

  80. By Michael Huntoon on Jan 27, 2011

    Do not buy an INVICTA, I’ve had 3 and all were junk, had rose gold dive that was close to $400, and the gold rubbed off after about a week of wearing, after much fighting with company they replaced it with a new one that did the same thing, fought more with company and got them to replace with a less expensive titanium model, after a few weeks second hand fell off. had that fixed and in another month or so the movement quit working at that time I gave up on watch and tossed it in the trash.

  81. By Paul Gerson on Feb 8, 2011

    Great autoatic diver watch love the quality.
    Love the design fantastic watch CD0C001M
    Great watch not inexpensive but worth every
    penny looking forward to new designs.

  82. By SB on Feb 18, 2011

    Spent several weeks trying to fight my urge to buy another watch. Have an Oris and Victorinox and didn’t want to spend a lot to get a high quality watch. Found the Mako and immediately fell in love…waiting for it to arrive. I can guarantee that if all the reviews hold true, this won’t be the last Orient that I buy!

  83. By kostas kinalis on Mar 10, 2011

    Dear orient’ i owned many automatic watches and special,divers like seiko,citizen,invicta.From what i read, you are one of the last companies who produces your owned movements.I like the japanese automatic movements because they are affordable,reliable and durable.Iknow the ties orient have with seiko and because your basic movement is base to seiko 7005movt makes me look forward to buy one. My favorite is the CEM65006D maco. To me you are the LEXUS of the watch industry at COROLLA prices. Thank you

  84. By Maqsood Desai on Mar 17, 2011

    I am die hard fan of Orinet watches from childhood let me know authorised oreinet watch dealer in INDIA

  85. By Spam Clam on Mar 22, 2011

    I’m just posing here to try and win a free watch. :P

  86. By Robert Coxq on Apr 7, 2011

    Instead of “Need Name” for model CERAL004B, how about “Gentrified” or “Urban Renewal”

  87. By Mark T on May 14, 2011

    Yes, a lot of big guys don’t make their own movement. Quality control is also very important. There’s something fascinating about a mechanical watch.

  88. By JB on May 15, 2011

    Good info but the “in house” movement list needs to be uodated as Breitling now has their own movement

  89. By JB on May 15, 2011

    Good info but the in house movement list needs to be updated.

    Breitling has their own movement now

  90. By Vic Fernando on May 20, 2011

    had my black faced hogrider since christmas 2010. people i bump into usually steal stares seemingly trying to figure out the brand of this humongous macho timepiece!

  91. By Buck N on Jun 8, 2011

    I have been shopping for a watch for over two months. Orient is my choice. The only thing that would be better is a black faced Grandeur in two tone.

  92. By Kenny on Jun 11, 2011

    It is astonishing to discover that Orient has an in-house movement for a not so long company, this means to say that they are serious and dedicated about watch making for a price that is price friendly yet high quality watch. Thanks Orient for coming into my life. Kudos!

  93. By MAD on Jul 4, 2011

    I bought my first orient, a Mako 1, my fahter has one since 1981 and I think there is no better chice for this price. I´m very happy with my watch :)

  94. By Jonny R on Jul 18, 2011

    I have several vintage orients, nice watches. I love automatic orients. Now I´m looking for a new one. As Spam Clam said, it would be nice to win a free watch.

  95. By Fred L on Aug 10, 2011

    Orient watches are under-valued and under-represented in, at least, North America. They are capable to produce high end watches like Rolex, Zenith, IWC etc. But they chose to offer an extremely wide spectrum of products ranging from basic ($100) to luxury ($5000), just like its parent company (Seiko)

    I have 3 Orient’s (black Mako, blue Mako and a white dress watch) and I’m expecting delivery of another black M-Force diver in a few days. I have 6 Seiko’s, 2 Omega’s, 2 Doxa’s and 1 Breitling. But I just keep hunting for another Orient. That tells you my love for Orient’s.

    Keep it coming….

  96. By Dan on Aug 24, 2011

    Love the CDD00001W – Epoch, very unique.
    Dan

  97. By Bob on Aug 31, 2011

    I bought a Black Mako as a gift, it was so impressive I plan buying an Orient for myself!

  98. By Alex Ung on Sep 13, 2011

    I used to wear a Tag Heuer, then I wore an Omega Seamaster (not the current model but the previous James Bond model) for 9 years, and I’m selling it because the days of buying expensive Swiss watches are now behind me. Well, I’m considering either Seiko or Orient for me now, so far the comments I read about Orient are overwhelmingly positive. :)

  99. By Danny Graves on Sep 29, 2011

    I recently ordered 2 watches from Orient U.S.A.
    I have several old Orient and you are right the quality, and above all they are very accurate watches, they are second to none..
    Dan.

