Our Favorite Automatic Orient Watches

April 20th, 2010 | 6 Comments

If you don’t have a clear idea of what kind of timepiece you want, the dozens of Orient models can be overwhelming.

To help get you started, we’ve put together a quick & dirty guide to some of our favorite automatic Orient watches.

Read on:


Named The Sky from the recent Name That Watch contest, the CET05001B transposes a fresh, light aesthetic onto a sturdy, tough timepiece.

With 50m water resistance, a solid stainless steel band and case, and a mineral watch crystal, you won’t be complaining of a ruined watch anytime soon. Because of its hardiness and clean appearance, the CET05001B is one of the most versatile automatic watches on the market.

The case measures in at a 42mm diameter and 20mm band width. The double push-button fold over clasp prevents the watch from falling off your wrist, and the day-and-date calendar keeps you informed for all of your appointments and activities.


If you’re on the market for a versatile, fresh-looking timepiece with great fit and feel, the CET05001W is your watch.


If you’re looking for a slightly sportier look, the CFM00004W fits the bill. Recommended by AskMen’s Watch Snob, the CFM00004B has a sporty watch face and a classic leather band that blend professional style and gadget-y cool.


The CFM00004W is feature-rich, with a:

  • Tachymeter – Measures speed based on time traveled, or distance based on speed.
  • 42-hour Power Reserve Indicator – shows when your mainspring is winding down, and therefore when you need to put your watch back on to keep it powered.
  • Rotating Bezel – The metal ring around the watch face with measurement from 0-60 and a pointer mark at 0. The bezel is a mostly failsafe way to track dive time.
  • Date Display – Just above 6 o’clock is a circular dial that show which date of the month it is. Perfect for the perpetually late or absent.

Choose the CFM00004W if you need nifty tools and enjoy sporty style, but like to look polished for the workplace.


Arguably the watch world’s favorite automatic Orient watch, the CEM65002D (better known as the Blue Mako) is a dive watch with workplace sensibility.

The Blue Mako Water is resistant up to 200m, has a unidirectional rotating bezel, and a case specially designed to withstand the “pressures” of diving.


On top of the Blue Mako’s diving abilities, it is also visually pleasing. One fan said the dial is “breath taking…In certain lighting conditions it could get really deep bright blue to almost black in dimmed light conditions. The dial is very easy to read since the indices are chromed and filled with almost white illumination material. The hands are also chromed and filled with illuminating material.”

The CEM65002D/Blue Mako is perfect for the weekend scuba diver who wants to have one watch for both work and play.


And let’s not forget the ladies. A while ago, watchmakers decided that women cared about style more than mechanical movements, and since quartz movements are cheaper, began producing all of their ladies watches with quartz movements. But Orient says, why compromise when you can have both?

Orient’s CDB01003T and CDB01002H automatic watch, designed for the size of a woman’s wrist, has perfect monochromatic balance. With a cream and brown band and caramel brown watch face, this automatic is inconspicuously fashionable.

But while beautiful, the CDB01003T doesn’t forgo the features found in other Orient automatics. It is water resistant up to 50m, has a 42-hour power reserve, and is protected by convex crystal glass. The semi-skeleton face and see-through caseback allow the discerning watch lover to witness the magic of an Orient watch movement in motion.


Ladies who love style and mechanical quality will be pleased with their purchase of the CDF01003T.

We love these automatic Orient watches — but what is your favorite Orient automatic?

Cassie Wallace

  1. 6 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Marc Froomkin on Apr 20, 2010

    My favorite Automatic Orient Watch is the Diver » 2ER00004D.

  3. By Abagail Soyak on Apr 20, 2010

    I have never seen Orient watches before today and they are very classy looking. I am definatly interested in purchasing one, I am thinking for my Dad for Fathers Day. Have a great day!!!

  4. By Patrick on Apr 20, 2010

    These are some very nice looking watches. I would love to see the quality and prices.

  5. By Dennis Sims on Apr 20, 2010

    My husband would absolutly adore this watch. we can only afford 15.00 watches at walmart for him. im praying for this for him. Hes a great man and deseves a wonderful watch like yours!!!!

  6. By Michael Wong on Jul 15, 2010

    I have recently found out about Orient watches as they are not so well known in the US and they are amazing. My favorite is the popular Mako with blue dial. Just beautiful.

  7. By Deborah Nabia on Nov 23, 2011

    I’m in love with the Automatic Orient Watch CDB01002H!! so wonderfull!!!

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