Why Buy… Inexpensive Automatic Watches?

April 2nd, 2010 | 5 Comments

With watches like Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Datejust costing around $7000, you might think that you have to spend that much money to get a quality watch. While the Datejust has a loyal following, there are also many inexpensive automatic watches that provide the same features and a high level of quality for a fraction of the price.

Watch aficionados agree: “you don’t have to spend anywhere near $1000 to get a very good automatic watch with a great movement.”

Instead, you can spend $160 on Orient’s CET05001B and save the rest for a car.

Read on to find out more reasons you should buy an inexpensive automatic watch:

Cost per Wear

Cost per wear (CPW) is a concept that promotes buying quality items because they last longer. The formula is:

Cost of item / # days you wear it = CPW

For example, you might buy a $60 dollar suit (a steal…right?). But the suit rips on its second business outing—its CPW is $30, not to mention the embarrassment at your interview or luncheon.

However, if you buy a $1,000 suit that lasts 100 wearings (perfectly reasonable for a good suit), its CPW is only $10.

What do you think is the better value?

It stands to reason, then, that the greatest values are found when you purchase a high quality item and a moderate price—for example, a $500 suit from a tailor known for their impeccable durability. These kinds of purchases allow you to make the most of your budget and wardrobe.

In the watch world, companies like Orient Watch USA are known for this moderate-price, high-quality sensibility.

Read on to find out what qualities distinguishes Orient automatic watches as quality timepieces.


Orient watches have stainless steel cases that protect against daily damage and wear. Most, like the CET05001B, also have solid stainless steel bands that provide a great fit and feel. And with a double push-button fold-over clasp, this watch isn’t going to fall off your wrist any time soon.


Additionally, like the CET05001B, they are water resistant to protect against spills and rain, and feature mineral or Sapphire watch crystals to protect against scratches.

To assure you of the quality of Orient watches, the company provides a 1-year warranty with all watch purchases. The warranty includes U.S.-based service and repair.

Functional Style

Automatic watches work using only the motion of your wrist and arm. Despite having a complex system for powering the watch, Orient watches have a slim, sophisticated profile. Their previously mentioned stainless steel cases accentuate the distinct colors of the watch dials. In the previous example, the CET05001B, the silver tone of the stainless steel perfectly contrasts the watch’s black dial.

Dubbed “The Sky” by watch fans, this watch encompasses all of the positive features of inexpensive automatic watches. And if you use an Orient watches coupon, you’ll decrease your CPW even more on a timepiece you’ll love to wear every day.

Cassie Wallace

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  2. By Kevin Copeland on Apr 6, 2010

    I have just ordered my first Orient automatic. I have heard nothing but good things about Orient’s inhouse movements. I used a coupon for 50% off. I own over 50 watches and I can’t wait for this to arrived.


  3. By Analucia on Apr 11, 2010

    I,m about to buy my first automatic watch. After a long research I find out that orient watch is my best option not only for the nice design but the functionality like date and day and it would be exceptional if orient can make a perpetual calendar for ladies month included and also bracelets models. I don’t know why there are only men watches with this complications and too expensive, today we are busy executives ladies.

  4. By Bob Abrams on Apr 11, 2010

    I bought my first Orient while stationed in Japan during the early 1970′s. I had never seen a watch quite like it before. It gave me years of service before I gave it to my brother who kept bugging me to give it to him. Now I have around 40 automatics and not one other brand runs better than Orient, including my datejust.

  5. By Marty on Apr 13, 2012

    Nice watches,just might pull the trigger on one of these

  6. By Scott Shannon on May 22, 2012

    Loving the Orient Star Retrograde. My Mako’s run great for years, too.

    Awesome watches!

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