Orient announced today the opening of a new online store, that is joining the online Orient Star store that opened earlier this year. Both these stores sell and ship exclusively to Japanese destinations, and while numerous websites offer worldwide shipping of domestic Japanese products, it's unlikely that this should be an attractive offering, cost-wise.
What is interesting, however, and might be worth looking into for global
delivery, is the launch of two new Mako references, exclusive to the new store.
The Mako model was officially being replaced by the newer Kamasu, which
offered a number of upgrades over the older watch. However, the popularity of
the Mako (and generally lower prices after the introduction of Kamasu) kept it
Now, Orient offers two new Mako references, both featuring colorful
gradient dials (otherwise resembling the Mako II setup of hands and markers),
and matching colored bezels (with the larger numerals actually resembling the
Kamasu / Ray bezels). And most importantly, both have front sapphire crystals.
Reference RN-AA0817Y features a gradient Orange dial, and an orange and
grey bezel; Ref. RN-AA0816L has a blue dial, with a blue and grey bezel. Both
are the usual Mako/Kamasu dimensions of 41.8mm wide, 46.8 lug to lug, with 22mm
One might say these are actually Mako/Ray/Kamasu combos. Possibly Orient
making efficient use of leftovers from all types of older models… but
nonetheless, they definitely look nice!