Orient continues its sponsorship of STI’s (Subaru Tecnica International) participation in the Nurburgring 24-hour race for a second year. The race was held on 15-16th May 2010 and a limited edition watch was announced by Orient prior to the event.
This watch is a collaboration between Orient and STI based on the experience gained from the previous year’s race and was actually worn by members of the STI team during the 2010 race.
The watch is now available in Singapore via local Orient distributor, Big Time and I had the opportunity to take a first hand look at it.
Shown below is the inner and outer boxes that came with the watch. Both boxes are printed with “Orient X STI”.
The dial according to Orient’s website is inspired by the instrument panel of the race car, with the minute markers resembling the tachometer. Besides the Orient logo, it also bears the STI logo above the 6 o’clock marker. It has luminous hour markers and hands that make it easy to read when driving at night. The watch is fitted with a flat sapphire crystal.
Below are the side profile shots. Most parts of the case are brushed finished as you can see.
The watch has a display caseback and its rotor is specially inscribed with the Orient and STI NBR Challenge wordings.
Other information about the watch including its serial number is also shown on the caseback. As you can see, the watch is limited to 1000 pieces.
The watch uses a black leather strap with red stitches which is the same theme used on the seat leather of the race car. If you look at the picture of the inner box posted above, you will notice that it uses the red on black theme.
Here are some information about the watch:
Diameter: 40mm excluding crown
Lug width: 22mm
W.R.: 5 bar
Model Number in Japanese market: WV0521ER
Last but not least, here are the pictures of the Subaru Impreza WRX used in the race.
Orient X STI Limited Edition Watch SER1S001B featured in this post is provided by:
Orient Distributor in Singapore
483 Sims Avenue,
Tel: 6273 3355 Fax: 6278 8929
Race and car photos from:
Seiko hands ?
Orient has always been a good watch in the past 42% owned by Seiko but now fully owned by seiko the quality and looks I would say is as good as buying a seiko
and in most cases same quality watch can be had at $100~300us less against Seiko
I don’t think those hands are from Seiko. They look like those on the SRP031 but not exactly the same.
The second hand really looks like a SNM033/011 (steel Samurai) second hand. But a beautiful watch at a nice price!
Quite similar because of the arrow head.
cant wait to get mine =D
It’s a nice and sporty watch. I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Is it really here? I reserved mine with Big Time also, and they told me it’s not here yet.
Did you tell them you are talking about the “Orient X STI” limited edition watch and not the 60th Anniversary handwind model?
Hi Yeoman, my friend recommended me to your blog and saw this review. I went down to BigTime this afternoon to check on the watch and chose my serial number. Saw you reserve on the watch as well and its a good number you choose. Now Im the proud owner of the Orient X STI ! Thankyou
Congrats on your purchase, Rycel. I believe you had fun choosing the serial number. Just like choosing handphone number 🙂
Hi, just gotten my watch yesterday! 🙂 One thing I want to ask… does your watch “vibrate” when the rotor is turning? Vibrate as in you can feel the movement when holding the watch.
Yes, I can feel the rotor when I swirl the watch in the air. I continue to feel it when I stop swirling because the rotor will turn a few more rounds before it stops. It’s normal.
hi, i’m just received this nice watch, could someone help me how I can start it? thank you
It’s an automatic watch. Swirl it in circular motion and it will start.
thanks for you replay
still not working, how long does I have to swirl it?
could it be a manufacturing default?
It should start after 10 to 15 seconds of swirling. Might be a manufacturing default.
I have been searching Google is this watch available anywhere in the US?
Since you live in the US, you should be able to get it from here:
Thanks for that! They have it 30 percent off right now…plus a gift bag?
Is that a typical deal?
Christmas is in 2 days but I am sure my wife has already finished shopping…
I’m not familiar with OrientUSA but I heard there are discount codes that gives you up to 50% discount. I think it’s “watchuseek50” or something like that.
You may want to post your question on their official forum. I’m sure the folks there will help you out.
Thanks for your help! Merry Christmas
Hi Thomas, can e-mail me hw much did u paid for? And also hw could I find dis in the market if I’m interested in getting one… Don’t think I can find it in Jakarat ? Thanks…
I believe Big Time in Singapore still has it in stock. Please email email@example.com for a quotation.