WATCH GIVEAWAY: Orion Field Standard Automatic

WATCH GIVEAWAY: Orion Field Standard Automatic

WATCH GIVEAWAY: Orion Field Standard Automatic Giveaways

This month, aBlogtoWatch is giving away an Orion Field Standard Automatic watch to one lucky reader. Orion is a small American brand run by Nick Harris, also known by the previous handle of Watches by Nick. Nick is a current watchmaking student who got his start by modifying Seiko watches, which led to building his own. At 38mm wide, 49mm lug to lug, and with 100m of water resistance, the Field Standard's case is the brand's signature with different models changing up things like the bezel and dial. The Orion Field Standard offers a field watch-style dial with an inner 24-hour scale and cathedral hands.

At 12.3mm thick, with a thick domed sapphire crystal and large screw-down crown, the Orion Field Standard will wear a bit beefier than many 38mm watches. The hands and numerals (including the 24-hour scale) are lumed with C3 Super-LumiNova, and the faceted applied indices give the dial a touch of depth. The caseback is solid, and inside is the Seiko NH35 automatic movement which offers the time and date, with hacking and hand-winding features. The Orion Field Standard Automatic watch comes on an integrated black croc-patterned leather strap (20mm lug-width), and has a retail price of $450. Enter below for your chance to win one of your own.

To Enter You Must:

1. Comment on this post below (on, not Facebook, or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required (if you've signed up for the commenting system before, your e-mail should already be in there). In the body of your comment, mention what the most important aspect of watch design is to you and why.

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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on May 31, 2017, for the winner to be chosen at random. A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non-US entrants may apply based on sponsor's policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor's inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner, you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.

Good luck, and thanks to Orion Watches, the sponsor of the Orion Field Standard Automatic watch giveaway here at aBlogtoWatch!

What do you think?
  • I want it! (186)
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  • I love it! (35)
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  • Classy (21)
  • Keenan Komoto

    The dial is the most important aspect of watch design for me because it is the part of a watch that gets used the most (aside from the strap or bracelet).

  • iBradcon

    I think the most important aspect is the dial. It’s the first thing you see, and often the most recognizable thing from a distance. It’s what gives the watch its character.

  • Stefanos Stylianou

    durability, like water resistance or magnetic resistance so I am comfortable to wear the watch more in my daily life

  • Chris MoJo

    A clear, easy to read dial with great lume is my priority!

  • Vincent Kruse

    In my opinion, “Attention to Detail” is the most important aspect of design.
    You are naturally designing a product for a specific persona. If any part of the design is not executed correctly, the watch instantly looks cheap and tacky.
    For example, if you are are going to add engravings to the movement, make sure they are done to the highest level of detail possible. Don’t just engrave for the sake of engraving. If you are going to polish a component, make sure it’s done perfectly.
    A “cheap” watch executed with a very high attention to detail will look far better and be aesthetically more pleasing than an expensive watch with a low attention to detail.

  • Sarosto

    For me it’s the hand, they should be appropriately long and not distract from, but attract attention to, the dial.

  • It’s all in the dial

  • NCGia

    Most important design aspect to me: I want to be able to pass down my watches to my son at some point. Therefore, I’m looking for timeless, classic design!
    Follow me on Instagram: @watch_that_watch

    • Word Merchant

      Desperate for friends much?

  • Jim Passin

    Balance and clarity are the most important to me.

  • amankh

    Accuracy of mechanical watches and the number of complications, as these determine the skills of the horologists

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  • Niall Boland

    I’ve been following Nick for a while now, and I have to say the detail and he puts into his watch together with his experimentation is fantastic.

    • Watches by Nick

      Thanks Niall!

      • Niall Boland

        Not at all!! It’s very insightful following your work on Instagram and the quality of your work. Keep it up!!

  • Jacky Yau

    Clarity of the dial is the most important aspect in watch design for me. It doesn’t matter how nice the watch looks if you can’t read the time without staring at your watch for 5 seconds.

  • Jan-Erik Sjøstedt

    Orion Field Standard Automatic fits nicely into my collection Tudor BB36, JeanRichard Highlands and Seiko Alpinist……..

  • Nir

    For me, the most important aspect of a watch design is the body and the shape of the timepiece I am buying. The materials they are made of, durability of the pieces and aesthetics they create when eventually put together.

  • Josef Schmid

    Most important is the dial. It is the one thing you look at everytime you look at your watch. If it does not appeal to you or you can´t read it properly then it will be a watch you don´t like.

  • Brian Mazanec

    The watch case (comfort and fit) is the most important, because if it doesn’t feel right nothing else matters. Thanks!

  • Jan-Erik Sjøstedt

    Design-wise, I prefer field watch type, for their simplicity.

  • Gerard Cardinal

    The most important aspect of watch design to me is the movement. Nothing else matters if the movement is not accurate and precise.

  • Kris Brunsden

    I’m definitely a tool watch fan so if say legibility has to be a key design aspect, it frustrates the hell out of me when dial designs are at the detriment of legibility.

  • SH

    My most important aspect of watch design is overall aesthetics, does it push my buttons?

  • Sean Kim

    The case size is the most important aspect of watch design to me because even if everything else was perfect, it would have to fit my wrist in order for me to wear it. (

  • Gal Sh

    A clean design without excessive and unnecessary details (numbers, marks etc..)

