Here are some cellphone shots of the 2014 Orient X STI, EL07003D. This model was launched just before the end of 2014. I saw the freight forwarder delivered cartons of this watch to Big Time that Saturday afternoon.
Unlike past STI models, this model does not have the usual carbon fibre dial but instead it has a very eye catching blue dial.
The EL07003D is based on the 2014 version of M-Force diver. I also notice that there is no STI model in 2013. As such, there isn’t a STI model based on the 2013 titanium M-Force diver.
A link to my review of the 2014 M-Force diver is provided at the end of this post. Meanwhile, here are my cellphone shots.
Orient has released a 3rd Bambino variant. This model features long and slim hour markers with slim hour and minute hands. It still has that classic look and somewhat reminds me of the Max Bill by Junghans.
On this watch, the hour markers at 3,6,9 and 12 o’clock are applied while the rest are printed directly onto the dial. Other things to note are:
1. It has the same crown as the original Bambino (no longer onion shaped).
2. leather strap without grain.
Here are some pictures of the watch.
Had the opportunity to handle this Orient Multi-year Calendar watch (model number EU0A003W). Multi-year Calendar is one of Orient’s signature watch model and most of these watches are quite big. This model however is close to a dress watch size at diameter of 41.5mm excluding crown. It also has the dress watch type of case, markers and hands design.
Here are some pictures of the EU0A003W.
Here are some pictures of the latest Orient open heart model that I posted earlier. Besides the open heart or semi-skeleton, this model features a very legible dial with big Arabic numerals (not lumed) and a curved end strap that fits nicely into the curvature of the lugs.
The model featured here is the DB0C001B. Check it out.
Here is the latest Orient Sun and Moon model that I handled recently. It has a Sun and Moon sub-dial on the dial which acts as a AM/PM indicator. When setting the time, this features serves as a guide. For example, when you want to set the time to 4pm, the Sun should shown on the sub-dial since it is daytime.
Here’s a quick look at the ET0T001W.
This time round I had the opportunity to handle this international model Orient GMT – DJ05003W. This watch has a very good built quality and I believe it is one of the top models (excluding Orient Star of course) among the models that are being offered in the international market. The watch comes with a hack and handwind movement and the GMT hand can be set independently. This is the second Orient GMT model under the DJ series. First model was the DJ02003W from 2011.
Here’s a quick look:
This time round I had the chance to look at the Orient Star Open Heart Tonneau, model number DAAA002T. This model is available in both the Japanese and the international market. It’s model number in Japan is WZ0131DA. Main features of this watch besides the open heart and tonneau shaped case are power reserve indicator, display back and sapphire crystal (front) with anti-reflective coating.
Here’s a quick pictorial review: