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Orient Star: Outstanding Japanese Timepieces

Originally released in 1951, the Orient Star collection is the company's core collection. Known for being simple yet attractive, this collection from Orient has made its mark in the world of horology as a collection that features truly outstanding Japanese quality. 

The collection is further broken down into three sub-series: Orient Star Classic, Orient Star Contemporary, and Orient Star Sports. Every model in each series is equipped with the brand's one-of-a-kind in-house calibers. Moreover, the watches have additional complications such as the moon phase display, power reserve indicator, and a second time zone display. In all, the Orient Star collection might be on the more affordable side, but they still offer top-quality timepieces that are built to last with performance that is on par with more expensive brands. 

Prices at a Glance: Most Popular Orient Star Watche

Model

Price

(approx.)

Size

Features

Orient Star Classic RE-DX0001S

$2,400 USD

40mm

● Stainless steel case

● Sapphire crystal

● 48E51 Caliber

● 40-Hour power reserve

● 50m water-resistant

Orient Star Contemporary RE-HJ0004R

$1,426 USD

41mm

● Stainless steel case

● Sapphire Crystal glass

● F7F62 Caliber

● 50-Hour power reserve

● 50m water-resistant 

Orient Star Classic RE-AM0001S

$1,209 USD

41mm

● Stainless steel case

● Sapphire crystal

● F7X62 Caliber

● 40-Hour power reserve

● 50m water-resistant 

Orient Star Contemporary RE-HK0003B

$1,100 USD

40mm

● Stainless steel case

● Sapphire Crystal glass

● 50m water-resistant

● 50-Hour power reserve

● F7F62 Caliber

Orient Star Sports RE-AT0105B

$920 USD

43.2mm

● Stainless steel case

● Sapphire Crystal glass

● 50-Hour power reserve

● 200m water-resistant

● F6N42 Caliber

Orient Star Sports RE-AU0304L

$900 USD

43.6mm

● Stainless steel

● Sapphire Crystal glass

● F6N47 Caliber

● 50-Hour power reserve

● 200M Water-resistant

Orient Star Sports RE-AU0206B

$780 USD

41mm

● Stainless steel case

● Sapphire Crystal glass

● F6N43 Caliber

● 100m water-resistant

● 50-Hour power reserve

Orient Star Classic RE-AV0002S

$708 USD

40mm

● Stainless steel case

● Sapphire crystal

● 50-Hour power reserve

● 50m water-resistant

● F6F42 Caliber

Orient Star Contemporary RE-AT0004S

$680 USD

39.3mm

● Stainless steel case

● Sapphire Crystal glass

● F6R42 Caliber

● 100m water-resistant

● 50-Hour Power reserve 

Orient Star Classic RE-ND0004S

$520 USD

30.5mm

● Stainless steel case

● Boxed Crystal Glass

● 50m water-resistant

● 55C40 Caliber


 

How much does an Orient Star watch cost?

Since its debut in 1951, the Orient Star collection has become a noteworthy collection in the Japanese watchmaking world. It has also made its rounds around the world as a symbol of top-quality Japanese watchmaking. The collection is made up of 100 models, each one unique to the Orient brand. 

The collection is further broken down into three sub-series: Classic, Sports, and Contemporary. Each series comes with its unique design and technicalities that cannot be found anywhere else. 

Below are some timepieces from the Orient Star collection to pay special attention to: 

The Orient Star Classic RE-AM0001S is a 41mm mechanical watch that features a stainless steel case and a crocodile leather band that will easily complement any outfit. It features dual-curved sapphire glass, a power reserve indicator, a semi-skeleton, and a moon-phase function. The watch runs on the company's F7X62 which ensures accuracy and precision. Furthermore, the watch is water-resistant up to 50m, making it suitable for moderate water activities. The Orient Star Classic RE-AM0001S is priced at around $1,209 USD.

