Orient CDH00002B Review

Thread: Orient CDH00002B Review

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    Member orenh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    126

    Picture Orient CDH00002B Review

    ORIENT CDH00002B REVIEW



    I managed to snag one of these during Orient's last 50% off special, and have been pretty happy with it so far. MiniDriver posted some pictures of the watch a few weeks ago (which convinced me to get it), but apart from that I haven't really seen any discussion about it. I'll see if I can change that...

    I was originally looking for a pilot's pilot watch... something that I could wear while flying that would be easy to read during the day and at night, that could take a little bit of a beating, and that had a slide rule bezel (not strictly useful, since I can do most of the math in my head, but I'm a geek and it looks cool ).

    This watch ended up not fitting the bill... it's simply way too nice. I would hate to get oil on the polished leather band or skuff up the case by banging it against the canopy in turbulence. The lume isn't anything to write home about, and the polished hands can be difficult to see against the intricately detailed face. It's definitely a dressy watch. Oh well... I'll keep looking. But in the meantime, I've been wearing the watch casually and I have to say that I really like it.

    Packaging:

    This is my first Orient watch, and I was impressed even before I saw the watch. This watch comes in a very nice and very solid padded box. It's the nicest box I've ever received with a watch.

    Band:

    The watch comes on a very, VERY dark reddish-brown leather band with a deployment buckle. It looks a lot redder in pictures than it does in real life, where it's usually mistaken for black. The leather is highly polished and reflective. I personally prefer a finish that is less glossy on leather, but it definitely goes well with the rest of the watch. It's also very comfortable, and manages to balance the weight of the watch quite well, which is unusual in my experience with straps in general.

    Case:

    One of the first things that surprised me when I opened the box was how large the watch looked. It's easily the largest watch I own, and although I was skeptical at first, I'm now starting to appreciate the watch's size. I think one of the reasons I find this watch so comfortable is that the large size prevents the watch from sliding "too high" or "too low" on my wrist... it just sits in the right spot.

    The fixed bezel (the metal ring around the watch that doesn't move) seems a little large to me. I think I would have preferred a smaller bezel so that the case outline was closer to the crystal (like on the Nighthawk). This would have been an easy way to make the watch smaller, but I won't complain since the size seems to fit me pretty well.

    Crystal:

    The crystal is a sapphire. I think it has an antireflective coating on the inside. The caseback also has a sapphire, which I think does not have a coating.

    Crowns:

    Both crowns are non-screw-down type, and are signed. I think Orient makes another watch with a screw-down crown for operating an inner slide rule. This seems incredibly counter-intuitive to me, and I'm glad that these crowns don't screw down.

    One really nice thing about the slide rule crown (at 4:00) is that it's placed slightly higher on the case than the normal crown. This makes it easier to turn the slide rule while the watch is on your wrist. The slide rule crown doesn't turn as nicely as the crown on my Alpinist, but it still turns easily enough.

    Dial and Hands:

    The dial is extremely intricate and very highly detailed. Every surface is very well finished. The dial is broken up into several segments, which each sit at a different height and add depth to the dial. The hour indices are applied, and have a mirror finish with lume along the center track.

    The hour and minute hands are faceted and both have a lume area. The second hand has a red tip with a tiny bit of lume. The power reserve hand is faceted and has no lume. The date hand is a little disappointing because it isn't faceted and looks pretty ordinary. It seems out of place on such an intricate dial, especially when all the other hands are so ornate.

    Finally, the second time zone indication takes the form of a 24 hour wheel that is exposed between 8:30 and 10:30, which borrows from some of the Hamilton GMT model styles. This is probably my favorite part of this watch. Most GMT watches have an additional hour hand that make you reinterpret your 12-hour dial as a 24-hour dial. I find that simply reading the number off of the wheel is much easier and can be done without thinking.

    Slide rule:

    I'm adding this section because I just noticed that the only labeled markers are nautical mile, statute mile, and kilometer. Other slide rule watches I've seen have other conversions like U.S. gallons, imperial gallons, liters, fuel lbs, and oil lbs. It's easy enough to do these conversions in your head, but it's nice to have them printed if you want a slightly more accurate result.

    Movement:

    I don't know much about the movement except that it's an Orient 48K40, it hacks but doesn't hand-wind (I'd prefer the opposite, but not strongly), it has a date indicator, a power reserve indicator, and an independently settable second time zone indicator. During the three days I've been measuring, the watch hasn't drifted more than two seconds in either direction, which I find pretty remarkable.

    Overall:

    I'm very happy with this watch. It's not the pilot watch I was originally looking for, but I'm definitely happy with it.


