Hi! I appreciate your comments about the info I've put out ...delineator wrote:Hi Ninja et al,
I've taken great interest and appreciation to the historical information you have shared about the Orient brand.
Recently, I have been very interested in the King Diver and was able to acquire a "second generation" AAA Weekly Orient King Diver from an auction site in Japan. Based on some outline lineage information I stumbled into in another forum, what I have with me is something that may have been produced between 1965-1968. ... Of course, I'm here looking for more information about this particular watch ... Thanks!
Now, about yours, I have to say I've not really studied the diver styles of Orient. Only thing I have for you is what is in Sweephand's Orient Movement Table. He mainly concentrates on Citizen, but did put together a table for Orient as well.
The only thing I see in his table matching yours is an entry for a Cal. 1970 "AAA Weekly Auto King Diver". According to his info,
Production started in 1964, but he shows no end date.
It is an 18,000bph Auto-wind with 30 jewels & Day+Date calendar (as your dial shows).
Movement dimensions are 27.60mm (diameter) x 6.25mm (height).
The watch sold originally for JPY 13,000 (he doesn't say in which year that price is for). That puts it @ upper-middle of the price spectrum for things of the same time-frame. For example, a Swimmer with cal. 1940 (21j) is priced @ JPY 8,000, while a Grand-Prix 100 (the 1964 100 jeweled automatic I've shown earlier) was priced from JPY 16,000 to 19,500. The Fineness Auto (35j) of 1966 was priced from JPY 18,300 to 22,300. The G.P. 100 and the Fineness would be examples of Orients highest-end automatics of mid '60s.
Hope that little bit helps!