Orient Nami Watch Review

Orient Nami Watch Review

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Japanese brand Orient has always been at the top of the list of value brands here at aBlogtoWatch. Considering price point, you get a lot when you purchase an Orient. In-house automatic movement? Check. Quality finishing? Check. Sapphire crystal? Check (in a lot of cases). Fair price? You bet. With their successful flagship dive watch being the Mako, and its many later iterations, I was surprised to hear the brand was launching an entirely new dive watch called the Orient Nami and that it was going to be 46mm. Owning a number of Makos that have been my outdoor companions for years, I was both skeptical and intrigued.

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Orient has had a successful run with the Mako line. Owned by the same parent company as Seiko, they've maintained a high standard for a daily beater that checked a lot of boxes for enthusiasts. Featuring an in-house movement, 200m of water resistance, sapphire crystal, high-quality finishing, and a modern style at a low cost for what you're getting – the collection rightfully caught on quickly. I still have my original Orient Ray (the "Tumor" as it came to be called for the day-date pusher at 2 o' clock). Up until March – when I banged it so hard against a rock while fishing that I broke the crystal and bent the bezel – it never let me down. It was rugged, fun to wear, and didn't cost enough that I was overly upset about losing it. The Mako collection has evolved numerous times over the last few years with the addition of the Mako XL, Ray and Ray II, and Mako USA and USA II. The Mako USA was actually very community-driven, with Orient taking suggestions from clients themselves and creating a watch around their wish lists – and that kind of attention to their prospects really helped me appreciate Orient as a brand.

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

When the whispers of a 46mm dive watch starting making the rounds, it was quickly assumed that it would be another large M-Force, a new version of the Mako XL, or perhaps a Mako USA XL. Instead, we got the Orient Nami, a dive watch detached from the popular Mako collection, and entirely unique among the rest of Orient's diver catalog – while still maintaining a sub-$500 price tag. Named after the Japanese word for "wave" the Nami will find its place among those who prefer a bigger watch on their weekend hikes and dives, but can't or don't want to fork over the cash for a SuperOcean.

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Being the outdoors type, and in need of a new companion for those excursions, I scooped up the Midnight Blue model in April – and overall, I haven't been disappointed in the 3 months I've had it on my wrist.

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Let's address everyone's biggest concern first. Yes, this watch is big. At 46mm wide and 13mm thick, I assumed this would wear like a hockey puck on my small-medium sized wrist. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't. With the exclusion of crown guards and the sharp downward taper of the lugs, this watch doesn't feel like 46mm. While it does wear a bit big on my wrist, I've never found it annoying, nor am I constantly banging it on door frames. With the inclusion of an integrated strap and flat bezel (more on those later), the watch looks great on the wrist.

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Orient Nami Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The large case houses the Orient Cal. F6724 Automatic, one of the latest movements from Orient's in-house manufacture. Also featured in the second generation Bambino, this particular movement supports hand winding and hacking seconds while also including a winding rotor – something that has not always been included in the Orient Divers. In addition, the date and time movement also features a 40-hour power reserve. This movement offers a lot more than expected in the price category it's competing in, and that will be appreciated among established fans of the brand, as well as new enthusiasts looking for a solid dive watch you won't have to sell a kidney for.

What do you think?
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  • Pete Pete

    Sweet! Unbelievable that some people spend money on shitstarter mircobrand divers instead

    • egznyc

      I love Orient and think they deliver amazing value. But it would be a less exciting world for every watch lover if we didn’t have all the microbrands and the options they bring to the table – the good, the bad, and the ugly. 😉

    • SuperStrapper

      It’s because there are crowdfunded watches out there that are of better quality with nicer movements than this.

      Nothing special here at all. Unless more scratches earlier is special..

      • Ranchracer

        Disagree with the nicer movements statement unless you believe that a +/- 15 sec per day Seiko NH35 movement is better than a +/- 5 sec per day in-house movement by a brand who’s been making their own movements for well over 100 years. My Orients are way more accurate than any of my micros, and VERY reliable.

        As far as quality, the attention to detail displayed by Orient can’t even be compared to the shoddy case and dial finishing of the majority of micros out there. Yes, there are some decently finished micros, but they are most definitely in the minority.