  • Bjarke Pedersen

    So very very smooth in it’s design! Almost a Flieger feel to it. A true gem!

  • Bizzarrini

    I appreciate awesome lug design in a watch, the hands are also quite important which is why I like this watch quite a lot.

  • Adrian Maidman

    Build quality is usually the main factor but I only think about that once I have fallen in love with a watch.

  • P.Panagiotidis

    The dial

  • David Williams

    I suggest that the most fundamental design requirement in a watch (in addition to the functional requirement of accuracy) is legibility. When a designer loses sight of that, as some do, the wearer loses sight of the time – not helpful!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Nice. Can’t say much wrong about this watch. Nice and legible all day watch. I would happily wear it.

  • Nice Watch! I always enjoy reading Ablogtowatch

  • Tyrone Wright

    Attention to detail, especially in the printed or lumed parts of the watch.

  • Shirley Furby

    Who couldn’t use another watch?

  • Won Matt

    The theme and story of the watch is what I look for. I love when the timepiece has a life of its own and a reason behind for why it was created.

  • Framlucasse

    450$ is not cheap. Or is it, for an Onion Field?

    -> I’m out.

    • Watches by Nick

      See ya!

  • Ryan

    The most important design element for me in a watch is the movement. I like watches for many reasons, but if it doesn’t tell time accurately and reliably then it doesn’t interest me.

  • Frits van der Veer

    Loosks like a solid watch. Nice looking.

  • Sebby Borriello

    Sometimes a simple look says it all compared to others that you may need a magnifying glass to tell what time it is. This is a simple and smart timepiece

  • Vlad

    The most important aspect of the watch, for me is water resistance and design.

  • Dave Ardley

    I like the simplicity of the aesthetic and the size on this Orion – very Mondaine in design feel. Uncomplicated but big and simple – suits my wrist.

  • Johan Sahlman

    Harmony, clean lines

  • Chris Bos

    Is there any reason for a 24 hours scale? It makes a dial so busy and full. I don’t think we really experience time in the scale 13 to 24. For me, 1 to 12 is more than enough.

  • George Gecko

    keep it simple, like this one, my Lady likes it

  • Luke

    For me it’s all about the small details, something you may not necessarily notice at a first glance but impresses you once you see it. Something that keeps you staring at and studying your watch over and over again.

  • A watch must be simple, because less is more

  • Gregg Turcich

    everyone needs a field watch in their collection,

  • David Wallace

    Very nice, this watchmaker will go far!

  • nfromto

    I like a nice clean dial, one that is easy to read not too cluttered.

  • SPITX206

    The Orion is a nice watch for the money. To me the most important aspect of watch design is cohesiveness. If all the parts on a particular watch look like they belong with that particular watch the watch is designed well. So many times a watch can be well designed but for its hands or the position of a date window or some other small thing that will throw the whole look of the watch off.

  • Dan

    The most important aspect of a watch design to me is legibility of the dial. Skeletonized dials are too much when you can’t differentiate the hands from the movement. I prefer indices over numerals, all hands with the same coloration.

  • J Moore

    Keeping it simple is key – with attention to details that at first pass you may not notice ie. small accents in color such as the second hand make a difference.

    Working with a global team with international travel – the 24 hour marker is very useful.

  • Epichartou

    Lume. I want to be able to read the time easily at night.

  • Maxim Pyankov

    Ability to read time/date/other information is the most important aspect as, at the bottom line of it all, that’s why we wear watches! I want to be able to glance at my wrist and know date/time in half a second.

  • Phil

    Most important aspect of watch design is the legibility of a dial. Gotta be able to read the time, or else, it’s just a bracelet.

  • Vexed

    The case is the most important aspect of a watch. The design of a case affects both the comfort and wearability of a watch. Things like the dial may change how a watch looks, but it will never chnge how it feels on the wrist

  • Dan Baxter

    Watch face, it has to be readable. The older I get and the more mature my eyes get, the more I appreciate a watch face that is quickly read without me having to put on reading glasses.

  • Kendal Boughton

    To me the most important aspect of watch design is legibility. Regardless of how exquisitely made, complex or accurate a watch may be, it fails as a timepiece if you can’t read it.

  • Martin Sinclair

    Been interested in this for a while as it is supposed to wear like a larger watch. Would love to win one!

  • Trevor O’Donnell

    Legibility is the most important part of a watch, design is also very important, it could be the best made most expensive watch in the world but if your not attracted to the watch none of the above matters, so attraction is the second most important thing after legibility

  • SuperStrapper

    Correct hands sizes. Because I don’t want to wear a watch that looks like it was designed on bring tour kids to work day.

  • Shawn Wayne

    Having a nice clean face is very important. Not being too busy, while remaining functional.

  • arrvoo

    The dial design is the most important thing for me. It’s what you look at the most and what catches your eye first.

  • Antoine Rollin

    Most important aspect for me is consistency of the design. Right elements with right shape in the right place in order to have a no-nonsense piece.
    Thanks Orion and ABTW !

  • Patrick K.

    Ability to read the dial with quick glance. If you need to focus in order to make out the time, then it is no longer useful.

  • Benjamin Sermersheim

    The most important part for me is that the watch elements have purpose. Typically I am a fan of minimalism, so that every part has a distinct reason for being there. watches can get plenty more complex as well, but I still do not like watches that are over-embellished.

