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Watch related news! It's a happy day, a new watch arrived The Arrival of a Grail from Orient Star! Watch or Accessory Review

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July 01, 2010 10:05PM
Ever since Orient introduced this watch model, I was intrigued. Now that I have finally acquired one, I am referring to it as a ‘grail’ purchase. Orient Star is Orient’s mid-tier brand, ahead of just Orient, but behind Orient Star Royal. All three lines exhibit Orient quality, but with different degrees of finishing, movement upgrades and case materials.

This Orient Star is model #WZ0041FR and is a Japan-only model. In addition to the black dial I have, it comes in green, brown and silver dials as well. I struck a deal with fellow PMWFer Colby May to purchase this one and have been exceeding pleased with this watch since it came early this week.

The case is all stainless steel and is beautifully finished. Somewhat of a classic ‘cushion’ style in shape, the sides are high polished and the top is brushed. The bezel ring is polished. The case measures about 43mm without the crown, 45.3mm with the crown, but be advised, it does not wear big! Lug width is 21mm, case thickness is 13.8mm.

The screw down case back is a display type revealing the in-house ‘FR’ caliber Orient movement with 23 jewels and a decent level of finishing, including a signed rotor. The movement does not manual wind or hack (demerits from me on these points) but keeps excellent time and with a full 40+ hour power reserve as indicated by the power reserve meter. The meter is quite accurate as well!

The dial is a wonderful black with many subtle details, such as the way the power reserve and seconds subdials are gently inlaid and feature circular patterning. The markers are applied and have a beautiful machined look to them, as if they are carved out of a solid chunk of metal. The applied Orient Star logo is also a classy touch. The hands are silver and again, have a cut, expensive look to them. The hour and minute hands, power reserve indicator and outer edges of the markers are luminous. Nice lume and evenly applied. Under examination with an 8X loupe, no defects or imperfections were noted.

Judging from pictures of this watch, one thing that initially turned me off was the look of the seconds subdial. I always thought it looked cheap, but in person, it does not. This watch looks so much better in the flesh than in pictures. The fit and finish does the Orient Star label proud. It’s one of those pieces that you can truly derive joy from just by looking at it and studying it.

The crystal is domed sapphire, while the crown is a standard polished affair and does not screw down. I do wish the crown was signed. Water resistance is factory rated at 10 bar.

One feature that truly makes this watch unique is the strap. Orient partnered with Japanese saddle and horse harness maker Somes (Somes Saddle Company - [www.somes.co.jp]) to make the strap for this watch. Somes makes some very nice leather goods like wallets, key chains, handbags and attaches in addition to the horse tack, and their skill is evident here. While the strap still exhibits a somewhat ‘rustic’ appearance, the quality of the leather and the craftsmanship is plain to see.

The strap measures 21mm at the lugs and tapers to 20mm at the simple silver buckle. A single fixed keeper is installed near the buckle. The color is best described as honey or warm tan, with darker brown stitching. Luckily, it fits my thin wrist well and looks great.

Overall, this Orient Star ‘Somes’ as I refer to it is an impressively finished and unique watch that has tons of class but easily plays the dual role of sporting enthusiast and boardroom vice president.

Prices range all over the map, Buy It Nows on you know where are in the upper $500 range, while clean used examples go from $250 to $300, depending on color.

Pro: great looks, unique strap, power reserve meter utility, details abound, Japan-only exclusivity

Con: no manual winding or hacking, no date display (could bother some), Japan-only pricing

Verdict: a superb effort from Orient, with a watch that exudes quality, confidence and style; you won’t see this one coming down the street everyday

Thanks for reading and enjoy the pics!




