GMT hand is a very interesting feature that an automatic watch can have. However, there aren’t many affordable Japanese automatic watches that come with the GMT feature. Off hand, I can think of J.Springs (world time model) and Agnes b (Seiko movement). Unfortunately, J.Springs watches are only sold in Japan and Agnes b is not a Japanese brand. So where do you go to if you are looking for an affordable Japanese mechanical watch with GMT feature?
Well, Orient has the answer for you.
Here is a series of GMT models under Orient’s Sporty Automatic line.
I have the opportunity to handle the black dialed version below. Model# is CFE04002B.
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This watch has an orange GMT hand that features a big arrowhead. The watch has a sporty design with a case diameter of 44mm (excluding crown) which is in line with today’s watch trend. Crystal is curved and has a diameter of 35mm.
The watch is very easy to operate.
Crown at three o’clock sets the time and date. The GMT hand cannot be set independently. It moves when you rotate the crown to set the time.
The watch comes with an inner GMT bezel that can be rotated by turning the crown at 4 o’clock. You set it in conjunction to the GMT hand so that it is showing the time in the second time zone.
Both crowns screw in and are signed with the traditional Orient logo.
Watch also comes with a rotating bezel that rotates in anti-clockwise direction.
One thing I notice about Orient is that they use both solid and see-through casebacks for different watches. I say this because I have been collecting Seiko watches and most of their affordable watches come with see-through casebacks.
This GMT series comes with solid caseback as shown below.
This model that I’m handling comes with a nice leather strap with matching orange stitches and a signed stainless steel buckle. There are bracelet versions available as shown in the first picture above.
Specification taken from Orient’s website:
Mechanical Movement : ORIENT caliber 46P40 Made in Japan
Stainless steel case
One-way rotating bezel
Convex crystal glass
Screw caseback, screwed-down crown
Stainless steel bracelet or genuine leather strap
Water resistant to 100m
This series of Orient GMT is available at Big Time with one year international warranty.
483 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387555
Tel: 6273 3355 Fax: 6278 8929
Model# CFE04002B. List price: $266 (Singapore dollars).