OrientStar: Reinventing Vintage Automatic Watch

November 23rd, 2009 | 40 Comments



It’s hard to find a vintage inspired watch design without coming across an actual vintage watch. What’s the difference? A vintage watch is physically from the past whereas a vintage-inspired watch is a new watch with some added flavor of a past era.

What better way than Orient watches to remind you of the classically cool things in life: gasoline, speed and adventures? (It’s like a mix between Indiana Jones and The Matrix.)

Take a peek at the OrientStar Retro Future collection:



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Inspired by 1950’s motifs (the automobile, airplane, motorcycle and camera), Orient has created a watch collection guaranteed to please every male from the baby-boomer era while making him the envy of all his friends.

The past has never been so alive.

The OrientStar Retro Future line is the epitome of themed wrist wear. The high level of craftsmanship coupled with the integral designs Orient is known for, most notably the automatic winding function of the watch, are illuminated in this collection. The watch is powered by the energy harnessed through motion, not batteries.

Each watch takes on the personality of its motif by incorporating familiar schemas that allow any onlooker to easily draw the connection. Priced between $690-$825 at OrientWatchUSA.com, the OrientStar Retro Future Line is a rare find for any watch aficionado looking to up the ante on their collection without breaking the bank.

You don’t have to look too hard to notice the attractive resemblances integrated into the watch design. The more you look, the more you notice.



First Impressions

YFHAB001 Retro Future Automobile Concept (color choices: Blue, Red, Black)

The straight and precise lines scream Sunday afternoon drive in a stylish way.

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  • Watch face exhibits speedometer theme
  • Power reserve indicator resembles a gas tank

YFH04001 Retro Future Airplane Concept (color choices: Black, Blue, Orange)

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  • Indicators are reminiscent of cockpit gauges
  • Dial resembles a cross landing strip
  • Whole watch looks like a turbine engine
  • Hands held on by the large center simulate propellers

YFH03002 Retro Future Motorcycle Concept (color choices: Blue, Yellow, Black)

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  • Smooth lines of different inlays exhibit consistent flow, like the streamline of a bulky Harley or chopper-style bike
  • Gas tank shape lies between the 2 and 5 o’clock positions

YFH02001B Retro Future Camera Concept (color choices: Black, Silver White)

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As one member on Amazon.com reviews:

    “The ‘shutter leaves’ on the dial are a nice feature that could be easily overlooked. The outer timing bezel is marked in a fashion to mimic the focus settings of a camera lens… Orient has really done a good job of balancing all these camera aspects with the functionality of the watch.”



Because Time Keeps Ticking

Markedly, these watches are equipped with features that are not included in the lower price range bracket, specifically the 40-hour power reserve indicator that allows the wearer to know how much “gas is left in the tank.” This is one of the major drawbacks of the lower priced “Mako,” yet is one of the features that is synonymous with the high quality in-house movements of Orient.

This collection pays tribute to the quality of Orient and their ability to turn watches into more than just timepieces. By putting a unique spin on the past and conquering the motifs, Orient makes you think twice about what vintage actually is.

What do you think of the OrientStar Retro Future collection? Comment below.



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  1. 40 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Editor on Aug 27, 2009

    Orient watches beat out all the other department store brands. The fact that they are good Automatics puts them on the same playing field as watches that are 3 times as expensive.

  3. By Nick on Aug 31, 2009

    I got the Airplane in orange, and I love the watch. I only wish that the simulated rivets-and-plates motif on the back of the watch case (Where it’s invisible!) had been carried over to the front case and onto the watch bracelet.
    The black camera model is very tempting. It’d be great if Orient offered the Japan domestic rosegold/Black version here in the US. That model is killer.

  4. By Nick on Aug 31, 2009

    The model number of that rosetone/black camera is: WZ0241FH. Please save me a trip to Tokyo and add it to orientwatchusa.com! LOL

  5. By Orient - Stephen Siegert on Aug 31, 2009

    Nick,

    Your point is well taken. The exhibition case back does resemble an amazing turbine design. Although this does not carry over,
    the front dial is well decorated with many unique ideas from the airplane including:

    -The power reserve indicator as shown as a fuel gauge
    -Stainless Steel center for hour and minute hands look like propellers
    -The “X” shaped design on the dial reminds us of a runway
    -Second hand sub dial resembles a cockpit Altitude Meter

    I’m reminded by a saying from Poor Richard’s Almanac (circa 1736):

    “Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.”

