Thoughts on Orient?

I'm into watches and I'm the kind who likes to actually wear them for the way it looks and works, not to flash it as a status symbol. This is why I only like to wear the brands that represent great value and they are Seiko, Casio, and Citizen aka Japanese Trinity. On the other hand, there's another brand that's a subsidiary of Seiko and that's Orient. I've never seen or heard about them back then not until the watch enthusiasts I'm following on YouTube showcase then periodically. Personally, their entry level Tri Star is almost like Seiko 5, but some of their designs are not to my taste. There are a few that catches my eye, but not as elegant as a Seiko (albeit some Seiko 5's look horrendous as well). Same goes for the Bambino, it's classy and elegant, yet I'd rather have a Presage. Orient Stars on the other hand are a different tier and these are stunning. Majority but not all are beautiful and this is where I've hit the crossroads. As a die hard Seiko person, is this subsidiary brand worth getting? I know it's all about preference, but I'd like to hear your thoughts and feedback. 

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Great watches,here's my kamasu. Sapphire, lovely handset and one of the few watches that the day date works with the watch. Seikos in my opinion are getting overpriced, on the other hand most orient's seem underpriced(not that I'm complaining)

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I have had an orient bambino for just over a week now. 

I would say that if you don't like the look of any of their watches don't get one, if you see one you like but you see a Seiko or citizen that you would prefer more then save up your money and get one of those. I don't think you should buy a watch just to say that you own a watch from that brand. 

If you really like the look of a specific orient star and you would like to get it then I think it is worth getting.

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The original version of the Triton. For VFM and wrist presence this is a crazy good ISO rated divers. 

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Like @Stricko I’ve also got an Orient Kamasu 

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I’ve got to say that the Bambino never really did anything for me, but I’d put their divers up against most others in their price range. 

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DCWIZARD

I have had an orient bambino for just over a week now. 

I would say that if you don't like the look of any of their watches don't get one, if you see one you like but you see a Seiko or citizen that you would prefer more then save up your money and get one of those. I don't think you should buy a watch just to say that you own a watch from that brand. 

If you really like the look of a specific orient star and you would like to get it then I think it is worth getting.

Im trying to save up for those Orient Stars, they're more pricey than what I actually paid for my SRPB41. Thanks for the feedback. 

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Stricko
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Great watches,here's my kamasu. Sapphire, lovely handset and one of the few watches that the day date works with the watch. Seikos in my opinion are getting overpriced, on the other hand most orient's seem underpriced(not that I'm complaining)

I have seen the recent trend in pricing. And this is actually one of the ones that caught my attention from Orient. 

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Relvee

The original version of the Triton. For VFM and wrist presence this is a crazy good ISO rated divers. 

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This reminds me of the Promaster Auto from Citizen with a power reserve, which is NICE 👍!

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Matt84

Like @Stricko I’ve also got an Orient Kamasu 

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I’ve got to say that the Bambino never really did anything for me, but I’d put their divers up against most others in their price range. 

These Kamsasus are getting more of my attention now.

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I do not own one myself, but they’re fantastic pieces. Remarkable value.

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Orient is pretty under appreciated to most. They offer good value versions of some Seiko models. The Kamasu line is like a better version if the new Seiko 5 sports with better accuracy and specs. The Bambinos are like cheap Presages, especially the ones that have 4r movements. The Tristars have never been worth much to me as they have next to no water resistance and the looks are ok at best. Their field watches and some “everyday” type watches like the Maestro are pretty nice, if only because some comparable Seiko models are hard to find. Orient Star is kind of a mixed bag for me. The base models are nice, but I am not one for skeletonized dials so the ”upper end” ones fall a bit flat for me. 
 

Overall: they have some nice watches and some meh watches. They tend to fall above entry level Seiko for most of the line up, having much better specs for money. They fall well below the Seiko Luxe Lineup aside from some specific Orient Star pieces. Well worth a shot if you want that sweet spot that SKX models used to fill with price to performance, other than that it really depends on the models you are looking at and what you are prioritizing. 

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Chronomancer_85

Im trying to save up for those Orient Stars, they're more pricey than what I actually paid for my SRPB41. Thanks for the feedback. 

I want to start saving up for is the Seiko SRPG63, I don't own a Seiko but I want to.

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I love my orient!!! I have the m force in orange and it is reliable tough just a all around great watch. I have had mine for years with no issues. 💪👍

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I don’t like the logo. Feels low rent. 

 So I would get this…

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Orient Kamasu, for me, represents the best choice for dollars spent.  Fit and finish are outstanding,  the sapphire crystal and the movement specs are superb.  The bracelet is OK but adequate for your investment.   I upgraded my bezel. Not necessary tho.  Nothing personal, but I love this watch.

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Chronomancer_85

These Kamsasus are getting more of my attention now.

Get 1 you won't be disappointed