Orient is providing us some surprises this morning, in the shape of some new sporty watches – a new diver-style design, and additional variants of the retro-future camera introduced earlier this year.
Let's start with the original new design. This new model immediately stands out thanks to the crown at 4 o'clock – a feature that some people will hate, and others will love. There's certainly a big enough market out there for this design, which many consider being very comfortable and fitting for a diver.
The watch case is 43.4mm wide, 51.0mm long, and 12.8mm thick. The crown is screw-down, and water resistance is 200m. The front crystal is sapphire, while the steel case back is engraved with a dolphin (like many diver-style Orients). Lug width is a convenient 22mm.
Inside is the automatic, hand-winding, and hacking caliber F6722, with the standard Orient specs of 40 hours power reserve and -15/+25 seconds a day accuracy.
Orient is introducing four versions, providing a nice range of colors to choose from. Reference RN-AC0K02E is the solid one, featuring dark green dial and bezel, and comes on a bracelet. Reference RN-AC0K03L also comes on a bracelet and features a blue dial and "Pepsi" red and blue bezel.
The other two references are more unusual, and perhaps more interesting. Reference RN-AC0K04E has a bronze-plated case attached to a green nato-style nylon strap, and features a green dial and a very warm and pleasing bezel color combination of green and orange.
Ref. RN-AC0K05G is also bronze-plated, and features the "Jaguar Focus" dial, which Orient now associates with some of its special 70th anniversary models. This reference is indeed mentioned as the anniversary model and is limited to 2,500 units. It comes in a special commemorative box, attached to a leather nato strap, and has the serial number engraved on its back.
Price is around 430 USD for the non-limited models, and 450 USD for the limited edition. Considering that actual prices will probably get lower, at least for the regular models, and that we can expect good build quality - this seems to be quite good value.
Now let's look at the new Camera references. These basically feature the same specifications as the 70th anniversary edition: a 40.8mm wide, 46mm long, 12.6mm thick case. The crystal is mineral glass, and lug-width is 20mm. The model is rated to 50m, and is equipped with caliber F6S22. The bezel is of the uni-directional rotating type.
Three new versions are introduced. Reference RN-AR0201B comes on a steel bracelet, and has a black dial. Reference RN-AR0202E has a green dial, and its case is plated with what seems like very dark grey, or "gun-metal" color and attached to a black leather nato-style strap. Ref. RN-AR0203Y has that same dark plating on the case, bronze-plated bezel, and brown dial, and comes on a brown leather strap.
Prices for all three models are around 540 USD – the same as the limited edition. These are definitely cool looking pieces that we'd love to see in person…
What is the difference between the F6922 movement in the Kamasu (and SK Diver, Weekly Auto) and the F6722 in this new RN-AC0K0?ReplyDelete
F6922 has both the date and day of week. F6722 only has the date.Delete
How to order green watch ?ReplyDelete
You can look for it at any shop carrying Orient (though probably not all would have it), or search for the ref. RN-AR0202E on EBay or Amazon (I prefer EBay usually) and you will surely find a few options.Delete