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Orient Sun and Moon Watch Hands-On Review

Orient began producing watches with the Sun and Moon complication in
2007. The idea was simple and ingenious: people love the notion of a moon-phase
complication for its romantic and classic looks; however, the price of a
quality moon-phase watch is quite high. But then, Orient had a caliber with a
small 24-hour display. So why not take that 24-hour movement, spice it up by
letting it rotate a disc presenting the sun and the moon, and give watch buyers
something very similar to the phases of the moon, at a fraction of the cost?

Over the last 13 years, the idea has evolved, the design changed
slightly, but the concept has remained the same. Today, a visitor to Orient's
website would find no less than five different types of Sun & Moon watches,
each with numerous dial versions. These include the last generation of the
non-hacking, non-hand-winding cal. 46-based model; a quartz version in a small
case designated as ladies' watch; and three designs based on the modern F6
automatic movement – the "contemporary" model, which means more
streamlined, sportier case and simpler dial, an open-heart model, and a
"classic" design. It's the latter one that is the subject of today's

Specifically, we are looking at the classic collection's white-dial
version of the Sun and Moon watch, with the Japanese reference RN-AK0005S –
also known as RK/RA-AK0005S or (F)AK00002S. First presented in November 2017
alongside a few other dial variations, the model remains in production and is
generally available to buy.

How It Looks

The watch boasts a collection of design elements, each being stylish and
well made in its own right. It's a matter of personal preferences though
whether one finds the end result attractive or not. Fans of strict symmetry may
well disapprove of the dial layout; people who are willing to accept that dial
elements can be happier if allowed to roam the watch face freely, are more
likely to appreciate it.

The dial starts off nicely with a breguet-inspired design, where the
main surface features an attractive guilloche texture. The hour and minute tracks that
surround it are marked with Roman numerals and dotted intervals, respectively,
and are adorned with a subtle circular pattern.

The Sun & Moon display is located at 5, and the weekday sub-dial is
at 10 o'clock, both featuring wavy, circular patterns. Under the magnifying
glass, all these patterns appear to be very well executed, including the
stylish date window. While not every minute detail might be immediately visible
to the naked eye, they do combine to produce a crisp visual impression of high

The star of the show, of course, is the sun and moon disc. The sun is
painted in gold tone and shines nicely against the light blue "sky".
The stars sparkle similarly against the darker shade of blue representing
night-time. No matter what time of day it is, they will provide a lovely dash
of blue color that contrasts effectively with the white dial and adds depth to

Sure enough, the result is fairly busy. Most of the dial space is taken
up with the sun & moon display, the day sub-dial, and the date aperture.
The little vacant spot that remains has been decorated with the Orient logo.
That said, Orient has plenty of clean-dial dress watches (like the Bambino), so
fans of minimalist design are well looked after. This watch, by contrast,
targets buyers who are not deterred by complications, and prefer dials that are
a bit more, shall we say, "action packed".

The watch is not all dial though… It also has a very nice case. It's
polished all around, and features a display case-back. I liked the stepped
shape of the lugs; I find that the top "step" plays nicely with the
bezel of the watch to create a very coherent design. This is something that you
can't really tell by looking at most photos of this model.

All in all, seeing this watch in person did not disappoint at all. This
model was made to be pretty and to present an attractive and elaborate dial,
and it succeeds at that.

How It Wears

Like many Orients that come in for review, this one is on the larger
side, being 42.5mm wide, 14mm thick, and 50.5mm long, lug to lug. With the wealth of
information on its dial it didn't look too big – and, honestly it did not feel
too big for my liking either. Whether a watch wears large or small often has
more to do with how its size is perceived than actual wearing comfort and heft.
With its curved lugs, wearing comfort was definitely not a problem.

The watch isn't too heavy either, at 94g. I'd generally say 100g is
where you start to feel the heft of a wristwatch, so this is just right.

The watch is held securely in place by the attached leather strap. The
strap is okay – nothing to write home about. It's lightly padded and a bit
stiff, but it should soften with use. Orient has equipped it with a folding
clasp, which is not top of the line but not too shabby either. For the price,
it's good, works well, and makes the wearing experience just a tad more
"luxurious" compared to a simple buckle.

Strap width is 22mm, so if one wishes to replace it with a different,
perhaps more supple leather strap, that should be easy enough.

Bottom line then – a very wearable watch, and its sporty nature and
packed dial mean it does not feel too big for its own good. You can see it
below on my 7.3" wrist; and as I usually like to mention when discussing
watches of these dimensions, if your wrist is smaller than 7", or if you
prefer smaller watches, it's best to try the watch on before buying.

How It Functions

Crown operation on this watch is fairly standard and easy. The crown
does not screw down, so it's just a matter of pulling it out to the third
position to set the time; pushing it to the second position to adjust the day
and date, turning clockwise or anti-clockwise; and pushing it back in to wind.

Thankfully (from purely a convenience point of view), there's no need
actually to set the moon phase here… the sun and moon disc is just a visual
illustration over the 24 hour mechanism and is thus synchronized with the main

The movement you're winding in this case is caliber F6B24. Power reserve
is 40 hours, and accuracy specification, as with all F6 movements, is +25 / -15
seconds a day. Also as with most F6 movements tested by the blog, the actual
accuracy we've measured for the sample unit we got, was +7 seconds a day.

far as legibility is concerned, there's really nothing to complain about. In
the daytime, there's plenty of contrast between the hands and most dial elements.
Despite the dial being so busy, there's never really a situation where the hand
would "hide" somewhere. Telling the time is always easy.

is also a very simple affair – simply, you won't be telling the time in the dark.
There's no lume here, which is typical of a dress-watch design. Plus, using
fatter hands with room for lume would simply not fit the style of the watch.

usability is fine, as long as one keeps in mind this is not a tool watch. Water
resistance is limited to 5 bar, and it's one of those pretty watches you'd want
to keep shiny and bright, not dented and scratched. Front crystal is sapphire
though, just in case...

The Bottom Line

version of the Orient Sun and Moon is officially priced at around 450 USD. Many
online sellers nowadays offer it at closer to 350 USD, but you can find it at
even lower prices. For instance, Long Island Watch, which is a reliable
retailer, now present a sale price of $270.

you get for your money is an utterly charming watch, which offers a very
satisfying combination of reliable mechanics with looks that are slightly
quirky, but never boring. And that really is what I expect to get from an Orient.
The quality and attention to detail make this a watch that should make most
buyers happy, even at 350-400 USD, let alone if you get it at a better price.

to say, no watch can satisfy everybody, and neither can the Sun and Moon. Many
would find that its design clashes with their striving for simplicity, or
conflicts with their obsession with symmetry. Some might wish it was a bit
smaller. But if you like what you see in the photos and you're okay with the
case dimensions, you will not be disappointed putting the Orient Sun and Moon
on your wrist.

The blog would like to thank Orient – Epson Europe for providing us
this Orient Sun & Moon for review.