Ok, ok, so perhaps yesterday’s Orient model might have had a bit too busy of a dial for some folks (personally, I liked it). Â To make it up to that camp, however, I’m bringing you another model from their fairly extensive lines – the simply named Vintage.
The one I’ve got up at the top of the post is the FFD0F004W (brown strap, cream dial), and there are three other variants that offer a black dial and/or a steel bracelet. Â Regardless of the specific one you choose, they allÂ featureÂ the following:
- 40mm stainless steel case (11.7mm thick) with 22mm lugs
- Orient Caliber 46N45 (Made In Japan) automatic movement with 40 hour power reserve indicated on dial
- Sapphire crystal
Water Resistance rating of 50 meters
- Three-hander time and date display
- Deployant clasp
As befitting something with a model name of “Vintage”, this watch presents very cleanly, and it’s giving you any more than you need – just a solid experience from a mechanical watch. Â While they could have gotten away without any lume on the watch, I like the fact that the hands are lume-filled, making things just a bit more useful overall.
I’m also a fan of the power reserve indicator. Â It adds some visual interest to the dial, for one. Â For another, it gives you some nice insight into the relative health of the movement. Â If you’re like me, you’re probably rotating through watches on a daily basis (for what you’re wearing, that is). Â With the PR indicator, it can help nudge you towards strapping a watch on to keep it properly wound and on-time.
At an askingÂ priceÂ of $425 (though, coupon code Summer2012 knocks that down under $300), this is not just some throwaway watch you’ll add to your collection for a few months and then forget about it. Â And, given how strong (and positive) a following Orient appears to have, I think this would make a very compelling option for a classic watch design.