        • dennis

          How true, between Orient and Seiko, they put the micros to shame,
          no contest.

        • SuperStrapper

          Lmfao. Well played.

          • Ranchracer

            What do you mean?

          • SuperStrapper

            I assumed thickly ladled sarcasm.

          • Ranchracer

            Nope, not at all, but you were taking pot shots at Orient so I thought I’d better defend them! ? I just have a bunch of NH35-equipped micros, and I find that they’re all over the place in terms of accuracy (and build quality of cases and dials). Some are 6-7 seconds a day, but several of them are 10+ when you first get them. I make my own adjustments on a Timegrapher over six positions, so it’s possible to get them a bit more accurate with tuning, but over time I find that they end up back where they started.

            Every Orient I own has arrived from the retailer at, or even better than +/- 5 per day, and none of them have ever required any adjustments. So, I can only conclude that Orient movements are higher quality than what most of the micro brands are sourcing from Seiko. And in terms of overall quality, you know exactly what you’re getting with Orient. A micro is almost always more of a crapshoot in that respect. There ARE micros that use higher quality movements, whether they be better Seiko movements) or higher-than-base-grade ETAs, but those are few and far between.

            Let me be clear. I have NOTHING against Seiko or their movements. I have several Seikos of various quality, and with differing movements, and they’re fantastic watches. But, my experience over time is that the Orient movements are just simply more accurate than the run-of-the-mill NH35.

          • SuperStrapper

            Nope, didnt take any pot shots at orient.

          • Ranchracer

            Copy that. I must be mistaken. Please accept my most sincere apologies.

            Now THAT was sarcasm. ?

          • SuperStrapper

            Cool story bro.

        • ndre

          My NH35s fare much better than +/- 15sec per day. Seiko is also a brand doing his own movements since forever, so does the very same movement with a different code become good in your eyes when it is inside a Seiko?

          • Ranchracer

            Factory specs for the NH35 are -20/+40 seconds per day (http://www.timemodule.com/upload/PDF/NH35_SS.pdf). Most are of course much better than that, but I have several that can’t be tuned to better than +-10 seconds per day. Then again, my wife has a crappy Invicta Snoopy watch with an NH35 that’s run -2 seconds per day it’s whole life. My point being, the NH35 production tolerances allow for a much greater swing in accuracy than seems to be the case with Orient. Factory specs for the f6724 movement in this particular Orient watch are -15/+25 seconds per day. That’s just a fact. Better accuracy numbers translate to tighter production tolerances, better quality hardware, better QC, any number of factors.

            I’d be willing to bet that the movements Seiko makes for third parties are not done to the same tolerances as movements they put in their own pieces. Just a guess, and the published accuracy specs are the same either way, but my actual Seikos with NH35s tend to be more accurate than my micros with the same movement.

  • Framlucasse

    Well done Orient, as usual. But 46mm, bloody hell, why?? At 42, I was a buyer.

  • egznyc

    I love my Orient Ray but this is a very cool different-looking watch. I’d have to admit, 46mm is a little too big for me – or at least I think it’d be; 42 mm would’ve been perfect. I’m willing, however, to try one on first before passing judgment (not sure how that’s gonna happen).

    That bezel: at first I hoped it was sapphire and not a resin when I saw some of the photos. The mineral crystal over the dial is kind of a bummer, too, as my Ray has some scratches there (I abuse it, and it’d be no different with this one). And I totally agree that a proper bracelet would be fantastic here.

    One point not raised is the length of the minutes hand – seems a little short IMO – though the rest of the dial looks terrific.

  • Mark1884

    I have had a couple Orient divers. No complaints with them. This one has a nice clean look & great dial. Size is a little big for me.
    Orient is on my “thumbs up” list.

  • Seems like a lot of watch for the money, but for a beater/tool watch, the easily scratched bezel and the mineral crystal are deal breakers for me. Not crazy about it being 46, but I might be able to live with that. Like the dial color a lot. Thanks for the brutally honest review Travis – good to hear about the shortcomings as well as the pluses.

