Orient Ray II Review – An Improved Orient Ray Diver Watch

Orient Ray II review

Affordable Automatic Dive Watch – An Orient Ray II Review

Today, I’m going to write about Orient Ray II review, a follow up of some sort to the review of original Ray I made sometime ago (you can read my review of the original Orient Ray HERE).

Back then, I was impressed with the beautiful design, day date function and the fact that its a very affordable automatic watch.

But the main disadvantage of the original Ray is the outdated movement (non-hacking and non-manual winding), a problem that the original Mako has too.

Luckily, Orient was very sensitive to its fans needs and released this new improved version – the Ray II (along with the new Mako II) that comes with updated movement.

The use of modern automatic movement in this second generation Ray is very welcomed, and I’m not the only one that is happy about this.

Now, let’s get on to the Orient Ray II review shall we.

 

Orient Ray II Blue

Update: I’ve recently featured the Orient Ray II in my list of the top 10 automatic watches under $200. You guys can check the article HERE.

 

In A Hurry? >> Get Your Own Orient Ray II HERE

 

Orient Ray II Specification

Diameter: 41.5 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Dial: Black or blue dials
Watch Crystal: Mineral crystal
Hands: Sword shaped hands with lume
Markers: Circle index markers with lume
Bezel: Unidirectional rotating diver bezel with 120-clicks

Movement: Orient Caliber F6922 Automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: Japanese made in-house movement, 22 Jewels, 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Hacking, Manual winding
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Water Resistance: 200 m
Other Features: Luminous hands and markers, Date display, Day display, Screw down crown, Unidirectional rotating diver bezel

Where To Buy: Amazon (usually less $200, than Click the link below). It’s MSRP is  $335

 

Sporty Diver Watch Dial

The look of the Ray II is a typical normal diver watch – but executed perfectly. It’s what people will call the modern dive watch with the customary circle index markers and minute markings on unidirectional rotating bezel.

Unidirectional rotating means the bezel can only be rotated in counter clockwise direction. This is a standard for all dive watch because the bezel is used to time diving time so the bezel. So a unidirectional bezel is used to avoid divers accidentally rotate it as this could spell trouble.

 

Orient Ray II Blue

 

The dial comes in two colors, either black or blue. The black is matte black but the blue on the other hand has this majestic sunburst metallic effect to it. It’s really beautiful to look at seriously. The old Ray has a more darker sunburst blue dial by the way.

So if you like a watch that catches people attention, I recommend to get a watch with sunburst dial like this. People are surely going to complement about it =)

Apart from the traditional circle markers, this watch also has the customary big bold hands of diver watches. The hands are sword shaped like, with the hour hand having a two-tier design which is a nice little Easter egg in this watch.

 

Good Looking Lume On The Dial

 Orient Ray II Black

 

Both the hands and markers have lume applied on it substantially giving the watch a nice lume performance.

The seconds hand is stainless steel with a red painted tip.

On thing that I love is how Orient went to great lengths to apply a small amount of lume on the tip.

This level of detail is very surprising, especially for a watch costing $200.

 

 

 

Orient Ray II lume shot

 

Day Date Display For Convenience

A great thing about this watch is the inclusion of day date function. To have these two features are very beneficial, especially if the owner intends to use it as a daily beater watch for work.

It will give a higher level of convenience to the wearer. There is no need to ask around or check our smartphones for what is the date of today. A glance at our wrist is all it needs to know the date.

Overall, the dial design of the Ray II is almost the same with the original Ray, just a brighter blue shade of sunburst dial.

It has a diver watch look, with all the elements done perfectly. The watch is moderately proportioned and not too busy. The usage of day and date brings the watch to a higher level of functionality.

 

orient ray ii on hand

 

A Diver Watch Case

The watch case of this Ray II is almost exactly the same as the original Ray. It has 41.5 mm diameter which is a very nice size for any men’s wrist. It’s not too big or too small in my opinion.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post about 6 things to consider when choosing your wrist watch, a suitable watch for the size of your wrist is a must. Just like a fine tailored suit, a watch with the perfect size to YOUR wrist will look much much better compared to an over-sized watch (no matter how expensive it is).

It’s also quite thick at 13 mm. With all of this, the watch is by no means light. This will be good for those that prefer heavier watch. It’s certainly feels more rugged and sporty.

The lug width is 22 mm and attached to a stainless steel bracelet. The bracelet is nice, but comes with hollow end links to the lugs. This gives it some rattling noise. But for this price point, the bracelet is quite passable. Orient certainly took pride in their products as they engraves their logo on the bracelet clasp.

 

Want The Ray II? >> Get Your Own Orient Ray II HERE

 

Orient Ray II Nato strap

If you don’t like the bracelet that the Ray II comes with, a Nato strap can also be paired with the watch. With today’s booming online shops, these cheap Nato straps are just a click away.

 

The case also is rated to 200 m water resistance, thanks to the usage of screw down crown and caseback. But there are many complaints of how there are some water ingress into the watch just by swimming in a pool or showering.

For me, I’ve swam a watch with only a 100 m water rating without any screw down crown and it’s still ok. I believed those that got water into their watches don’t tighten the screw down crown properly.

But still, since this watch is not an ISO rated diver watch, I’d stay away from any deep dives. Leave those to the real diver watch such as the ISO rated Seiko SKX007 and SKX009.

Another thing to add is this watch uses mineral crystal. For those of you that don’t know what is that, I suggest you read my article on types of watch crystals (the glass on top of the watch if you may) HERE.

Mineral crystal is the cheapest but it’s not the strongest to resist impact, and can be scratched easily. So I would suggest anyone that has this watch to really be careful on what you do. A deep scratch on your watch glass can be very painful – to your heart and also your wallet.

 

3 Styles To Choose From

Orient has produced 3 different variations for the Ray II: Black dial, Blue dial and Black dial with gray IP coated case and bracelets (also known as Orient Black Ray Raven II). The IP coated version will costs more since it require a special method to coat the stainless steel with gray color.

In my opinion, the Ray II Blue is the most distinctive with the glowing sunburst dial, followed by Black Ray Raven and lastly the black dial version. Below are side by side comparison of these 3 watches.

 

 Orient Ray II Black Orient Ray II Blue Orient Black Ray Raven II

 

Shown above from top: Orient Ray II Black (FAA02004B9), Orient Ray II Blue (FAA02005D9) and Orient Black Ray Raven II (FAA02003B9).

 

Updated Orient Caliber F6922 Automatic Self-wind Movement

A celebrated update from the old Ray is the new Caliber F6922 movement. This movement is updated from the older 46943 movement.

The old 46943 movement is a very basic automatic movement without any hacking (stops the second hand/time when setting the time) and manual winding (able to recharge the mainspring by rotating the crown. Read my guideline on how to wind a watch here).

The day change also is not built inside the movement, hence the need to have an additional pusher just for the sake of changing the day display.

With the new F6922 movement, these flaws are all corrected. Orient has made it hacking and manual winding. They also incorporated the day change into the watch too.

