The Best Orient Watches for Men: 15 Of Our Favorites

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Orient is Japan’s largest producer of mechanical watches. And while everyone loves their Makos and Rays, this beloved brand offers far more than excellent dive homages — though they are excellent!

Today we’re rounding up, in our opinion, the 15 best Orient watches for men.

Since they’re so low priced though, you may be wondering…

 

Is Orient a Good Watch?

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Orient is a popular brand for affordable mechanical timepieces. They’re also known for manufacturing their movements in-house, which is super impressive.

Watch complications can really snowball prices. Orient, however, serves up multi-year calendars, GMTs, and power indicators for a fraction of the price you’ll find with a Swiss brand. Since so many watch collectors love complications, this definitely contributes to Orient’s popularity.

People love their topnotch homages and dives. I also think they make beautiful dress watches. The Orient Bambino is one of their most popular lines, after all!

Orient is a trusted brand partly due to a combination of their horological roots and contemporary professionalism. Their founder, Shogoro Yoshida, had been selling watches since the turn of the century and manufacturing gold wristwatches since 1912. By 1920, he even established a company that produced clocks and gauges. 

Today, the Orient Watch Company is in the same corporate family as Seiko. This is also great because in-house Orient movements are now equipped with Diashock, a Seiko-built shock-resistance system that keeps watches precise! 

Is Orient a High-end / Luxury Watch?

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Due to their affordability, Orient wouldn’t be considered a luxury brand. However, they’re lauded for their quality movements and designs.

The Orient Pro Saturation Diver (SEL02002B0), if you can find it, is over a grand. But this has more to do with the fact it’s a genuinely good tool watch with a lot of features, rather than it being super fancy. It’s even ISO-certified.

Are Orient Watches Good Quality?

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From cars to electronics, Japanese craftsmanship is acclaimed. Orient watches are no different.   

Every part in an Orient watch is built by a single manufacturer. So they have the luxury of consistent, well-tested quality-control. 

Orient’s current in-house F6 calibre series operates at six beats per second and often guarantees an accuracy of -15/+25 seconds per day. However, most Mako II owners will tell you that they’ll gain anywhere from 2-5 seconds a day. That’s not too shabby for an affordable mechanical watch!

How Much Are Orient Watches? 

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The average Orient watch won’t surpass $300, and their classic dives (Ray II, Mako II, Kamasu) are usually below $150. 

Timepieces in Orient’s Star Collection can get into the upper $700s bracket. Very rarely will any Orient watch get higher than this.

Orient watches are truly affordable.

What is the Best Orient Watch

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There are so many Orient watches out there, and it all depends on what you’re looking for!

Let’s get to the roundup and find the right watch, or watches, for you. Here are our picks for the best Orient watches for men!

Orient Ray II 

Considered one of the best Rolex Sub homages out there, the Orient Ray II is a highly esteemed classic on its own. It features the quintessential bubbly indices and sword hands that Rolex often employs, but the Ray II has a slimmer bezel than the Sub.

Orient Ray II
$129.40

This diver is highly revered, garnering respect from even the snobbiest watch buyers, and is the closest to a Rolex Submariner for under $200.

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Performance-wise, the lume is excellent, even with limited sun exposure. The Ray II also often gets compared to the Seiko SKX. Those who prefer the Ray II often attribute it to the hacking feature that the SKX lacks.

If the slimmer bezel is too dressy for you, try it with a rubber strap for a more rugged style!

ORIENT RAY II features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size41.5mm
Bezel FunctionUnidirectional
Water Resistance200m
Band MaterialStainless steel bracelet

Orient Mako II

Like the Ray II, the Mako II is a classic dive with an automatic movement and similarities to the Submariner. The Mako II is the Ray II’s more modern cousin, with a cleaner aesthetic.

Orient Mako II
$126.89

Classy but not stuffy, this dive watch is the modern, more practical cousin of the Orient Ray II.