    It is a great idea, but it may not have fit with everything else that is already included in the design concept.

    Thanks for the comment.

    -Stephen

  6. By RobG on Sep 6, 2009

    Definitely favor the airplane here, gorgeous/unique design. The automobile is second…eye is drawn to square window aka “Monaco” shape on the face. Good job on these guys.

  7. By Frank In Miami on Sep 22, 2009

    I like the automobile model but very disappointed in the fact that this is the only OrientStar Retro future model that does not come with sapphire crystal. Huge oversight in part of Orient, imho.

  8. By Vic in Miami on Nov 23, 2009

    I purchased the Orient “squarematic” two months ago and it growing on me. Perhaps more neo classical then a retro redo.

  9. By ladonna burns on Nov 23, 2009

    this is a watch for a brillant young man such as my son whom iq is to the moon

  10. By Allen in Malibu on Nov 24, 2009

    I like the inspiration of YFH03002 Retro Future Motorcycle Concept….I’ve been riding for almost 50 years now and have always thought it would be nice to have a motorcycle watch that truly invoked a sense of the riders experiences on a bike….not just throw some bike manufacturers name on the face! I think you guys have come up with a winner….just one suggestion. You make some great SSS bands with up to 5 links…why not give this watch a band that is a closer representation of a motorcycle chain….get rid of the pins and put screws in the band with either hex or allen heads.

    I think that would really make the watch outstanding and more representative of a motorcycle inspired watch. Outside of adding a kick stand, I think focusing on the mechanical qualities (both visually and physically) of your watches would be very beneficial.

  11. By gman on Nov 25, 2009

    Orient was infamous in the US until it was exposed to the public eyes few years back. Since then it does not have to look back or compete with any other kinds. Its automatic/mechanical movements, which are inhouse made, is much reliable than any other brand and keep in mind orient has a longer history of auto watch making than anyother brand. It survived the era of quartz in 40s/50s/60s and became a true legend at present. Buy one and be a proud owner of orient. To be frank I own 4 of them and every morning I wear them I feel like my day will be as realiable as the watch. cheers

  12. By John on Nov 26, 2009

    They are boss ugly. Tell the management to give us some Orient Stars with a “W” model number. Love my Star Royal.

  13. By Dave H on Nov 28, 2009

    Wow,discovered and loving this site.I’m addicted to beautiful large watches. Never knew of so many here.Such a great source.
    How do you all afford these lovely toys.Is this the millionaires club.LOL
    Keep up the great work. Cheers,Dave.

  14. By Sim on Nov 29, 2009

    The Retro Future Camera Concept is realy sweet, although the other ones are also realy great. Anyway, I think Orient is making a realy great job on thoses watches.

  15. By D'Andre in GA on Nov 29, 2009

    I love these watch they are very retro every time i go out i get stopped bya complete stranger asking me where did i get my watch

  16. By Keri Caye on Nov 29, 2009

    very unique, brilliant

  17. By Danish Lakhani on Nov 29, 2009

    i like quite a few watches. wish i had money to buy them. I have been looking for a watch that I would like and keep for a very long time but never found one, and I think orient watches might be the ones I keep.

  18. By Chris H. on Nov 29, 2009

    I like the look of the Orient-Star Retro, however would like to see more done with the bands. Leather or other more inspiring materials.

    Chris H.

  19. By Allen on Nov 30, 2009

    Well…doesn’t seem like you folks are really interested in the opinion of those you solicit, if they have any suggestions that may differ from yours. You evidently didn’t like my thoughts and dropped my comments…I assume because you didn’t care for them….what a shame!

  20. By adebayo on Nov 30, 2009

    I like it’s looking so nice an profesional

  21. By lisa freeman on Nov 30, 2009

    lisa freeman
    732 summit circle
    eden nc 27288

    i would like to have the free orient key chain

  22. By Polly on Dec 2, 2009

    It is the retro styling that is the draw. The classic retro looks demands to be noticed and when combined with today’s technology, you have a match made in heaven!

