Orient's New Nami Diver

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Orient's New Nami Diver

Post by TemerityB » September 23rd 2017, 5:23pm

I'm more than a little surprised at this one, from the styling to the entire concept; at 46mm, it's pretty different.

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Japanese brand Orient has always been at the top of the list of value brands here at aBlogtoWatch. Considering price point, you get a lot when you purchase an Orient. In-house automatic movement? Check. Quality finishing? Check. Sapphire crystal? Check (in a lot of cases). Fair price? You bet. With their successful flagship dive watch being the Mako, and its many later iterations, I was surprised to hear the brand was launching an entirely new dive watch called the Orient Nami and that it was going to be 46mm. Owning a number of Makos that have been my outdoor companions for years, I was both skeptical and intrigued.

When the whispers of a 46mm dive watch starting making the rounds, it was quickly assumed that it would be another large M-Force, a new version of the Mako XL, or perhaps a Mako USA XL. Instead, we got the Orient Nami, a dive watch detached from the popular Mako collection, and entirely unique among the rest of Orient's diver catalog – while still maintaining a sub-$500 price tag. Named after the Japanese word for "wave" the Nami will find its place among those who prefer a bigger watch on their weekend hikes and dives, but can't or don't want to fork over the cash for a SuperOcean.

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Re: Orient's New Nami Diver

Post by biglove » September 23rd 2017, 5:47pm

46? Why?

The dial looks quite similar to an Orient Devario dial, now discontinued. Was the only Orient diver with a crappy bezel I have encountered.


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Re: Orient's New Nami Diver

Post by conjurer » September 23rd 2017, 6:45pm

It's not bad looking--it has a vintage Seiko look to it. The problem is, I've never worn an Orient diver that "wore" smaller than the dimensions would indicate, except for maybe the Revolver, but it's been years since I had one in my hands. Forty six mm is just too goddamned big--I mean, the fucking OS300 is 45mm, FFS.

If Orient had made these in 40-42mm, I'd have been all over it.
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Re: Orient's New Nami Diver

Post by 3Flushes » September 24th 2017, 12:24am

While the trend in the watch racket seems to be downsizing cases, the big O brings out a big watch.

I've never caught the Orient bug and I likely wouldn't buy the watch regardless of case size, but it's interesting that the big watch segment of the market remains strong enough to indulged by a large number of brands, and not just value brands, either. It's a nice looking, reasonably priced watch and I think they'll sell the shit out of them.
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Re: Orient's New Nami Diver

Post by bedlam » September 24th 2017, 12:25am

Too big for me :(
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Re: Orient's New Nami Diver

Post by eddiea » September 24th 2017, 4:37pm

A detail here , a detail there ...for the most part, all Orients share the same DNA these days , 46mm too big? Orient has always been about fun dorkiness, colorful shit and sometimes just plain crazy designs (darn I miss the 70's), while delivering some serious accuracy out of the box from a bullet proof in-house movement with a bargain price tag... so is both an acquired taste and an in your face take it or leave it, kind of brand....love them all
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