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    Orient CDD00001W Pocket Watch

    I'm primarily a vintage pocket and wrist watch collector, but I recently purchased an Orient mechanical pocket watch of current manufacture and I thought that some of the Orient fans might be interested in my review over in the vintage and pocket watch forum.

    I thought I'd post here about my new acquisition, a current production pocket watch and one not using the ubiquitous Molnija or Unitas movements.

    Recently the Orient Watch Co. introduced a PW using a manual wind movement with a power reserve indicator and sapphire crystals front and back in a stainless steel case. The watch comes with a SS chain. The watch is rather small, only 40mm in diameter, probably the size of a early 20th century woman's pendant watch or the same size as a contemporary man's wrist watch. I believe that Orient modified one of their automatic wrist watch movements to create the watch. The reason I think this is because when winding the watch there is no point at which you can feel that the mainspring is fully wound as in a traditional manual wound watch. I'm quite sure that the usual mechanism found in auto watches to prevent mainspring overwinding is in place. As you wind the watch you can see the power reserve indicator slowly move to forty hours.




    Unusual for a PW is the center second hand which conveniently hackable. The Breguet hands are blue, probably painted or coated. The dial is very nicely done. The movement is finished with perlage, but since this is based on an auto movement most of the movement is covered by a plate hiding most of the watches workings. Only the balance is easily visible although the escape wheel can be seen if wearing a loupe.

    I put the watch on my MicroSet Timer and in the pendant up position it was going at +4.2 seconds a day. As I write this, 13 hours after winding it up, the watch is +3 seconds and that's keeping it in the watch pocket all the time.




    Any complaints, well Orient should have made it bigger, at least size 12. Also while I can understand them modifying an auto movement (this is speculation, of course) and using an observation sapphire back why not make more of the working parts visible for us watch nuts.

    Pictures attached, note in the one with another PW, it's an Elgin 571 size 16 from the early 1950s to show a size comparison.

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    Re: Orient cdd00001w pocket watch

    Thanks for the review..

    For those interested in a quick link...

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...75#post2103475

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    Re: Orient cdd00001w pocket watch

    Tha Japan Market version of your pocket watch is sold under the Royal Orient brand for US$1,300!!!!

    While there are some cosmetic differences between the JDM Royal Orient and international market Orient pocket watches, I believe the movements in both are exactly the same as both allow manual hand wind and hacking.

    They had the Orient as a DOD a week or so ago for less than US$300. An incredible bargain for Royal Orient quality.

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    Re: Orient cdd00001w pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by MINIDriver View Post
    Tha Japan Market version of your pocket watch is sold under the Royal Orient brand for US$1,300!!!!

    While there are some cosmetic differences between the JDM Royal Orient and international market Orient pocket watches, I believe the movements in both are exactly the same as both allow manual hand wind and hacking.

    They had the Orient as a DOD a week or so ago for less than US$300. An incredible bargain for Royal Orient quality.
    They can actually still be had for $229. I'd be way temped by one of these if I wore a full suit often.

    I mean, can you imagine how cool it would be to whip one of these out if someone asked you for the time?

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    Re: Orient cdd00001w pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by UpstandingCitizen View Post
    They can actually still be had for $229. I'd be way temped by one of these if I wore a full suit often.

    I mean, can you imagine how cool it would be to whip one of these out if someone asked you for the time?
    Tell me about it

    People of our generation are not so used to seeing someone with a pocket watch that this thing makes it absolutely and positively a fashion statement of sorts.

    As far as the watch itself, what's not to love? Sapphire crystals front and back, hack and hand wind 23 jewel movement, solid SS construction, chain with clip and the thing just oozes with class.

    Hey you can even pull it off with T-shirt, shorts and a pair of Crocs

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    Re: Orient CDD00001W Pocket Watch

    Thanks for sharing your pics and review. I didn't know the watch existed. I have a few vintage pocket watches and as someone stated, I wish the Orient were larger. Perhaps with a hinged cover.
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    Re: Orient CDD00001W Pocket Watch

    I've had the watch 8 days now and it has been averaging +4 seconds/day. Excellent timekeeping for a non-COSC watch. Orient did an excellent job of regulating.

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    Re: Orient CDD00001W Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by RON in PA View Post
    I've had the watch 8 days now and it has been averaging +4 seconds/day. Excellent timekeeping for a non-COSC watch. Orient did an excellent job of regulating.
    I'm happy to hear that. Just received mine yesterday!
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    Re: Orient CDD00001W Pocket Watch

    I wonder if you could safely remove the plate and leave it off so that you could see most of the inner workings. That would be very cool and have me even more sold on the watch than I am now!
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    Re: Orient CDD00001W Pocket Watch

    No way can you remove the plate, note the jewel. Something in the movement is being retained.

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