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Its face is less ornate and features thin indices and large Arabic numerals for 12, 9, and 6, which makes this watch exceedingly legible. The bezel is also cleaner with much smaller numbers compared to the Ray II.

Its original bracelet features smooth links, again, for a more modern and clean look, that’s still versatile. 

ORIENT RAY II features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size41.5mm
Bezel FunctionUnidirectional
Water Resistance200m
Band MaterialStainless steel bracelet

Orient Bambino 2nd Generation Version III

The Bambino is one of Orient’s most popular watches.

Bambino “Generations” refer to movement upgrades. The 2nd Generation category means that this Bambino features Orient’s F6722 calibre, which is an automatic hacking movement with 40 hours of power reserve. The Version III category refers to its face design.

Orient Bambino 2nd Generation Version III
$124.95

The dial is minimalist, with subtle complexities. The sunburst displays beautiful lightplay and is only noticeable depending on how the light hits it. There’s also a slight blurring effect on the sides of the domed crystal which gives the watch a different look at different angles.

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The dial is minimalist, with subtle complexities. The sunburst displays beautiful lightplay and is only noticeable depending on how the light hits it. There’s also a slight blurring effect on the sides of the domed crystal which gives the watch a different look at different angles.

I also love the push/pull crown because you can set the date and time with just a pull — such a time saver!

Overall, this watch is the perfect combo of antique design and modern simplicity.

ORIENT BAMBINO 2ND GENERATION VERSION III features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size40.5mm
Water Resistance30m
Band MaterialLeather

Orient Triton Dive aka Neptune

This is a super fun diver that’s just a touch tactical. One of the design highlights is the power reserve complication on its face, which even features lume. This is a nice touch for this price point, as are the gold-colored coin edging and sapphire crystal.

Orient Triton Dive

Black dial enhanced by luminous gold-tone hands. Silver-tone stainless steel case with a silver-tone stainless steel band.

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It features drilled lugs, which make strap changes simple and easy. I think this watch is playful enough to go with different watch bands, especially a NATO or a rubber strap.

This Triton is a great option for you if you want a classic dive that’s just a little off the beaten path.

ORIENT TRITON features:

MovementAutomatic
Bezel FunctionUnidirectional
CrystalSapphire
Case Size43mm
Water Resistance200m
Band MaterialStainless steel bracelet

2nd Generation Esteem Open Heart

This whimsical dress watch looks like it’s straight out of Wonderland. The Arabic numerals and perfectly circular case are fanciful, which is an appropriate stage for the star of the show: The open heart.

Orient 2nd Generation Esteem Open Heart
$162.99

This whimsical dress watch looks like it’s straight out of Wonderland. The Arabic numerals and perfectly circular case are fanciful, which is an appropriate stage for the star of the show: The open heart.

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Through the heart, we get a glimpse into calibre F6T22, a 22-jewel automatic hand-winding and hacking movement.

This watch is for the fashion-forward or those who just want to have a little fun with their formal attire. It’s the watch equivalent of a bow-tie.

ORIENT ESTEEM OPEN HEART FEATURES:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size41mm
Water Resistance50m
Band MaterialEmbossed leather strap

Kamasu Dive

Along with the Ray II and Mako II, the Kamasu rounds out Orient’s classic dive trifecta. The Kamasu, however, is the most leveled up. 

Orient Kamasu Dive Watch
$215.53

Design-wise, this watch is the most grown-up looking, with slimmer, more polygonic indices and slender hands on top of a beautiful, shiny dial.

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It’s 120-click unidirectional bezel is crisp, and unlike the other two dives it features a sapphire crystal.

Design-wise, it’s the most grown-up looking, with slimmer, more polygonic indices and a slender hands on top of a beautiful, shiny dial.

ORIENT KAMASU features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size42mm
Bezel FunctionUnidirectional
CrystalSapphire
Water Resistance200m
Band MaterialStainless steel bracelet

Sun and Moon 

Another eye-catching dress watch, this classy timepiece is appropriate for grown men and their sons. It’s sophisticated, but with a playful story to tell. 

Orient Sun and Moon
$322.38

Orient gives us features that you’d expect at a much higher price point, like the sapphire crystal and the glimmery sun and moon complication. The characters of this complication chase each other beautifully on the dial.

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Again, Orient gives us features that you’d expect at a much higher price point, like the sapphire crystal and the glimmery sun and moon complication. The characters of this complication chase each other beautifully on the dial.

The watch’s face features six layers, which adds aesthetic depth that really impresses.

ORIENT SUN AND MOON features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size42.5mm
CrystalSapphire
Water Resistance50m
Band MaterialEmbossed leather band

Defender II

I love how Orient has fun with reinvigorating traditional designs. The Defender II has a more detailed, sleek aesthetic than the average field watch.

Orient Defender II
$179.99

Green dial enhanced by luminous silver-tone sword-shaped hands. Silver-tone stainless steel case with a silver-tone stainless steel band. Automatic movement.

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For example, it forgoes Arabic hour markers and opts for clean rectangles that go well with a stainless steel bracelet.

However classy, it still features tried and true military designs including a 24-hour time indicator, a forest green dial, and a day of the week indicator. 

ORIENT DEFENDER II features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size42mm
Indicator24-hour
Water Resistance100m
Band MaterialStainless steel bracelet

Pilot RA-AC0H

This Pilot is an upgrade of a fan-favorite classic, the Flieger Type-B design. It features an updated mechanical movement and a fun yet legible face with hours in the smaller center circle.

The hands and markers are coated with the exceedingly bright Nemoto Luminova, so this watch scores extra points for legibility even in low light. 

It’s a minimal design piece that adds a pop of aviator adventure to casual looks, particularly if you’re fond of bomber jackets.

ORIENT PILOT RA-AC0H features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size43mm
Water Resistance100m
Band MaterialLeather strap

Disk Rainbow

This is one of the funnest, quirkiest watches that, as an adult, I still feel is appropriate for me to wear.

Orient Disk Rainbow
$211.51

The hour hand is a cutout on a disc on the dial. It slowly spins as time advances. As the disc moves, and the cutout moves with it, a new color is framed by the cutout.

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The hour hand is a cutout on a disc on the dial. It slowly spins as time advances. As the disc moves, and the cutout moves with it, a new color is framed by the cutout. So the colors you see on the dial constantly change throughout the day.

It’s a big watch, but that suits the eye-catching nature of the design. Every roundup needs a wildcard! It also looks cool with a white dial!

ORIENT DISK RAINBOW features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size47.4mm
Water Resistance50m
Band MaterialStainless Steel bracelet

ORIENT STAR: Classic

ORIENT STAR is Orient’s premier line, which has timeless dress watches at reasonable prices. This option is the line’s classic conservative timepiece, a sort of flagship watch, and is featured at a classic size.

Orient Star: Classic
$620.00

The elegant aesthetic includes a clean white dial, a sophisticated power reserve sundial, and a croco-embossed leather strap.

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The elegant aesthetic includes a clean white dial, a sophisticated power reserve sundial, and a croco-embossed leather strap.

Even the box it comes in is beautiful. It’s a stark matte black with a classy suede interior, perfect as a showcase box.

ORIENT STAR CLASSIC features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size38.5mm
Water Resistance50m
Band MaterialEmbossed Leather band

Neo 70’s Panda Chronograph

I actually like the design of this panda chronograph more than the Omega Speedmaster panda style. It features a raised black chapter ring and applied indices, which makes it look more stepped. I personally love a lot of layers on a chronograph. 

Orient Neo 70’s Panda Chronograph
$325.99

The smooth bezel on this watch makes for a sleeker, but still sporty, chronograph that’s just a tad more unique. The movement is a solar-powered quartz, which is of course super accurate.

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The smooth bezel also makes for a sleeker, but still sporty, chronograph that’s just a tad more unique. The movement is a solar-powered quartz, which is of course super accurate.

This is definitely one of the best low-priced chronographs out there!

