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Orient Star Ladies' Classic Semi Skeleton Hands On Review

that’s right. After almost four years of activity of Orient Place Blog, and
having often posted updates of new women's model releases by Orient, we're
finally going hands-on with a ladies watch.

watch at hand is the Orient Star "Classic Semi Skeleton", reference RE-ND0004S
(or, RK-ND0004S in Japan). Note there is a new line of Classic Semi Skeletons,
that we've mentioned
; the model we're looking at now is the older version – the classic
classic semi skeleton, if you will – which of course is still relevant and
on sale.

Classic Semi Skeleton is immediately recognizable as an Orient Star, and not
just because of the logo. The case shape, curved silvery dial with roman
numerals, and of course that "open heart" aperture, are obvious
giveaways. It essentially an Orient design in a smaller package, which makes
sense as Orient often likes to have its ladies' models function within his-and-hers
watch pairs.

smaller package, in this case, is 30.5mm wide, and 36.6mm long lug to lug –
same as the newer Classic Semi Skeletons. This is indeed a very "classic"
size for women's watches, whereas many brands nowadays offer larger diameters,
which are considered as more modern or sportier.

small, the watch retains the familiar Orient Star attention to details. The
small crown is signed, as is the folding clasp. The leather strap is supple,
and very similar in style to straps provided with the larger watches – though
probably a little less padded, to keep in proportion with the 14mm lug width.

into the finer details does not disappoint either. The dial features a well
made pearlescent texture and fine black print. The parts of the movement
visible through the open heart are nicely polished. Nothing seems too coarse or

exhibition case-back reveals the tiny automatic movement, caliber 55C40. The
movement itself is not particularly decorated, and I doubt any decoration would
be visible to the naked eye anyway – and at this price point, it is absolutely
fine. The golden rotor is lovely though, and is probably what makes checking
the backside of this watch worthwhile at all.

of movement, this is where the biggest difference between "his" and
"hers" models lies. Orient usually boasts very decent accuracy, with
most Orient Star models testing to do around 6-7 seconds per day (and an
official +25/-15 range). Caliber 55C settles for a stated +40/-30 seconds per
day, and since there's no second hand – its actual accuracy does not matter

one hand, this could make sense considering many women would view their watch
as jewelry more than a time-telling device; on the other hand, the same can be
said for many male watch-owners. I suppose women who are true watch aficionados
will see this as a downside. Of course, this can simply be attributed to
constraints resulting from the smaller size of the watch.

then, technically it's all fine, the quality is there. But what do potential
buyers think about the watch? I turned to my wife for some answers. It was
interesting to learn how different her view of the matter is.

she appreciated certain design elements, and took my word for the watch being
of high quality and very reliable, she takes a more holistic approach. Viewing
the watch as a whole, what the missed most was a bracelet; it then occurred to
me that of the different watches I got her over the years, as well as ones she
got for herself, she only keeps using the ones with a bracelet. Preferably a
shiny one.

wonder now, if women who view the watch more as jewelry, tend to prefer a
bracelet over a leather strap; and if those who prefer a leather strap, are
more likely to tend to the functional side of the watch, and may care more for
the lack of a second hand?

point she made was, if she wears a watch she wants to be able to keep it on,
everywhere – including the swimming pool, for instance. Clearly a leather strap
limits the "go anywhere" option.

OS Classic Semi Skeleton is officially priced at around $450 USD, and can
usually be found at around 350. That is a good price for a well-made automatic
watch from a reputable brand.

you are looking to get yourself a classically styled mechanical watch, then
this Orient Star makes a very compelling proposition.

you are buying this watch for your significant other, you may well be in the
right direction, just make sure she will be fine with the strap option, and
that she does not mind reading the time to within the nearest minute only.
Otherwise, your best option would be the Orient Star "Standard"
ladies' watch, a sportier line of models ranging between 33.5-34.5 mm wide
cases, all of which equipped with steel bracelets and featuring a date wheel
and a second hand.

blog would like to thank Orient – Epson Europe for providing us this Orient
Star Classic Semi-Skeleton watch for review.