This time round I had the opportunity to handle the Orient Star WZ0031DD. This watch is a collaboration between Orient and Subaru for the 55th Anniversary of the Subaru 360, a two-door car that was marketed in 1958.
Below is a picture of the 1958 Subaru 360.
I rarely feature ladies’ watches here as most of the readers here are guys. This is really a “once in a blue moon” post and the watch being featured here is none other than the Orient “Once in a Blue Moon” (model# DB0A009D) from the ladies’ Fashionable Automatic collection.
Blue moon is the second full moon in a single calendar month. The moon repeats its lunar cycle in roughly 29.5 days and hence a blue moon can only be seen in every two to three years. It is a rare mystical phenomenon and legend has it that seeing a blue moon will bring good luck and fortune.
This watch is therefore designed with the hope of bringing good luck to its owner.
Here is the latest model in the Orient 3-Star automatic series. The 3-Star automatic is an entry level model and due to the large number of models and variants, you are unlikely to see the full catalog on the Internet. Traditionally, they range from 34mm to 38mm in diameter (except for the vintage Crystal models). The latest models however are much larger. This particular model measures 43mm across excluding crown.
Here is a quick photo review.
If you follow orient-watch.com, you will notice a new Orient Classic Automatic model being announced on 28th March. In this post, I will share with you pictures of the silver dial variant, ES00003W.
This model has a date window above the 6 o’clock marker and a day sub-dial at the 3 o’clock position. The movement comes with quickset date only. To set the day, you need to turn the hour hand back and forth between 12.00 and 1.00 until the indicator hand is pointing to the desired day.
Here are some photos of the ES00003W.
Managed to get hold of the Orient Star handwind model, WZ0011DD and took some real life pictures. This is a classic style watch that is designed for those who like simple looking watches. The case, dial and hands are very nicely finished as you would expect of an Orient Star watch. The watch comes with power reserve indicator which I feel very useful. It tells you when you need to wind the watch and when you can stop winding.
Below are pictures showing the watch from various angles.
Another Orient Star that I handled recently is the WZ0031JC. This is a Japan domestic model that is made available at Big Time (Sims Ave). This watch comes with an inner rotating world time bezel as well as Orient’s trademark power reserve feature.
Before going to the pictures, here is the crown operation as observed by me.
When you pull the crown to its first click position, you can set the date by turning it towards you (anti-clockwise). You can also set the inner world time bezel by turning it in the opposite direction (clockwise). Crown at the second click position lets you set the time. Note that as you set the time, the inner world time bezel will rotate accordingly. Crown at pushed in position allows you to handwind the watch.
Here are some pictures that show the salient features of the watch.
Recently, I had the opportunity to handle several JDM Orient Star models because Big Time started carrying them. Apart from those I already own, the Retrograde model is one that I am most interested in.