ORIENT NEO 70’S PANDA CHRONOGRAPH features:

MovementSolar-powered quartz
Case Size42mm
Water Resistance100m
Band MaterialStainless steel bracelet

ORIENT STAR: Dive Watch

If you’re looking for a dive watch that’s unique without being controversial, I highly recommend this diver from the ORIENT STAR line. It’s kind of an exotic timepiece anywhere outside of Japan, where it’s most popular. 

Orient Star: Dive Watch
$610.60

Style-wise, it features a unique black coin bezeling that gives it an edge, and gorgeous light-saber shaped hands that are part cut-out and part opaque. The dial and bezel are an impressive high-shine blue.

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Style-wise, it features a unique black coin bezeling that gives it an edge, and gorgeous light-saber shaped hands that are part cut-out and part opaque. The dial and bezel are an impressive high-shine blue.

Performance-wise, this Orient Star has all of the classic dive features and includes a sapphire crystal, a power reserve complication, and an automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve.

ORIENT STAR DIVE WATCH features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size43.6m
CrystalSapphire
Power Reserve50-hour
Water Resistance200m
Band MaterialStainless steel bracelet

Flight FUNG2004F Green

In many ways, this Flight is an affordable version of the RA-AC0H (or a more affordable version, since the RA-AC0H won’t break the bank either!), however its difference in style and features make it desirable for reasons other than its price.

Orient Flight FUNG2004F Green

Green dial enhanced by luminous silver-tone hands. Black PVD stainless steel case with a green canvas band.

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Style-wise, it’s more rugged. The face doesn’t feature a middle circle like the RA-AC0H for a more frenetic look, and the canvas strap has a cool military aesthetic.

The black PVD-coating on the fixed bezel adds to the robust look and its actual durability. And of course, this flight features an accurate quartz movement.

ORIENT FLIGHT FUNG2004F features:

MovementQuartz
Case Size42mm
Bezel CoatingPVD
Water Resistance50m
Band MaterialStainless steel

ORIENT STAR: Open Heart

The last ORIENT STAR watch on this list is for you if you liked the idea of the ORIENT STAR Classic, but it was a touch too conservative. The Classic is classy, but the Open Heart is fancy, maybe even a tad flashy (in a tasteful way, of course).

Orient Star: Open Heart
$471.00

Visually, this watch has a lot in common with the Classic, but with the added open heart and more numbers on the dial for a busier face, the 12 being a stately Roman numeral

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Visually, this watch has a lot in common with the Classic, but with the added open heart and more numbers on the dial for a busier face, the 12 being a stately Roman numeral. Paired with a mesh stainless steel bracelet, this dress watch has many surfaces to catch the light for that extra sparkle.

Similar to the ORIENT STAR Dive, this guy tends to be more popular overseas, so it’s a unique option for those who want to stand out.

ORIENT STAR OPEN HEART features:

MovementAutomatic
Case Size40mm
Bezel CoatingPVD
Water Resistance50m
Band MaterialStainless steel mesh bracelet

Bonus: Kamasu Black-Ion Plated

I know that this is just a different variation of the Kamasu. However, in a perfect world, I’d add fan-favorite Orient Nami to a roundup of available Orient watches.

Orient Kamasu Black-Ion Plated
$218.71

his version of the Kamasu, with a rubber strap, is just as cool looking! I particularly love the gold coin bezel!

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Since it’s so elusive, this version of the Kamasu, with a rubber strap, is just as cool looking! I particularly love the gold coin bezel!

ORIENT KAMASU BLACK ION-PLATED features:

MovementAutomatic
PlatedBlack-Ion
Case Size42mm
Bezel FunctionUnidirectional
Water Resistance200m
Band MaterialStainless steel

The Best Orient Watch For You

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Whether you’re looking for a dive homage like the Ray II or something that really stands out like the Disc Rainbow, Orient is really a fun brand to experiment with since everything is so affordable!

We hope this was helpful in helping you find your Orient watch.