Hi, my fist post to say hi and to tell you about my new purchase.
I initially bought an orient mako in black and when I received it looked just a good as in the various photos I'd drooled over online. But when I put it on my wrist, I could instantly see it wore far to small for me. I think the bezel on divers makes them wear small as my pilot style rotary is only 1mm larger but wears much bigger. Many would say it was a perfect size but I do like slightly larger watches as they balanced large forearms. I sadly packed it away and sent it back for a refund. I then bought a mako XL in black from creation watches and as soon as I put it on I fell for it immediately. It is on the very verge of being too big for my 7.25 inch wrists but sits with the lugs just slightly smaller than my wrist.
It's a more aggressive style than the mako 1 with squared off lugs that give it a bit of a breitling super ocean look. Also the bracelet is 22mm all around which adds to the beefiness. It remains very comfortable on the wrist despite the weight and thick bracelet. I rather like this but I know some prefer the slimmer design if the mako 1. The movement has a lovely smooth sweep to the second hand despite the slower 21,600 bph movement. I have another orient and this one definitely appears smoother for the same calibre.
I have to agree with others that what lets the watch down slightly is the end caps. I would have gladly paid an extra bit for SEL as they do rattle and move a bit. Strangely my rotary has hollow end caps but they don't rattle or move at all and I've worn it every day for 4 years. Despite the popularity of the makos I haven't found an aftermarket replacement for the bracelet or end caps (not even yobokies). The safety lock on the clasp is also not the best fitting, but once done up this does not notice. The crystal is not sapphire but really this does not bother me as would not want to pay more for this. The links themselves however are very well machined. With a better quality clasp and end caps this could be sold for at least double (but I wouldn't have bought it then). Many have mentioned the poor lume and ok it's not great but it does just about work. It does surprise me though that technology has not moved on to make all lume super bright on every watch.
Overall I couldn't be happier as I feel I've got a quality watch for very little money and the fact it isn't an expensive brand definitely makes me like it more. I wear it with pride in my office when other around me give me snooty looks with their tags, rolex and longines. A bit like the look they give me from behind the wheel for their BMWs when I drive off into Mazda6.