  • Jack Sexton

    The dial is the most important for me as it is what you see first. Here is where the designers can put as much, or as little, detail as they want.

  • Greg

    I’ve been an admirer of this project for ages but haven’t had the funds to pull the trigger so excited for the giveaway.

    Wearability would have to be my go to. A watch is designed to be worn, there are a thousand beautiful pieces out there that I could stare at for days but would not feel comfortable wearing.

    Good luck to all the entrants, the Orient Field is my jam, definitely got my fingers crossed on this one.

    • Watches by Nick

      Good luck Greg! If you aren’t the lucky winner you can always use the code FAMILY50 to save $50. Hope it helps!

  • William Warshauer

    Lovely watch! The most important aspect of watch design to me is quality without the bling. I enjoy mechanical watches for the craftsmanship — everything from the quality of the movement, to the design of the watch face to the polishing of the case. But I hate watches that scream: ” Look at me! look at me!”

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    A very well-designed tool.
    Legibility is #1, clsely followed by dependability.

  • Kyle Weber

    I’ll go with proportions. Hands that are too small throw everything off

  • Douglas Weedman

    Number of complications/whether or not they are relevant to my needs.

  • Steve Jacobs

    This is a nice looking watch.For me the most important thing is accuracy.

  • NGoes

    I like this watch… simple. Nice lines. The way a watch fits my wrist is important to me, so I pay a lot of attention to lug design.

  • McFly998

    Number one for me, has got to be:

    Reliability – I wouldn’t wear a watch that I couldn’t rely on.

    Everything else is secondary.

  • Terry Cawley

    Case and band Design; If the watch isn’t comfortable to wear every day, for several hours – then no matter how good, a dial or movement will become irrelevant. Watches with oversize crowns & guards or badly designed deployment clasps will inevitably end up being sold on.

  • Ben from LI

    Legibility is #1 for me. I want to be able to read the time on my watch. Design, style, band, and other features are less important than being able to read the watch.

  • Jim B

    38 mm wide should be perfect and much less bulky than 42mm ! Beautiful piece, well done! TY

  • schep22

    I prefer a fairly simple face, so I would place that higher than the band or movement.

  • David Mention

    Legibility, coupled with a solid automatic movement with hand winding, are my primary criteria for a wrist watch. I like the Seiko movement, it’s a reliable choice for this watch.

  • Denis Danijel Puhar

    Difficult question, because there is not one single thing, that is MOST important, but there are actually two or three with (roughly) the same importance to me.

    But though I made this statement above, if this particular criterion is not fulfilled, the other 2 (or 3) have virtually no importance to me:

    When I look at the watch, it has to be READABLE as good as it gets, preferably with big Arabic numbers. This applies not only to normal light, but also for low-light conditions.

    Meaning: “Superluminova” (or “Lumibrite”, which is used by Seiko) is also a feature I could hardly miss on a watch.


    I’m fast approaching to the point of my life (40 years), where my eyesight is not such as it was 10 or even 5 years ago. I also need glasses (because of my astigmatism and the fact, that my eyesight is not 20/20 anymore). And why struggle with my eyes or even look first, where my glasses are (especially at night), if this can be avoided?

    Beside that:

    My profession is such, that the work hours aren’t fixed and I could be called to (“field”) work in the middle of the night (where a swift look at the exact time is sometimes a necessity).

    To summarize: If good (or even close to perfection) legibility at all times at day (and night) IS NOT a feature of the watch, it can cost 2 or 3 times more than the watch in this giveaway, I most certainly would not buy it, if the watch is meant to be worn regularly on daily basis (sometimes 24/7).

  • arik tmpaddress

    Overall look and feel is important to me.

  • Eugene Najera

    Very cool watch would look great on my wrist:-) I like a watch with a dial that is legible, lumed, that does not mess with my shirt cuff, and is well regulated.

  • Torsten Maus

    I do love a timeless design with a touch of innovation – but always remembering where the roots were.

  • Brent

    Very nice

  • David Paider

    A clean, simple aesthetic with a dark face and easily legible.

  • Darh109

    Legibility is an important aspect of watch design. That’s probably why I like pilot chronographs so much.

  • Brad Herndon

    Legibility of the dial is key, I think. The aesthetic of a watch is important, as is build quality, materials, etc., but if you can’t glance at your watch and simply see what time it is…what is the point? 😉

  • Andy

    Lovely looking watch!

  • Benjamin Denay

    The symmetry of the watch face is the most important aspect of the design to me. I personally like watches with a nice balance in its design.

  • Manuel

    I like classic legible designs

  • Brian W

    I love classic field watches!

  • The design is less important than just being the lucky winner on one of those giveaways…

  • Todd Haldeman

    For me, a watch’s main purpose is to tell the time or date. For this reason, readability is paramount. Getting all of the information I need at a quick glance is what makes a good watch.

  • Andrew Metri

    The most important aspect of the design is the materials used.

  • Luke White

    At the risk of being repetitive with the rest of my fellow commentators, I’m have to say legibility, followed closely by comfort. If I can’t read it, and/or don’t want to wear it, why bother wearing a watch?

  • John Woodward

    I like an easy-to-read watch..Complicated can be difficult esp. in sun….Simple,easy to see,like this Orion.

