Here at AZ Fine Time, we spend a lot of time researching watch brands. We look for unique and boutique brands, all of which have to be the best quality for the money. One of the best examples of these traits is Orient Watch Co. To be honest, we haven’t been dealers for them very long, but we’ve been studying them for years. For those who don’t know, Orient as a brand is mostly automatic watches, with in-house movements at unheard of price points. I’m talking automatics that start at less than $200! It seems unbelievable, but don’t be fooled by the price point, they actually make great watches with good accuracy and stability. After years of looking into this brand, the guys at AZFT met with Mark Kim, the US Distributor for Orient, and finally closed the deal. Needless to say, the brand has taken off ever since.
Today, I’m getting outside of Orients normal price point and aiming high. The Orient Pro Saturation Diver CFD0C001B is one of the most expensive models Orient has available in the US (which is still very reasonable), but with very good reason… It is a truly heavy duty tool dive watch, with tons of great features.
To start, the build on this beast is massive. It is about 46mm wide, just under 17mm thick, and weighs in at 230 grams. It has a large crown at the 4 o’clock position, which keeps it from digging into your wrist. The watch also is rated to 300m water resistance, but what makes this piece so special is that the case is built and sealed so well, that there is no need for a helium escapement valve. They use a 5mm thick sapphire crystal to also help make this piece ideal for the pressures involved in diving. A nice touch is that there is dual anti-reflective coating on the crystal, but not like in most other watches where it is a bluish color, but more of a green tint to it. It certainly gives it a more unique characteristic.
The fit and finish of the Orient Pro Saturation Diver CFD0C001B is also very nicely done. It is a nice combination of high polish and brushed, adding more detail to the piece. I always think that this combo helps any watch pop a little more as opposed to being all one style of finish.
The bezel is very thick and sturdy, which is helpful in the sense that you know it will not move on its own. Another nice detail they have added is that instead of a solid black bezel, it has more of a gunmetal finish, with white numerals/indexes engraved into it.
One of everyone’s favorite features is the ratcheting diver expansion clasp. When the clasp is open, you can pull back on the fold over lock, and then pull the bracelet out to expand it over an extra inch of length. This makes for easy quick adjustments to go over a wetsuit, or just to give your wrist a little extra breathing room in the summertime when your wrist swells from the heat. If that’s not enough, there is also micro adjustment on the other side of the clasp. You could probably put on another 200 lbs before you’d have to add a link back to the bracelet… Now that’s what I call convenient!
The movement is Orient’s caliber 40N5A. This is a self-winding mechanical movement that has manual winding capability, a hackable second hand and a 40 hour power reserve that is indicated on the dial. The date is also indicated on the dial at the 9 o’clock position. The hands and indexes are big and legible with heavy lume. Definitely an easy piece to read at night or, of course, while diving.
Overall the Orient Pro Saturation Diver CFD0C001B is a really heavy duty and solid build watch. Retail on this model is $2150, but can be purchased directly through our site for $1,500 (with an assortment of free goods) HERE. Even though it is much more expensive than most Orients, it is easily a value compared to other dive watches even close to the same quality. There’s a lot of talk about the Seiko Prospex MM300 (which is not available for sale in the US). This is a bigger & badder piece with more features at over $1000 less! Be on the look out for more unique Orient here at AZ Fine Time.
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