Orient Star Retro-Future Bicycle Watch

Orient "Stylish and Smart" Disk

few years ago I was reminiscing about how it
, "it" being my deep dive into the history of Orient. I
can add one more detail to the story now…

I mentioned in that post I linked above, I was already collecting watches for a
while before my interest in Orient got reignited. The trigger for this renewed
interest was, of all models – no other than the humble Disk.

Disk was introduced as part of Orient's early 2010s "Stylish and
Smart" collection, which consisted of fun, mostly colorful and
unconventionally designed watches. 

the time I was hoping to add this sort of unassuming, inexpensive watch to my
collection, so I hurried (well, not hurried. But eventually went) to the local
Orient AD, just to find out they actually had no Orients on display, and the
salesperson – of a shop belonging to the official brand importer mind you! –
tried to talk me out of this watchmaker's products altogether.

me being me, and that salesperson being as obnoxious as he was, the result of
the brief conversation was the exact opposite of what he'd pushed for. I
decided I was going to get an Orient, and that it was time to dive a little
deeper into the Japanese brand's line-up and see what they've been up to.

back to the Disk watch. The first batch of Disks was released in late 2011. Six
references were presented, all sharing one key feature: the hour hand was
replaced with a rotating disk that had an arrow-shaped cutout. That cut-out
actually served as the "hand", pointing toward the hour markers,
which were similarly cut out instead of applied on top.

this was very simple, but quite innovative. The color under the cut-outs added some
style, thus fitting the "Stylish and Smart" tagline. The six versions
presented differed in their dial color schemes, as well as the case and
bracelet or strap colors.

notable feature shared by the different models was the tinted case-back
crystal, which revealed the movement – in this case, as in all later men's Disk
models, Orient's automatic caliber 48743. This movement did not feature
hand-winding and hacking.

2012, Orient released a couple more versions aiming to be even more playful in their
use of color. The "Rainbow" Disk had a multi-color plate under the
dial, so that the hour markers were in all the colors of the rainbow, and the hour
"hand" would change its color to match, as it rotated. The
"Tricolor" Disk was a bit more restrained: its hour hand would simply
switch from a red rectangle and blue triangle to a blue rectangle and red
triangle, gradually as it moved around.

overall construction of the watch was similar to the first models. All of these
versions featured the same 41.4mm wide case, stretching 47.4mm lug to lug, and
having 11.3mm of thickness. The lug width of all these models is 22mm.

2012 Orient did the sensible thing and presented the women's model of the Disk.
Five references were released, featuring different color schemes. Some of the
designs were unique to the new references, and some were made to match the
men's watches, as "pairs".
A new men's reference, WV0821ER, was introduced as a white-dial version of the
Rainbow, creating an additional pair.

similar to the original model, the women's Disk watch was smaller in size
(measuring 29mm across, and 35mm lug to lug), and used the smaller, no-date
automatic caliber 55542.

final batch of Disks arrived in 2014. This time, the twist was in the shape of the hour markers. These were cut out as numbers, instead of simple sticks. The hour
hand was also changed, now made of three squares.

references were presented under the new "Typography" Disk line-up,
three men's and one women's.

these models were originally sold as fairly inexpensive models, generally under
200 USD. However, as the Disk model was discontinued, and is gradually becoming
harder to purchase, online prices are going up, and I'm seeing both NOS and
pre-owned ones asking for much higher prices. I think a new or "as new"
Disk at no more than 200-250 USD, can still make a nice addition to one's


that appear in this post were taken from Orient website and catalogs.