While I may have started leaning towards thinner, more dressy watches, in my own watch preferences, I still find myself drawn to divers. Â There’s just a go anywhere sort of an attitude to them, and on a bracelet, you can certainly get away with trying to pair them with a suit (just make sure you’ve got wide cuffs). Â If you find yourself rowing that same boat, then you may want to have a look at the just-announcedÂ Orient Triton Diver.
Now, for me, when I look at dive watches, I’m mostly checking out the style, as well as whatever WR rating it carries. It’s a much smaller slice of those watches that could actually carry a real-world dive certification. Â Well, wouldn’t you know, theÂ Orient Triton Diver actually complies with the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) for a Class 1 diver watch, which means it’s got some cred (literally) to be used as a SCUBA watch.
In terms of the existing Orient lineup, theÂ Orient Triton Diver is slotted right between the Mako USA II and the Pro Saturation Diver. Â If the Mako was simply not hardcore enough for you, but the Pro Saturation too extreme, well, hopefully theÂ Orient Triton Diver will play Goldilocks for you.
From the spec sheet, a 43.4mm steel case (on a steel bracelet), 13.6mm thickness, and an AR-coated sapphire crystal sounds a lot like what we see from many independent, smaller brands that are developing divers out there. Â The one big differentiator (aside from the styling) would be the movement inside. Â Here, we’ve got the Orient 40N50 caliber taking care of business. Â With a 40-hour power reserve (indicated on the dial side too) and a date complication, it’s got everything you’d need in a basic dive watch.
On the dial of theÂ Orient Triton Diver, as I mentioned, you’ve got a power-reserve indicator (something you generally don’t see on divers), the aforementioned date display, and a crisp white (via the luminous paint) against the dark dial (blue or black). Â In other words, it makes for a solid everyday sort of a watch. Â Should you want yours a little dressier (I guess?), there’s a version that adds some gold tone to the bezel and indices.
Overall finishing looks to be matte (which would make it less of a dress impersonator), but certainly will help hide any sort of fingerprints or smudges. Â The releases from Orient so far this year have been eye-catching, and thisÂ Orient Triton Diver certainly follows that trend. Â Pricing for them starts atÂ $655, and we’re inquiring about getting one in for a hands-on review. Â orientwatchusa.com
Tech Specs from Orient
- Case Diameter: 43.4mm without crown
- Case Thickness: 13.6mm
- Water Resistance: 200m, JIS Class 1 Diver
- Sapphire Crystal (with AR coating)
- Stainless Steel Bracelet with extension
- Orient Caliber 40N50 (Made in Japan)
- Self-Winding, hand-winding, seconds hand-halt mechanism (hacking)
- Vibrations: 21,600 VPH
- Jewels: 22 Jewels
- Power Reserve: 40+ Hours
- Functions: Date display, power reserve
- MSRP: Starting at $655