The result is a modern automatic watch movement. In doing this, the jewel count in this movement has increased from 21 to 22 jewels. They kept the beats per second the same, at 6 beats per second. The power reserve is also comparable, at 40 hours.

On accuracy, the published rate is +- 15 seconds per day though most Ray II owners will report that their watches gives a higher accuracy, some as little as +- 5 seconds per day.

But these accuracy are not always come right out of the box. It will normally take some time until the movement can “break in” and become more accurate.

Also as I’ve pointed out in my article of accuracy of automatic watches, it will surely help to manual wind our watches to give it a full power reserve once in a while. It will definitely help in increasing its accuracy.

 

Comparison Of Orient Ray Vs Ray II

So how did the new Ray II compare to its older brother? Let’s find out!

Side by side comparison of the black version of Original Ray (top) and the new Ray II (bottom)

 

Dial: The dial of these two watches are basically similar. The Ray II just take the design without changing it – which make total sense because if it’s ain’t broken, don’t fix it =). A difference is on the bezel where the Ray II has 120-click bezel while the original Ray has only 60-click bezel.

 

Case: The biggest difference is the pusher at 2 o’clock that Ray has. It’s purpose is to change the day display. Ray II got rid of it by incorporating this function into the movement/crown itself. The other aspects of the case is almost the same.

But I have to say the pusher actually gives the Ray a more unique look, a different character. Ray II has the more normal diver watch look to it, while the original Ray is distinctive and out of ordinary.

 

Movement: This is the part where the biggest difference is. As I’ve mentioned above, the F6922 movement is used inside the Ray II while Ray has the older 46943 movement.

Both movements are in-house made by Orient but the F6922 is more modern with hacking and manual winding features. The result is a better movement technical wise.

 


A video review of the Ray II plus a comparison with the original Ray

 

So which one is better? The original Ray or Ray II? In my opinion, the Ray has a very distinctive look, unlike the Ray II with normal diver watch design.

It’s definitely more unique and very different than other countless automatic diver watches out there.

But the Ray II has a better technical specification with the new movement. The manual winding is just so beneficial and functional. For this, I would have to go for the Ray II purely on the better and more modern movement.

Plus, last time I checked the prices of Ray is higher than the Ray II – most possibly because of reduced production or what not.

So for those undecided between these two great watches, that’s another incentive to get the Ray II, a cheaper and better (technically) watch =)

 

Like This Orient Ray II? Check Out Orient Watches For Sale At Amazon!

If you like this Orient Ray II, you might want to take a look at Amazon. Currently, Amazon lists Orient watches for prices lower than its MSRP.

The MSRP for this Orient Ray II is about $335 (source: Orient’s website) while at Amazon you can get it for around $150 to $200. That gives up to 40% discount! Click links below to check out these Orient Ray II deals on Amazon.

Orient Ray II Black (FAA02004B9)

Orient Ray II Blue (FAA02005D9)

Orient Black Ray Raven II – Gray IP Coated Stainless Steel Case (FAA02003B9)

 

Conclusion

Are Orient watches any good? Well, I have to say they are. And many people also have the same opinion. The previous Ray version has a lot of character, but its not a really really good automatic watch for me (no hacking, manual winding). It’s still looks good though and is high value for money.

But this new Orient Ray II has improved it much more with the new F6922 movement. With a classic diver watch look, 200 m water resistance and very affordable price for an automatic, this is a great watch that’s hard to pass by.

 

I hope this Orient Ray II review has been very helpful to you guys. If there is any question or comments on the watch, feel free to drop it down below. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac.

Orient Mako 2 Automatic Diver Watch Review – An Update To The Beloved Mako

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With the Orient Mako, watch enthusiasts worldwide are the ones that benefited the most as there is an alternative to the Seiko SKX007 & SKX009 in the budget diving watch section.

The Mako was, and still is beloved due to its beautiful and balanced design.

But some people are not too happy with it due to many issues such as outdated movement, extra pusher for date change (which add one more critical area for water ingress), and the less than satisfactory mineral crystal.

Orient then released the new Mako 2 as a response to those comments (or wishlists from fans lol..). Let’s take a look at the Mako 2 and how it fares up against its older brother.

 

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Update: I’ve recently featured the Orient Mako 2 in my list of the top 10 automatic watches under $200. You guys can check the article HERE.

 

Orient Mako 2 Automatic Diver Watch Specification

Diameter: 41.5 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Lug to Lug: 46 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Dial: Matte black or sunburs blue dials
Dial Window: Mineral crystal
Hands: Sword style hands
Markers: Numeral and index markers
Bezel: Unidirectional diving bezel

Movement: Orient Caliber F6922 automatic self-winding movement
Movement Features: 22 Jewels, Manual winding, Hacking, 6 beats per second
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Water Resistance: 200 m or 660 feet
Other Features: Screwed down crown, Day and date display, Lume on markers and hands

Best Place To Buy: Amazon. MSRP is $325

 

 

Mako 2 – The Beautiful Diver Watch

Orient chooses to keep the design of the Mako 2 just like the original Mako. The dial or watch face actually is the same. Orient knows the looks of the Mako is well loved by fans and I really agree with their decision to keep it like that.

The only difference (and a major one) is the absence of the pusher at 2 o’clock in the original Mako. Due to the upgraded Orient Caliber F6922, all day/date/time change is controlled by the crown.

This is a very welcomed improvement by many Mako fans. A dedicated pusher to change day indicator is very outdated and no brands are doing that anymore.

Not to mention the pusher is a critical area for water ingress thus eliminating it will reduce the chances water get into the Mako 2 while underwater. But in my opinion, the pusher actually makes the Mako looks unique as without it the watch will just look like any ordinary diver watch…

 

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Orient Mako 2 Blue

 

The hands of the Mako 2 uses the same design as the Mako that is sword shaped hands. Mako 2 also has the exact same marker design that is the numeral markers at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock and index markers elsewhere.

These type of markers are usually referred to as “explorer markers” due to the similarity with Rolex Explorer, the watch that popularized this marker design.

The bezel are unidirectional diving bezel with minute markings on it. Orient improved the bezel by giving it 120-clicks versus the 60-clicks on the original Mako. This gives it a more expensive feeling while using the bezel.

One thing that Orient don’t improve is the dial window crystal. The Mako 2 still uses mineral crystal which is a scratch magnet. Well, I don’t think Orient can do much about this part.

It’s very difficult to give a much higher quality sapphire crystal while maintaining the low price of the Mako 2. My only advice is to ensure you guys don’t overuse the Mako 2 unless you want the dial window full of scratches =P

 

orient-mako-2-automatic-diver-watch-reviewOrient Mako 2 Black

 

2 Versions To Choose From: Matte Black And Sunburst Blue

There are two dial variations of the Mako 2 that Orient releases: matte black and sunburst blue dials. These two versions also comes with matching bezel color. The black dial looks very cool and elegant while the sunburst blue dial is very beautiful and it’s very hard to take your eyes of it.

