This time round, I had the opportunity to handle the international edition Orient Star SOMES (DK02002F). There are three colour variants of this model available in the Japanese market but only two were made available in the international market. The other variant besides the green one shown above would be the black dialled (DK02001B)
The watch has a diameter of 44mm and is designed to be rugged so as to match its 4mm thick leather strap. It is equipped with sapphire crystal and a movement comes with hack and handwind functions.
On the dial, we have the power reserve indicator at the 12 o’clock and second hand sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. At 9 o’clock is an opening where you can see part of the movement.
This model comes with a green sunburst dial and the sub-dials are all textured.
Below is the caseback shot. From pictures of the JDM variants that I have seen online, I notice that unlike the previous models (Retrograde, GMT, Semi-skeleton and Classic), this time round they came with the same rotor as the international models. This means there should be no cosmetic difference between the JDM and the international versions.
According to Orient’s website, the strap is made from bridle leather. The production process involves tanning and coating its surface with wax. From cutting to stitching, every aspect of the strap is handmade.
The strap when brand new felt stiff when I tried it on. However, I believe it would become softer and softer with frequent use.
Here are some pictures of the strap.
Diameter: 44mm excluding crown
Lug width: 21mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Orient Star SOMES DK02002F featured in this post is provided by
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