The Sea King (SK for short) is one of Orient's most popular vintage dive watches. The SK dynasty has been running since the late 70s and well into the new millennium. While it has changed its shape a number of times, the SK retained a number of key features.
First of all, SKs use the Orient Caliber 469, usually the 21 jewel version. The 469 is super reliable, robust and shock-proof. A proper workhorse for watches built to last decades. While far from offering chronometer specifications, it can nonetheless retain reasonable accuracy for many, many years before requiring service.
Sea Kings typically feature two crowns and a push button. The push button would be for changing the weekday; the main crown at 3 would be adjusting the time and date (the cal. 469 does not hand-wind).
The crown at 4 would be for rotating the inner bezel. On some SK versions this would be a divers' bezel, often in very colorful form. Other SKs feature a GMT bezel. Some of the later models featured a navigation bezel.
All Sea Kings were made in sizable cases, generally measuring between 40-42 mm in diameter excluding the crowns, and with thick lugs, ensuring a good heft and wrist presence. Available in a variety of colors, it is very easy to find one that suits your mood.
The particular SK at hand appears to date back to the late eighties. While I do like the many colorful versions of the SK, I actually find this specimen to be a very cool piece despite – or possibly, because of – its mostly black dial.
The combination of the solid dial and smooth (i.e. not coined) bezel, makes this a very versatile daily wear. All this, in a generously sized case and packing the robust cal. 469, are making this Sea King much more wearable than most inexpensive vintage watches.
The watch you're seeing here in the photos is actually for sale, so if interested – get in touch, preferably via a message on the. Asking price is a modest 180 USD, including standard international shipping and eBay fee. It also includes both the original bracelet and the great Martu Leather "Drakko" strap shown in the photos – which is thick, soft, uniquely textured, and fits the watch dial perfectly.
As you would expect from a well-kept Sea King, this specimen looks good, works well and does not look outdated at all. It appears that it was not worn many times, and probably spent most of its life at rest. Case size is 41mm width without the crown, 49mm lug to lug, and 20mm lug width.
So, there you have it – another fine Orient classic, this time with an opportunity to own it!