Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

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Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

Post by SaoGage » February 23rd 2018, 6:59am

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Wow, talk about bang for your buck. Came across this on sale for $320 and immediately made the purchase. I’ve normally seen this hovering around the $500 mark.

So this is a new Orient diver that is quite evidently a “mini” or “baby” Saturation Diver with a lot of the same design cues as that behemoth. It’s about 43.5mm in diameter and still quite thick, but it’s noticeably smaller and lighter than the Orient flagship. And truthfully, it’s damn near as nice.

I would put this right around Sumo level, maybe slightly less impressive finish but definitely the same level of overall execution. The dial and bezel are just fantastic. However, the bracelet is rather “meh” but the lugs/end links look good.
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Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

Post by SaoGage » February 23rd 2018, 7:35am

TemerityB wrote:A few of us in the chat box last night were talking about this model, as I recall. Looks great; I agree about the color combination.


I need to drop by the chat once in a while. Lots of good things going on right now with Japanese horology. This is going to be a big year riding on the successes of last year.
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Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

Post by TemerityB » February 23rd 2018, 7:45am

SaoGage wrote:
TemerityB wrote:A few of us in the chat box last night were talking about this model, as I recall. Looks great; I agree about the color combination.


I need to drop by the chat once in a while. Lots of good things going on right now with Japanese horology. This is going to be a big year riding on the successes of last year.


I believe the esteemed Mr. Conjurer noted the mini as something he's had his eye on.
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 24th 2018, 11:52pm

That's an AWESOME wartch, Mr. Gage; nicely played, sir! I too will eagerly look forward to your full-on review of this beautiful piece of Japanese Wartch Flesh...WOOF!! 8-)
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Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

Post by SaoGage » February 25th 2018, 7:58am

spanky1 wrote:SaoGauge you're a very fashion conscious young man. Can you post a picture of a NATO strap that works well on this watch. How about this one in the orange, grey, and black?

https://www.amazon.com/ArtStyle-Colorfu ... ato+straps



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Spanky,

I'm much more strict in my NATO wearing than most, so please don't let my persuasions keep you from wearing the watch however you'd like.

With that said, I don't particularly care for striped NATO's on a two tone watch as I think it ends up clashing. Of the ones you linked, I would probably recommend the regular bond striped (black and grey) version for this watch, of any of them.

I would personally wear any of the following with it:

https://www.amazon.com/MEGALITH/dp/B077S8742S/ref=sr_1_42?ie=UTF8&qid=1519570288&sr=8-42&keywords=22mm+nato

https://www.amazon.com/22mm-Synthetic-Leather-strap-spring/dp/B01LVYK7GB/ref=sr_1_140?ie=UTF8&qid=1519570384&sr=8-140&keywords=22mm+nato
The darker brown and black would look great

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016Z8K08W/ref=twister_B01K3SZXFA?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
The black regular Blushark (they make a really solid NATO, worth the price IMO)

https://www.amazon.com/AlphaShark-BluShark-Luxury-Nylon-Watch/dp/B06XHCXQ66/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1519570450&sr=1-1-spons&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1&keywords=22mm%2Bblushark&th=1&psc=1
This is their seatbelt material premium line, and I can vouch that these are top notch.

https://www.amazon.com/Watch-MiLTAT-armband-Military-Brushed/dp/B00XHLHN3G/ref=sr_1_29?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1519570556&sr=1-29&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1&keywords=22mm+miltat
To give you a color option. Miltat makes great NATOs also.
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Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

Post by SaoGage » February 25th 2018, 8:01am

foghorn wrote:As an admitted "non-follower" of Orient I have one question to satisfy my self imposed ignorance.
How do these differ from the older M-Force series?


I have owned an M-Force that I had on a sharkmesh, gave it to my father several years ago. Great watch, actually.

How is it different? Much more classic style and good looks versus the funky M-Force case and bezel. I would also argue better execution and a much better dial (seriously, the dial is the best part of this watch. It's incredible).

I've always liked Orient but hated most of their designs. This is IMO the single best watch Orient could have put out right now.
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Re: Orient “Mini” Saturation Diver

Post by MAX » June 13th 2018, 4:30am

Very nice. Id like to see that with a black case and strap.
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