Want an elegant and understated wrist watch? Go for the black dial. Want something that will attract attention? The blue dial will do the job.

It seems that the orange dial and pepsi bezel versions from the original Mako didn’t make the cut. It’s a shame though because I know there are a lots of people on that loves the orange dial and pepsi bezel.

Perhaps Orient want to cut some cost as probably they know these versions are not as popular as the black and blue versions.

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Sturdy Stainless Steel Diver Case

The stainless steel case of the Mako 2 is surprisingly has the same dimensions as the Mako. It has all the same numbers: 41.5 mm diameter, 13 mm thickness, 22 mm lug width and 46 mm lug to lug distance.

Just like the dial design, it seems like Orient don’t want to mess up with a proven formula. The case is not too big and can it most guy’s wrist comfortably. After all it’s designed for the small Asian wrist of the Japanese guys. I’m very sure most guys can pull it off without any issue.

As mentioned earlier, the only difference that the Mako 2 case has with the Mako is that it don’t have the pusher at 2 o’clock. The other bits are just about the same.

The screwed down crown has Orient logo engraved on it (which is a very nice detail btw). It is protected by a crown guard that is extended beautifully from the case. The sides of the case is polished while the top is brushed. There is a slight sloping on the bezel which is quite nice to look at.

Surely, the case isn’t as pretty as pricier watches (like the Seiko SARB033 or Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic 80 ) but then we have to remember that Mako 2 is about half the price of these watches.

The case might be a “normal” looking stainless steel watch case but the Mako 2 compensates that with a beautiful looking dial =)

 


Watch this video review above for a closer look on the Mako 2

Upgraded Orient Caliber F6922 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

A major improvement on the Mako is the upgraded Orient Caliber F6922 automatic movement. As stated in my review of the Mako (you can read it here), the non-hacking and non-manual winding movement (Cal. 46943) is a huge flaw for me.

Not being able to manual wind my watch is a very big problem as you either have to wear it everyday (not possible for those with many watches. What’s the point of buying that Omega/Rolex/Tag only to collect dust inside your wardrobe right?) or use a watch winder (more $$$).

If not, then the watch will stop and it’s really a bother to have to adjust the time, day and date. Keep in mind you also have to adjust the am/pm for the watch too which is a pain in the arse.

By having a manual winding capability, the F6922 movement just makes life easier. If you are thinking of laying down the Mako for a few days, just give it a good 20-30 rotations on the crown each day to keep it running.

Then after a couple of days when you started missing your Mako, you can just pick it up and wear it. It’s as simple as that. No need for a watch winder which can be quite expensive as they are not that durable.

Moving on to the specification of the movement. It has 22 jewels and beats 6 times per second. It has an accuracy of +-15 seconds per day though many people report that the accuracy of their Mako 2 is much higher than that (some up to +-4 seconds per day which is just awesome). It also has a modest 40 hours power reserve.

Comparison of the Mako (top picture) and the Mako 2 (bottom)

Orient Mako Vs Orient Mako 2

So how does the new Mako 2 fares up against the original Mako? I’ve summarized the details in below table:

 

Mako Mako 2
Dial Same dial design Same dial design
Case Has pusher at 2 o’clock which is actually quite nice as it breaks the symmetry. But it is not practical to have that because of water ingress potential and most other movements don’t require a dedicated pusher to change day indicator Much more “normal” watch look without the pusher at 2 o’clock
Dial Window Mineral crystal Mineral crystal
Bezel 60 click bezel 120 click bezel
Movement Orient Cal. 46943. Automatic self-wind with no manual winding and non hacking Caliber F6922. Automatic self-wind with manual winding and hacking

As stated above, the main differences between these 2 are the pusher for day change and also the movement. But make no mistake the movement improvement is a giant leap from the original Mako.

For those that has passed on the Mako due to its old movement, then the new Mako 2 might spark that interest once again =)

Where To Buy Orient Mako 2?

If you are looking to buy the Orient Mako 2, look no further than Amazon. The website has everything, including the new Mako 2.

The site lists both variations of the Mako 2 (black and blue dials) for around $150 to $200 apiece ,compared to the much pricier MSRP of $325 on Orients website. Click the links below to check out the best deals of Orient Mako 2 on Amazon.

 

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Conclusion

Orient Mako 2 is a beautiful diver watch that is very affordable for an automatic. It has great dial design with improved movement than the original Mako.

The improved movement also makes it a better automatic watch than its direct competitor such as the Seiko SKX007 and SKX009 as both are non-manual wind and non-hacking (just like the original Mako). I have no doubt that the Mako 2 will be a very sought after watch due to this and the affordable price range.

8 Common Problems With Automatic Watch And How To Solve It

8 Common Problems with Automatic watch

Problems With Your Automatic Watch? What’s The Cause And How To Solve It?

If you are unlucky, you might encounter some problems with your automatic or mechanical watches.

Depending on the severity, the steps to correct it will differ. Some of them can be severe that require a full service while some of the minor problems can be resolved by yourselves.

Here, I’ve listed some of the common problems with automatic watches, what causes these problems and how to solve them.

 

Table of Content (Click the subtitle to go directly to the section):

  1. Automatic Watch Stopped Working While Wearing It
  2. Automatic Watch Stopped Working After Taking It Off / Power Reserve Problem
  3. Automatic Watch Stopped Working After Dropping It
  4. Automatic Watch Running Slow Or Fast
  5. Fogging Inside Watch
  6. Minute Hand And Second Hand Not Perfectly Aligned
  7. Automatic Watch Not Winding
  8. Date/Day Display Don’t Change At The Right Time

 

Seiko SARB033 worn

As great as they are, automatic watches are not free of problems. By having some knowledge about what we should and shouldn’t do to it, we will be able to avoid costly repairs. (shown above is the gorgeous Seiko SARB033)

 

1- Automatic Watch Stopped Working While Wearing It

Ever having problem with your watch stopped working while wearing it? If its a quartz watch then most probably the battery is dead but automatic watches don’t have any battery and supposed to be powered by your movement right?

Well you are correct but there are some reasons why a watch can go dead. There are 3 common causes of why an automatic watch can stop working:

 

Cause 1 – Not Enough Power Reserve

Something that most people don’t know it the watch might not have enough power reserve even though you are wearing it regularly.

But aren’t automatic watches are recharged by wrist movement?

The reason is because you are not active enough to wind the mainspring fully.

Try this: take a watch with an exhibition caseback and shake it to see whether the self-winding rotor rotates or not. It is easy for the rotor to moves?

Some watches can have a very smooth rotor that rotates lively even with a slight movement. But some watches have rotor that requires more effort for it to rotate.

Due to this, just wearing your automatic watch to office might not be enough to wind it fully. Consider wearing your watch when you are jogging, swimming or going to gym (if your watch is a sports watch.

Don’t do this with a dress watch though. You don’t want to scratch that pretty thing lol).

