The James Dean of Watches: the Orient YFH03002B

September 20th, 2010 | 3 Comments

If there was one decade in American history that should be emulated, it was the 1950s. Those 10 years were marked by a post-war optimism, industrial growth, and a cultural revolution.

Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Americans sent satellite Explorer 1 on its first orbit around the earth. Elvis Presley became the king of a new music genre called rock and roll, and Marilyn Monroe proved that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Muscle cars and motorcycles became status symbols for the new generation of American men; men who had just returned from war and wanted to trade their Army uniforms for blue jeans and leather jackets and cruise the country’s first highways like James Dean.

While poodle skirts have since gone out of style and most waitresses have given up their roller skates for more comfortable shoes, one trend from the 1950s has stood the test of time.

People still want to be like James Dean.

With the Orient YFH03002B, you can.

The Orient YFH03002B

This unique model draws inspiration from the industrial design of 1950s motorcycles, like the classic Harley Davidson Sportster that was introduced in 1957.

One of the most unique features of this watch is its semi-skeleton face and caseback, which allow you to see some of the watch’s inner-workings.

The colors are also very reminiscent of the industrial era. In addition to the classic black model, Orient offers the trendy blue YFH03001D model and the very retro orange YFH03002M model.

Additional features include:

  • Stainless steel bezel and band
  • Water resistant up to 100m
  • Double push button clasp
  • Mineral crystal

It’s the perfect accessory to wear when you’re cruising in your classic car or enjoying a milkshake at the local diner while listening to Elvis on the jukebox.

So, maybe that would be taking it a little too far. We can’t emulate everything about the 1950s, but maybe we should draw some inspiration from the mindset of the era. In the aftermath of a great tragedy, the innovators of the 1950s gave America hope for a better, brighter future.

In the words of James Dean himself, the original rebel without a cause:

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

  1. 3 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By John Cupp on Sep 20, 2010

    I find YFH03002B to be ahead of its time, with style and class.

  3. By David on Sep 20, 2010

    Okay, the future car watch is neat, the future airplane watch is witty and interesting, but this one is claaaaaasy. It took me a minute to recognize the classic Harley homage in the dial styling. Well done. I’m now thinking seriously of picking up an Orient Star to go with my retro-appeal Orient Classic (CEV09).

  4. By Mike C on Sep 20, 2010

    I’m not really familiar with Orient watches, but that is one fantastic looking watch.

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