The Orient CQBEA001B and the Rado Integral duke it out

February 20th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Yes, the Orient CQBEA001B and the Rado Integral are pretty fancy watches, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get a little feisty. Especially when it comes to a brand duel.


In this article, we’ll look at:

The Orient CQBEA001B

The CQBEA001B is part of Orient’s Classic Quartz Collection. The Classic Collection features watches that are simple yet modern in design. They don’t come with a lot of gadgets, but are recognized for their unique appearances and versatility from business to evening or formal wear.

While Orient is recognized for automatic watches, their quartz watches offer different styles and shapes unlike those in the Automatic Collections; not to mention many people prefer quartz because it’s considered more precise, accurate and sleek than mechanical. Quartz is also battery powered, which means you don’t have to wear it every day to power it as with an automatic.

The CQBEA001B is an interesting watch similar in appearance to the Rado Integral, but let’s take a closer look at how these watches are different.

orient rado

The following lists show some pros and cons of the CQBEA001B.

The Pros

  • Stainless steel band and case
  • 30m water resistance (splashes, spills and very shallow immersion)
  • Small, sleek
  • $240 price tag

The Cons

  • No date calendar
  • Mineral crystal
  • No diamonds or gold

The Rado Integral

The Rado Integral is a well-known Swiss luxury watch. The brand became popular during the ’60s because of their watch material innovations (e.g. using a hard, scratch-proof metal as opposed to steel or brass).

The Rado Integral is a popular choice for formal, “black tie” events. Though it’s very thin, sleek and unique in appearance, the materials inside of the Integral really make the watch different from others like the Orient CQBEA001B.

For instance, instead of a fully stainless steel band, Rado uses high-tech ceramic pieces (used for space shuttle developments) that alternate with stainless steel pieces to create the band. However, for some, a ceramic band (regardless of how tough the ceramic) may seem fragile or weak.

rado integral

Let’s look at some other pros and cons of the Integral.

The Pros

  • Sapphire crystal
  • Diamonds and gold (depending on the model)
  • Date calendar
  • 30m water resistance
  • Small, sleek

The Cons

  • Price: about $2,000

The better watch for you

When it comes to formal appearances, I’d say either the Rado Integral or the Orient CQBEA001B fit the bill. However, they are different watches, and the CQBEA001B might be more suitable for someone who wears a formal, fashionable watch occasionally, but who prefers a tougher, automatic watch otherwise.

The CQBEA001B would also be a good choice if you like the unique styles and designs of watches like the Integral but can’t afford a $2,000 quartz watch that is not for everyday wear.

On the other side of this, the Rado Integral would be a suitable choice if you regularly attend “black tie” affairs or prefer the fine materials used on Rado Integral watches (e.g. diamonds, gold, high-tech ceramic, hard crystals).

rado back

Rado Integral watches would also be a good choice for watch or jewelry collectors who like the interesting, fashionable and innovative designs found in Rado or Cartier.

Finally, whichever watch you choose, be sure to always buy real and authentic.

Which watch do you prefer? Comment below.

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  2. By Doaa on Feb 23, 2010

    Orientalwatch is a very good brand. Orient watchs live for a long time. My mother has an orient watch, she bought it more than 30 years ago, and it still working and its coulor sill shiny.I like orient watches and I hope to have one.

  3. By glen sadowski on Feb 24, 2010

    awesome watch wish i could get a free one! very stylish regards!

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