Another method that I like and personally use is to manually wind your watch once a while. This will make sure the watch has full power reserve as just wearing it might not be able to recharge it fully.

Just be careful to not over-wind it or wind it too often as you might break the delicate parts inside.

 


A video showing how to wind an automatic watch. Shown in the video is the gorgeous Rolex Submariner

Cause 2 – Magnetic fields

Exposing your watch to strong magnets such as in speakers, fridges, etc will magnetized the steels inside your watch.

The result?

The small steel components inside your watch will tend to stick to each other or repelling each other (depending on the pole) and reducing accuracy of the watch (the watch will run slower or faster).

But for extreme case of magnetization, the watch will completely stop. Bring you watch to a watch maker to check for magnetization and then demagnetize the watch.

 

Cause 3 – Serious Problems With The Movement

If your watch still stops even though you wind it everyday and no magnetization is known, then there could be a serious issue with your watch’s movement. Bring the watch to a watch maker and let him check the watch for any problem and servicing.

If the watch is still under warranty, you can bring it to the seller for inspection or replacement. Bear in mind that full servicing can cost some money depending on the watch make and severity.

Popular and affordable movements such as Swatch ETA, Seiko and Orient movements are easier to be serviced by just about any competent watchmaker. Costs of parts are also cheaper for these.

But if you have a unique in-house movement by luxury or independent brands, then the official service center is the most recommended avenue. I certainly won’t trust my $10k Rolex on any normal watch shop…. you get what I mean right? =P

 

(Read also the 10 Best Affordable Automatic Watches Under $200 – who said that automatic watches need to be expensive?)

 

2- Automatic Watch Stopped Working After Taking It Off / Power Reserve Problem

You wear your watch for some time, then put it off and when you want to wear it back, it is dead? How could this happen?

The reasons for this to happen are exactly the same as the first problem above i.e lack of power reserve (you can refer above for its causes and solutions). Another thing to note is the power reserve of you watch.

 

Orient Star Retrograde

If you are paranoid about your watch’s power reserve, then get one with a power reserve indicator like this Orient Star Retrograde. As you can see, the top subdial displays its remaining power reserve which is really handy

 

Even though your watch’s movement might have 40 or 50 hours of power reserve, the watch might stop working even before that.

Why is this so?

One thing that we need to know is the power reserve of any automatic is the time for the watch to stop working after it’s been recharged to full capacity.

As I’ve stated above, usually, wearing it for a day (normal 10 to 12 hours on the wrist) will not be enough to charge the watch to full.

Not to mention most watches don’t have power reserve indicator which can be a huge help in telling the power reserve capacity at any moment.

In fact, most experience owners state that the remaining power reserve of the watch is about 2 or 3 times the last duration we wear it.

So for example, if I’m wearing my watch for 12 working hours today, it will tick for 24 to 36 hours after I put it down. 

 

What should we do then?

For me, I’ve always manual/hand-wind my auto watches before I use them. A few turns (15-20) is enough to start the movement and then I just wear it.

The key is to NOT only depend on the self-winding of the movement. As mentioned above, the rotor movement might not be sufficient especially if you’re working a desk job without many wrist movements.

In addition, this will keep the accuracy high as the watch has more juice in it.

What if I’ve tried that but it didn’t work!

Then there could be a bigger problem in the watch. Try to handwind it for 40-50 crown rotations and lay the watch down. This will make the mainspring full of power reserve.

Keep record of what elapsed hour the watch stops. If it’s less than the published power reserve for that movement, there could be a problem with the movement itself.

At this point, we should bring it to a watchmaker for him to have a look at it. Depending on the case, we might only need a servicing, cleaning, or a change of the mainspring.

CHIYODA Double Watch WinderCHIYODA Double Watch Winder

By the way, it might also be a good idea to invest in a  watch winder which is a great alternative for those that don’t want to have to reset or handwind their watches before they use it.

The watch winder functions by rotating the watch via a motor. Just place the watch inside the winder’s slot and plug it in.

It will then rotate the watch, and the self-winding rotor inside it to charge the power reserve.

The watch winder is a great way to ensure the power reserve is still full without us having to do anything. It also prevent from issues due to winding (which can happen to some ETA movements).

By the way, did I mention the watch winders can also be a nice storage box for your watches? =)

 

I like to also add that the Sistem51 movement by Swatch boasts a 90 hours power reserve. For those that don’t want to spend on a winder or just want a watch with great power reserve, you might want to check the Sistem51 watches.

 

3- Automatic Watch Stopped Working After Dropping It

This cause is easier to understand. You drop the watch, it get into a sudden impact and suddenly it goes dead. Well chances are your watch might have some internal damage in it.

The inside of an automatic or mechanical watch is made of hundreds of parts that work seamlessly to run the watch. These parts can be as small as 1 mm in thickness or diameter. Any sudden impact could put these parts out of place or worse, even break them.

The part that are more prone to impact damage is the balance wheel. The pivot/staff of the wheel balance is a very critical part because it holds the weight of the balance wheel which is continuously moving at a high speed.

 

Seiko SARB017 Alpinist Diashock

This Seiko SARB017 (or Alpinist) has a built in shock resistance system developed by Seiko – i.e Diashock – to protect its balance wheel jewel from severe impact damage. All good outdoor or diver’s watches should always have this to protect it from costly repairs

 

Most damages due to impact is because of broken wheel balance pivot and/or its jewel.

If your watch stopped working after dropping it, try hear if there is any sound in the watch to know whether your balance wheel is functioning or not.

If your watch has exhibition caseback, you can just confirm this by looking directly at the balance wheel to spot anything wrong with it. The only solution is to bring the watch to a watch maker for a repair.

Some shock protection system has been designed to protect automatic/mechanical watches from impact damage, specifically the jewel.

Incabloc (from Swiss), Diashock (Seiko) and Parashock (Citizen) are some of the shock protection systems that have been devised by watch companies. All of them have some sort of spring at the jewel pivot of the balance wheel to protect it from impact force.

If you are a rough person that tends to get his watches damaged this way, you might wanna check out those watches with a shock protection system in them.

 

balance-wheel

Balance wheel is the part inside an automatic watch which is most prone to impact damage

 

4- Automatic Watch Running Slow Or Fast

Automatic and mechanical watches will always run slow or fast after some time. The most accurate watches are the COSC certified chronometers that can have a -4 or +6 seconds per day accuracy.

Other watches can have a lesser accuracy than this and you have to check the official numbers by your watch manufacturer. But generally the accuracy values is within +/-25 seconds a day for a low end range of automatic watches.

If your watch have a lesser accuracy than this then this indicates a problem with your watch. There are 5 reasons why automatic watches will run slower or faster than acceptable accuracy:

 

Cause 1 – Not Enough Power Reserve

Accuracy of a movement is tracked at maximum power reserve, after a watch has been fully wound. If a watch is not fully wound (or power starved), then the accuracy will be slightly lesser than what your watch manufacturer advertised.