  100. By Mr. Cayse on Oct 9, 2011

    Living in the historical Taiwan city f Tainan I am fortunate to be very close to a watch retailer who prides in offering excellent service, value and follow-up with their watches.
    I was sad to see that they could only offer to send my faithful Submariner to out to Taipei for refurbishment. It has served me well since 1984, but perhaps it is time for replacement.
    With a family to care for, my days of ‘high-dollar’ wrist wear are behind me now.
    I think that a suitable ORIENT model may well be what the ‘wrist doctor’ proscribes.

    And maybe I can talk the watch shop into carrying the ORIENT line as well. They are very nice people!

  101. By Watchman on Jan 1, 2012

    Invicta, who knows? I doubt it, they are glitzy mediocre watches at best. I own a couple, bought really cheap. Would not buy another, too much controversy with them.

  102. By Joel on Jan 19, 2012

    After very extensive research and comparisons of various Swiss Made models, I decided that none of them could compare to the in house made Orient Star and Orient Star line of watches. From their accuarcy, design, beauty, originality, dependability, and that special “it” factor, I decided against buying a generic, multi company stew of Swiss Made parts and purchased an original (and instantly classic) Orient Star Retro. My first Orient has been such a pleasure to wear, keeps spot time, and looks so beautiful that I wish I had never spent the time looking anywhere else but Orient.
    I can now say, even on the heels of my second Orient watch arriving, that I’m already planning my third purchase of an Orient watch. No other watch company offers the fully in house design, manufacture, and incredible value, all at the same time. If you want to spend $10,000 dollars on a beautiful Swiss timepiece, than feel free to do so. But if you want the same quality, originality, and dependability for just $200-500, than Orient Watch Company is the ONLY company in the world to buy from.
    Take it from a loyal customer, you will love your Orient watch!

  103. By Wayne Fuller on Apr 16, 2012

    I need a White Crown for a 46940 movement can you help me and what is the price and the price for a complete movement?

  104. By Emma Dean on Apr 30, 2012

    I love the watches all the styles and all of them are so GREAT!!

  105. By Isac on Oct 12, 2012

    Hi there!
    I live in Brazil, and there is a brand called “Lince”, assembled in Brazil, but they claim that is made by Orient. Can anyone confirm this information?
    I always had a good feeling about this brand(Orient) and it is very popular in my country, for its quality/price.

    http://produto.mercadolivre.com.br/MLB-438971063-relogio-lince-110s-masculino-_JM

  106. By Alfredo F. Gurmendi on Nov 8, 2012

    I have the Orient Re-Union which I bought online from Orient USA. I love the watch. It has a nice size, and classic looks.
    There are skeleton watches in their line up which are very attractive. Granted, they are no where near a Patek or even a Zenith, but given the price and the quality, I decided to buy the Orient rather than a Rolex. I own an Omega Speedmaster which I also love. I bought it because of its history of being the toughest watch available to go to the moon.
    I very much want a JLC or Zenith tourbillon; but if Orient made one, I’d probably go for that.
    Cheers Orient!

  107. By Darcy Stewart on Nov 25, 2012

    I have way too many watches and found myself choosing a different watch to wear every day just because. A couple months ago I bought my first Orient and I am finding that I am wearing that watch day after day, it doesn’t even get a chance to go in the watch winder – no need. My Omegas, Waakman, Tissots, Movado etc. have all been relegated to the back drawer even though they are up to 30X the price of my Orient. I get way more compliments on the Orient than I ever do with my other watches. I will definately buy more Orients – I see orange in my future.

  108. By Lee VS on Dec 3, 2012

    Lots of interesting comments but when all’s said and done, movement, brand, material,look, etc makes no difference! Only the wearer has the final word and no living soul can tell them that their watch is not good.I had an automatic Orient when I was very very young but unfortunately it did not grow old with me. During the time that I had it,I treasured it as I do with all the watches I own today. There is never too few or too many, not as long as you have enough heart to love the technology, the effort, the skill, the history and most importantly, that time is important to all of us.

  109. By slovenia on Jan 25, 2013

    i have orient arena watch with open heart (CFTAB002B). best price/performance ratio! if i compare arena with my omega speedmaster is in the same range.

    br

  110. By CHARNCHAI KASEMKOSOLSRI on Jan 12, 2014

    I got an Orient Sport EM7A-CO-A-CA L8 for my medical profession use.It is an good value for money watch. The dial is big and clear. The dial second hand is readable in dim light. I am still looking for a better wrist watch with easy to read dial, big and long luminous second hand in low light condition and hope that the Orient company would make one for medical personnels.

  111. By Christopher Clark on Jun 14, 2014

    Hey CSJ, Invicta is garbage! Ted and Joey, read the ( paragraph ) under ( Which Brands Make Their Own Movements ! ) Here’s a hint, ( 100% )

    That’s real talk !

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