Orient is alongside Seiko and Citizen a well respected Japanese watch brand. Their watches have in-house movements, which is a pretty big thing for anyone into watches.
This vintage Orient Sea King Crystal is... well just look at the pictures. This colourful, chunky, blingy watch looks just insane! But there is a perfectly logical explanation to the colours of this unusual looking diving watch.
All diving watches have a rotating bezel that can be aligned to the minute hand at the start of the dive and thus tell you how long you've been down. But the Orient Sea King Crystal takes it one step further.
Anyone who made it through PADI's theory class will know that the further down you go under water, colours start to disappear around you. At first, the yellow colours go, then the green, followed by the pink, and blue.
The colourful 'planned depth' indicator on the bezel of this watch is to be set to the minute hand (using the dedicated crown at 4 o' clock), and the double white marker then serves as your no-decompression limit. To warn you just in case you exceed your planned depth, if you can't see it, immediately ascend until it shows up again!
Actually, a more appropriate category for this watch is Desk Diver, as we wouldn't recommend anyone to really go scuba diving with it. But we appreciate how Orient have approached a problem and come up with their own unique solution to it.
And to top it off, all that lovely gold in the middle. It's just ridiculous. We love it.
The watch has a day complication showing the day in either English or an Eastern language followed by the day number of the week. The day can be set with the pusher at 2 o' clock. The day/date change mechanism is a slow style (similar to many Seiko movements) starting at 11pm and finishes at around 3am.
As can be seen on the pictures, this watch is in great, very close to mint condition. The holographic label, although faded is still in place on the case back. The bracelet is a New Old Stock Orient branded bracelet with its full length with possibility to remove links or use the fine adjustments on the clasp.
The in-house Orient movement beats 21, 600 times per hour and has a strong amplitude, gaining approximately one minute per day.
This watch comes in a practical travel case and a certificate of authenticity from Arlington Watches.