    • Travis Cannata

      You’re welcome. Over-all it’s a great product for the money. I know people who wear their scratches with pride and a story, I however am distracted by them.

  • Andre Braz

    Added in my list !,,,,

  • I would pay the difference for a ceramic bezel and a sapphire crystal. Those mineral ones are soft enough to get scratched but hard enough to resist easy re-finishing.

    • egznyc

      + 1 ;-). (Though a sapphire bezel would also be okay – just put lume on those markers, too.)

  • Yan Fin

    Thanks for review Travis, it is like meeting the old friend. Orient was the first real watch that I bought for myself. Even though this particular model is too big for me, it is great to know that Bambino’s new movement is being used now for a diver. I’ve always admired Orient for quality, attention to detail, class, and great dial colors. These watches run for years without any service; whatever they use for crystal, non- sapphire one, is almost indestructible. And, somehow, being very much budget products, Orients look decent and cool.

  • If a cheap Parnis can have a ceramic bezel, why can’t Orient watches?

  • BNABOD

    Never like the cigarette like logo but it looks like a million other divers out there. Not a bad thing per say but seiko and orient really need to evolve a bit w ceramic and sapphire on beater watches. I get they want to keep the price down but a slight increase on price w much better specs would be an attractive proposition(aside from its size )

    • Bert Kanne

      I agree totally. My Mako USA came with a sapphire crystal and a very good stainless bracelet but it was priced far lower than this watch. A ceramic bezel or equivalent is needed as well. Orient, are you listening?

      • Denis Danijel Puhar

        Well said. I had a similar experience and you ‘hit the nail on the head’ with this short response which includes everything what is relevant. I also hope, that Orient is listening to this wishes, namely what needs to be improved.

  • John Stevens

    I am trying to understand the point with this watch, Orient already have the Mako and Ray both with 200m ratings and other more robust divers, all at sensible sizes, however Orient are, in my opinion the best mechanical watch you can buy for the money, I have three (two of those being Bambino’s) and the worst one is 4 seconds per day off.

    • Yan Fin

      I think it’s the largest diameter with hacking movement from Orient.

    • egznyc

      What has been your experience with the bambinos? They look pretty nice but my main concerns are the non matching date wheel, short hands, and a beautiful crystal that can easily get scratches.

      • Yan Fin

        My 2 cents: I got a white dial gen 2 ver 2 that perfectly matches the date background. It’s a dressy watch, so no scratches so far. To me hands are perfect. Once again, borrowed picture :

      • Yan Fin

        My 2 cents: I got a white dial gen 2 ver 2 that perfectly matches the date background. It’s a dressy watch, so no scratches so far. To me hands are perfect. Once again, borrowed picture :
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf1af7f36d7b350770bd579dd0c98258826a421d798bcf2d7a442a9b0e6a67ad.jpg

        • I think the date in this watch completely destroys what otherwise would be a thing of beauty.

          • Yan Fin

            I think I already let you know: I don’t care what you think.

          • Yan Fin

            Sorry, please ignore my previous post, it was intended to another person. My apologies.

      • John Stevens

        I’m amazed at the quality of them for the price they are, the attention to detail in my opinion is unmatched under £200. The non matching colour date window doesn’t bother me, but you could get the stainless steel model with the off white dial and no border on the date if you prefer, as to accuracy they are within chronometer standards and absolutely no stutter on second hand. The last one I bought was the gen 2 version 2 with hacking and hand winding and picture do not do them justice.

      • Jeffrey Wong

        I have a Bambino G1V1 and like it. It is a dress watch. The dome crystal and old school hands are charming. Hated the shinny and stiff strap and replaced it with nicer strap and clasp. 21mm lugs which took some time to get replacement strap. For the money, you can’t really go wrong.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Dear divecity.
    I like this watch / brand. I think it looks very smart. For the money it’s pretty much in reach of most consumers after this look. Nice and big and chunky.
    Just the one scuff on that glass and it’s game over, i wouldn’t be able to wear it.

    • dennis

      I agree, i have the ray11, a lot of watch for the money, great lume

      • egznyc

        The next iteration of Orient’s popular diver will be the Ray: Scotland Edition. It will have sapphire glass but, alas, will also come skeletonized. 😉

    • Travis Cannata

      Did… did Ray just give a semi-positive comment?

