If you’re a student, you may or may not be back in school already. And you may or may not have considered getting trusty watch to let you know how much longer you’ll have to sit through the dull 3PM lecture or how long you had overslept that Monday morning for the 8AM lab. If you’re not a watch person, you may have assumed that owning a nice mechanical watch would cost you a grip. But it doesn’t have to. Presenting the five best Orient automatic watches for under $250. (Don’t forget to use the code summer2014 at check out to save 30%, get free shipping and a free watch).
The Anchor – $180
If you’re looking for a simple stainless steel watch with a comfortable leather strap and bullet proof movement, look no further than the Anchor. With three hands and a date indicator, the watch will be your go-to day in and day out.
If you’re looking for a sport watch, the Brazen is a smart choice. It features a woven texture on the dial as well as a sharp color contrast that makes reading the time a cinch. Available currently in black/red and blue/yellow.
The Symphony could be described as a pseudo-hybrid watch (if that makes sense): Its classic baton hour markers scream classic, but the size of the watch could make it appear more modern watch. It is nearly as versatile as the Mako and Ray. Available on a stainless steel bracelet or leather strap.
This is the iconic Orient diver watch that has been the gateway to watch collecting for most people. With a simple strap swap (usually leather), the Mako transforms from a sweet beach lounger to an essential desk diver. Offered in blue, black and of course, retro orange.
At the very end of the spectrum is the Union. It features a unique wide calendar display and an exquisite guilloche-styled finish on the dial. A fine piece to wear for any kind of interview or office internship.