  • jeremy moldovan

    the most important aspect in my opinion is the design

  • Spearfisherman

    functionality is important. aesthetics just as much. I am a fan of diver watches. as a freediver myself, I always look for a watch that I could wear on a daily basis but that is reliable when under water as it was designed to. reliable mechanism and durable materials are also important to me.

  • MerricMaker

    A watch is an everyday item meant for telling time–but is also nominally a jewelry item. The key to watch design is to synthesize the practical readability with pleasing aesthetics.

  • Matt

    Nice watch, I’ve been eyeing these. I think cohesive design is the most important aspect, elements well thought out and flow together. Second would be fit and dimensions; when sacrificed you lose utility and comfort, which to me just means a poorly thought out design.

  • slade

    personally the most important design aspect is the effective use of dial space, to show as much information as possible without making it cluttered, so that all the information needed is available at a glance.

  • dylan

    The criteria is quite simple, you should be able to tell the time at a glance & the case must fit comfortably on your wrist.
    Bonus points if the watch is styled tastefully.

  • Mike V

    Functional design for ease of readability is of most importance which is why I am partial to Sinn watches. This Orion follows suit very nicely.

  • Eric Gordon

    In MY order or preference: (1) Date – I have purged all no date watches from my collection. (2) Legibility – dial/hand contrast is key. I will sacrifice “some” legibility for interesting features. (3) Interesting features – exposed movements, translucent dial materials, interesting dials two-disk date displays. (4) Movement – Must be reliable. Decorated movements, exposed case backs fall into this criteria.

  • Steve M

    Simplicity, style of entire watch and robust case and strap receive top marks when I look at tool watches. If they can stand up to an active lifestyle and provide accurate time, I am interested.

  • Timb77

    For me, the most important part of watch design is legibility, being able to easily read the time. Dial and hands are next.

  • Daieho

    Legibility at night and the day, some watches get one but not the other right.

  • Steve

    easy to read

  • Wgc001

    nice clean face

  • Ovis

    49mm lugs-to-lugs wears big; I have a Tissot PRC200 with 50mm lug-to-lug and it feels big on my 19cm wrist…

  • Miguel

    My personal tastes for design is for watches that have a simple, classic style. I love moonphase complications. I really like having a date. It has to be legible, and there needs to be a coherence with the overall aesthetic so that it looks handsome and smart on the wrist.

  • bryan arent

    Most important to me is a clean, simple and easy to read dial.

  • Ricardo Reis

    The dial is the most important aspect of the design of a watch. It needs to be balanced, which means legibility and well proportioned. For example the Navitimer is a busy watch but it’s well balanced

  • BobHoover Tiangco

    The timelessness of the design is the most important aspect to me..usually driven by the dial and bracelet (IMO).

  • Alex

    This is nicely designed watch! Eligibility and history (if any) are important in a watch design in my opinion. A watch must be made for his purpose which can be tool watch, pilot watch,etc.

  • Steven Servantez

    Readability is paramount with me. I need to be able to access all functions of a watch by glancing at the face. Tiny numbers are cumbersome for me.

  • David Watson

    I think a watch must broadcast some type of message with its design. By this I mean it must have its own personality which says something about my personality. I am surrounded by ways to tell time and yet I wear a watch. To me it is more than just a means to tell time. It sends a message about who I am. A watch without a distinct personality is simply a waste of time.

  • johnwithanh

    The case/lugs have to be designed to sit well on the wrist (not too high, not wobbling around) in order to be a successful watch. You aren’t going to wear something that’s difficult to wear, after all.

  • lionstan

    Readability and waterproof. Need it to be easy to read and to be used in everyday life.

  • Seth Morgan

    I would say the most important thing is simplicity. A good watch needs to have a design that is drawn from its function and fulfills it with a minimum of excess or complication.

  • Matt

    Great looking watch, I have followed Nick’s progress through school via his blog posts on other forums. I’m excited to see him get some publicity here. I think for me the most important aspect of watch design for me is cohesion of the different elements in the watch. Too may times have i fallen in love with a certain watch only to be thrown off by a handset that simply doesnt match or indices that weren’t well thought out. A watch should be a product where all aspects come together to create a unified design.

    • Watches by Nick

      Thanks Matt! Happy to see you chiming in!

  • Very nice looking watch. For me the most important aspect of watch design is some sense of shared values. How well they are communicated via choices in material, detail, etc. As well as where they put their money and where they don’t.

  • Tanis

    For me, it’s a watch that is easy to read when I glance at it, simplicity and functionality. I wear the watches I own so these things matter to me.

  • Marc Vitug

    For me it’s legibility and proportion.

  • Chris Martin

    Durability and legibility.

  • Very nice looking watch, congrats Nick! For me readability is especially important because of my aging eyes. I like a watch that stays easily readable in most circumstances. Field watches ad pilot watches generally fall in that category!

  • Liutauras Balsys

    I like maximum available dial so I like a watch that has border-less dial like Ressence Type 5.

  • Gary Aerne

    When I buy a new watch, the most important thing I look for is readability!! If you can’t read it, it is just a piece of jewelry.

  • Daniel D.

    It has to be how well it combines all aspects of the watch. From the band, crystal, case back, legibility and more.

  • Ralph

    I really like the simplicity of this watch. A field watch done very well.

