I've been eyeing the Orient Star Classic for a while, especially the steel with white dial/steel hands. For some reason, I never pulled the trigger. Then I saw this one with the gold hands/markers and was instantly smitten. Loved the look and the touch of gold was just enough. I love old Omegas and Longines with gold markers, and this struck that chord, except with a power reserve and display back.
OSC-1 by Russ, on Flickr
So I've had this for a few days. The look certainly impresses me, and the brown/burgundy gator grain leather strap is perfect for the watch. It seems fairly well made as well, but we'll see how the finish holds up over time. Drilled lugs mean strap changes are a no-brainer, so I'm sure I'll be swapping straps often.
The cream colored dial has a nice pearlescent finish and is concave/slightly domed, almost like a pie pan dial but more subtle. The gold markers and hands are a perfect match, and the yellow gold can seem almost rose gold depending on the lighting. 38.5mm case diameter is perfect for this style of watch.
OSC-9 by Russ, on Flickr
OSC-8 by Russ, on Flickr
The crystal is highly domed, and as such, is mineral glass. This is a minor disappointment and I'd prefer acrylic (easy to polish) or sapphire (hard to scratch) over mineral glass (hard to polish, easier to scratch). But I'll take it for now. Not sure if there's AR or not (specs don't list it) but it isn't hard to view.
OSC-6 by Russ, on Flickr
The movement is the standard 40N52 with hacking and hand winding. It's served me well in other Orient Stars and I expect nothing different here. Decoration is what we've all seen, which I think it appropriate for this price range. Handwinding (not that it's needed) is smooth and hand adjustment is effortless. The date changes fairly quickly, though I don't think it's classified as a quick changing date. The crown is signed and large enough for winding, but not too obtrusive.
OSC-7 by Russ, on Flickr
OSC-4 by Russ, on Flickr
The leather strap as mentioned matches the watch well. It's slightly matte finish helped to tone down the watch. The buckle is signed as well, but is inappropriate for this style of watch. It looks like it came off the M-Force Beast. :) Seriously, if the buckle was just rounded off instead of such a square, it would be a more elegant fit.
OSC-2 by Russ, on Flickr
I don't really time my watches since I rotate every day, but this seems to be running easily within the +25/-15 spec.
Bottom line, I'd heartily recommend this for office/casual wear. Another great Orient Star piece.
BTW, I've owned 3 Orient Stars and 4 Seiko SARx. They are equals in fit/finish and materials, but if I had to choose, I'd go with Orient Star just because of the cool complications that Seiko doesn't seem to offer at this price range, including power reserve and GMT. Both are great watches for the money. If you can, try them all. To me, this is where the gems are.