Try to at least wind it once a while for it to have a full power reserve. You will notice a difference with the accuracy compared to when the watch just relied on wrist movement.

 

Cause 2 – Temperature

Another important thing that most people don’t know is that your watch have different accuracy in different temperatures.

Too hot (more than 38 degrees Celsius) or too cold (less than 15 degrees Celsius) will affect the metal parts inside the watch. Steel will expand at high temperature while contracting when it’s too cold. Coldness can also affect the lubricants inside the watch.

Most of the times it’s the coldness that affect the accuracy since it will take a very high temperature to make a difference – not all of us live in scorching hot desert.

But coldness especially during winter can change how the watch behave. It will run slower a bit if exposed to cold weather and might have shorten power reserve. But the effect of coldness will not be apparent if you are wearing the watch though as our body temperature will heat the watch up.

 

Cause 3 – Position

Watch movements accuracy is highly affected by the balance wheel and escapement. These systems can be affected by the position of the watch due to gravity. Examples of watch positions is flat with dial/watch face looking up, dial down, vertical positions with different locations of crown.

As you can suggest, the dial up or down is basically when you put the watch on a table/closet after wearing it during the day. The vertical positions are during wearing the watch.

During each of these positions, the effect of gravity will cause the balance wheel to have a slight change in movement causing some inconsistency. Most watches are most accurate at one or two of these positions.

When you put the watch at other positions, the accuracy will suffer. This is the main reason why chronometer is highly sought after – they are designed and adjusted to be accurate for all positions.

My suggestion is to keep track of what position your watch is most accurate and what position it isn’t. You can use apps to help with this. Just search for watch accuracy in appstore/playstore.

Normally these apps will have you set the watch to accurate time in the beginning and then you can record the time at intervals and it will report the accuracy in seconds per day. By doing this, you will know what position your watch is most accurate and use it consciously.

 

Cause 4 – Magnetism

As stated above, magnetism of watch can greatly reduce accuracy. It’s highly recommended to avoid placing your watch next to any digital or electronic devices to avoid magnetism.

 

Case 5 – Due For Service

Just like a car, automatic and mechanical watches also need to be serviced after some time based on manufacturer’s recommendation. This is one of the biggest flaw of automatic watches versus quartz watches.

Because of the high number of moving parts inside it, automatic watches need to be serviced to keep the movement well oiled and also to adjust the balance wheel and escapement. Generally, 3 to 5 years are the normal service interval. Don’t skip this if you want to keep that watch as heirloom for your grandson =)

 

(Read also the 30 Best Automatic Watches Under $1,000)

 

5- Fogging Inside Watch

Some watches especially dive watches has screw down crown for added protection. The dial window and caseback is easily guarded from water ingress by gasket and seals.

Since the crown is used for manual winding and setting the time, it has a staff that is connected to the movement inside the watch. The small gap between the staff and the casing is the perfect place where water can get in.

Screw down crown solves this problem by screwing the crown into the case, and eliminating any possible gaps between them.

 

seiko-skx009-screw-down-crown

Shown above is the Seiko SKX009 with its crown unscrewed. Remember that screw down crowns MUST ALWAYS be screwed properly at all times even when storing the watch – except when using the crown of course.

 

But it has to be reminded that the screw down crown must always be screwed in tightly when you are using the watch for any activity especially swimming or diving. The crown must not be operated while underwater for, well.. the reason is obvious right.

It is also recommended to get your dive watch to be tested for water resistance after a few years. It is worried that the gasket and seals of the watch has already worn out.

If you are a serious diver, then it is very important to ensure your watch is always in perfect water resistance condition to avoid any unwanted problems.

 

6- Minute Hand And Second Hand Not Perfectly Aligned

A common issue with automatic watches is the minute hand and second hand are not perfectly aligned.

For example, when the second hand is at the 12 o’clock position, the minute hand is not perfectly on top of any minute marker.

 

Sumo SBDC003 hands not aligned

An example of how not setting the time correctly can cause the minute hand not sitting directly on the minute marker when the second hand is at 12 o’clock. By the way, there’s no problem with the watch and this can be fixed easily.

 

This is caused by improper setting of the time when first bringing the watch from stop.

To be honest, this does not mean there’s any problem with the watch. The watch is running fine but to people with a keen eye for detail, this is not acceptable.

Personally, I also don’t like this, but not because it doesn’t look nice. For me, a watch need to be easy to tell and having a non-perfectly aligned minute hand makes the time telling unusual and weird.

So what do I do to avoid this problem?

I’ll stop the second hand exactly at the 12 o’clock position and then move the minute hand to be perfectly on top of the minute marker.

While this is easy to do with a hacking movement, it’s a bit more difficult with a non-hacking movement (such as the 7S26 inside Seiko’s SKX watches).

For those movements, we need to be more precise as the second hand does not stop. So the moving of the minute hand need to be on-point when the second hand passes the 12 o’clock.

 

7- Automatic Watch Not Winding

If you feel there’s a problem with the hand-winding function, try to let the watch stop on its own.

Then pick it up and give it some hand-winding. The watch should start after a few turn of winding the crown. If it isn’t, this means there’s a problem with the movement and a visit to your watchmaker is need to resolve it.

 

8- Date/Day Display Don’t Change At The Right Time

A common issue that I’ve personally faced is the date and day indicator don’t change correctly.

I’m sure those using analog watches with either one of this feature will experience the date/day suddenly change around noon.

The only reason for this is incorrect setting of the day/date.

We need to remember that automatic watch is not like an electronic watch. It does not know the current time (i.e am or pm). Which is why the day/date will simply change once the hour hand completes 2 rotations (or 24 hours).

So what’s the correct way of setting the day and date display?

Below is the step by step guide on how I change my date/day display on my watches:

  1. When first picking up the watch, move the time until the hour hand is at 12:00. See if the day/date change or not.
  2. If the day/date change – means the watch just enters AM mode
  3. If the day/date does not change – means the watch just enters PM mode
  4. From there, you can set the time according to your current time.
  5. For example: if you move the hour hand to 12:00 > day/date change means the watch just enters AM mode > but you’re in the afternoon > move the hour hand a full rotation (12 hours) to enter PM mode > then set time and day/date.

 

[UPDATE]

Currently I don’t use the method above when setting my watches and prefer another method. Below are the steps of this method:

  1. Change the date and day to ONE day before the current day. E.g if today is May 15 Sunday, then we need to change the date to 14 and the day to Saturday.
  2. Move the time needle to 12:00 and notice the change in date/day window.
  3. If there is no change, that means the watch’s internal time is in PM mode. Another rotation of the watch will change it into AM time of the current day. We can adjust accordingly from here.
  4. If the day/date change, it means the watch just enter today’s time in AM mode. Again, we need to adjust the watch accordingly.


Watch the video about for the summary of the common problems with automatic watch

 

End Thoughts

Automatic/mechanical watches are a delicate piece of engineering and should always be treated delicately. Not to mention they cost way more than normal quartz watches. So I’d put them as the fancy sports car – expensive but have to be properly taken care off lol!

