When it comes to huge value in a mechanical watch, there is a brand that comes to mind that is tough to beat. This brand is Orient and more specifically Orient Star. Orient has an incredible reputation amongst watch collectors that look for tremendous “bang for the buck”. In today’s review, we look at the Orient Star Automatic Retrograde Day DE00002W.
The DE00002W has a beautifully embossed cream colored dial that indicates time, date, day of the week in retrograde, and power reserve. There is an abundance of features on this classic looking piece, but it is very clean and legible considering all the complications. The dial layout is very nice with the 40hr power reserve indicator at the 12 o’clock, the date wheel at 9 o’clock, and the retrograde day at the 6 o’clock. The cream colored dial gives the piece almost a vintage type look. I have to say that I was very impressed with the dial’s color and texture, giving it the subtle details that make the piece so intriguing. The dial is protected by sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Very impressive, especially at the price point.
The case and bracelet are stainless steel, with a gorgeous polishing job. The bezel and inner links of the bracelet are where this polishing really stand out. This near mirror finish along with the brushed majority of the bracelet and case sides really add a ton of detail to the piece and give it a very high-end and detailed look. I really love the design of the bracelet. The thin width links feel solid and sturdy, but look very elegant and unique. The watches case size is 39.5mm wide, not too large by any means, but adds to the classy feel of the watch.
The movement is Orients in house 40A50, which has 22 jewels and 21,600 bph. The rotor has the Orient Star logo in gold with striping decoration while the rest of the plates and bridges are decorated with perlage. This movement, unlike some other Orient base models, does have a hack feature (stopping the second hand when the crown is out) and also has manual wind capability.
Retailing for $995, but available to order for only $695 on our site HERE, this piece is an incredible value. You get so much for your money, it is unreal! I have been very impressed with the quality on the whole Orient collection, but the Orient Star Automatic Retrograde Day DE00002W has become a new personal favorite.
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