  23. By Artie on Dec 2, 2009

    Just discovering the Orient timepieces and I must say, they are quite attractive, I will be sure to follow this site and the various models as my collection grows.

  24. By Vladimir on Dec 3, 2009

    ORIENT’s OrientStar was always a magnificent series of wrist watches. Uniquely crafted targeting a specific object. Even though it was the high end series, it has never featured all high end options.

  25. By Nick on Dec 4, 2009

    Oriental watches look great

  26. By Peter Ganev on Dec 4, 2009

    Orients to me are the ultimate watch. I grew up in a behind-the-iron-curtain country and a friend got one from “a western country”. It was like an extra terrestrial gadget in my eyes. So, naturally I had to have one!

  27. By nekol sycyr on Dec 5, 2009

    the web site speaks for itself! not only are the watches one of a kind but it’s worth the investment. i have had several friends of mine purchase ur product an they r continuslly being asked about its authecity. i am not fortunate to purchase one for myself at this time but i would love to have a oppurtunity to have the experiece for myself. this is even coming from a lady who never had a watch capture her attention. hopefully i will be lucky enough to enjoy ur product for myself

  28. By joe guzman on Dec 5, 2009

    My wife go the Airplane in orange, What Style! it looks and feels greet on my wrist, can wait to get another watch real soon, when driving it does make you feel like you have more guages to look at and hard to drive because your too busy looking at yor wathc instead of the road
    thanks

  29. By Crystal Neal on Dec 6, 2009

    i have neve had the chance to own one but you make some of the most beautiful watches i have ever seen.

  30. By Jarrod McCaughey on Dec 7, 2009

    I love my Skeleton Watch… I wear it everywhere and it’s durable enough to take the punishment I inflict upon it at my job. Thanks for making it worth the money.

  31. By PAULO FRANCISQUINHO on Dec 8, 2009

    I´d loved received any of this wonderful watches.

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    RUA PAUL HARRIS Nº 9 5º C
    1600-251 LISBOA
    PORTUGAL

  32. By Mauro on Dec 9, 2009

    I think Orient should sell more of their “Japan-market-only” watches in other countries. There are some very beautiful OrientStar watches in Japan market, but it’s a shame that the only “OrientStar” watches we can see outside Japan are these vintage style watches. Their design is very distinctive, but I think that the dial of many of these retro-future watches is a little too messed up because, with all these particulars in high contrast colours on the dial, can be difficult to read the time… And what is a watch used for?
    Of course, if you buy a watch just to have a nice bracelet on your wrist then the readability of the dial should not be a problem. Another thing that I dislike of these watches is the lack of a date indicator.

  33. By dawn on Dec 10, 2009

    ive never seen one like it i really like it the watch is a convershion piece its great thanks for allowening me to comment on such a nice product dawn

  34. By Megan on Dec 10, 2009

    i love this : )

  35. By Rebecca on Dec 12, 2009

    Beautiful watches!

  36. By tobie on Dec 14, 2009

    these are great

  37. By Sequoia on Dec 15, 2009

    i have not had one of these watches, so i cannot comment on them. But, i’ve heard they are good.

  38. By Isaiah Lucas on Dec 16, 2009

    I think the new future design is promising, has a sophisticated yet sleek. I think it will attract allot of buyers such as a younger crowd yet maintain is class and stand seperate from other watches.

  39. By NotNessie on Dec 17, 2009

    Why didn’t I know about these watches before I finished my Christmas shopping?!

  40. By Paula on Dec 17, 2009

    I love the vintage styling!! You should try combining this with alternate power to the battery — maybe solar or motion? Just a thought! Keep up the great work.

  41. By Sertac YILDIZ on Jan 29, 2011

    Hi from ?stanbul/Türkiye,

    I specially like Airplane Concept Watch of Retro Future Models that were inspired by 1950′s industrial developments. Thanks for the quick review.

    As I can recall, there is supposed to be an additional road bike concept (which is inspired from lugged tubes, chain, crankset, shifter, tyre and rim of a road bike)included in retro future models.

    Cheers

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