in In part two of the Seiko-Orient debate on divers, we’re going to look at some pieces that are plenty entertaining, the bad part being that they’re enough to get you into more trouble than you can handle; You go for it curious to see how much your watch can withstand. No difficulties; Make sure you have enough skill and equipment.
Some say that the Seiko is hidden under the Orient build, and that may not be entirely untrue; Orient is a subsidiary of Seiko. This answers the question we started with and we can be sure of offering top quality dive watches at affordable prices subject to specs and build, pushing the limits of the number of items that can be put into their watches to make them more and at the same time, keep prices under tight control.
Long story short, let’s see how some of them stack up against each other. It was different from our last time.
Among the most famous orient divers, both Ray II And Mark II Take a look Rolex-ish; Now, whether that’s good or bad depends on the person or two going for them. They’re non-Swiss, meaning cheap alternatives that you’re never afraid to take deep; Or, to the field or a boy’s night out. You don’t have to think twice. They are almost identical in specs; The differences are actually cosmetic.
It appears in the markers. Both have circular and tapered markings; All are generously covered with loom. Fine, recognizable minute markers run around the edge of the bezels, allowing precise alignment for timing purposes.
The Mark II; However, it’s slightly more urban-friendly in its approach thanks to its narrower arms, although the dimensions remain the same Ray II. Their bezels are somewhat similar; The differences are subtle enough to be revealed upon closer inspection.
The numbers and markings on the Ray II’s dial are larger; including a flat-ended triangle at 12 is more pronounced. The minute markers on both bezels are up to 10 minutes and both are ribbed along their edges to ensure a good grip.
One of the most overlooked items among casual wearers is the band or strap, but serious wearers will be pleased to see that the Ray bracelet offers a more classic, ornate look with its 3-piece links with beveled lines and finish on each side. Steel beyond those lines is a little different.
The Mako also has a 3-piece stainless steel band, but it’s completely flat; There are no lines or differences in the finish, which makes it look more modern. Or, you can take them decorative And a little respectively, the latter with full potential to become a classic in its own right some day.
But, do they have the cult status of Seiko? This is where we start on the topic.
Orient divers are strongly value-oriented while Seiko offers tremendous value for money across a very wide range. Orient watches fly under the mighty wings of the Seiko Corporation, but they stay true to the mechanical side of watchmaking – a mystery worth discovering.
Orient’s rise in the 2000s was due to the introduction of classic shapes and mechanical calibres, with their diver watches emerging as a suitable alternative to the ubiquitous Seiko divers, a little tiring on the eyes.
On the other hand, Seiko’s rich history and design DNA have not limited them to simple reissues, but have helped them expand their collections with new creations that allow for great changes, somewhat lacking in the Orient.
Still, both are solid cars that deliver great performances; Easy to handle and a lot of fun to drive around; It doesn’t matter if it’s a Prospex PADI Automatic or a simple, flagship SKX for Seiko, or a covered diver like the Mako and Ray Second Editions from Orient. They are unique by themselves; Each with its own goodness, waiting to be served on demand.
Perhaps the best reason why we should consider both rites!
Drop us a line if you have anything to say about these two of Japan’s most ingenious brands producing the most distinctive sports/dive watches that are considered style icons for marine life today.
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