Review: Orient Diver’s Watch WZ0371FD

Remember the Orient Excursionist GMT review from back in April? Well, now I have another slick model from Orient Watches USA. Quick reminder, Orient is a Japanese brand owned by Seiko, and they make their own in-house movements which somewhat embarrassingly in my opinion, is more than can be said for a large number of so-called Swiss brands. This model, the WZ0371FD, seems to be known as the “Revolver,” not exactly sure why. I’ve also seen it called the “Air Diver.”

Here are the official specs:
40-Hour Power Reserve Indicator
Mineral Crystal
Orient Caliber 46N4A
Stainless Steel
44mm Case
14.8mm Case Thickness
Unidirectional Bezel
22mm Lugs
1 Year Orient Watch USA Warranty

The watch arrived in a nice box, with an additional outer sleeve.

Let’s have a look at the dial and layout. Note that while the crown is still at 4pm as we see on diver larger dive watches, the date display has been moved to 9pm instead of the much more common 3pm. The RDM display is at approx. 1pm. Considering all of the things on the dial, functions and text, I think they did a nice job visually balancing the layout.

Let’s look at the case and caseback. Quite solid, and even a bit heavy.

And the bracelet and clasp? Nice oyster-style links.

The bracelet integrates into case fairly well, but we are of course talking about a substantial dive watch here.

[Here’s one with a black dial, looks great!] [even more pics of the black dial]

Note the taper of bracelet? A nice touch, makes it a bit more comfortable on the wrist.

Signed clasp, with fold-over safety piece.

Nice knurled and signed crown. Not bad at all.

[Another view with nice pics]

And some wrist shots.

[Also be sure to check out these pics]

I really like the yellow dial. Only two other watches I’ve ever seem with yellow dials that looked good, imho: Seiko and Doxa.

[Here’s one with a blue dial]

The lume is quite good, a lot of it and bright, on both hands and markers. I’m not crazy about the bezel, a little too busy for my tastes. But the overall product is a definite win. You get a very solid case and bracelet, large dial with excellent visibility, solid in-house movement, and useful RDM display. As an aside, power reserve displays on manual wind watches are borderline useless, imho. If you wind your watch every day you generally know the score. I think they make much more sense on an automatic watch.

[And a few more pics for good measure.]

Below is the official Orient video for this watch, giving you some more info and additional views. Enjoy!  ;-)

If you like this watch and are interested in picking one up, you can get an excellent discount. Orient USA was willing to make a special 50% off discount coupon code for readers of this review. Go ahead and order the watch at the Orient site, and when checking-out use the coupon code “amatureecon50″.

Additional links:
Orient Star 200m Air Diver ( WZ0371FD)
Anyone here own this Orient? …
Orient Star WZ0361FD Air Diver’s 200m aka “Blue Revolver”
Yellow Orient Star Revolver