  • Demonix

    Liking the crisp classic design, too many modern designs are too busy and over complicated. To me simple and elegant are the elements I look for in a watch design.

  • Michael Harvey

    The Orion Field Standard Automaticoffers much of what I like in a watch. a rugged case and readable dial. To me the most important part of a watch design is the readability to tell the time with a quick glance; having to look closely at the dial to distinguish which hand is where makes a watch virtually useless.

  • Andrew G

    The most important feature for me is the case, closely followed by the dial.

  • frisbfreek

    I’d say dial design is the most important thing for me. It has to be easy to read, with well-placed/spaced elements, and balanced. The Orion is one of my favorite Watch Giveaways so far in that respect.

  • Duffy Olson

    Most important to me is the design matches the function. If it’s a field watch, then use materials and complications useful in the intended field. I like a watch that is consistent to its purpose.

  • Brian Tym

    Legibility is number one on my list and this one accomplishes that.

  • Christian Henriksen

    Thinness. Because over thick watches wear terrible on me.

  • Tim

    A clean, easily readable dial is the most important thing to me. I hate looking at a watch that I have to sort through all the gears and screws to find the hands.

  • Michael

    Most important aspect of any watch design would have to be legibility. This watch definetly has that! I also enjoy the 24 hour markers on this one

  • Wayde

    A watch should have a distinct and stylish look. It should be durable.

  • Art Leyenberger

    the most important aspect of watch design to me is a clean, well proportioned dial. Nothing trendy, outlandish or silly. And usually with no date and baton indices rather than numerals. Oh, and never Roman Numerals. This makes the watch easy to read and perhaps more importantly, is indicative of my own personal aesthetic.

  • UofASouthpaw

    This is tough… there are so many design elements that matter to me. It’s difficult to choose the most important. I would have to say “cleanliness”. I don’t care for dials or bezels with too much going on. That doesn’t mean that a watch with a number of complications can’t be clean; they just need to be incorporated cleanly. I’m talking primarily about too many numerals, hashes, pips, and too much script. Breitling Navitimer is a prime example of what I avoid.

  • Jaycee

    Practically speaking, the watch mechanism should be built well and be robust. Aesthetically speaking, the hands, to me, are the most important. Ugly hands can ruin the face of a watch that is otherwise gorgeous.

  • German Lopez

    I think the most important aspect of a watch is the dial. The watch could have a super tricked out movement, but if the dial is a cluttered mess, it definitely will put me out from buying it. I like a nice clean face.

  • David Humphrey

    Legibility. I glance at my watch a hundred times a day. The beauty of an analog display is that the time can be known in an instant; digital displays must be read. A clean, elegant face is essential.

  • Most important to me is readability. A clean face with clear digits and easy visible hands.

  • Jason Tucker

    The reliability and the accuracy go hand in hand for me when it comes to what is most important in design.

  • Andy Berrios

    Nice watch, simple and elegant. To me these designs are always the best!

  • Paul William Dow

    The purpose – I like watches designed FOR something. A field watch is designed to be tough and readable easily, a pilot watch or dive watch has crazy lum, a driving watch has a chrono – all those purposes help to define the style and the design. I love that.

    Also – been following Nick’s work for a long time, loved his interview on [one of the blogs I read]. Have been an Instagram follower since I started me account!

  • alex ioancio

    After I read my mates” comment I saw that many of them are putting great value for legibility. i think that beside the fact that a watch is telling the time,it must be very easy to do so. If it can be done in dark is better. the other aspect is to be versatile , namely , can be worn on sports event or casual or even with dress. Even though it is more easy to say than done and you can find hardly a very elegant and easy to read of and in the same time simple watch today. cheers

  • peterg201

    “The hands and numerals (including the 24-hour scale) are lumed with C3 Super-LumiNova, “|
    Easy for to read at night, in the dark, while in bed

  • Jason Sheppard

    I think the balance is most important of a watch. It’s got to be a symmetrical as possible

  • Bryan Vice

    This is a very classy watch

  • N8

    for me, a watch has to be easily readable in all times of day or night. My job relys on time so something legible and bright at night. Versatility of being a working watch and a dress watch is also great as it’s easier to wear my watches for everything versus exclusively for certain events.

  • VandyChiver

    Legibility, and complication placement are key. Too many items on the face can overwhelm the watch.

  • Mitch

    Dial aesthetics, legibility, and hand design are most important to me. A dial that is to busy or cluttered detracts from the appearance and usability of the watch. Simple yet functional dials make for easy reading day or night.

  • Marc Matteo

    Most important aspect of watch design? Legibility, legibility, legibility.

  • David Ljungberg

    For me it’s a combination of two elements, which just happen to go hand in hand: legibility and mimimalism. I just prefer a rather clean dial, where effort has been put into the few details it has.


    Legibility, elegance and design are what I value most in a watch.

  • mtnsicl

    For me, that would be a unique design. I like small run watches from independent makers. That way you get something reliable, unique and at a fair price.

  • John Fin Pierce

    Most important aspect in the design of a watch is legibility and the Orion is a great example

  • German Andrade

    For me, a good design puts a premium on legibility first, especially since I have to look at my watch when I am not wearing glasses.

