Evidence to the existence of something cool in the history of Orient's website popped up while searching for information on its 60th anniversary models, pertaining to the year 2010. Good old Google insisted that a mini-site dedicated to the anniversary event once lived among the pages of the Japanese website of Orient. But it proved impossible to find any traces of it in Google's cached pages.
Further digging revealed that the anniversary site featured some section titled Orient Museum. Now, that was too intriguing to just ignore, so there began the deep dive.
For the dive I took advantage of a wonderful tool called "The Wayback Machine", which archives billions of web pages, going back more than a decade. Therein I found the little gem presented below.
Created using Macromedia Flash - then the most popular and best technology for its purpose - the Orient Museum is an interactive animation allowing one to browse through the history of Orient, looking at watches and calibers of old. It is mostly in Japanese but much of the content really can be enjoyed by non-speakers of the language.
Below is a link to the copy of the original "Orient Museum" interactive animation; remember Flash is now an aging technology. At the time of reading this, your browser might not support it - it may ask to download Flash player; or, it might ask you to enable the player, if it has not been used on this page before. I do recommend you enable it and enjoy this little creation!
If you wish to see a little more of what's included in the "Museum" before enabling Flash, you can also take a look at this video, where I've recorded some of the highlights of the animation.
Now, I do not know how long The Wayback Machine will keep the recorded animation; it may remain there for years to come, or get deleted tomorrow. So just in case, I have saved a copy of it. A copy of the Orient Museum can be downloaded here, to be played locally on your device (well, at least as long as Flash players are supported...)
I hope you enjoy this little bit of Orient archaeology!