Orient signed to sponsor the SUBARU TECNICAL INTERNATIONAL INC. (STI) in 2009 to test the functionality and durability of their watches as they share the pressure of the racetracks with their respective wearer. It was to prove that Japanese Engines are always the best. It’s the same degree of seriousness that goes into the Orient Automatic 21 Jewels World Time Power Reserve FA06001B Mens Watch.
The first thing we can say about the Orient Automatic 21 Jewels World Time Power Reserve FA06001B Mens Watch is it has something very different from other world time watches. This brings the watch its WOW factor and puts it head and shoulders above competitions, even with some of the Swiss!
The highlight of the watch is its dial. Apart from the exuding class and a fine craftsmanship, emphasis goes into its two-layer main dial. There are two chapter rings, with the world time (inner) and names of the cities (outer) written on them. Very clearly printed and therefore, very legible, the external ring rotates as the 4’oclock crown is turned.
Setting the world time needs aligning your current city to the current time on the 24 hour chapter ring. This aligns the rest of the cities (all in different time zones) to their respective current time; however, this is not a digital watch so daylight savings time does not apply.
Inside, there ticks an Orient Bambino Classic 46K40 movement, which doesn’t take manual winding and doesn’t hack. But, with the power reserve meter, manual winding is not a big factor since you always know when to shake it up a bit. But then again, with its fabulous wrist presence, you shall give it a fair amount of wrist time, which takes care of the winding part. Four to 6 hours of wearing winds it up fully.
As for the hacking part, it is important for COSC certified watches or those syncing to atomic signals; besides, this one is much more accurate (+ 7 seconds a day) than normal mechanical watches and doesn’t require resetting every now and then. Among the extra, there’s a display back that allows seeing the movement inside. The movement is a decorated one with 21 jewels; there are Geneva-styled waves and swirls machined on it. Sapphire crystals on both sides (on the dial and on the caseback) with ARC (anti-reflective coating) make it even more attractive!
Overall, the Orient Classic Automatic World Time Power Reserve FA06001B Mens Watch is a very satisfying watch that never fails to perform its duty. It is of a great value and compares very well with entry-level Swiss made watches, at a price that’s far lower. Agreed even by fans of Swiss timepieces, the Orient M-Force Air Diver FA06001B Mens Watch conveys a quality that’s simply great and capable of changing the perceptions of a lot of people to whom Swiss is synonymous to watches.