Thus, it is important for all automatic watch owners to know what can be done and what cannot be done to prevent from any unwanted and costly problems to their prized watches.

Do let me know if you need any assistance with the problems above. I’ll try my best to help you out.

 

 

I hope that you guys will find this post beneficial to you. Let me know if you have any comments or thoughts on this matter.

Don’t forget to share this article if you like it =)

Till next time. Cheers!

Isaac

Seiko SKX009 Diver’s Automatic Men’s Watch Review – The SKX007 With Pepsi Bezel

Seiko SKX009 Diver's Automatic Watch Review

Today I’m going to write about Seiko SKX009 review, an automatic dive men’s wrist watch. As most of you already know the Seiko SKX is a series of affordable dive watch by the brand.

This SKX009 is a twin brother to the Seiko SKX007, featuring a refreshing blue dial and blue/red pepsi bezel. Both have the same movement and build, but with different designs.

And both are equally famous with the diving community and automatic watch lovers for being an affordable diver automatic watch. Without further ado, let’s get on to the Seiko SKX009 review.

Seiko SKX009 Diver's Automatic Watch Review

 

Update: I’ve recently featured the Seiko SKX009 in my list of the top 10 automatic watches under $200. You guys can check the article HERE.

 

Seiko SKX009 Specification

Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Case: Stainless steel case (polished and brushed)
Lug Width: 22 mm
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or rubber band

Dial: Dark blue dial
Dial Window: Hardlex crystal
Markers: Circles and fat index markers
Hands: Sword shaped hands
Bezel: Unidirectional diving bezel with blue and red pepsi design colors

Movement: Seiko Caliber 7S26 automatic self-widn movement with 21 Jewels
Movement Features: 41 hours power reserve, 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, non-hacking and cannot be manual wind
Accuracy: +-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 660 feet or 200 m
Other Features: Luminous markers and hands, Date and day display, Certified as ISO 6425 Diver’s Watch, Screw down crown

Best Place To Buy:

Amazon For SKX009K (Made in Malaysia) at $250

Ebay For SKX009J (Made in Japan) for $300- 350

 

Seiko SKX009 – The Affordable Automatic Diver Watch

SKX009 is one of Seiko’s range of affordable automatic dive watch. It’s in the same category as Seiko SKX007 and Orient’s Ray and Mako. The Japanese really knows how to make a great automatic watch, at fraction the price of what the Swiss offers.

The watch is solidly constructed using stainless steel case with polished sides and brushed on top of the lug. The sides are rounded and there is no sharp edges for maximum comfort while using the watch for diving.

The crown is fixed at 4 o’clock position (usually crown is positioned at 3 o’clock) for the same reason. This is one of the design aspects of Seiko’s diver watch that I really like. Your wrist is free to flex in any motion while wearing this watch.

The dial is dark blue and features markers with circles and index shapes. The markers are very big and slapped with generous lume to give maximum legibility in low light environment.

The hands are also big and have lume as well. Both of these are very important for any diver watch as divers need to be able to read their diving time underwater which is quite dark.

The bezel is an unidirectional diving bezel with minute markers. It has the blue and red color scheme which is dubbed the “pepsi bezel” (because blue and red are pepsi’s colors). On the dial also is the day and date features which are awesome to have.

I totally love these features and totally recommend everyone to find an automatic watch with these functions. It will really be helpful to you guys especially during working. Not sure what day and date it is when signing that report? Just have a glance at your watch then. No need to take out your smartphone or asking around =)

 

Seiko SKX009 Diver's Automatic Watch Review

 

An ISO 6425 Certified Diver Watch

On the back of the SKX009 is a stainless steel caseback with tsunami engraving which marks that this watch is a Seiko dive watch. The watch has a screw down crown (you have to screw it first before you can change the time, day and date) to help deter any water ingress while diving.

The water resistance is up to 200 m or 660 feet and the watch is an ISO certified diving watch. It has complied with all the requirements in the ISO 6425 (international standard for diving watch) such as:

  • Minimium 100 m or 330 feet water resistance
  • Water tightness in all aspects (dial window, caseback and crown)
  • Overpressured up to 200 kPa
  • Unidirectional bezel to time dive duration
  • Legibility under dark fro time, bezel, and running second hand. For this, a very good lume is needed
  • Magnetic resistance
  • Shock resistance
  • Resistance to salty water

Now there are lots more requirements for the dive watch certification. You can read it all here)

When a watch has passed all these requirements, it can be certified by ISO as a diver watch. Then and only then the watch can be marked with the word DIVER’S WATCH XXX M or DIVER’S XXX M (with XXX to be replaced with the water resistance value in meter).

This special marking is to separate certified dive watch from a non-certified ISO dive watch (for example the Orient Mako, Orient Ray and Seiko 5 SNZH53).

But bear in mind these watches can also do the job, i.e has sufficient water resistant. But if you are a diving frequently, nothing beats than having an ISO certified diver’s watch for peace of mind =)

 

Seiko Caliber 7S26 Automatic Self Wind Movement

This diver watch is equipped with Seiko’s workhorse movement, the Cal. 7S26. It is an automatic self winding movement with 21 Jewels. It beats at 6 beats per second, which is just about the minimum beats of modern automatic watches.

The sweeping second hand is still good to look at with this 6 bps but not as smooth as the Swiss for sure. But this has an advantage because with a lesser number of beats, the movement lifespan is longer because of lesser wear and tear. This approach is perfect for a movement that is intended to be a workhorse, and not a fancy dress watch.

The movement has a good 41 hours power reserve. The bad things about this movement is the absence of hacking and manual winding features. I’m not really disturbed not being able to hack/stop my second hand when adjusting the time, but not being able to manual wind my watches is a very serious flaw to me.

As someone that rotates his watches, I would like to keep all of them running so that I won’t have to adjust the time/day/date when I want to use them. As stated in my post here, there are two ways to keep a watch running: manual wind or watch winder.

Without the ability to manual wind, one has to use it everyday or put it in a watch winder. But then these winders can cost a bit too and I think it is a bit funny to put a $200 watch on a winder.

Btw, this issue with manual winding is just with me though. I prefer to keep my watches running all the time just for the sake of convenience (to have to adjust the date and day plus am/pm is a pain really).

I’m not sure is it the same with you guys. Don’t let my insistance for convenience sway your opinion about this watch as it is still a very good watch (minus the non-manual winding which is a deal breaker for me).

The twin brothers of Seiko’s affordable dive watches: SKX009 (top) and SKX007 (bottom). The SKX007 looks just like any other dive watch with its black dial and bezel while the SKX009 is one of a kind watch with its blue/red pepsi bezel

 

Seiko SKX009 Vs Seiko SKX007

Now let’s go to the comparison between these two brothers: Seiko SKX007 vs SKX009. Like I’ve said before, they are both essentially the same. They have the same case, same movement, and dial design.

