This Mako features what I have come to refer to as the "classic Orient diver blue" color, with some beautifully off-setting red tones that make this watch 'a natural' for NATO, ZULU or bracelet wear. This watch has been around for quite a while, and there are, of course, many different styles to pick from in deciding what your second choice will be be. For me, it was yet another diver, this one a bit more capable and, yes, stylish as well:
My third Orient was actually gifted to me by a fellow watch collector, and of the three I owned at that time, it was certainly the most unusual, with a dressier design, a quartz movement, an unusual faceted crystal and an intersting dial color I'd theretofore never seen:
So that was my entire Orient collection as of a couple of weeks ago, until this one day when I was goofing around on eBay and several other purchase sites, when I came across this absolutely gorgeous Orient. MAKO XL II watch, a model I had decided I wanted a long time ago, but kept putting off because I kept seeing other watches that distracted me. Ah, but THIS one, model# CEM75006W, had it ALL, including my favorite color, GREEN:
I love dive watches, and I especially love a dive watch that has some GREEN going for it, and THIS one has it and it's beautiful. But it also has this amazingly beautiful and clear white dial that really makes everything on it -- indices, day & date -- POP like crazy!
And, like all other automatic Orient watches, it has its own in-house movement, this one the caliber 46943, which features a 40-hr. reserve. The case width is 44.5 mm (w/o crown), and the entire construction is stainless steel, including the bracelet. Interestingly, the watch looks and feels a bit larger on the wrist, about 46 mm or so, but its 13.3mm thickness keeps it from becoming top heavy, like the first and especially the second generation Invicta Grand Diver sometimes does.
Its crown is located at the 3 o'clock position, and it sets the time and date, while the single pusher at the 2 o'clock position sets the day. Like it's smaller sibling, it is a non-hacking movement, but for sheer looks and solid performance, there's nothing quite like these basic, well-engineered tool watch designs.
I'm extremely pleased to have finally picked up this awesome Orient MAKO XL and added it to my very modest little collection of dive and sport watches. Many thanks for dropping by and having a look! It always means a lot when you DO!
Oh...and I almost forgot: here's "da lume!"
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