    And now for the pictures:





























    -Oren
    Attached Images Attached Images



























    Last edited by Isthmus; September 11th, 2009 at 16:31.

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    In Exile...
    Posts
    5,606

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Pictures

    Excellent review! Clearly you beat me to it....

    Haven't worn mine yet, hence the lack of feedback from me. I am planning on putting together yet another video review on it next week.

    Great photos, great choice, and great summary. Pretty much sums it up for me.

    Enjoy it in good health.

    Ps: how do you rate this Orient vs your Alpinist?

  3. #3
    Member jbdan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Atlanta GA USA <><
    Posts
    5,763

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Pictures

    Wow Oren great write up bud and great photos highlighting the watch

    Your pics do this watch justice (Rebel shooter ) . It is beautiful! The strap is exquisite!

    Thanks for your review and wear that beauty in the best of health.
    Last edited by jbdan; September 12th, 2009 at 04:44.
    "You've stolen my heart, yes You have, You've wiped away the stains, broke away the chains, yes You have!" Leeland

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member orenh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    126

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by MINIDriver View Post
    Excellent review! Clearly you beat me to it....

    Haven't worn mine yet, hence the lack of feedback from me. I am planning on putting together yet another video review on it next week.

    Great photos, great choice, and great summary. Pretty much sums it up for me.

    Enjoy it in good health.

    Ps: how do you rate this Orient vs your Alpinist?

    Thanks, Mini! I always look forward to your video reviews...

    Comparing it to the Alpinist is tough. The watches seem to be meant for slightly different purposes. The Orient feels like a dressier watch to me, although lately I've been trying to wear it casually. It still looks good with a dark t-shirt, so it could be that the high gloss finish everywhere and the ornate details on the dial and hands are playing tricks on me.

    The Alpinist is sort of a half dressy, half explorer watch... something Indiana Jones might wear at a dinner party and while riding a horse. I get the impression that it's designed like the Rolex Explorer I... that watch is pretty dressy and can easily be worn with a suit, yet it's marketed as a watch for an adventurer. I'm not sure why but I find myself drawn to watches with this character... they have an old-world feel from the era before G-shock showed up.

    I think the finish on the case of the Alpinist is nicer than on this Orient. The Alpinist case has areas that are brushed and areas that are polished, and Seiko simply did a really, really fantastic job with it. The finish on this Orient is still really nice, but the "everything is polished everywhere" look can sometimes make the watch feel a little blingy, even though it complements the dial perfectly.

    I like the dial on the Orient slightly better than the dial on the Alpinist. They're definitely designed for different purposes, and they both meet their requirements, but the finish quality on each part of the Orient's dial is simply superb.

    Although the 4:00 crown on the Alpinist has a smoother feel than the one on the Orient, the Alpinist crown can be difficult to grip when it's on my wrist, and as a result, turning the inner ring can be slow. The fact that the Orient's crown is slightly raised makes it much easier to turn while the watch is still on your wrist. So even though it's not quite as smooth, I can turn the slide rule on the Orient faster than the compass ring on the Alpinist.

    Overall I think it's too close to call. I really like both watches.

    -Oren

  6. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    5

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Review

    I just purchased 1 of these from Orient USA and can't wait for it to arrive. Great review with some awsome pics. ;)

  7. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    5

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Review

    This is the first mechanical watch that I owned and am very happy. It looks good and feels good and keep accurate time. I particularly like the yellow face black dashboard.

  8. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Posts
    34

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Review

    Just got this Orient a week ago. Mine is black basel and black leather band. It is actually my first Orient watch.

  9. #8
    Member ErikP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    290

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Review

    Beautiful watch. Just 2 things that bother me though. 1) the hand of the power reserve is different than the hand for the date dial. Seems strange. 2). The bottom of the date wheel has the white strip with indicies. The element of the dial is not repeated elsewhere on the watch so that is strange. Given everything going on on the face of the watch, it seems like just making the subdial all black would help make the appearance not so busy.

    I still like the watch and it is on my buy list eventually.

  10. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    24

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Review

    Quote Originally Posted by jibzz View Post
    Just got this Orient a week ago. Mine is black basel and black leather band. It is actually my first Orient watch.

    I have the same watch, very happy with it. The only thing i do miss is the ability to manually wind it.

  11. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Posts
    34

    Re: Orient CDH00002B Review

    Congratulations winged creature. I am enjoying mine too.
    Quote Originally Posted by winged creature View Post
    I have the same watch, very happy with it. The only thing i do miss is the ability to manually wind it.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •