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Authored by Rob (1/2005)

I've been looking for a nice yellow dial diver but I'm not that crazy about the SKXA35. I was browsing around eBay and found the Big Time store and his array of Orient watches. Someone on this forum commented a couple of days ago about how much they like this line of Orient "Dive" watches so I took the plunge and ordered one.

It's a pretty cool watch for $128 US delivered. It looks a little like the Yellow Monster that we all know and love. It's a big watch (43mm & 46mm with crown) and weighs quite a bit. It has a shroud that is integral to the watch case. It's not a true Diver's watch, just water resistant to 200m. It has a locking crown and a non-locking date adjust button at 2 o'clock. The lume seems to be good but the overall legibility of the watch suffers because the lumed hands blend into the yellow background. The bezel turns with a nice quality click, but won't exactly line up with 12 o'clock. This is the first watch I've had with a see-through back. The inscription on the caseback says: WATER RESISTANT ALL STAINLESS STEEL, EA EX04-C0 CA, ORIENT WATCH CO, LTD. The movement looks nice and the rotor is a nice copperish color. The rotor is inscribed with: Orient 21J. 46G41 JAPAN.

I like the power reserve indicator at the top of the dial. It lists the hours of 0, 1, 10, 20, 30, and 40. It actually seems to work. The watch was not running and indicating 0 when I got it. After a little shaking it moved to the 1 hour mark, and with about 30 seconds of shaking it moved to 20 hours. Later, after wearing it for a couple of hours it indicated a full 40 hour charge.

The bracelet is nice and beefy too which helps balance the watch on the wrist. The bracelet has small, polished connecting links between the brushed main links. Overall it's a nice, inexpensive automatic watch.

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