TAnswer this question I have some prerequisites. First, I won’t include diehard Orient fans in this discussion (they can read about Kanno or M-Force AC0L instead); Later, it was thought that no one could build a diver better than Seiko. Simply put, let’s not let prejudice and bigotry ruin an open-minded approach and the joy of discovery. But then again, even the judge has to agree that both brands are the creams of the affordable, auto crop! We have yet to find out if the same applies to their watches meant for the depths.
Now, there are two types of dive watches: everyday dive watches and those for professional/semi-pro marine activities. Dive-style fashion watches are different. You cannot judge one type by comparing it to another. The choice should be correct. Related backstories certainly play their roles and we know it well; So we move quickly to their quality and aesthetics and technical equipment. Finally, it is your decision to choose between these two watch brands. Unlike many others, both have made their names in the field by putting forward impressions of solidity through marketing strategies.
Orient Watches The craze has been going on for over seven decades now and the most affordable, most reliable, accurate, in-house watches money can buy.
Orient, though later merged with Seiko; They did not do so until soon after the introduction of quartz technology (1969). Unlike other manufacturers who seized this opportunity, Orient continued with mechanical pieces and today, it is the key to the success of the brand.
But then again, so is Seiko; Known for their mechanical dive watches, they last for generations but need a little TLC from time to time. Orient will not care if not properly cared for. It may lose its form to some extent but not its function. The Seiko, on the other hand, is almost as good as new with some timely TLC.
First, let’s see how good these four are the kings fight:
Seas, like many other watchmakers, are dear to Seiko and with these two restored classics they put their fingers on this delicious pie. While the the turtle It has a curved, shell-like case and solid specs to go with it The king is a samurai Very angular and more robust to go with its typical Prospex capabilities. Also, they are quite large.
The dual-crown Orient King Diver Revival, on the other hand, is much truer to the original with an internal bezel and a unique display for the week. Its real old school character and charm shows and it is unlike any modern dive watch. It has subtle curves to make you smile.
In terms of movements, all four are typical workhorses that have been around for years, but the 4R35 in Seiko divers is more ubiquitous than the Orient caliber F6922 that went into the King and Super King divers. Because the 4R35 is an inexpensive, serviceable movement, the Orient F6922 is better disposed of if it wears out. Both are very functionally identical and vary almost equally towards the tail-end of their power reserve. Both wind wonderfully, though a bit louder with the 4R35.
Now, you have to choose between outer and inner bezels. That totally depends on the buyer; The rotating bezel on the outside certainly makes the watch more visible, while the internals give the watch a sleeker look, making it more suitable for social wear. Plus, the extra crown is eye candy.
Finally, the most important question:
Can you do as much with Orient Kings as you did with Seiko Kings? Pretty much; Except that Orient Super King Diver Retro 70s Revival Automatic Not so capable. It’s great for weekend adventures or trips to water parks, or if your professional endeavors don’t take you more than a hundred feet.
Comment below if you think you need some lower levels to make further comparisons. The next day, we’ll focus on a few more couples from Rey, Mako, and Seiko.
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