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Orient Star Classic

#1 Post by adam78 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:29 pm

Just ordered one of these for what I think is a very reasonable price ($345, which is 1/2 of list) for an in-house hacking automatic movement with power reserve. Orient is co-owned by Seiko, and I think the movements are on par with theirs.

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It is 38mm with a domed mineral glass crystal and exhibition case back. From the photos and reviews I've seen I'm pretty impressed. I love the blued steel hands.

Basically, I've been looking for a non-nonsense travel watch which I can feel comfortable with and not worry about. The only other new watch I own at this point is a Nomos Club, but that doesn't have a date feature. I would love to just take my Rolex 1680 Sub or 16750 GMT-Master, but I have heard horror stories about Rolex-es being stolen off the wrist in parts of Europe, and don't want to put my babies at risk...

I will post more photos and impressions when the Orient arrives, next week!

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Re: Orient Star Classic

#2 Post by vintagehamiltons » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:46 pm

Nice. Read some good things about Orient back on WTF. Thought about getting one awhile back.
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Re: Orient Star Classic

#3 Post by indyago » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:47 pm

Cool power reserve complication, looks like an old analog gas gauge..........
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Re: Orient Star Classic

#4 Post by adam78 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:36 pm

Here are some more photos -- it arrived today, but I will need to take it to the watchmaker to remove some bracelet links. First impressions: I like it...solid, nice finish and build quality, great domed mineral glass crystal (not terribly reflective), nice wrist presence without being outlandish on my 6.75" wrist (it's 38mm across ex-crown), retro-inspired design. Interesting feature for this movement is that it whirs similarly to a Rolex bubbleback when rocked back and forth. I'm not sure if that was intentional on Orient's part!

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By the way, it rather resembles the JLC Master Control, no? Same size, too. 1/10 the price. Okay, maybe the movement is not quite as fine...

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Re: Orient Star Classic

#5 Post by adam78 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:33 pm

Here it is on the bracelet, my pics:

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Fit and finish are excellent (especially for the modest cost). The movement appears to be of high quality, with admirable precision between positions. After a simple regulation, it is keeping to within a second/day.

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Re: Orient Star Classic

#6 Post by Allanroger » Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:43 am

adam78 wrote:Just ordered one of these for what I think is a very reasonable price ($345, which is 1/2 of list) for an in-house hacking automatic movement with power reserve. Orient is co-owned by Seiko, and I think the movements are on par with theirs.

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It is 38mm with a domed mineral glass crystal and exhibition case back. From the photos and reviews I've seen I'm pretty impressed. I love the blued steel hands.

Basically, I've been looking for a non-nonsense travel watch which I can feel comfortable with and not worry about. The only other new watch I own at this point is a Nomos Club, but that doesn't have a date feature. I would love to just take my Rolex 1680 Sub or 16750 GMT-Master, but I have heard horror stories about Rolex-es being stolen off the wrist in parts of Europe, and don't want to put my babies at risk...

I will post more photos and impressions when the Orient arrives, next week!

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Re: Orient Star Classic

#7 Post by brianmcclure191 » Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:12 pm

very nice watch, I'm a fan of Orient, their craftmanship is so admirable, the domed glass is awesome, just like the Bambino. But this watch is sized at 38mm, maybe it's a little small? :mrgreen:

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