Seiko Monster vs. Orient Ray

October 15th, 2012 Posted in Watch Comparisons | 13 Comments

Sometimes we find ourselves torn between 2 great products. In this case, it’s 2 great dive watches for men: the Seiko Monster and the Orient Ray.

What’s great about these watches? What’s not so great? What’s the best diver watch for you? Read on!

Seiko Monster

The Seiko Monster is an absolute classic mens dive watch. This watch has been famed for its great look, amazing list of features, and unbelievable affordability. Let’s take a closer look…

Like any good diver, the Seiko Monster is equipped with at least 100m water resistance. In fact, the Monster boasts 200m water resistance. This watch features a massive stainless steel case that feels and simply is sturdy. The bracelet is big and solid and sturdy as well.

Featuring additional diver essentials like a unidirectional bezel and a screwed-down crown, the Monster is certainly well-suited for underwater adventures.

The Monster also offers hardlex crystal glass, a reinforced mineral crystal, which is basically middle ground between basic mineral and sapphire crystals.

Perhaps most notably, however, is the enormous amount of lume on the Monster. The huge arrow-shaped hour hand, large sword-like minute hand, and a running second hand with a luminous tail make this watch simple to read in complete darkness. Furthermore, each index is complete with lots of lume as well.

The Monster is powered by Seiko’s 7S26 mechanical movement. This movement is not hackable or hand-windable. It does not feature a power reserve indicator, yet it is equipped with day and date calendars.

Monster is super sporty, especially the Orange Monster, which features a bold, bright orange dial. The Seiko Monster retails for approximately $200.

A pretty fantastic watch, right? Let’s see how the Orient Ray stands up to the competition!

Orient Ray

The Orient Ray is a great dive watch for men. Though Ray is a fairly new diver, it has lots of features in common with the Seiko Monster, it’s true. But let’s take a close look at it…

Like the Monster, the Ray features 200m water resistance, a solid stainless steel case, and a solid stainless steel safety clasp band. The Ray is slightly smaller than the Monster, weighing in at 41mm while the Monster is 42mm (both without the crown).

The Ray is also equipped with a unidirectional bezel, a screwed-down crown, and an additional push-button (also screwed-down) that changes the day and the language (all Orient Watches are bilingual in Spanish and English, when applicable). Ray offers basic mineral glass.

The Ray’s lume isn’t quite as intense or noticeable as the lume on the Monster. Yet, Ray still offers a good amount of lume, which makes it easy to read in total darkness. Each of the indices is equipped with lume as well as the minute, hour, and running seconds hands.

The Ray is powered by Orient’s 46943 mechanical movement. Like the Monster, this movement is not hackable or hand-windable and does not feature a power reserve indicator. It does, however, feature day and date calendars.

The Ray is available with a navy blue, black, or bright orange dial. Additionally, the Ray is available with a sleek IP-coated case and band. This style is referred to as the Ray Raven. The basic Ray model retails for $230 while Ray Raven retails for $325.

So, that leaves us with one last question…

What’s the Best Diver Watch for You?

Deciding which watch is best for you is all in your personal style. As stated, the Seiko Monster, especially the Orange Monster, is very sporty and quite bold. There’s no denying it’s a diver, and that can be great if you want a watch that’s strictly a sporty, diver watch.

The Ray, however, offers a bit more leeway stylistically. It’s not bound to the diver look, and can translate between sporty diver watch, casual watch, and business watch. This is particularly true for the more neutral black and navy dials. Additionally, Ray Raven is super sleek and could even be worn with dressier attire.

Whichever watch you choose, though, rest assured that both are solid, reliable timepieces from reputable watchmakers.

So, which watch would you choose? The Seiko Monster or Orient Ray? Tell us below!

  1. 13 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By jeff iliault on Oct 15, 2012

    I own both however the ray just feels more solid .The seiko sits in a box. Feels cheap to me and not as depedable .
    Ray keeps much better time .

    And everyone has the seiko and a belly button
    Not everyone has a ray

  3. By roger on Oct 15, 2012

    orient ray!

  4. By Steve on Oct 15, 2012

    I love my Ray. Seiko makes some very nice watches, but the Monster has the all the design subtlety of a Humvee. I don’t care for the bezel, nor do I much like the giant indices and the shape of the hands… just a little too chunky. I do admit, though, I’m not a diver, and I’d bet those aspects of the Seiko that I don’t like make it a great dive watch from a practical standpoint. Stylistically, however, the Ray wins.

  5. By Dave on Oct 15, 2012

    The Orient Ray Raven with either black or blue face would be my choice. The Monster is a classic, but the Ray suits my style.

  6. By Jarod on Oct 15, 2012

    I will go for both monsters which is in fact what I did when I first started collecting Seikos in 2009! I had both monsters – black and orange dials which I later took to my local watchmaker to swap the chapter rings. Voila! I now have 2 rather unique monsters.

  7. By Henry Penna on Oct 15, 2012

    I love the Orient Ray. It is a more diverse time peace than the Seiko Orange Monster, although the Seiko is also a great contender….I chose the Orient.

  8. By Joe on Oct 15, 2012

    I don’t own a Ray but I do own two Makos. I must say, I really like my Orange Monster. It just has more WOW factor.

  9. By Tin on Oct 16, 2012

    I feel that the Monster has much more presence on the wrist, but if you wanted to stay understated and not draw too much attention, the Ray is definitely the way to go.

  10. By Kevin on Oct 16, 2012

    I like both, but if I had to choose one, I would go with the Orient Ray. It has a more traditional style look, plus the blue dial is absolutely gorgeous to look at! Definitely one of the high value diver watches on the market.

  11. By George on Oct 18, 2012

    I don’t own a Ray, but I have a blue Mako and an Orange Monster. I’m also not a diver. I love both watches, but to me the Monster seems to be more solidly built. The bezel on the Monster turns super smoothly and clicks on 30 second intervals. The Mako Bezel is hard to turn, and only clicks on 60 second intervals. As a non-diver it’s not super relevant to me, but the Monster bezel is a joy to operate compared to the Mako, which I don’t even like to try to turn. The bracelet on the monster feels more expensive as well. As far as lume goes, there is no contest. The Monster kills my Mako. Finally, I did notice that I get more compliments on the Monster than the Mako. Probably because the blue Mako is more subtle. The best part of all of this, is that many collectors can easily afford to have both in their collections. In my mind both lead the pack in terms of bang for the buck.

  12. By john james on Jan 5, 2013

    Too many appraisal for the Ray, as we can understand this is an orient blog, which I doubt it neutral and objective. I own OM and BM, as well as Ray. Don’t get it wrong, I love the Ray, but it’s just not in the Monster’s league. My Ray is only fine when it’s being used in formal occasions. But as tool watch, Monsters all the way!

  13. By satyajit khade on Jun 8, 2014

    I think Orient Ray orange is the way to go.

  14. By John on Jun 25, 2014

    I’m trying to decide between the two right now. I currently have two Seikos and one Orient watch. I really have like my Orient better than my Seikos, so I am definitely leaning to the Ray. After reading this, I think I am going to pick the Orange Ray, because it seems to offer the best of both worlds, so to speak.

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