3 New Orient Star Divers Hit The Market… and They Look Incredible

On Episode #152 of the Two Broke Watch Snobs podcast Mike and I discussed a recent, barely noticed release from Orient Star. We don’t get much Orient Star news here in the United States… in fact, we barely get any of the incredible releases from the Japanese horology powerhouse.

These three new Orient Star divers are no exception unfortunately. These divers were released to the Japanese and European markets. However, we in the US can still buy them (just not from Orient USA).

There are three dial variations for this new Orient Star Diver.

  • Blue Dial: RK-AU0302L (Japanese Ref.) | RE-AU0302L (European Ref.)
  • Black Dial: RK-AU0301B (Japanese Ref.) | RE-AU0301B (European Ref.)
  • Black Gilt: RK-AU0303B (Japanese Ref.) | RE-AU0303B (European Ref.)

What makes these new references noteworthy is that they’re on the Orient Star line (which hasn’t had a diver style watch in some time) and their design is quite unique. With Orient in general diver releases tended to be informed by those that preceded them. We’re seeing it with the Mako/Ray line and we’ve seen it with the Orient M-Force and Saturation divers.

These new Orient Star references represent something totally new. What strikes me off the bat is that these are actually quite dressy divers in comparison to other Orient divers out there. There are no sharp edges – lots of curved angles with virtually no points. The aesthetics really are quite smooth. In fact, if you compare these new Orient Star divers to other Orient divers, you’ll find that the design aesthetics are a bit more nuanced and less aggressive.

The curved nature of the aluminum bezel also sticks out to me as does the exaggerated back-length of the hands. I’ve included some specs below for these new releases. Check them out – highlights that stuck out to me are the sapphire crystal, in-house F6N47 caliber, and price (approx. $600 – $700 USD).

Featured Insights

• 43.6mm x 51.1mm x 14mm
• 22mm lug width
• F6N47 Automatic Movement (in-house Orient Caliber)
• 50 hour power reserve
• Sapphire Crystal (w/ AR coating)
• 120 click bezel (aluminum insert)
• 200 meters water resistance (20 bar)
• Price: Approx. $600 USD – $700 USD (Gnomon)

The F6N47 is the latest in Orient’s in-house movements. It features hand winding, hacking, and a power reserve of approx. 50 hours. Day to day accuracy is slated at +25/-15 seconds.

What does the TBWS Family think? Anyone else have one of these possibly on their radar? We’re working on trying to get one of these in for review.

Kaz Mirza( Co-Founder )

Kaz has been collecting watches since 2015, but he’s been fascinated by product design, the Collector’s psychology, and brand marketing his whole life. While sharing the same strong fondness for all things horologically-affordable as Mike (his TBWS partner in crime), Kaz’s collection niche is also focused on vintage Soviet watches as well as watches that feature a unique, but well-designed quirk or visual hook.

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