Watch related news! It's a happy day, a new watch arrived The Arrival of a Grail from Orient Star! Watch or Accessory Review Jpeg Attachments URL

MCV2657July 01, 2010 10:05PM

Congratulations and clapping clapping (n/t)

John N351July 02, 2010 04:49PM

Thanks, Mr. Bellmatic! (n/t)

MCV569July 02, 2010 10:52PM

Wow Marc, gorgeous! (n/t)

UKRower244July 02, 2010 02:33PM

Thanks, Ian! (n/t)

MCV307July 02, 2010 04:07PM

Awesome watch, Marc! Great review! I wish Orient would introduce handwind and hack. I am angry! smile (n/t)

Nuvolari399July 02, 2010 07:37AM

Thanks, Michael! They do have some, but they are few and far between! (n/t)

MCV330July 02, 2010 04:05PM

Don't do this again. Ever.

Anonymous User358July 02, 2010 07:27AM

Rolling on the floor laughing my a.. off Rolling on the floor laughing my a.. off Rolling on the floor laughing my a.. off (n/t)

MCV280July 02, 2010 04:05PM

That's a winner Marc Thumbs Up (n/t)

Hector256July 02, 2010 05:43AM

Thank you! Hector! (n/t)

MCV298July 02, 2010 04:06PM

Excellent pictures and review. Looks like the OS has found a great new home Thumbs Up (n/t)

Chance268July 02, 2010 05:09AM

Thanks, Colby, for a great deal! Love the watch! (n/t)

MCV327July 02, 2010 04:06PM

Congrats, looks great! (n/t)

Dre365July 02, 2010 03:49AM

Thanks, Dre! (n/t)

MCV320July 02, 2010 04:32AM

Very NICE Orient! Thumbs up! Thumbs up! Cool Congrats Marc! (n/t)

cmoy358July 02, 2010 03:39AM

Thanks, Chris! (n/t)

MCV365July 02, 2010 04:31AM

BTW GREAT photos! Thumbs up! Thumbs up! (n/t)

cmoy351July 02, 2010 04:36AM

Thank you! Smile (n/t)

MCV212July 02, 2010 04:55AM

Congrats Marc!! Thumbs Up (n/t)

Julio262July 02, 2010 02:02AM

Thanks, Julio! (n/t)

MCV382July 02, 2010 02:42AM

You jumped on Colby's cheese! CongratsThumbs up! Finally, looks like Very Rich Man's Watch! Laughing (n/t)

Riddim Driven412July 02, 2010 01:16AM

Thank you! Adam! (n/t)

MCV294July 02, 2010 02:42AM

Very, very nice indeed! Thumbs up! (n/t)

OriginalSchwinner248July 02, 2010 01:09AM

Thanks, Schwinn! (n/t)

MCV268July 02, 2010 02:41AM

That's a beauty! Love the case shape too. Congrats! (n/t)

Stef G379July 02, 2010 12:54AM

Thanks, Stef! (n/t)

MCV286July 02, 2010 02:40AM

Very fine looking watch. (n/t)

Paul J Costa311July 01, 2010 11:26PM

Thanks, Mr. Watch Idiot Savant of the Month (n/t)

MCV269July 02, 2010 12:39AM

You are on a roll, my friend. A keeper for sure>>

Anonymous User249July 01, 2010 11:11PM

Thanks, Dave! (n/t)

MCV223July 02, 2010 12:38AM

not bad MCV, pls inhouse movt, not many CO's can say that! (n/t)

BILLANAGNOS(GREEK)382July 01, 2010 10:54PM

Right on, Bill! (n/t)

MCV304July 01, 2010 10:55PM

Clapping! Congrats Marc, Great watch and review. (n/t)

Brizza279July 01, 2010 10:42PM

Thanks, Brian! (n/t)

MCV296July 01, 2010 10:50PM

She looks very sweet. Congrats Thumbs up! wink (n/t)

sharkfin405July 01, 2010 10:34PM

Sweet as honey, thanks, Dave! (n/t)

MCV401July 01, 2010 10:51PM

Wow, congrats Marc!Clapping! I've been eyeing the Somes too, I really like the looks of this watch. Thumbs up!

Wycombe318July 01, 2010 10:27PM

Thank you! Daniel, I don't think you'd be disappointed! (n/t)

MCV386July 01, 2010 10:52PM

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