Up next is the Orient Star Contemporary RE-AT0006L. This timepiece is 39mm in diameter and features a semi-skeleton view. It also showcases the craftsmanship of the brand in its case and chapter ring. It runs on the F6R42 Caliber, has a 50-hour power reserve, and is water-resistant up to 100m. This watch will cost you within the range of $400 USD to $600 USD. 

If you're looking for something on the sportier side, the Orient Star Sports RE-AT0104E is the watch for you. This timepiece sets the precedent for the company's sports collection, which showcases traditional techniques and the company's take on sports watches. This timepiece runs on the F6N42 and has a water resistance of 200m which makes it great for prolonged exposure to water bodies and rain. Its size is on the bigger side at 43mm, but it is still comfortable to wear, The Orient Star Sports RE-AT0104E retails for around $850 USD. 

The Orient Star Contemporary RE-HJ0003B, on the other hand, is a timepiece that blends elegance and sophistication. At 41mm, this timepiece is made of stainless steel and features an aesthetic dial and semi-skeleton view. It runs on the company's F7F62 caliber and has a water resistance of 50m. It also has a 50-hour power reserve which makes it a great timepiece for those in the business industry. The price of the Orient Star Contemporary RE-HJ0003B starts at around $1,400 USD. 

Lastly, the Orient Star Classic RE-AZ0001S runs on the F8B62 — a new hand-wound movement that features a 70-hour power reserve that's more powerful than the brand's usual 50-hour reserve. It has a longer power reserve and a higher accuracy of +15 to –5 seconds per day. It's 38mm in diameter and has a 50m water resistance. The Orient Star Classic RE-AZ0001S retails for around $2,500 USD. 

Orient Star's New Models (2020 and 2021) 

The Orient Star collection continues to expand even to this day. They have released a number of models in the past months and each new model carries with it the beauty, intricacy, and craftsmanship that Orient is known for. The collection continues to live up to the company's brand of producing timepieces that marry tradition with modernity. 

Below are some of the recent releases in the Orient Star collection:  

1. Orient Star Mechanical Moon Phase

First released in 2017, the Mechanical Moon Phase is no stranger to the Orient Star collection. The updated 2021 model features a new beautiful design that is inspired by the colors of the Earth and Moon. The timepiece retains the collection's trademark elements such as the power reserve indicator, the semi-skeleton window, and the moon phase display. This model also features a mother-of-pearl dial that further accentuates the beauty of the collection. The two models under the Mechanical Moon Phase are powered by the company's in-house F7M63 caliber that is known for its stable precision and reliability. This model is under the Contemporary series of the Orient Star collection. 

2. Orient Star Layered Skeleton

The Layered Skeleton comprises four new watches that are inspired by business fashion. Released in early 2021, these timepieces feature a combination of unique aesthetics, modern technology, and a design that incorporates textile patterns that are often used in the designs of business suits. The timepieces feature a two-layer dial, a semi-skeleton opening, and an openwork design. The Layered Skeleton comes in three colors: brown, black, and white herringbone. Overall, the timepieces feature a sophisticated design that runs on the company's in-house 46-F6 series movement. 

3. Orient Star Skeleton

In January 2021, Orient Star unveiled a new generation of Skeleton watches. These models feature a new hand-wound movement with an innovative design that combines traditional design elements with modern technology. The timepieces run on the company's in-house 46-F8 series movements and come in two colors: champagne and white. This model also launched the 70th-anniversary celebration of Orient Star. 

4. Orient Star Semi-Skeleton Lady

In 2020, Orient Star introduced a new Semi-Skeleton ladies model that reflects the identity of the modern lady. Eye-catching and complements every outfit, the Semi-Skeleton Lady runs on the in-house 55C22 caliber and boasts a 40-hour power reserve. It is also compact in size, which provides a dainty look and a comfortable fit for those who wear it.

5. Orient Star Mechanical Moon Phase Classic 

The Orient Star collection introduced four new models to the Mechanical Moon Phase Classic in November 2020. These models are the refined versions of the company's iconic designs, bearing sophisticated designs that add a new definition to the collection's original look. The four new models run on the F7M62 caliber and has a 50-hour power reserve. In all, these watches present noteworthy designs and technicalities that carry on the legacy of the collection as the company's flagship.

