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Default Orient Ray II Review

Well, I was remiss by not providing a full review of the Orient Ray II in my earlier post, so here it is:

Orient Ray II with rubber strap, FAA02007B9

Stainless steel case with screw-down crown and 120 click aluminum uni-directional bezel

Water resistance rating of 200m, but not ISO certified

Caliber F6922, automatic with hand winding and hacking

Day/date complication

Case 41.5mm, case at crown 44.8mm, lug-to-lug 47mm, lug width 22mm, height 13mm

Mineral crystal

Price via Long Island Watches and Amazon: $170

The Ray II is the updated version of Orient's Ray, sans the date pusher and with a new movement that allows winding and hacking. It is Orient's answer to Seiko's SKX007/9 and Citizen's NY0040 automatic watches. It is a handsome watch with good build quality and finishing for the price. Unlike the SKX it has applied hour markers and nice chrome surround for the day/date aperture. The lume is bright, and the hands and hour markers are large so it is easy to tell time in the dark.

I have relatively small wrists at 7.25 inches and was worried about the size of the Orient. My fears were unfounded as the watch wears small and is very comfortable.

The Ray II appears dressier and more classy than the SKX and NY0040, which seem more like tool divers. The Ray II is an everyday watch you can wear to the office, but also take into the water, while the Seiko and Citizen appear built for diving. I am a certified diver who has for years worn my 1999 Citizen NY2300 on dives. When I dive again, I will opt for my Citizen over the Orient, mainly because of the bezel - which brings me to my only complaint. The bezel on the Ray II is extremely stiff, and with the small surface area of the outer edge it is very hard to rotate. At the suggestion of my local jeweler I worked the bezel and ran waxed dental floss between it and the case, which helped, but I would not feel comfortable trying to rotate it while submerging for a dive.

I ordered the watch with the rubber strap because I do not care for bracelets. At first, the dolphin emblem on the strap put me off, but I got used to it. The strap was reasonably comfortable, though not as nice as the one that came with my Citizen BN0100-00E. I switched the Ray to a nice zulu strap, as I usually do with dive watches.

In summary, the Orient Ray II is a beautiful watch with very good finishing and build quality for the price point. I wanted a nice automatic diver, but the standard bearers - SKX, Promaster, original Ray, etc. - did not have winding or hacking capabilities. The new Ray II is just what the doctor ordered. It is too early to tell about the accuracy; I'll follow-up after it has had a few weeks to break-in.

I have attached some phone pictures, but they do not do the watch justice. Here is a link to Orient's site: http://orientwatchusa.com/collection...diver/aa02007b

I hope you find this useful.

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