Hello! My name is Alain, I am from Easter Europe and this is my first post on WUS. Please excuse my English, I don't speak it ;).
I love watches, and this is my review for the Orient Eminence. First of all, this is my first automatic watch, I wanted one with sapphire crystal to be much more scratch resistant than mineral crystal.
I bought the watch for $360 brand new from an authorised dealer. Watch prices are a lot bigger in Eastern Europe compared to US (lot of import taxes, VAT etc).
This is the watch:Attachment 1306912Attachment 1306913
The pros : -nice watch for the price
-pretty good movement, about +6s/24h
-good looking, beautiful dial, open heart
The cons : -very bad bracelet, catches hair, folded end links
-build quality sub par, unfortunately
-noisy rotor, it's like a stone inside the watch.
The bracelet really is a "turn off". Not as bad as a folded link bracelet, but it says "chinese" all over it. Very dissapointed to see that Orient put the same bracelet from a $90 watch to a $400 watch..
Certina for example, uses different ss bracelets for their collection, but are very solid, good end links, and I thing they make the bracelet in house.
This is a picture of one of the links from the Orient :
I mean, what the hell?? Really cheap, and really bad chinese quality control, I think. You can clearly see the crooked link.
Another issue is that inside the case there is a small spec of something on the dial :
I wanted to return the watch, but the damn dealer wouldn't take it because I removed the protective plastic from the bracelet and glass.
It also came with a small scratch on the back of the case :
This is because of the orient plastic seal attached to the bracelet :
I think this stupid thing grinded on the case. Why would you put this inside the box, along the watch, to scratch it? I should mail Orient and find out.
Now, I don't want to offend anyone, this is still a good watch for the money from a reputable brand. But, I owned a $100 Timex, and the quality was superb. Yes it scratched easily, but it was good. Also, the bracelet you find on a ~$350 Citizen is very good, not even in the same chapter than Orient. Heck, not even in the same book.
I didn't want to spend a lot on my first automatic, my budget was low from the start. Next time I will definitely save for a swiss made automatic Certina or Tissot.
I bought this watch because I saw on this forum a lot of good, positive feedback for Orient watches. Unfortunately I was disapointed with mine. Maybe I will sell it, maybe I will keep it.
I am writing this for the person who consider to buy his/her first Orient. Please choose wisely.
Thank you for your time, this is the best watch related forum on the .net. Keep up the good work.