Orient, one of the mainstays of the Japanese watch industry, is turning 70 this year, which means we can expect fun anniversary models with in-house movements, utilitarian designs, and best of all, affordable price tags.
The first of these, which is housed within Orient's Revival Collection of vintage-inspired designs, is the Orient King Diver Revival. A reissue and upgrade of the brand's 1965 Weekly Auto Orient King Diver, this oversized dive watch features a 43.8mm stainless steel case (a millimeter larger than the original), 20mm lug width, dual crowns and an inner rotating dive bezel. And though the original boasted only 40m of water resistance, this upgraded version is good down to 200m.
Best of all is the new movement powering the watch: the cal. F6922 , which features automatic as well as hand-winding and hacking. Uniquely for a modern caliber, it displays the date at the typical 3 o'clock position and the day of the week in an aperture above 6 o'clock, making for a funky layout that recalls vintage designs. Luminous hands and pips help the dials pop with strong legibility, no matter which face color you choose (currently available options are black, green and red, while a special, limited edition gold gradient dial will be available later in July).
Accompanied by a mineral crystal and a cool stainless steel bracelet with fine-adjustment clasp, the new Orient King Diver Revival carries a retail price of $475, but can be had now on Orient's website for just $405.