Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Return of the M-Force - WV0011EL 200m Air Diver

What a great come back for the Orient M-Force range. A 200m ISO certified Air Diver with great wrist presence.


Mechanical Movement : ORIENT caliber 40N5A Made in Japan
Self-winding movement
Hacking & Hand-winding
Enhanced shock proof
22 jewels21600/hour vibrations
Power reserve indicator
Date indicator
Stainless steel case and bracelet
One-way rotating bezel
Sapphire crystal
Screw caseback
Screwed-down crown
Diameter 46.00mm
Thickness 13.30mm
Water resistant to 200m(Certificated by ISO 6425 diver’ s watches, ISO 764 antimagnetic watches and ISO 1413 shock-resistant watches)

Despite the size and heft of this watch it sits very comfortably on the wrist, even my small one. It doesn't leave you feeling as if you have been lifting weights all day as some other watches do. The bracelet is wide enough to help with this. For those that have worn an Orient Beast you will know what I mean by this as the bracelet on the Beast, in my opinion, was not wide enough for the size of the watch.

The bracelet is made of solid links and is attached to the watch using wide spring bars. The end links are not solid and there is not divers extension on the clasp, but I don't believe this detracts from the watch, as if I was going diving with it, I would put it on a rubber or silicon strap. Uses the same pin and collrs as the Seiko Monster bracelet.

The lume is good and lasts all night. Maybe not on a par with the Seiko Monster, but good enough for the job.

As with all the newer Orient automatics, this one has hacking and handwinding. A useful feature and it is nice to see the Power Reserve indicator moving towards 40 as you wind the ultrasmooth mechanism.

The bezel is easy to rotate but not as free as the Orient Star Revolver. It is unidirectional and has 120 clicks.

A recommended buy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Orient M-Force World Time WZ0021EY

This is another Japanese Domestic Market model from around 1998 (warranty card shows a purchase date of Sept 2001). Part of the Orient M-Force history. First released in 1997, the M-Force range stands for 'Mechanical Force'.


Orient WZ0021EY
Orient in house 21 jewel automatic movement
Non hacking or handwinding
Diameter: 40.5 (Approx)
Thickness: 15mm
Lug Width: N/A
Lug to lug: N/A
Stainless Steel case and bracelet (18mm at clasp)
Clam Shell style clasp with safety clasp
Screw Down Case back
Water Resistance: 100m
Crystal: Hardened Mineral


The first impression that this watch gives is of being solidly built. A tool watch look with brushed stainless steel bezel and bracelet. The bracelet is solid links with pins and is of good quality. However, the bracelet is let down by the standard clasp fitted. These clasps were common at the time the watch produced. A clasp similar to the Beast would have been more appropriate in my opinion. That aside the watch wears well and is comfortable on the wrist.

The crown at 4 o'clock is used to set the time, date and 24 hour rotating ring. The 24 hour ring turns counterclockwise as the hands move clockwise, meaning that the time elsewhere in the world can be seen at a glance (apart from daylight saving).

The dial is nice blue with a textured middle.

Another wonderful part of the Orient M-Force history.