Orient Star Retro-Future Road Bike WZ0011DK
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Movement: 40S60, automatic with hand winding, hacking, 24 jewels
Case material: stainless steel + polyurethane ring
Crystal (front and back): Flat mineral glass
Bracelet: hard urethane + stainless steel, push button folding clasp
Lug width: 20 mm
Accuracy: +25/-15 sec daily rate
WR: 10 ATM
Power reserve: 40 hours
Weight: 123 g
Case thickness: 12.2 mm
Case diameter: 42.0 mm (56.3 mm lug to lug)
Functions: power reserve indicator
This is a sports watch from Orient's Retro-Future collection. The design is inspired by a motorcycle. I got this watch one year ago in Japan. It is available on Rakuten for less than 50,000 yen (approx 500.00 USD).
According to the back of the case, it is a DK movement. Other than the specs listed above, I am unable to find any other information on the movement. The daily rate values seem to indicate one of Orient's medium grade movements, consistent with the price of the watch.
From what is visible through the crystal, there is only light decoration. The back displays perlage on the bridge and Côtes de Genève on the rotor, both fairly faint. The dial side of the movement shows no decoration, but the main plate is skeletonised. The balance is visible through the dial side.
I would characterise the rotor motion as coarse. The rotor is loud and its movement can be felt. From what I understand, this movement is designed to be rugged and reliable, not sophisticated. And this is how the movement feels. The hand winding is useful as I find it slightly slow to auto-wind.
I am unable to measure the accuracy of this watch since it is impossible to read the seconds on this watch (more on that below).
While I am not wowed by the movement, in this price range I find it perfectly acceptable for a Japanese in-house movement.
This is one of the highlights of this watch in terms of design. The dial is partly skeletonised and parts of the movement can be seen, showcasing the balance, which looks like a motocycle wheel in motion. The power reserve at 6 o'clock is legible. The hands and indexes (including the "12") are generously luminous and easily read in the dark.
While the overall design of the dial is interesting and attracted me to the watch in the first place, it is also the source of my biggest criticism. Notice the small seconds at 12 o'clock: a disk with a red line through it. It is impossible to read the seconds! I do not understand this design decision at all. A simple arrow on one end of the red line would have sufficed. The movement already has small seconds and hacks, why make the seconds unreadable?
Case and bracelet
For me these represent the best aspects of this watch. The case is very well finished. The case itself is mirror finished, with a splash of colour in a ring running along its circumference. The lugs are mainly satin finished with a unique design.
The bracelet is made to look like a bike chain and is very light and comfortable. The unusual urethane/SS bracelet adds a unique quality to the watch.
Case width is 42 mm, 56.3 mm lug to lug. It fits my 7" wrist well, especially since the lugs are angled downward.
Another unusual aspect of this watch is the crown at 9 o'clock instead of 3 o'clock. The crown has a socket for an Allen key (hex key)! Though you certainly don't need one to turn the crown, as it is easy to pull,grip and turn.
Since the retail price for the watch is around 70,000 yen, I find it curious that the crystal is not sapphire. I cannot confirm the grade of mineral glass used, but it does seem to be high grade. Strangely, the front crystal sticks out ever so slightly above the bezel. Normally this would make it prone to scratches, but after one year of use it still looks perfectly intact. So while it is not sapphire crystal, it is not a dealbreaker.
- In-house Japanese movement
- Case finish and detail
- Bracelet design
- Unreadable seconds
- Loud rotor movement
After one year of owning this watch I still very much enjoy the bold and unique design of this watch. At 70,000 yen retail I find it slightly overpriced due to the unreadable seconds and no sapphire crystal. However, at 50,000 yen it is a good price for an in-house movement with excellent finish and detailing.