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Orient Star WZ0141FD

Here’s another popular Orient Star model that I had the opportunity to handle. This model comes under the Orient Star Classic line and according to Orient’s website, was released in October 2004, long before my blog came into existence. However, I have been around since then and saw it’s release on the Internet when sellers started to carry them and forumers started to discuss about them. At that time, they even had limited editions that are fitted with orange and blue dial known as Summer Limited Model. I also notice that Orient has updated this series last year with two PVDed models.   


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My first impression of the watch is that it is kind of odd because the crown and date window are not located at the usual place. The crown is located at 4 o’clock while the date window is next to the 9 o’clock marker. When I first looked at the watch in person, it looked as if the case was not symmetrical. I guess this was a visual effect created by the power reserve subdial at 1 o’clock and possibly the crown and date window also contributed to the effect. After looking at it for some time, my eyes got used to it and no longer feel that effect.  
 


Dial

If you look at the dial shot above, you will notice that there are diamond shape textures on the dial. The power reserve subdial is also textured. In addition, there are black stripes on the hour markers to make the dial more legible.

The "Orient Star" name and logo is printed in bold on the dial. Orient also has a skinny version as found on the WZ0011EJ.

The case is nicely finished and feels pretty sturdy too. Crown located at 4 o’clock is nicely shaped and is signed with the Orient Star logo.

Watch is fitted with a flat sapphire crystal that even has anti-reflective coating on it according to Orient’s website.
 


Signed crown

Caseback is transparent and there is this bold font Orient Star name and logo stamped on the rotor. It is also painted in gold to make it more visible.

Note that this watch is powered by the 46N44 movement that does not hack or hand wind.
 


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Both bracelet and leather strap variants are available. This specimen that I have here comes with a leather strap and a nice Orient Star buckle. Style of the buckle reminds me of the Rolex buckle.


Buckle
 
Having handled this Orient Star as well as the WZ0011EJ, I am beginning to form the impression that these watches are more well made than their Seiko 6R15 Mechanical or Spirit counterparts. For prices similar to the Seiko 6R15’s, Orient certainly offers great value for money with their Orient Star Classics.

Since this model has been in the market for several years, some of you may have purchased it already. My congratulations to you if you already an owner of these Orient Stars.

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Orient Star WZ0141FD is provided by:
 


483 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387555
Tel:  6273 3355   Fax:  6278 8929
bigtime@singnet.com.sg

www.chang.com.sg


Pictures for your reference:


WZ0211FD


WZ0151FD – Pictures are taken from the Internet.

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10 responses to “Orient Star WZ0141FD

  1. Ilham 05/10/2008 at 4:58 am

    Hi Yeoman,How much in U.S. Dollars is the model you viewed with the leather strap?I like this watch very much!

  2. Yeoman 05/10/2008 at 9:01 am

    Hi poster below,For pricing, please email my watch provider at bigtime@singnet.com.sg or check with: http://www.seiyajapan.com http://www.higuchi-inc.comBest regards,Thomas

  3. Ilham 05/10/2008 at 10:24 am

    Thank you Yeoman.I have purchased Seiko SCVS013 from Seiya, and really like this model you have reviewed in the Stainless Steel bracelet.Do you think it is about $300, about same as Spirit?Thank you.

  4. Yeoman 05/10/2008 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Ilham,I think it is slightly more than $300. The list price of the watches are as follows:Seiko SCVS013 – 36,000 YenOrient WZ0141FD – 45,000 YenPrice difference is 9,000 Yen or approximately $85Actual price difference will be lesser after discount .Best regards,Thomas

  5. Ilham 07/10/2008 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you Thomas.This was a big help.I went ahead and took a look and ordered this one:   WZ0121FD .   I think this one does not have the numbers on dial, and on a bracelet.  I believe the movement is the same.Can you confirm by chance?Best Regards,Ilham

  6. Yeoman 08/10/2008 at 1:51 pm

    Yeah, that\’s the bracelet version without the numbers on the dial.

  7. Ilham 11/10/2008 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Thomas,What is the best way to find out what movement is in the WZ0121FD, or the one you reviewed here?  Is it on the Rotor? Or …. somewhere on internet?Thank you,Ilham

  8. Yeoman 12/10/2008 at 9:17 am

    Hi Ilham,The movement in the WZ0121FD is 46N44. http://www.orient-watch.jp/product/category/item/?item_id=102&category_id=106Best regards,Thomas

  9. Ilham 14/10/2008 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you Thomas!I have another question regarding Orient Star\’s in general.Is the way to determine year/month of production the same as Seiko?  I see a 6 digit code on the case back.  I am assuming if the first digit is an 8, that it was made this year, 2008?Your blog is very informative.  I am trying to research on Seiko Alpinist.  I really like the dial.Thank you,Ilham

  10. Yeoman 17/10/2008 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Ilham,I suppose you can date an Orient watch from its serial number in the same way as Seiko.Best regards,Thomas

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