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Three Points About Orient Tri Star

Orient Tri-Star, or "3 Star" is among the brand's most familiar
symbols, an icon of accessible mechanical watchmaking like Seiko's
"5" and Citizen's "7". 

can be written about the Tri-Star, as it spans so many years and models.
There's definitely enough history associated with it to provide content for a
dozen articles or more. In this post though, I'll just touch on three (haha)
points, possibly less known to new fans of Orient who only recently became
acquainted with these watches.


Three Stars Are Older Than The TriStar

TriStar line dates to the early 1970s. While there is little information
available pointing to the exact birthday of the collection, it was probably
around 1971 or a little later, as the early TriStar models used Orient's
caliber 469, born in 1971.

its launch, Orient advertised that the three stars stand for three key
principles of the collection: representing design, quality, and affordability.

three-star logo, however, was being used by Orient years beforehand. As early
as 1956, in fact, when one of the earliest Jupiter
models was adorned with three stars – albeit organized in a triangle rather
than lining up.

on, three stars in a line could have been observed on other Orients, like the
1967 World Diver. Now, this was far from being the most affordable of the
brand's watches, clearly indicating the aforementioned three principles of the
TriStar collection were an afterthought.


TriStar Collection Is Really Diverse

asked to think of a TriStar, many of us immediately imagine something similar
to the sort of design picture below: a fairly small watch with lugs that sit
flush on the case, simple dial and markers, and a date-and-day window.

fact, there are many modern TriStar designs, some of which differ quite
significantly from each other. What they do have in common, is that you got
quite a lot of watchmaking for your money: a nice design that has its own
identity and is decently executed, powered by workhorse movements that should
keep ticking for many years.


Are Missing From Orient's Main Websites

you were to look for current TriStar models on Orient's global or JDM websites, you would not find a
single one.

only model shown bearing the triple star logo is the "King Master
Revival", which is the oldest of the re-issue models presented. Elsewhere,
even the World Map Reissue had the original three stars removed.

course, TriStar models are still being produced. You can see them on websites
such as Orient Watch USA and Orient India, which are run by local
distributors, as well as on many retailers' and ecommerce websites.

Orient do offer support for TriStar models on their website – you can locate
and download instruction manuals for these watches.

the reasoning for this goes back to the original concept of offering TriStar
models in markets looking for cheaper mechanical watches, and not in the
brand's primary markets which, supposedly, are seeking higher-end products.

The fact of the matter is, in every country you will find people who love the simplicity
and affordability of these watches, and are looking to buy new, used, and
vintage TriStar models.


of the various watches that appear on this post were taken from Orient Watch
USA advertising, Orient catalog and the 1999 Orient Watch Catalog book.