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Authored by Kelly M Rayburn (3/2005)

Received my first Orient and my first Ani-Digi in twelve years.

When I first say pictures of this new Orient Ani-Digi posted by Yee Sing on PMWF, I thought it was one of the nicest of its type that I had ever seen. His dial is a greenish/turquoise color. I was looking for one in black, and the seller had one in stock. I must say that I am very impressed with the look and feel of this watch. The case has traditional style lugs (which is what I was looking for) so you can wear it on a strap. The case is @41mm in diameter and @46mm from lug tip to lug tip. It is 100m WR with a very nice knurled screw-down crown. The chrono pushers have a beautiful elliptical shape. The uni-directional rotating bezel is extraordinary, sloping down from the flat mineral crystal. The edge of the bezel is polished, as are the sides of the case, the pushers, and the caseback. The brushed sections are satin-like in appearance with no harsh brush strokes. The bracelet is solid link (3.5mm) with pins and it has the diver?s style fold-over bar clasp. On the bracelet, the watch has a nice heft. I really like the bracelet, but I purchased the watch to be worn on a strap. The lug width measures out to 21mm. I am wearing it on a deBeer Europa Aviator. It is a very soft strap and the 22mm strap squeezed in nicely with no distortion. I am wearing it on a double folding butterfly deployant that I brushed to match the brushed sections of the watch.

Since I have only a few quartz watches, you know this one had to really speak to me. The analog display is very legible and the lume on the hands and markers is excellent. The digital displays are a bit muted, which I like, so they don?t interfere with the legibility of the dial. The dial is a very flat black, some might say a very dark gray. The digital chronograph features on this watch are very easy to use, which is more than I can say for the impossible to decipher instructions that came with the watch (no booklet, but a fold out page with illustrations). It has stopwatch and split-timer features, countdown timer, count-up timer, alarm, chime, day/date/month, and some other features that I haven?t figured out yet. I paid $155.00 for this watch plus shipping. Highly recommended.

Thanks for reading and looking.











 

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I know this post is old and I'm not sure anyone will answer, but I was wondering if the digital display on this watch has a backlight. I have a Citizen Wingman which is very similar and I'm looking for another watch like it. The Wingman has all the same features it appears in regards to the digital portion, but it also has a backlight which makes it easily viewable in the dark. I'm wondering if this nice looking Orient also has a backlight.

thanks!

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Maybe it's just me, but doesn't it seem like a backlight for the led portion should be a no brainer? Seiko has a couple of ana-digi models that I really like, and I believe neither of them has a backlight. I guess I've been spoiled by my Wingman. I've come to realize that once you've used a feature on a watch, it's very hard to want to do without it. My Wingman has the date, dual alarms, a chrono, countdown timer, world times, slide rule bezel and backlight for the led....and I've used every one of those features. That is making it VERY HARD to find a new watch. :(


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Yeah, I've looked at them and watched the videos on the Citizen website regarding how to use the various functions. The thing I don't like about them is that you have to pull the crown out to access the setting function for certain features. Pulling the crown out repeatedly just doesn't seem like the smartest way to do things. I've got to figure that it's much easier to screw a crown up than a pusher button. That's one great thing about the C460 Citizen movement used in the Wingman and the Navitach I've got. Everything can be accessed and set by the push buttons.


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