Orient Star Retro-Future Bicycle Watch

New Diver and Classic Models From Orient

Last week Orient presented its first new Orient Star models of 2023, and
today – it is announcing this year's first new non-Star models: a diver style
watch (a.k.a Mako II), and a kind of Bambino with added sub-dials. Thankfully,
Orient aren't playing the "limited edition game" and all the new
versions are colors will be available in regular production.


"Classic and Simple"

Classic and Simple is the tagline Orient has attached to its line of
dressy watches like the Bambino.
The new model might be more Classic and Complicated, though, with the addition
of two sub-dials, one for the week day, and another displaying the 24-hour
time. The date window remains in its classic 3-o'clock position.

All these goodies are combined with a dial similar to the Bambino V2,
with its roman numerals and thin hands, and placed inside a classic Bambino
case measuring 40.5mm wide, 46.5mm lug to lug, and 12.6mm thick (only 0.3mm
thicker than standard Bambino). The crystal is mineral glass, and lug width –
still 21mm.

Five references are being introduced at this time:

RA-AK0701S (RN-AK0701S) with
a white dial and a black leather strap

RA-AK0702Y (RN-AK0702Y) with
an ivory dial and a brown leather strap

RN-AK0703E (Japan reference
only) with a green dial and gold markers, and a brown leather strap

RA-AK0704N (no Japan reference)
with a grey dial and a grey leather strap

RA-AK0705R (RN-AK0705R) with
a red dial and gold markers, and a red leather strap

The new model uses Orient's automatic caliber F6B22. All references are
similarly priced at around USD
280 – about 50 dollars more than the classic Bambino.

Will the Bambino's classic looks, and the charm of the domed crystal and
dial, still work with the added complications? We'll need to see this one in
person to judge!


"Diver Design"

Diver Design is how Orient refer to its models that are styled like dive
watches but are not ISO-Standard divers, such as the Mako and Kamasu.

The new releases belong in the "Mako II" family, characterized
by its big Arabic numerals at 6, 9 and 12. Other than the hour markers and
hands, these are identical to the Kamasu, having its updated bezel and sapphire

Four references were introduced:

RA-AA0818L (RN-AA0818L)
with a blue dial, and matching bezel in two shades of blue.

RA-AA0819N with a grey
dial, and bezel with shades of grey

RA-AA0820R with a red dial,
and bezel with shades of red

RA-AA0821S with a silver
dial, and a grey and orange bezel

Indeed most of these models are not presented to the Japanese market –
but then again, they already have their special
editions available only on the JDM online store!

All references share the technical details: 41.8mm wide case with 22mm
lug width, 20 bar water resistance, and lumed hands and markers. The movement
is automatic caliber F6922, with its day and date display, hand-winding and