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Orient Star WZ0141FD
04/10/2008Posted by on
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pictures for your reference:
WZ0151FD – Pictures are taken from the Internet.