Orient Star introduced the Diver 1964 last year to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary. It has modern features like a power reserve indicator and sapphire crystal, but also retro design elements that mimic the original 1964 Olympia Calendar Diver. Everything from the bezel, dial, indexes, hands and date remains faithful, yet the new model has contemporary touches. The 2nd edition doesn’t stray too far from last year, but introduces two dial colors and color-matching bezel inserts. It is based on the Calendar Auto Orient, one of the brand’s first dive watches from 1964.
For those unfamiliar with Orient Star, it’s basically a high-level division of Orient (both are the same). You can compare it to Seiko and Grand Seiko, albeit on a much lower scale. Orient was established in 1950, Orient Star was launched a year later. The stainless steel case for the 2nd Edition is well sized at 41mm diameter and 14.5mm height (49.6mm lug-to-lug). The unidirectional rotating bezel has an anodized aluminum insert in black or green, matching the respective dials. It has a detailed 15 minute scale and a dot of loom at the 12 o’clock marker. The case comes with a 20mm five-link steel bracelet with a trifold deployant buckle and divers extension. Also included is an additional silicone strap with pyramid-like grooves that match the design of the original 1964 metal band. The case is water resistant up to 200 meters and complies with the ISO 6425 standard.
The dial remains faithful to its 1964 counterpart, but the power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock is a contemporary addition. Applied indices are round and rectangular (with a triangle at 12 o’clock) filled with lume, as are the hour and minute hands. A hand positioned just below the 12-hour indicator indicates the power reserve. The date window is at 3 o’clock, which applies to the original. As mentioned, two colors are available – Mirror Black and Gradient Green. The black echoes the original, while the green is inspired by Ryusendo Cave in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The dial is protected by a dual curved AR sapphire crystal, which is also a modern upgrade.
Powering the 2nd Edition is the in-house caliber F6N47 automatic. It has 22 jewels and beats at 21,600vph (3Hz) with a 50-hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds, date and power reserve indicator. Accuracy is rated at +25/-15 seconds per day and can cause hand injury. New Orient Star Diver 1964 2nd Edition retailed EUR 1,350 and part of the general collection of the Orient Star.
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