Another range of 200m-rated watches has become available to UK divers with the arrival from Japan of Orient and its premium brand Orient Star.
The watchmaker says that it name has become established in more than 40 countries since it opened for business back in 1951, and is known for intricate craftmanship and robust in-house movements at accessible prices. Since 2018, it has been part of Japanese electronics company Epson.
To announce Orient’s arrival, visitors to its website are offered a 25% discount on any timepiece bought before the end of this March. The company is offering an initial range of 46 models in the UK, including 13 dive watches.
Of these it singles out for attention its flagship Orient Star Diver 1964 V2, based on one of its first dive watches, the Calendar Auto Orient.
The new version adds a screw case-back, dual curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and 200m water resistance. It has a mirror-black finish on dial and bezel, and the display includes the date and power-reserve indicator – it counts down from 50 hours.
The watch also features Orient’s 46-F6 series caliber F6N47 22-jewel automatic movement. The stainless-steel case is 41mm across and 14.5mm thick.
The bracelet has a divers’ extension structure and trifold deployment buckle with push-button and security-latch. An additional silicon strap is also provided.
The March discount reduces the price of the Ocean Star Diver 1964 V2 from £1,330 to £997, while cheaper Orient dive-watches range from £320 to £409 (before discount). The UK range can be found on the Orient site.
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