While some images of the new M-Force have surfaced a few weeks ago, it is now official: after ditching the famed M-Force moniker a few years ago in favor of the Triton, Orient now takes a swift U-turn and releases a new M-Force.
First, a quick reminder: the M-Force was Orient's chosen name for a nearly two-decade-long line of tool/dive watches, built to be the brand's toughest timepieces. Take a look here for the blog's review of the M-Force lineage.
The new M-Force sure looks tough. With dimensions of 47.3mm case width, 52mm lug-to-lug and 13.2mm width, and an overall design which is far from subtle, it could easily have been mistaken to be a creation of Orient Brazil. Interestingly, lug width is only 20mm.
We'll get to the design again later, but first – the rest of the specs. The movement is Orient's automatic caliber F6727 which features the time, central seconds and date. Power reserve is 40 hours, and stated accuracy, as usual, +25/-15 seconds per day.
The case, bezel, and bulky crown-guard are all stainless steel. Front crystal is sapphire, and the case-back is solid. Water resistance is 200m, ISO compliant, the bezel is unidirectional, and the crown screws in, to provide the appropriate air-diving capability.
At this time, Orient is presenting five models of the new M-Force:
- Reference RN-AC0L01B features a black dial, black bezel, and a stainless steel bracelet that features solid end-links and seems properly tough and should be of high quality.
- Ref. RN-AC0L02R offers an attractive looking red dial (always an Orient favorite), and the same black dial and steel bracelet.
- Ref. RN-AC0L03B features a stealthier version of the black dial, this time inside an all-black case, and attached to a silicon strap.
- Ref. RN-AC0L04L has a green dial (which in photos actually looks more like dark teal), again with a silicon strap.
- RN-AC0L05G is a limited edition of 1,600 units, celebrating Orient's 70th anniversary. As such, it features the brand's iconic "Jaguar Focus" dial, along with a bronze-plated case and crown guards.
The blog's first impression, based on the official photos and info: well, this is definitely not the most elegantly designed M-Force ever, although we've seen some awkward references in this line's history before. More beast than beauty, then.
The watch does, however, feature some pretty convincing specs, and for the price (which ranges around 630-670 USD, depending on the version), we can hope for an excellent build quality to match.
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