  • OmniWrench

    When push comes to shove I think design and balance overtake things like legibility for me.. Which means I’m a bit shallow, I suppose… 🙂

  • Elijs Dima

    The most important aspect of watch design, for me, is ‘functional aestheticism’. I.e. the design should fulfill a function, AND be cohesive and pleasing at the same time.

  • Douglas Hethmon

    My eye is drawn to clean and simple faces. Coupled with the appropriate hands makes this watch very easy to read quickly. Having worked for an airline in the past, I appreciate the unobtrusive 24-scale.

  • NC

    I really like clean, symmetrical dials, it has to have a certain elegance.

  • 112010

    I like the look and I want this watch! Yes!

  • shanekleinpeter

    Legibility and uniqueness are important to me.

  • Huizar Almdudler

    I’m a fan of the inner 24 hour ring and the NH35 movement, one I currently don’t own.

  • Benefon


  • Evan59

    Beautiful watch! I believe the face of a wrist watch is the most important aspect of watch design. Many designers seem to try too hard to make a watch face interesting and forget that the face must first be functional (and therefore legible).

  • Lauri Mäkinen

    I usually like very simple dials. They can be chronographs which look a bit more complicated but like the Speedmaster or so.

  • Doober

    The case is the most important for me. This is a very beautiful watch, simple, yet elegant. However, I also like complicated watch cases.

  • treefroga1

    Number 1 for me is legibility. I’ve seen beautiful (and expensive) watches I would not wear because I could not read them.

  • Mark

    Dial and hand design are equally the most important. Both need to draw you in and be legible at the same time.

  • Rui Franco

    Simplicity is always beautiful! This watch is not only simple and beautiful but also functional.

  • Boryueh1

    Wearability is ultimately what is most important. If not comfortable, won’t wear it much.

  • margaretsmith

    What is most important to me is that this watch wears a bit beefier than many 38mm watches. My husband tends to be a bit rough on watches and this one looks to be exactly what he can get lots of wear out of.

  • Michael Bell

    The most important aspects of a watch design are legibility, because a watch is a functional item, and comfort, because I wear a watch every day from the moment I get up (it’s practically the first thing I put on) until I go to bed.

  • Dave Patey

    The most important aspect of watch design for me is legibility. The current fashion for hands that are the same colour as dials is baffling to me. Why would anyone want a watch that is difficult to read? The Orion Field Standard watch is a great example of how to make an outstanding and simple piece, with it’s highly contrasting luminous hands set against a black background (Also note how it’s seconds hand is the perfect length, reaching all the way to the markers, which is very unusual these days). An excellent prize, thanks for the opportunity guys!

  • Corey Brindisi

    this Orion checks a lot of boxes for me. First and foremost, though, is a clean and uncluttered dial with great legibility.

  • shannon fowler

    The most important thing for me is weight. I absolutely can’t stand heavy watches.

  • Jason Yee

    The most important aspect of watch design is simplicity. I prefer watches that are simple in their design language so that there isn’t a lot to distract from what is important – telling the time!

  • Jeff

    Always down for a giveaway! I love you, A Blog To Watch.

  • Klayton Kidd

    For me the most important design consideration is proportion. If the proportions work, any style watch can be beautiful.

  • Paul

    The most important aspect to me is just, clean, smart, but also unique design. On this watch, for example, there isn’t much that distinguishes it from, say, a Hamilton Khaki — except for the cathedral hands. I LOVE cathedral hands, and they are a nice little detail to set this watch apart from similar watches in a similar price range. Also, the knurled crown is a nice, rugged touch. Good execution on this one, I like it a lot.

  • Med

    For me the most important aspect of watch design is function and legibility. This matches my general interest in german watch design in general (Stowa, Sinn and others) but also field watches for examples. The main reason is that it requires extreme focus on what makes sense and provides very interesting constraints for innovation. I enjoy dress watches as well, and the odd attempt at uniqueness but if I have to choose…that is it.

  • BrandonS

    Legibility. Without that, no other design element matters.

  • Rodney Stone

    Nice watch with a great easy to read face, ideal for us oldies

  • rhyino

    For me, the most important aspect of design is legibility.

  • Nicholas Yeung

    Legibility definitely. What’s the point otherwise?

  • Jarett Schaumberger

    comfort is the most important aspect. comfortable fit

  • D.C.

    All the design elements need to work together as a whole…size, materials, functionality.

  • eitan

    Simplicity is always beautiful.This is a very simple watch and elegant. However, I also like complicated watch cases.l.

  • baticr

    The most important aspect to me the size of the watch and how the lugs transition the strap around my wrist.

  • bastien koert

    I like a watch to be rugged. It must be water resistant to 200M for diving, and to take the abuse of everyday wear

  • B Cruger

    Most important aspect is quick, accurate display of the primary information purposes of a wristwatch, in a package that can go anywhere, anytime. Love the domed crystal and screw down crown. This timepiece could be on my purchase list. Love that is isn’t an oversized “modern” giant. Nice job Nick.

    • Watches by Nick

      Thanks! You won’t catch any oversized watches coming from me!

  • David Lasky

    The most important design aspect to me is legibility in all conditions. Whether it is in bad weather, dark outside, too bright, etc. All this in the right form makes for an awesome watch.

  • Cody Nelson

    Dial creation is by far the most important aspect of watch design to me. From legibility of the numerals/indices to the dial material itself nothing stands out more than the watch face.

