conjurer wrote:I dunno. While I applaud Orient for updating the Mako, one of the charms of the old one was that it worked so well and that it was so absurdly cheap (you could easily get one from sellers on ebay and Amazon for close to a hundred bucks, BNIB.) Even buying from an AD the original Mako was maybe $130 or so.
Because it was so cheap, it was a gateway drug into this thing of ours, along with the SKX007 and Monsters, and unlike the Invicter Pro Diver, which in its day was a pretty good watch, the Mako didn't have to carry the baggage of both Nvicters history or the fact that it was a copy of the Rollie Sub. I suppose that time marches on, and inflation has to be figured in, but the old Mako, even with all its shortcomings, was the first mechanical diver a lot of budding WISses wore.
I wanted to get an Orient diver (Mako or Ray) and couldn't get past the non-sapphire crystal... This may change my view and I may now end up with one.
I sold my "Seiko Bad Ass Monster, the best dive watch in the world" because it had a Mineral crystal.
While I can (somewhat) understand the passions involved over the use of Hardlex vs. sapphire crystals, it should be pointed out that Orient is perhaps the only Japanese watch company that actually listens to its customers and tries to implement changes that collectors want.
Seiko, in contrast, is very happy to listen as well to the collecting community, nod agreeably, smile, and then totally ignore outside imput. Their divers, by and large, use Hardlex mineral glass, because that's the way Seiko does things--Hardlex is more shatter resistant than sapphire, therefore it's a better glass to use in a diver, period. Recently they updated the MM300, the big thing was that they used their Diamond-Shield treatment on the stainless steel. The crystal? Still Hardlex--which might make the new MM300 the only $2K + diver that doesn't use sapphire.
Then again, this is what makes Seiko Seiko. I wouldn't have it any other way.