      • Greg Dutton

        I thought I heard a *clunk* in there somewhere, but it seems it was just my imagination.

        • Travis Cannata

          I was waiting for it all morning.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I don’t know where this impression of me stems from. I have been wax lyrical about many posts on this blog. I do admit to being a bit old fashioned and stuck in my ways. For instance In no dimension can i see a chronograph being useful on a watch Can we also get passed skeletonisation ASAP.

        Thanks

        • Travis Cannata

          I’m messing with you Ray. I’ve grown to enjoy your commentary.

    • Shinytoys

      almost had it ray 🙂

  • TrevorXM

    You’d think that Orient would be able to hook up with the source for all those sapphire crystals and sapphire bezel covers for the Fifty Fathoms knock-offs and copies out there. 50 bucks to the price of the watch? A little more? So what. This would become a terrific bargain piece worth buying then.

    • Travis Cannata

      I was very surprised to here the Nami didn’t have a Sapphire Crystal. Going to be a hindrance to many potential buyers.

      • Larry Holmack

        Yeah….I was surprised that it just had a Mineral Crystal on it instead of a Sapphire.
        if I was looking for another dive watch…I would consider this one anyway. Their blue dials are really nice looking!!

        • Travis Cannata

          My favorite part of the watch!

        • egznyc

          Right: it’s blue AND large enough to look good on your wrist! Or maybe you’re going to see if they introduce a 50mm diver ;-).

  • Shinytoys

    another solid addition for Orient’s line…in an adult size I might add…

    • Did you read the article? Plastic bezel?

      That’s “a solid addition”?

      • Shinytoys

        Yes siree Bob cat tail

  • commentator bob

    I owned an Orient Ray and then an Orient Mako USA, both with the sunburst blue dial. Overall they were great watches, particularly the Mako USA with sapphire crystal, solid endlinks and drilled lugs.

    The watches were the perfect size (fit under the cuff, did not stand out in professional settings), kept great time, had great finish and high quality bracelets (particularly the Mako USA with the solid endlinks), and took a lot of the best Rolex designs will still being unique.

    The Bad things were:

    -The Orient mineral crystals scratch very easily. I have an SKX007 with hardlex that has been bashed into a number of obstacles crystal first and not scratched. The Orient Ray crystal, on the other hand, scratched horribly badly, to the point that I popped it out and replaced it with a $20 eBay sapphire crystal (with shipping, and not in bulk – come on Orient, what does sapphire cost you wholesale, $5 or less?).

    -The “Orient” name is horrible. At best it sounds like some cheap Chinese startup despite the fact that it is a Japanese company with a deep history. At worst it sounds racist.

    This watch unfortunately takes the bad things about Orient: The name and their easily damaged mineral crystals, while losing the good things: Proper professional setting size and a high quality bracelet.

    There is really no good reason to get this watch over any number of Seikos (Seiko dive watches have the same problem of being too large for a professional setting, unless you go high-end or get a chintzy Seiko 5), particularly the new Turtle.

    • egznyc

      Yep – this is definitely not a proper desk diver ;-). I’m thinking if they’d release this with sapphire and upgrade the bezel, and add a good bracelet, I’d be willing to spend more on one. Well, if I could get away with 46mm, which I have my doubts about.

      The design is big and bold, and I’m okay with bold.

    • Come on, really?

      Well, it *may* be because I’ve read endlessly through all my life, so “Orient” to me evokes hidden palaces with riches untold, jungle ruins waiting to be discovered… Indiana Jones’ type expeditions and One Thousand and One Nights adventures.

      I’t’s the damn logo and typography to me.

  • Jeffrey Wong

    Am not sure if this is to be a real diver like the SKX007/009 or other Seiko true divers or a desk diver like the Ray and Mako? 46 mm is way to big for me. My Mako I can sneak under a dress shirt, the SXK009, no way. I think as North Americans may be bigger than Japanese, it should have been a Nami USA with Sapphire and $80 option for metal strap.

  • But that hideous logo, can’t get over it! Shame because the Mako is very nice!

