Orient Watches, Looking at an addition.

Don

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Hi All
Looking to add a new watch to the fold. I have noted a fair bit of love for the Orient Bambino around here and rightly so. However do any of you gents own a Royal Star anything else in the Orient line up? I do love their divers but I am looking for more of a
dress watch. I have added a couple of screen shots of what I'm thinking of.
Open to suggestions. I have a 7 1/4 inch (185mm) wrist but hands like Christmas hams so case sizes 40 and up suit me better.
Most of the reviews have been favorable but a caveat of " for a watch at this price point" added. Just wondering if there have been bad experiences with the brand. There is a bit of price spread here but these are what I like.
Thanks in advance for any advice of feedback.

 

Ferret619

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I have a v2 bambino and it’s a terrific value IMHO-
I don’t think you can go wrong with orient, the only let down IMHO is the mineral crystal, a few bucks more for say sapphire and it would be a cracker!
 
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I've got one very similar to that first watch - mine's the FFD0F004W0 (link).
Absolutely love it. They're not "rated" as the most accurate timepieces, generally the Orient autos are between +/-15-25s per day, however their value proposition is very good ($150-$170 for a Bambino v4). My FFD however seemed to be much more accurate, closer to +/- 10s per day when I was wearing it regularly (I now have a beater watch that I wear at work, the Orient comes on for special occasions).
The Mako and Ray also present very good value for dress-divers, if you want a mech-auto movement.
 
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I've got the original Orient Mako (pictured below) which features a non-hacking/non-hand winding Orient 46943 movement. The extra button is for changing the date. The new model referred to as the Mako II uses the Orient F6922 movement which features both hacking and hand-winding and date change so there is no extra button. I really like my Mako and the newer model is more of a good thing.
 

Mong.

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@Don, did you end up picking up an Orient?

I've had a Mako and still have a Symphony. Both keep great time and I remain hugely impressed with the build quality / smoothness of mechanism. Curious to see if you picked up something a notch above and what you thought about it.
 

Don

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@Mong. I procrastinated for quite some time, to the point I missed out on a couple of very nice Mako's and Kamasu's. Still very much want a watch like those I first posted but the current job I just wouldn't get the time to wear one. Thought I had done my dash then a blue Triton/Neptune came up at the right price. Only had it about 4 weeks so far and haven't regretted the decision. Still cant help but keep an eye out for a dress watch though.
 
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