Orient Mako II (Hogrider) Review
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  1. #1
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    Orient Mako II (Hogrider) Review

    I just found about Orient recently, and this watch has probably been reviewed a million times, and if you are still unsure about this watch, you definitely need to take the plunge.

    I met the owner of the AD in Jakarta, and he gave e a very good price. So here it is the group shot. Walked there alone but I walked out with 5 Orient watches, 3 Blue Mako II, 1 Black Mako II, 1 Blue Mako I, and 1 Blue Mako I is not on the pic. After this shot, my brother in law bought 3 more pieces, 2 in blue and 1 in black.

    So hereís the pic of Blue Mako II - Three Musketeer

    One of the reason I decided to take the blue one, because I do not have a blue dial watch Ė a simple as that, secondly I found the dial is very unique, thereís some kind of reflection that shows different hue of blue depending on the angle and the lighting condition.
    I think the print on the dial is very very good, sharp and crisp, cant really tell with naked eye, but with mag glass, you can definitely see it. The print is so smooth and even, along with the very well made logo on the dial.
    The markers really compliment the case of the shape, you can see a strong resemblance with Omega Planet Ocean.
    The dial on the Black Mako II is not 100% black, thereís a tint of gray and the dial is a bit matte.

    Dial : 10 / 10
    Three Musketeer joined by the Black Mako II

    Comparison Shot between the blue and the black. My friend n my brother in law can't decide between the blue and the black, so each of them took both color :P

    Honestly, I donít really fancy the hands, I found it a bit too busy. It is definitely unique and well made. Very detail and smooth as well.

    Hands : Design : 7 / 10, Quality 10 / 10

    60 clicks counter clockwise. Firm, Smooth and Steady with thick and large crown. I found the crown design similar with Planet Ocean with Dark Navy Blue color that looks different according to lighting condition.

    Bezel : 9 / 10

    I havenít found any information about the glass whether itís a Saphire or Mineral, but the AR looks pretty good from different angle, however it still reflects sun rays, so Iím not sure about the quality of the AR, most probably one sided AR? Anyone care to add more info?

    Glass : 6 / 10

    The size of the case is another point that I like from this watch, compare to Mako I, this is a huge watch, 46mm in size. I always got a soft spot for big watch.
    The case finishing is a combination of Polish and Satin finishing. Thereís no tsharp edges, and you can tell that itís a good quality case.

    Case : 9 / 10
    Comparison shot with Ticino 47mm

    For me, itís a bit hard to unscrew or screw down the crown, as the crown guard protect the crown, most probably because the main function of this watch as a diving watch, that can go until 200m.

    The pusher on top act as a quick day change.

    Corwn : 8 / 10

    Clasp & Bracelet
    Mako II that I got, already supplied with Bracelet with Orient Clasp. Another resemblance with Rolex bracelet but larger in size. Im not a big fans of Bracelet strap, so the bracelet has changed into a black croc strap with white stitch since this photo.

    The clasp is nicely design, especially on the logo, you can see the detail on the logo with different finishing. Itís a bit hard for the first time to open or close the safety clasp, but itís getting better after a while

    Clasp : 7 / 10
    Bracelet : 8 / 10

    Iím not sure about the movement, i assume it's a Japanese Automatic movement. I managed to crack open the case back and took a photo of it. Itís non hacking movement, and I know I should do this, but when I move back the watch, the second hand also move back.

    The power reserve is quite long probably almost 42hours

    Movement : 8 / 10

    One of the aspect that I donít really like with this watch is the lume. The lume is not that good, and doesnít last that long. As you can see from the photo the lume is a bit uneven. This is quite disappointing for a Diver watch, especially for 200m capability, compare to itís bigger brother the 300m Orient Star the lume in Mako II is very disappointing. I wouldnít recommend using this for diving during night time or even going hunting with it, hehehe.

    Lume : 6 / 10

    This is also an important factors that three of us bought these watch. For that kind of quality that I mentioned above, the tag price for this watch is outstanding. I got quite a big discount from the owner.

    Price : Special Price : 10 / 10, Normal Price 7 / 10


    When you look at the design, you can tell there were influences a lot by Omega Planet Ocean with a combination Rolex DeepSea SD. Personally Iím in love with this watch. Compare to Orient Mako I, the Mako II look more Masculine, and the Build quality feel much better. Itís definitely heavier thatn the Mako I as well. So for the quality to price ratio, overall I consider Orient Mako II a Bang for Your Bucks. This is definitely not going to be my last Orient.

    Overall Score : Blue Mako 8 / 10, Black Mako 8 / 10


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  2. #2
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    Re: My First Mako II

    Nice review. I have been enjoying the Orange face version. I may be picking up a Blue when Orient has another 50% off sale.

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    Re: My First Mako II

    well done friend

    i just bought the Blue for my dad and picked up the black for myself.

    could you show some pics of the watch on leather? i am a small wrist fella so metal bracelet is not good for me. thinkin of changin to leather for my black one.

    btw, if you don't mind, i will be using your movt pics for my blog when i write about this orient. my blog addy in my signature. thanks to you, we can see the beautiful 469 caliber of the mako II !

    "because nobody stops at one watch" - kohym

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    Re: Orient Mako II (Hogrider) Review

    Hi there--I too have a relatively small wrist, but am attracted to the Mako II (hogrider). How big does it wear compared to a Mako I or, say, a seiko monster?
    How have you found it?


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    Re: Orient Mako II (Hogrider) Review

    Great Review, Great Photo,
    it's really weak lume... >"<
    Got the cem75007w as Christmas Present 2012

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    Re: Orient Mako II (Hogrider) Review

    Fantastic review, just pulled the trigger on a black Mako XL, theres always room in the stable for a cult classic like the mako, hopefully the first of a few orients.

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