This post contains my "first impressions" review. Please see further down the page (here) for my follow up review.
ORIENT BLACK MAKO CEM65001B AUTOMATIC
List Price: $190
Purchase Price: $120
Dial Color: Black
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: 60 clicks uni-directional
Back: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 20 Bar (600 feet)
Bracelet Micro Adjustments: 3
Purchased: May 2009
Purchased From: Discountwatchstore.com
Width: 41.00 mm
With Crown: 45.45 mm
Lug Width: 22.00 mm
Height (lug to lug): 46.60 mm
Thickness: 13.50 mm
WHY I PURCHASED THIS WATCH
After reading mostly rave reviews on WUS, I decided that I’d give an Orient watch a try. I love the look of the dial and wanted to see if the quality is as good as I’ve read about.
QUALITY (fit, crystal, lume, bracelet)
Let me begin with the build of the watch. It feels MUCH flimsier in hand than I expected it to be. Compared to my Seiko SKA387, which is a tank, the Mako feels much less solid. The bracelet and clasp feel extremely cheap to me. The safety clasp feels very light weight and just dangles when it is open (on a Seiko, I believe it usually locks in the open position) and is semi-loose/rattles when it is closed. The crown and day pusher also feel very low quality as if they won’t hold up at all; the crown seems to have a thin stem that I’m afraid will eventually give way to stress.
The bezel is 100% impossible for me to turn while wearing on the wrist and the sound and movement when turning the bezel also feel very low quality. The bezel may loosen up with time, but should it be completely unusable while wearing until that time?
Now onto some plusses. I LOVE the look of the the watch; the dial is a real looker. Also, the initial lume is OK, but fades very quickly. The movement looks very nice and I like the red tipped second hand, bordered date window, and signed crown.
It seems to me that Orient did an injustice when creating this watch by pairing such a great dial and movement with such a substandard bracelet and bezel. Perhaps others can look past these issues, but it is hard for me to. If you’d like a good looking watch, this may be for you. However, if you’d like a high quality feeling watch, this may not be it. As long as your expectations are realistic at this price point (perhaps mine weren’t), you should be reasonably happy with this watch.
My unscientific observation is that the watch currently runs about +/- 10 seconds per day--acceptable for an automatic in my opinion.
Red tipped second hand
Low quality bracelet
IMPOSSIBLE to turn bezel when on wrist
Overall (not an average): 5/10
Here is some background information about me. This may help clarify my point of view and what shapes my opinions. If there is anything I can do to help you with more information about the watches in my reviews, if you’d like more photos, etc, please let me know and I’ll try to help.
I am a computer programmer/analyst from a very small town in central Wisconsin. I am a husband and father to two boys, ages 3 and 1. My interests include digital photography (Canon SLR’s), watches (Japanese mainly), Apple computers, cars (Japanese and German), and LED flashlights. I am a self-professed perfectionist and appreciate an extreme attention to detail and like to have a sense of value for my money. I believe this is what draws me primarily to Japanese watches. I have written my reviews in an attempt to provide information that I found difficult myself (at least before finding WUS) to obtain. I typically research a new watch purchase for about 20 hours in an attempt to make sure I’m happy with my purchase.
My measurements were all performed with a digital caliper accurate down to .01 mm and rounded to the nearest .05 mm. I believe these to be as accurate of measurements as I have seen anywhere and may differ from official specs and other websites. For reference in the photos, I have approximately a 6.5 inch wrist.