We’ve shown a few different Orient watches here over the last year, and they certainly seem to have a faithful following. Â Today’s model is something rather unique – it offers a full twenty-year calendar on it!
The somewhat odd thing about this watch (not withstanding the busy dial) is that I was unable to find any information on it directly from Orient (either their mainÂ site, or the USA-specific one). Â So, what I’ve got here is what I’ve pulled together from some searching around the web. Â The model in question is the Orient Automatic Calendar (Ref. FEU07008DX), and it can be found on all manner of third-party resellers (and the ‘bay) for a little bit over $100.
What do you get for your money, other than a fancy-schmancy calendar function?
- A 44mm stainless steel case (only 9mm thick!)
- In-house automatic movement
- Sapphire crystal
- Screw-down crown and case back
- 100 meter water resistance rating
- Lumed hands and indices
- Three-hander time and date display
Now, if you had just that list of specs above coming in around $100, it’d practically be a “gimme” to add it to your collection, wouldn’t it? Â Here, of course, you’ve got a great deal more on tap with the perpetual calendar.
I think it could make for a more complicated movement when it comes time for servicing, but it is still a pretty cool feature. Â And while it does make the dial more complicated to read, I like that it’s done in a balanced manner. Â And, if you’re just glancing to check the time, that isn’t impacted very much.
So, who is this watch for? Â In my opinion, just about anything from the Orient line is good for the person looking to purchase their first automatic (assuming the Orange Monster isn’t an option). Â Here, you’ve got a very compelling price/feature ratio for just about any watch collector looking to add something a little bit different to the ol’ watch box.