The only difference are the dial color and bezel color. The dial and bezel of SKX007 is matte black. Seiko SKX009 has a dark blue dial with a distinct blue/red pepsi bezel.

The difference is in the colors and that’s that. But this has actually divided quite a large number of people. “Which is better? SKX007 or SKX009” is a common question in many watch forums all over the world and people are divided about this.

Some people like the matte black of SKX007 because it exudes elegance. Black after all is mysterious and sharp color. It’s a very traditional color for a watch.

But others (including me) loves the SKX009 more. I think the pepsi bezel is unique and refreshing, something new to all the blacks and silvers of the common watch nowadays. The dark blue dial is so subtle but complements the blue color portion of the bezel perfectly.

For being a unique kind of watch, I give my vote to the SKX009. But that’s just my opinion. I would love to hear what you guys think and which one is your favorite. Please drop your comments below ya.

 

Seiko SKX009 Diver's Automatic Watch Review

 

Seiko SKX009 Advantages And Disadvantages

Below are the summary of the pros and cons of this Seiko dive watch:

 

Pros:

1- Cheap and affordable automatic diver watch
2- Robust and solid craftsmanship which is perfect for a beater watch – the watch you actually going to take deep into the ocean instead of those Rolexes or Omegas
3- Blue dial and pepsi bezel give the watch a unique identity and easily identifiable
4- 7S26 movement by Seiko is the tried and tested workhorse automatic movement that has been known to be able to run flawlessly years after years without any service
5- Date and day features are very convenient for its owner
6- Good case design with round shape and edges will make wearing the watch a very comfortable experience
7- Generous lume application and excellent lume brightness will really help you telling the time in low light condition

 

Cons:

1- Not able to manual wind the watch is a big minus for those that have many watches in his stable
2- Hardlex crystal is not so scratch resistant as Sapphire and will attract lots of scratches. Fortunately its very shatter proof.
3- As usual, Seiko’s strap for their low-end models will disappoints. The bracelet is flimsy while the rubber band is too stiff

 

Seiko SKX009 For Sale? Where To Buy SKX009?

It is actually quite hard to get a hold of a Seiko in our local watch shop. It seems these Seiko authorized dealers only have the higher end Seikos but none of the lower to mid range watches.

But thankfully for the internet nowadays as we have access to various sellers to get our watches. Amazon and Ebay are huge sites for us to buy these watches from. Just make sure you buy from a trusted sellers.

Something that I have to say about the watch is that there are two versions generally available: SKX009J which is the Made in Japan and SKX009K which is the Made in Malaysia.

 


The Urban Gentry did a very helpful side by side comparison between these two versions. Follow him on youtube for more of his awesome videos

 

Seiko SKX009J vs SKX009K Comparison

Both of these versions are just about the same at a glance. But looking at them closely you will find out that there are subtle differences. (credit to The Urban Gentry for these comparisons)

1- J version has a darker blue on the bezel while K version is like normal blue color.
2- J version has extra signatures on the dial: 21 Jewels, Made In Japan.
3- The polishing and brushing of the case and lug is sharper and cleaner in the J version.
4- Bezel action is also firmer in the J version
5- Caseback is almost same except there is a “Japan” word engraved for the J version
6- K version has better screw down crown

 

Seiko SKX009 Diver's Automatic Watch Review

Seiko SKX009J – the Made In Japan version. Notice the additional signatures on the dial: “21 Jewels” and “MADE IN JAPAN”

 

Price? The K version is the widely available at around $200 to $250. J version is harder to get and can cost you $300. I’ve also encountered some people selling for $400!

The J version is highly sought after because everyone knows the Japanese always keep their best products to themselves. I’m not really sure about any difference in quality of the movement between the J and K versions, but it is safe to assume the J version is built with slightly more detail (the polishing and brushing of the case is the proof of that).

But then the price of a J version can be double than the K which is totally absurd. My advice? Buy the J version directly from Japan when you visit the country or have a friend buy it for you. Otherwise, just content with the K version as the extra $100-200 is better to be used for another watch =)

 

Conclusion

Seiko SKX009 is a variation of the much loved SKX007 dive watch but with major aesthetic change. It has a deep blue dial with pepsi bezel – making it starkly different than hundreds of dive watch out there. For those of you wanting to be different but also a great value for money watch, then this is it

Hope you guys like my Seiko SKX009 review. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop it down at the comments section below. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac

 

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Loves The Seiko SKX009? Get It From Amazon And Ebay!

As mentioned above, there are two version of this watch – the J (made in Japan) and K version (made in Malaysia). The K version can be found easily on internet but Amazon almost always has the cheapest price. Below are the links if you want to check out those items:

->Click Here To Check Out The Seiko SKX009K On Amazon<-

On the other hand, SKX009J is quite obscure and hard to find. There is a listing on Ebay for $330. (You can check it out here). As I’ve stated earlier, the Made in Japan version is more expensive. Personally I don’t think it’s worth it but if you got the money and really wants the highest quality, then go for it.

 

You might also want to check out these affordable dive watches:

1 – Seiko SKX007
2 – Seiko 5 Sports SNZH53
3 – Orient Mako
4 – Orient Mako 2
5 – Orient Ray

Orient Mako Automatic Diver Watch Review

Orient Mako Automatic Dive Watch Review

Orient Mako automatic dive watch is one of the most popular affordable automatics and this post is dedicated for the Orient Mako review.

For over 6 decades, Orient has been producing affordable automatic watches for the masses. They are also one of very few companies that still produce their own movement in-house for their watches and that’s something that every Orient’s watch owners should be proud of.

Very affordable while at the same time being very stylish, it’s no wonder his little timepiece has been a staple beater watch, rivaling even the Seiko SKX007.

Let’s move on to the Orient Mako review and see what it has to offer and why it is very popular.

Orient Black Mako Review

Orient Black Mako

Orient Mako Automatic Dive Watch Specification

Diameter: 41.5mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Lug to Lug Width: 46mm
Lug Width: 22mm
Case: Polished Stainless steel
Strap: Rubber strap or steel bracelet options

Dial: Solid color dial with 3 color options: black, blue and orange
Dial Window: Mineral crystal
Hands: Sword shape hands with lume
Markers: Combination of index and numeral markers (at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock) with lume
Bezel: Unidirectional rotating bezel with coin edge

Movement: Orient Caliber 46943
Movement Features: 21 jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second), non-hacking, no manual winding feature
Accuracy: +-10 to 15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Water Resistance: 200 m
Other Features: Day display, Date display, screw down crown with Orient engraving, screw down pusher to set day display

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

A Less Sporty And Dressier Dive Watch

Looking on the Orient Mako, one could not resist continue looking at it. It’s seriously a very handsome watch. The polished stainless steel casing is beautifully crafted.

The 41.5 mm diameter of the watch case is just perfect for most guy’s wrist. With a 46 mm lug to lug width, it is not too long and will rest comfortably on your wrist.

It’s a bit thick though, at 13 mm but that’s about the normal thickness for any dive watch.

