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The New 2020 Orient M-Force

While some images of the new M-Force have surfaced a few weeks ago, it is now
official: after ditching the famed M-Force moniker a few years ago in favor of
the Triton, Orient now takes a swift U-turn and releases a new M-Force. 

First, a quick reminder: the M-Force was Orient's chosen name for a
nearly two-decade-long line of tool/dive watches, built to be the brand's
toughest timepieces. Take a look here
for the blog's review of the M-Force lineage.

The new M-Force sure looks tough. With dimensions of 47.3mm case width,
52mm lug-to-lug and 13.2mm width, and an overall design which is far from
subtle, it could easily have been mistaken to be a creation of Orient
. Interestingly, lug width is only 20mm.

We'll get to the design again later, but first – the rest of the specs.
The movement is Orient's automatic caliber F6727 which features the time,
central seconds and date. Power reserve is 40 hours, and stated accuracy, as
usual, +25/-15 seconds per day.

The case, bezel, and bulky crown-guard are all stainless steel. Front
crystal is sapphire, and the case-back is solid. Water resistance is 200m, ISO
compliant, the bezel is unidirectional, and the crown screws in, to provide the
appropriate air-diving capability. 

At this time, Orient is presenting five models of the new M-Force:

  • Reference RN-AC0L01B features a black dial, black bezel, and a stainless
    steel bracelet that features solid end-links and seems properly tough and should
    be of high quality.
  • Ref. RN-AC0L02R offers an attractive looking red dial (always an Orient
    favorite), and the same black dial and steel bracelet. 
  • Ref. RN-AC0L03B features a stealthier version of the black dial, this
    time inside an all-black case, and attached to a silicon strap. 
  • Ref. RN-AC0L04L has a green dial (which in photos actually looks more
    like dark teal), again with a silicon strap. 
  • RN-AC0L05G is a limited edition of 1,600 units, celebrating Orient's 70th
    anniversary. As such, it features the brand's iconic "Jaguar
    " dial, along with a bronze-plated case and crown guards.

The blog's first impression, based on the official photos and info: well, this is
definitely not the most elegantly designed M-Force ever, although we've seen some
awkward references in this line's history before. More beast than beauty,

The watch does, however, feature some pretty convincing specs, and for
the price (which ranges around 630-670 USD, depending on the version), we can hope
for an excellent build quality to match.

What do you think of this new M-Force? Voice your opinion in comments