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New Model Announced: Orient Star "Basic Date"

Orient today announces a new line of Orient Star watches, dubbed "Basic Date". The OS Basic Date features a nice mix of sporty and dressy / elegant characteristics, making it kind of an "everyday wear to the office". Read below for all the details!

The line-up includes five references, and we'll start with the common details: The steel case is 42mm wide (so larger than most dressy, "classic" Orient Stars) and 11.5mm thick, and its 21mm-wide lugs are attached to a solid link steel bracelet. Front crystal is Sapphire, while the back is mineral glass.

The Basic date is driven by automatic, hacking and hand-winding caliber F6N43. Other than time and (as the model name implies) date, it also features an indication of its 50 hour power reserve. As usual, Orient declares -15/+25 seconds per day accuracy.

The specific references introduced today include (EU references) RE-AU0401S with a white dial and gold toned bezel and markers; RE-AU0402B with a black dial; RE-AU0403L with a navy blue dial; RE-AU0404N with a grey dial; and perhaps the most uniquely colored RE-AU0405E, featuring a two-tone case and bracelet and a green dial.

As usual, the official catalog pictures are mostly unflattering, but we can expect the product to look very good in person. The cases appear complex and multi-faceted, and it seems that the date wheels are not all the same color, instead they match the dial colors nicely

No information on pricing yet, but this would probably be known shortly as the Orient Star Basic Date is due to hit stores in May this year.