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CEVAD003W

CEVAD003W

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Why what do we have here?  It looks like my first Orient watch.  Who is Orient Watch?  They used to be one of the big three watch makers in Japan, after Seiko and Citizen.  The quartz revolution almost wiped them out, but they continued to make mechanical watches.  Most of their production is still mechanical.  Seiko bought a controlling interest a few years ago, but Orient still produces their own calibers in house.

This watch is a CEVAD003W.  It is a fairly large watch, at 37x45mm or so.  However, it is still quite nice to wear and looks very modern as a result.  The fit and finish are no less than amazing for a watch of this price range, less than $80.  The case is all stainless steel with a high polish.  The crown is signed and the face of the watch is very detailed.

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The face has wonderful detailing and swirl patterns.  The large Arabic numerals and indicators are coated with pure white Lumibrite.  The lume works well and is pretty comparable to my Seiko 5’s.  The hands are blued and look like they are laser cut, also filled with Lumibrite.  The crystal has a magnifier built in, and this is the first time I have seen a magnifier that I actually like.   It is mineral glass.  The watch also has Day and Full Day of the Week indicators.

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I believe it has a 46E40 movement, made in Japan.  Accuracy is excellent.  I timed it vs. a quartz watch and in 8 hours it has lost about 1 second!  This means about -3 seconds a day!  This exceeds COSC requirements for chronometer accuracy. It does not hack or hand wind, which is typical of entry level movements. 21,600 BPH.

The case back is snap on and appears to be laser etched.  The case is all stainless steel, 50m water resistance.

This watch comes on a crocodile pattern leather band.  A whopping 24mm lug size!  It is about the widest leather band I have seen.  It is comfortable to wear and is very nice quality.  The buckle is signed, again it looks like it was laser etched.

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The watch is very comfortable to wear is looks very impressive on the wrist. I think my only complaint would be is the high polished case is a fingerprint magnet, but that is to be expected on a dressier watch.  This is my first Orient, and if the economy ever improves, it will not be my last.

Features:
Case: 37mm x 45mm, stainless steel, 50m water resistance.
Back: Stainless Steel, snap on, Orient makers mark, water resistance and serial number.
Crystal: Hardlex, domed, with magnifier.
Movement: Automatic, 46E40, Orient in-house design and manufacture.
Complications: Full Day of Week, Date.
Other: Genuine leather band, Luminous Hands and Markers.