  • Randy Bradford

    I am into most any 24 hour timepiece. My daily watch is a stainless steel Gruen jump hour
    I purchased in new in 1970 while in the service. this appears to be a simple design watch
    that is very elegant and not flashy. My kind of watch. would very much enjoy wearing one.

  • Michael Owens

    The most important aspect of a watch to me is the construction of it, a must for me and I’m sure to my other watch fanatics is the durability and toughness of the watch to stand up and endure all kinds of weather elements and everyday wear and use.

  • Stephen C

    At the end of the day, I just want something to look at that doesn’t bore me. Not some crazy RM monster, just something classic.

  • Martin Chiu

    The dial and hands are the important part of watch design. It is an instrument to tell time.

  • Phil leavell

    I like watches that have clean lines crisp easy to read numerals hands that are easily to see and have a good Loom on them.

  • GalaxyGuy

    For me, legibility is the most important aspect of watch design, which is one of the reasons I have always been attracted to pilot’s watches. They are generally designed for good legibility both day and night.

  • Allen Ross

    I love the shape of the case, and the color and legibility of the dial on most wristwatches.

  • Joseph Jordan

    For me, I like simplicity: a design must incorporate traditional craftsmanship with timeless elegance. For a field watch, that means it must be durable, legible, and feature an easy to read dial. The Orion pictured fits all of those requirements; it’s a beautiful watch!

    • Watches by Nick

      Thanks Joseph!

  • Gerry Silverman

    In my humble opinion , the watch should be legible and not cluttered I like a hefty watch that feels good on your wrist and one that is a daily wearer. Good lumes are very important to me as well

  • Tim Nicholls

    I like to see a bezel that compliments the interior of the watch. If one is rugged an the other gentle, that would put me off.

  • Vitaliy

    Aesthetics is most important for me – nowadays watches are really just jewelry, given proliferation of other time keeping devices, so the look and feel are most important

  • Trond Bjørshol

    Legibility in light and dark, accuracy, size and aesthetics.

  • David Harman

    Great name for a watch brand. Presume it’s a reference to the hunter constellation and not the 1980s Ford…

    • Watches by Nick

      Aha! Definitely named after the constellation!

  • Allan F

    It has to be functional and easy to read at a moments glance. However, it should be sleek and not too eyecatching either.

  • Juan Ignacio Straface

    Looks nice!

  • Stephen

    I really like the red on the seconds hands and the night time viability of the C3 superluminal stuff, most of all I love the name Orion I was a submariner in the Royal Australian Navy and served on a sub named HMAS Orion now that’s an adventure.

  • Bill Flannery

    At last a good watch for those of us with a narrow wrist, many of us have a 7″ wrist that is narrow and deep. A neat solid watch with a quality movement should be a winner.

  • Chrysanthos Symeonidis

    Interesting watch. Should be comfortable as an everyday watch.

  • Keith Ritchie

    Nice looking watch, I like easy to read and able to absorb the data at a glance

  • Tristan

    One of the most important aspects of design for me is simplicity. I don’t like a dial that’s too cluttered. Nice looking watch Nick.

    • Watches by Nick

      Appreciate it, Tristan!

  • Josh Graves

    The most important thing to me in watch design is keeping the design clean. To me clean design has very limited clutter on the dial and bezel…little to no text other than the brand name is preferable.

  • 0059mike

    The design should be clean and elegant. Clean for.easy to read, elegant to be able to.wear everday

  • jra716

    I prefer a simple and clean design that’s easily legible at a glance.

  • mojomarc

    For me, legibility is key.

  • Brett Lintvelt

    Nice watch good solid movement. For me readability is key as I still use my watch for timekeeping.

  • Carol Roberts clark

    i like a crisp design easy to read the dials is important to me

  • Jeff Durocher

    Legibility, for obvious reasons… love good lume too

  • Matt Brignell

    .Great looking watch, love the design.

    • Watches by Nick

      Appreciate it, Matt!

  • plasticsturgeon

    Classy, love the simplicity and lines.

  • Abdiel Vargas

    When talking about design the Orion is a perfect example, high legibility, proportionally perfect, at a 38mm case diameter, with a I believe 49mm lug to lug it is designed in such a way that will suit most wrist. And making the crown almost kinda a focal point is pretty awesome as well.

  • Jeff Story

    Legibility is key, followed in no particular order by wrist presence, comfort, proportions and style

  • Brian Leenheer

    The most important aspect of watch design is definitely legibility because, without legibility, I get frustrated every time I want to look at the watch just to check the time 🙂

  • Elliot

    The dial layout as a whole is the most important aspect to me. This includes how the face of the dial, hands, and numerals all work together.

  • RDA2

    Definitely the face design. I love simplicity in the layout, typeface, and hand styles.

  • SeanM

    The face design is key. It is the part of the watch that we interact with on a constant basis

  • Phil leavell

    Play the clean lines of the Easy-to-Read face important

  • HereForThePrize

    The most important thing to me is dial design. The overall layout of the dial has be attractive and legible. Nice use of colour is very important as well.

  • funNactive

    The most important aspect is the knee jerk reaction factor. The intangible, “I like it or Not for me”. There are a variety of things I like both classic design & trendy. I like unique ways of telling the time but overall, it must be legible.

