Orient Star Retro-Future Bicycle Watch

New Diver-Style and Retro Future Camera Models from Orient

Orient is providing us some surprises this morning, in the shape of some
new sporty watches – a new diver-style design, and additional variants of the retro-future
camera introduced earlier this year

Let's start with the original new design. This new model immediately stands
out thanks to the crown at 4 o'clock – a feature that some people will hate,
and others will love. There's certainly a big enough market out there for this
design, which many consider being very comfortable and fitting for a diver.

The watch case is 43.4mm wide, 51.0mm long, and 12.8mm thick. The crown
is screw-down, and water resistance is 200m. The front crystal is sapphire,
while the steel case back is engraved with a dolphin (like many diver-style
Orients). Lug width is a convenient 22mm.

Inside is the automatic, hand-winding, and hacking caliber F6722, with
the standard Orient specs of 40 hours power reserve and -15/+25 seconds a day

Orient is introducing four versions, providing a nice range of colors to
choose from. Reference RN-AC0K02E is the solid one, featuring dark green
dial and bezel, and comes on a bracelet. Reference RN-AC0K03L also comes
on a bracelet and features a blue dial and "Pepsi" red and blue

The other two references are more unusual, and perhaps more interesting.
 Reference RN-AC0K04E has a bronze-plated
case attached to a green nato-style nylon strap, and features a green dial and
a very warm and pleasing bezel color combination of green and orange.

Ref. RN-AC0K05G is also bronze-plated, and features the "Jaguar
Focus" dial, which Orient now associates with some of its special 70th
anniversary models. This reference is indeed mentioned as the anniversary model
and is limited to 2,500 units. It comes in a special commemorative box,
attached to a leather nato strap, and has the serial number engraved on its

Price is around 430 USD for the non-limited models, and 450 USD for the
limited edition. Considering that actual prices will probably get lower, at
least for the regular models, and that we can expect good build quality - this
seems to be quite good value.

Now let's look at the new Camera references. These basically feature the
same specifications as the 70th anniversary edition: a 40.8mm wide,
46mm long, 12.6mm thick case. The crystal is mineral glass, and lug-width is
20mm. The model is rated to 50m, and is equipped with caliber F6S22. The bezel
is of the uni-directional rotating type.

Three new versions are introduced. Reference RN-AR0201B comes on a steel
bracelet, and has a black dial. Reference RN-AR0202E has a green dial, and its
case is plated with what seems like very dark grey, or "gun-metal"
color and attached to a black leather nato-style strap. Ref. RN-AR0203Y has
that same dark plating on the case, bronze-plated bezel, and brown dial, and
comes on a brown leather strap.

Prices for all three models are around 540 USD – the same as the limited
edition. These are definitely cool looking pieces that we'd love to see in