These are just five of the many models that the collection has released in the past year. The collection continues to grow as the Orient Star approaches its 70th anniversary.

Orient Star's History and Design Details

The Orient Star collection debuted in 1951, made up of watches designed to be akin to a "shining star" that shines across every aspect from design to manufacturing. From this point onward, the collection continued to produce timepieces that stood the test of time in the world of horology. 

In 1957, the Orient Star Dynamic was born. It featured hour, minute, and second hands on its central axis. In 1971, the 46 Series Movement was released, which would become the base movement of the Orient Star collection and the Orient brand for the next 50 years. This movement combines high accuracy and practicality that is unique to the brand. In 1996, an iconic feature of the collection and the brand, the power reserve indicator was integrated into the design of the timepieces. 

In 2017, Orient merged with Seiko another Japanese watch company with a long history of watchmaking and precision engineering. This merger created a strong foundation for the growth of the Orient Star. In the same year, the Mechanical Moon Phase became the first timepiece to be launched from this partnership. The merger and the launch of the Mechanical Moon Phase marked a new era for the collection and the company as a whole.

In terms of design and technicalities, the company maintains a sophisticated look that is ideal for people from all walks of life. Their watches are mostly made of stainless steel and run on one of the company's many in-house calibers. The designs also make them wearable for all occasions, whether it be business formal or smart casual. 

To this day, the company continues to add new timepieces to its illustrious history. The company marked its 70th year in the industry in 2021 and has released several timepieces to commemorate Orient's colorful history in the watchmaking industry. 

5 Reasons to Buy Orient Star Watches

Here are five reasons why you should purchase a timepiece from the Orient Star collection: 

1. First, the collection features a wide variety of timepieces. While the collection has three main series, each series has expanded since its first release. Today, there are more than 100 timepieces in the entire collection. As the collection continues to expand, the timepieces in the collection continue to improve in terms of both design and complications. 

2. Second, the timepieces showcase outstanding Japanese quality. Japanese-made timepieces have also made their mark in the world of horology in the past few years. Not only do they exceed expectations, but they are also on par with the timepieces of the West. The Orient Star collection is one of the many collections that feature just how high-quality Japanese watches can be in terms of complications, technicalities, and design. 

3. Third, the collection has timepieces for all genders. While most collections feature watches for a single gender, the Orient Star collection features watches for males and females which makes it an ideal option if you're looking to match timepieces with your loved ones. The Orient Star is versatile and can be used by everyone.

4. Fourth, the Orient Star collection features in-house movements. Since 1971, the collection has featured many of the company's in-house movements. This way, you will get watches that are precise, accurate, and of the highest quality. As the timepieces run on in-house movements, they are proof of the quality that the Orient Star has.

5. Lastly, the Orient Star collection features models with noteworthy complications. From Skeleton watches to moon phase displays, the Orient Star collection never fails to impress with the complications included in their timepieces. While all the timepieces in the collection feature a power reserve indicator, some timepieces feature a moon phase display, a second-time zone, and a GMT function. 

Orient Star: A True Star of the Show

The Orient Star collection stands as the company's flagship collection that continues to expand and impress endearing audiences. Not only do the timepieces feature unique complications and designs but they are also powered by in-house calibers that are unique to the Orient brand. The collection's quality is a symbol of outstanding Japanese quality that is well-loved and applauded by many aficionados across the globe. At present, the company continues to produce timepieces that will fortify the collection's identity in the world of horology for years to come.

Editor's Choice

Sara West
Associate Editor
Orient Star Watches
Orient said it best when they called the Orient Star collection their most distinguished and exquisite timepiece collection. The collection made its debut back in 1951, but immediately drew in buyers who were looking for something with amazing quality but still elegant at the same time. With a clean and detailed design, the collection is fit for anyone who is looking for some sophistication.
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