Orient Star Retro-Future Bicycle Watch

Orient Place Watch Review Contest – The Finals!

so, we reach the final stage of our review contest… for your consideration below
are two great reviews submitted by blog readers David and Stefan.

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Review of his Orient Ray II

watches look unassuming on paper. In the Orient lineup, the Ray II is usually
featured near the bottom, after the Neptune, Kamasu, Kanno, and Mako. Few
reviewers mention the Ray. The spec sheet doesn't distinguish it from other
offerings -- at 41.5mm, it doesn't fit the new trend of vintage-inspired
smaller divers, and the movement is shared with many of its siblings. The water
resistance is 200m, but the watch is not ISO certified.

was drawn to the dial, which in my opinion looks cleaner than the Mako's, but
my expectations were low. Maybe the Ray could serve as a beater watch. I spent
the summer working on the rebuild of my house in Northern California, and maybe
it would survive the constant dust, dirt, and abuse.

don't like bracelets, so I bought the Ray on the rubber strap. It's not bad,
but I changed immediately to a more comfortable NATO and wore the watch during
days at the construction site. After a week, though, I noticed how reluctant I
was to take it off. It was big and heavy enough to feel substantial, and yet it
also felt perfectly comfortable. Depending on which strap I chose, the Ray
turned from work watch to casual companion to dressy sports watch. It felt
right in that certain inexplicable way only few watches do.

case is 13mm thick and mostly polished, except for the brushed tops of the
lugs. Dial and bezel insert are matte black. The design is clean,
stripped-down. It has a hint of Submariner, but bezel, chapter ring, red-tipped
seconds hand, and day/date window give it its own identity. The lume is
spectacular and lasts all night; I don't ever have to look twice to read the
correct time.

crystal is mineral, which I prefer over sapphire's blue sheen. The Ray's only
weak spot is the signed crown, which for my hands is too small. The F6922
movement, beating at 3hz and with a power reserve of 40 hours, allows for
hand-winding and hacking, but the winding action feels rough. It's easy enough,
though never pleasant. Good then that I rarely have the need to unscrew the
crown. The Ray keeps great time, much better than the advertised -15/+25
accuracy, and I just never take it off. A tool has become a best friend.

Review of his Orient Star Titanium WZ0031AF

had this watch since 2016 and to this day I still find myself enamoured by the

I love about the watch:

case, case back, bracelet, crown and clasp. The bracelet comes with half-links
and has some minor adjustments on the clasp. The titanium has also been treated
with a scratch resistant coating.

crystal is sapphire with Orient's Super Anti-Reflective (SAR) coating. At times
it looks like the crystal is not there.

overall polishing of the watch is superb. The "Zaratsu" polishing is well
done. From the case to the applied indexes and hands, the various combination
of brushed and polished surfaces  makes
the watch "pop" in various lighting conditions.

The dial
is flat with silver sunburst and with contrasting radial circles. Overall, the
watch is quite easy to read in various light conditions.

The metallic
blue hands for the second hand and the power meter are my favourite part of the
watch. The blue is really beautiful when the right amount of light hits it.

Lume at
each hourly mark and on the hands. While there isn't a whole lot of lume but,
they are certainly legible at night.

In house
movement: F6N42. This is a 22 jewel calibre that is nicely decorated. It has
shock protection, hacks, hand winds and beats at 21,600bph.

10atm WR

Signed clasp
and crown


crystal on the case back is probably mineral crystal.


The date
change, like in typical Japanese fashion, takes almost an hour to complete.

overall design is not unique, it has several design cues from other comparable Japanese

are a tad chunky sitting at 12mm height and 48mm lug to lug.

I dislike:

The power
reserve indicator design, wish it was more symmetrical.


Japanese are definitely the masters of light. The overall fit and finish of
this Orient Star certainly punches above its price range. From the watches I've
personally examined from Hamilton, Tissot to Oris as well as the Citizen Grand
Signature none can match the overall presentation of this Orient Star.