Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

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    Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    This is my first watch review, and I have only had this watch a few days, so I will be back to update this over time...

    The Orient Star 200m Air Diver's watch, model WZ0371FD (yellow dial). This watch is the "Little Brother" to the Orient Star 300m diver. Currently, the 200m is a Japanese market watch (as far as I know) and retails for around $600-700, while the 300m is around $1400. There is a black dial as well as a blue dial version of the 200m, both of which come on a stainless steel bracelet, while the yellow dial comes standard on a rubber strap. (I purchased this particular watch of the WUS Sale Forum and it came with the standard Orient rubber strap, as well as a "Yobokies" stainless steel bracelet and a "DiveStraps" rubber strap.)

    Some people refer to this model as the "Revolver" due to the bezel design, which is probably the biggest point of contention for most people with this watch. It seems that most people seem to either love the bezel design or hate it. Either way, it definitely is unique! Personally, I like the fact that it is different and doesn't look like every other dive watch out there!

    The yellow dial on this watch is really nice. Some people refer to it as an "anodized" finish, and it has a really nice luster to it. Previously I had owned an orange-dialed watch (Orient Mako) and for some reason, I just couldn't get into the orange. But the yellow on this watch is really nice! The luminous markers are applied with a glossy black trim ring around them. The lume is also very good on this watch, although some people say the 300m has better lume (which I guess is to be expected). Also, the date at the 9 o'clock position is a nice change.

    While the crystal does have an anti-reflective coating, as far as I can tell, it is not sapphire, but rather a mineral crystal. It is flat though, and I guess due to the AR coating, keeps the dial very visible under most situations. Time will tell how well it holds up to scratches, etc.

    For the money, I think you get a lot of watch. The case is mostly brushed finish with polished sides and back--it is very solid, and feels very well-made. Coming in at about 44mm wide and about 14mm thick, with a 22mm lug width, it is a rather large watch. The two-tone unidirectional bezel turns very smoothly (60 clicks), and the signed crown screws down nicely. The watch features a screw down case back (as expected) with an engraved Orient logo. Overall, I would say that the fit and finish is very good on this watch.

    As far as I can tell, both the Orient Star 200m and 300m watches use the same 21-jewel Orient movement, which is listed at +25/-15 seconds per day. The movement does not hack or hand wind, which I think is a turn off to most people looking at watches in this price range. However, it is a very solid movement and my watch, at least has been very accurate. In the few days I've had this watch, it has been running about dead accurate depending on how it is stored. When worn, the watch tends to run a few seconds fast per day and when stored dial-up, continues to run a few seconds fast (+6 to 8). When it is stored crown-up, however, the watch slows back down (-2 to 4) so it tends to even itself out. I do not have a winder, but the previous own told me that he kept this watch on a winder and was accurate to about a minute-or-so per month! Even though it does not hand wind, the movement does wind up very fast--with 20-30 seconds of shaking/swirling, I can ad 5-10 hours on the power reserve dial. After a couple of hours of wear it will be fully charged.

    So far, the only real complaints I have are minor: First there is a slight difference in color from the dial indices (a little green) to the hands (a little yellow), although the lume appears the same color. (My Seiko Black Monster was the same way, though, so maybe this is common?) Second, the date window could be just a hair larger, which would make it a little easier to read dates like "21" for example. That's about it!

    Now, I know in this price range there are a lot of other watches that people can consider, most notably the Seiko Sumo. However, if you are looking for a nice, solid dive watch with a little "out-of-the-box" styling, I would definitely recommend the Orient Star 200m "Revolver!"

    Here's a few photos...(more to come, later):

    On DiveStraps' rubber:








    On Yobokies' bracelet:




    This photo was taken three days after "synchronizing" with time.gov:
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    Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    "Revolver" is a good name for that watch.. I hope the name sticks..


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    Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    I'm impressed! I like it. Great pictures.
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    Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    Thanks.

    Here's a LUME shot for those interested.



    The other watch is my LUM-TEC M2. This was taken a few minutes after both watches were exposed to a 60W lamp for about 1-2 minutes. The Orient is pretty good, although not quite as good as the LUM-TEC (but I doubt many other watches would be!).
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    Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    Great review! Can you give us an update on the watch? Any new observations? This model has been singing a siren song to me lately.

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    Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    Quote Originally Posted by ezcheese View Post
    Great review! Can you give us an update on the watch? Any new observations? This model has been singing a siren song to me lately.
    Well...what can I add?

    It's been running great since I've had it! No real complaints as far as the overall watch goes. I really dig the yellow color of the dial, too.

    I would say it's +/- 7 seconds per day (as best I can tell), depending on how I store it: It I store it dial-up, it runs a little fast, and if I store it crown-up it runs a little slow, so I can keep it very accurate just by adjusting how it sits (from one day to the next or from morning to night, etc). When I do wear it, it seems to be even more accurate. (Perhaps on a winder it could stay very accurate, I don't know though, since I don't have a winder.)

    The lume also seems pretty good, to me, maybe a notch or two lower than a Monster or something similar, but still respectable. The stock rubber strap seems really nice, but I've never worn it. I did order the OEM Orient bracelet from it (through Harold, aka "Yobokies"), but it had a problem with the clasp, and it is currently back at Orient in Japan for repair/replacement. The only thing I will note about the OEM bracelet it that it tapers from 22mm at the lugs to 18mm at the buckle, so it may be a little small for such a large watch, but I never really had to chance to wear it, yet.

    All-in-all, I am still very happy with it! I wear it 2-3 days a week and I don't forsee getting rid of it anytime soon. I know that some people may not like the design, but personally, I think it is unique. So, if you like the style, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    Is it worth the price? To me it is because I bought it used, so I got a very good deal on it. Would I pay +/- $600 for it...probably, if I were still looking for a yellow-faced diver (I'm not really sure if there's a lot out there in this range). I am actually thinking about picking up the black version some day....
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    Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    Here's another photo, too.


    (This is a generic 22mm bracelet for it, I think it is the Yobokies one that was marketed for the Tuna. It came with the watch when I got it.)
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    Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    Very cool. Thanks for the quick reply! I am really happy with my Mako and I want a yellow-dialed diver, so I am seriously considering the revolver. You're right though, the black version is very sharp as well.

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    Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    Here's a shot on the OEM Orient rubber strap, for those who might be interested.

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    Question Re: Orient Star 200m Diver WZ0371FD (Yellow) "Revolver"

    Quote Originally Posted by filmjuicer View Post
    This is my first watch review, and I have only had this watch a few days, so I will be back to update this over time...

    The Orient Star 200m Air Diver's watch, model WZ0371FD (yellow dial). This watch is the "Little Brother" to the Orient Star 300m diver.

    ...edited...



    ... edited...

    This photo was taken three days after "synchronizing" with time.gov:
    Hi:

    Well, well, well... This is, without doubt, my next watch...

    Just one question

    Doesn't this model come with a rubber bracelet?

    Is there one with a yellow dial that comes with a stainless steel bracelet?

    Well, :oops: as a matter of fact, two questions...

    Thanks and cheers,
    Cheers,
    Hessel

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