    P-plastic bezel???????

  • otaking241

    Orient makes a quality product but I really wish they’re work on their branding–a new logo is well overdue and even the brand name itself could stand to be rethought.

  • Tea Hound

    We should be talking about the Apple Watch 3. Now there’s a timepiece.

    • commentator bob

      They do manage to offer a sapphire crystal at this price level.

  • Norbs K

    Just picked up a Ray with orange dial this week for cheap on Amazon.

    I’m absolutely loving this brand. The logo gives it a vintage feel and the name is something that invokes a bit of a mysterious far away land feeling in me.
    Many people bash against the logo and the name if like that’s what makes a watch good. I would take the name Orient over a watchmakers name any time of the day.

    This new one looks nice, although I have to agree with many others about the plastic bezel and mineral glass. These shouldn’t have been the parts of cutting corners.

  • Orient is one of those brands that people who are just getting into watches are talked into buying (or talk themselves into buying) due to all the positive reviews they receive on forums. If you read WUS, you’d think Orients were the second coming of Jesus and the Beatles all rolled into one.

    They aren’t. I’ve owned maybe four or five different Orient dive watches and none of them have ever made it past six months of ownership. The bezels are sloppy and chintzy, the screwdown crowns are gritty and the straps they come supplied with are some atrange inflexible plasti-rubber. I can’t say that they’re not worth, say, $200, but I couldn’t imagine paying $375 for this model when the Seiko SRP777 exists and can be had for less.

  • commentator bob

    For most people the Seiko SNZH53 will be a better way to get this look. It also has a mineral crystal and clear plastic bezel, but is priced appropriately for those features ($150 or less):

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1aca8c57bc1ed102dfea7c913c9b6b9b6b68e2114ecc88a231ddefb7f1498a6b.jpg

  • Mark

    Travis, I really liked the article and the nice photographs you included. Well done! I first heard about the Orient Nami last year when Orient sent me an announcement about it. For myself, the 46mm wouldn’t be so bad with my 7 1/4” wrist. I own 3 Orients, the Ray Raven, the Bambino V4 and the Marshall. I love all three, and so far they have worked well with me. My only demurs are the rotors seem a little clunky (read that noisy), the bracelets reminded me of Seiko’s from the 1970’s and I wish they would go back to serial numbers on the case backs. The Nami really looks stunning in the blue in your photos. If the price is right, I would gladly add it to my collection. If I remember correctly, Seiko took over Orient in 2008. Over the last two years, reading the corporate reports, Seiko has been injecting their managers into the Orient team. Also over the last two years, I’ve noticed more Seiko technology finding their way to Orient’s watches. I’m curious to see where this will go in the future. Anyway, great article Travis.

    • Travis Cannata

      Thank you so much Mark!

  • Ulysses31

    Aside from a few exceptions like the Bambino, I just can’t make myself like the Orient aesthetic. It just screams generic-Asian-built watch.

  • Marius

    On paper, this watch offers very good value — what more do you want for $375? Nevertheless, what I don’t understand is the main reason for purchasing this watch.

    As a prestige item and status symbol this watch is clearly not the best choice.

    As a design object, à la AP Royal Oak/Panerai/Cartier Tank this is also not a great choice.
    Personally, I find this watch quite ugly, and it’s clearly too big.

    As a time-telling instrument this watch is not exactly ideal either, considering that a quartz watch is much more accurate, more reliable, and ten times cheaper. Not to mention that you don’t even need a watch these days; you can simply use your phone, or in my case, the beautiful Breitling Tourbillon dashboard clock from my Bentley Bentayga.

    Lastly, as a tool watch…well, in 2017 nobody uses a mechanical watch as a real dive instrument. And, the mineral cristal and plastic bezel are not very helpful either.

    I don’t want to offend anyone, but in my opinion, this watch is aimed mostly at people who don’t want to buy, or can’t afford to buy a higher-end watch, so they convince themselves how great this timepiece is. As Valannin points out below, there are plenty of forums where these watches are presented as if they were God’s gift to mankind and humanity.

    • Yan Fin

      Right. Who needs a watch.

  • A_watches

    its a good looking high value watch..what more else