The 22 mm lug width of the watch is something that I do not like about as I feel it is more suitable for a bigger watch (more than 44 mm diameter). But overall, the watch is of perfect proportion and solidly built.

On the watch is a black color dial, with Orient logo on it. “Automatic”, “Water Resist” and “200 m” are the signatures on it signaling its automatic movement and 200 m water resistance.

The italic font of the signatures is a nice design touch and looks good on it. The markers are a combination of index markers and number markers at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock.

They are quite big and easy to read. The usage of these markers instead of the typical circle markers in many dive watches is what make it looks different and less sporty in my opinion.

Circle markers can store more lume of course, but is too sporty. An index marker like this gives it a less sporty look, while making it more stylish.

Orient Mako Review - Pepsi Bezel

The Orient Pepsi Mako

The hands are sword shaped hands. Like the markers, there are lume on it too. The second hand is silver with a red tip, a very nice detailing there.

The watch has an unidirectional rotating bezel (it is a dive watch remember) with small minute markers on the black bezel.

The bezel has coin edges and slightly tapered down to the case, giving the watch an angular shape if you look from the sides. Overall, the design of the watch is very beautiful and stylish.

Day And Date Features For Added Functionality

Two features that I really love are the day and date display at 3 o’clock.

Date is typical in many watches but to have a day display is quite rare and is a welcomed addition. These two functions make the watch much more functional.

Now there is no need to check your smartphone to know what date/day it is. A glance at your watch is what you need!

Unique Unsymmetrical Design

The crown is designed as a screw down crown to ensure the watch can have a 200 m water resistance. On it is Orient’s logo engraving, a surprisingly nice touch for a watch at this price point.

One thing that I like is the pusher at 2 o’clock. It’s also a screw down pusher and used to change the day.

Frankly speaking, it’s not really needed as most watches can change the date via the crown. But what I like is watch has this nice unsymmetrical design due to the pusher.

The pusher makes the watch to be unsymmetrical and very different than watches on the market now. Typically, normal watches has a crown at the 3 o’clock.

Chronograph watches will have 2 pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock. With just one pusher at 2 o’clock, it makes the watch to have an unsymmetrical design which is very unique and something that I really like.

4 Different Design: Black, Blue, Pepsi And Orange Makos

There are actually four different designs for the watch: Black, Blue, Pepsi and Orange versions. All versions have both bracelet and rubber strap options.

They are different only in their color schemes but all parts, case and internal movement are the same. All 4 of them are very gorgeous on their own right.

The Orange version is very bold with the orange dial. The Pepsi design on the other hand has the blue and red Pepsi bezel design that is very cool.

Among them, my pick would be the Black version because of its elegance and stylish black dial. It’s the most classic look of them all, and also the most handsome for me.

The Trusted Orient Cal. 46943 Movement

Inside it is the tried and tested Cal. 46943 movement by Orient. The movement has been around for very long time and used in most of Orient’s affordable automatic watches.

It has 21 jewel and vibrates at 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second. It is fairly accurate, with official accuracy around +-10 to 15 seconds per day.

It is non-hacking (the second hand will not stop when you want to set the time) and cannot be manually wind. The movement specifications really mirrors the Seiko SKX007’s 7S26 movement.

It is not surprising since Seiko basically owns Orient so some technology or design transfer should be there.

Looking at the specification, we can tell that the movement is really a low budget movement but then again it is for an affordable watch.

There’s not much that we can expect with that price range of $100 to $200. There is one thing that this movement excels in: durability. Just like the Seiko SKX007, many people around the world has used the watch for many years for lots of outdoor activities and it still works fine.

It’s the testament of the build quality of the movement and watch. Not to mention since the vibration rate is low and it has smaller number of parts, the wear and tear of it is lower than normal automatic.

Because of that, there is no need to service it as regular as other normal automatic watches.

Orient’s Mako, Mako II, and Ray

You probably has heard about the Mako, Mako II, Ray and Ray II line of the Orient Diver’s Watch right?

Fact is the Mako II and Ray are derived from the Mako. Mako II is the same as Mako except that it does not have the pusher.

Orient Ray on the other hand is considered an updated version of the Mako but with sportier look.

Apart from that, there is also the Mako USA version which is the upgraded Mako (with sapphire crystal, stronger lume, etc) but is notoriously hard to get.

A video showing the Orient Black Mako in action. Now that is a seriously good looking watch!

Orient Mako Automatic Dive Watch Advantages And Disadvantages

Below are the pros and cons of the Orient Mako automatic watch:

Pros:

1- Great combination of sporty and dressy looks. Can be easily dressed up or dressed down with different straps (Nato, leather, rubber)
2- Day and date displays are very useful features
3- Unsymmetrical design due to the pusher at 2 o’clock makes the watch looks very different than other diver’s watch (e.g Seiko SKX007, Invicta Pro Diver, Rolex Submariner, etc)
4- Orient Cal. 46943 movement has been used for decades and has a very good track record as a beater movement with good accuracy and robust performance
5- Affordable price makes it a very good first watch for those starting to dabble in automatic/mechanical watches =)

Cons:

1- Mineral Crystal is easy to scratch and not as durable as sapphire
2- Non-hacking and no manual winding movement are two important features that are absent with the Cal. 46943
3- It is not an ISO certified dive watch.

Conclusion

Orient Mako is a seriously good looking and affordable automatic watch. It is a direct competitor to the Seiko SKX007 and Invicta Pro Diver 9937 due to their price range in the affordable automatic dive watch category.

Unlike the others, it is not too sporty and still have that stylish charm in it giving it the best of both worlds.

With the trusted Caliber 46943 movement, this is one of the most affordable automatic watch that you can get.

I hope you guys find this Orient Mako review helpful. You can always ask any questions or comments on this watch down below. I’ll be very grateful to ask any of your questions. Till next time then!

Cheers!
Isaac

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Thinking Of Buying The Orient Mako? Get It From Amazon!

If you want to buy the Orient Mako, Amazon has the best prices for them. Do note that the price will vary substantially depending on the model.

The Orange Mako is the cheapest as you can get it from around $130 online (depending on availability and season). But the Blue and Black Mako are very popular and are more expensive to get due to its high demand.

The bracelet versions will have a higher price though I would not really recommend it because of the low quality of the bracelet. Anyway, click the links below to check the prices on Amazon.

 

–>>Click The Links Below To Check The Best Prices For Orient Mako In Amazon<<–

Orient Black Mako With Bracelet
Orient Black Mako With Rubber Strap

Orient Blue Mako With Bracelet

Orient Pepsi Mako With Bracelet
Orient Pepsi Mako With Rubber Strap

Orient Orange Mako With Bracelet
Orient Orange Mako With Rubber Strap

 

You might also want to check out these affordable diver watches:

1 – Orient Mako 2 (update to the Mako with improved movement that can hack and manual wind)
2- Orient Ray

3- Orient Ray II
3- Seiko SKX007
4- Seiko SKX009
5 – Seiko 5 Sports SNZH53