|03-03-2010 10:29 PM|
Orient CFM00001B Review
Authored by JRoss
[color=#000000]Orient Black Automatic Power Reserve Dive Watch
[color=#000000]I am no watch expert but I am a watch lover and I noticed there are no Orient reviews posted here; this is my first review so comments are appreciated .
[color=#000000]After living with this Orient for a couple weeks here are some impressions from the field.
[color=#000000]21 jewel Japan automatic, Orient (ID on Rotor) 46U40.
[color=#000000]Power reserve indicator, 40 hours, orange and a dab of lume.
[color=#000000]Date sub dial w/ pointer orange no lume.
[color=#000000]Luminous silver hands and numbers; seconds hand orange with a dab of lume.
[color=#000000]One-way rotating dive bezel and tachymeter scale.
[color=#000000]Screw down crown.
[color=#000000]Front mineral crystal, flat, and exhibition back.
[color=#000000]Case is stainless steel, polished.
[color=#000000]Pretty big watch - about 43mm.
[color=#000000]Stainless steel, deployant type closure w/pushbutton release, 22mm.
[color=#000000]Sporty chunky look - in overall size and heft this watch feels very similar to my BFK IOW a pretty solid chunk of steel. It seems reasonably well built so far. Finishing and attention to detail is pretty good. [color=#000000]Dial, markers, and hands are all very nice, very easy to read, bezel clicks nicely, one way. On the watch backside, the visible portions of the movement such as rotor and bridge have basic finishing, and there is an Orient logo on the rotor. The -2B version has an orange bezel insert and looks very nice too.
[color=#000000]Biggest Surprise[color=#000000]: Accuracy. I am floored. After 2 weeks, it is within a second or two a day, if that. It does not seem to gain or lose whether being worn or not. It is more accurate than any of my Oris, Omega, and Seiko mechanicals. While it does not officially hack, I was able to back-hack it (stop it with careful manipulation of the hands) for synching.
[color=#000000]Dive Watch? At least one web site refers to it as a 100m dive watch, and it does have a screw down crown, but the there is no dive extension and I don't think the lume and bezel would be extra - visible under lo-light conditions. So perhaps better suited for general wear, desk-diving, beach and swimming.
[color=#000000]General Comments: I am aware that long term, due to the crystal and bezel construction that this watch will probably not be as durable as a more expensive watch. But it is very attractive and many people do not even know what an Orient is or where it fits in the pecking order. So I have no problem with it, especially because it works well, and I wear a G-Shock when doing dirty work anyway.