  • James Dillon

    Visibility. If I cant read it, it won’t help me.

  • Dave Brockman

    Nick is the Master of less is more

  • Efe Gurel

    quite unique pieces!

  • Nixa

    Legibility is the #1 aspect of watch design in my book. I like dials that are easy to read at glance.

  • IVA the LT


    Would like to add an American watch to my collection 🙂

  • Trey Hawkins

    Legibility, easy to read, with a nice, clean look.

  • Jesse B. Jiang

    Quality of materials used/construction/finish, along with dial design. A good looking watch is easily undermined by cheap build feel.

  • Ahmad Al Shammari

    Simplicity in design, not minimalism but simple good design that always seems to be versatile.

  • Barzuma

    A good, simple, readable watch face. I like it.

  • hyperdynamic

    I’m a big fan of Nick’s work. My favorite features are the bead blasted case and the extra large crown.


    A great simple watch–no gimmicks, apps or touchscreens!

  • Fitifazrul Rahman

    the design of the dail

  • Gord Hay

    The ability to read what time it is. Legibility is everything so you only need to glance. And you know what time it is.

  • mikeymusic

    Legibility is critical. The colour and texture of the watch face, the shape and colour of the hands and the AR coating on the crystal all must work together in a pleasing and integrated design. Why, because when I look at my watch I want to know the time right now.

  • Abdulrahman

    from an artistic point view it is really hard to pin point the most important aspect of design because each piece has something beautiful about it and it may share the same feeling or look with other watches, but what I consider the most important aspect of design is the engineering design behind the watch as you can see HYT with their unique concept of using fluids to tell time ,the sistem 51 and its 51 pats with one screw, the accutron although it may seem ugly to many people but its beauty is in the technology that was used in it

  • Ionesi Victor

    The most important thing of a watch for me is to have luminous hands due to the fact that I wear the watch non-stop and I like to be able to read the watch in the night.

  • benjameshodges

    Cashback curvature for ergonomic comfort on the wrist.

  • Jeremy G

    The Dial color & hands (specifically the seconds hand) look awesome together & create the perfect contrast!

  • Galen

    Thinness because it makes a watch comfortable and completes its tool asthetic. But the screw down crown helps too…

  • Martin

    The most important aspect of watch design for me is the symbiosis of the watch elements, especially dial & hands. It all must be complementary and stylish, with a sense

  • Sunny

    For me the dial is the most – clean design that fits with the rest of the watch. If the dial is to awesome I won’t consider the watch but an amazing dial can override other design elements of the watch I don’t like.

  • eugene

    The perfect combination on the choice of dial design and hands. Having a good lume is a plus point.

  • Anthony Dimaano

    Perfect size! Love the swooping lugs and big crown. Nice job Nick!
    I’m looking forward to your future releases and designs!

  • Mike

    The most important aspect of a watch designed for me is for me is legibility. If you can’t read the time at a quick glance then it doesn’t serve its purpose.

  • louis martinez

    For me its the readability and simplicity.

  • Akos XS

    (It’s hard to define but) I look for easy readability.

  • Kinta

    For me it’s the proportions of the watch. A perfect watch doesn’t have to be a certan size. It just has to make sense. Things like the ratio of the size of the lugs to the visual weight of the dial – so many factors to consider. Minimalisim isn’t the only answer, there are good ways to do a piece with many complications.

  • Rob D

    Definitely overall cohesive integration of the design, so that everything looks like it has been designed and considered for this specific watch, not a selection of parts

  • Jeff NZ

    New ways with numerals and markers.

  • TresGut

    Love it. Keeping it simple is a lot harder than anticipated, but the results are truly amazing when it works, as it does with the Orion Field Standard.

  • Robert Koch Olsen

    Legilibility and a balanced design related to size is, for me, the most importantl factors in a watch.

  • Claudiu

    For me, the most important aspect of watch design is that every component of the dial should have a real utility. Too often I see 5 divisions between second markers but no second hand…or tachymeter markings but no way to actually measure the speed.

  • Fritz Duppon

    The dial must be clean and legible. Not too much bling; understatement is key,

  • Doctor Ben

    A clean dial

  • ndre

    Some uniqueness factor that justifies its existence in a market with so many options. WatchesByNick definitely has it with its signature crown and small details such as the triangular applied markers on this watch.

  • Alex Strîmbeanu

    Clean dial is #1 for me.

  • Chris Pearson

    For me the most important aspect of a watch design is for it to be clean and legiable. A watch is of no use if you can’t actually read it or tell what the hands are pointing to.

  • Spyros Pandis

    Nice watch! Nice design! Clean and legiable!!!

  • les

    As an older person I need clear easy to read face. Just like the watch in question.

  • Steve

    I like to see more polished work on stainless case and blue hands for vintage design, just like old era.

  • Chisholm Deupree

    The most important feature to me is ability to read the time, especially in low light. As a result i rely on triton tubed lume. Id be interested in seeing another type of lume if it is similarly bright.

  • Billde

    I’m looking for a mid-sized, reasonably priced field watch with decent water resistance. I like it.

  • kpjimmy

    The case and lume are great!

  • nipagi1

    Legibility and arabic numbers

  • Conservatarian TX

    Most important to me is a clean face design which leads to legibility. A cluttered watch that’s hard to read the time at a glance is of no use to me no matter how beautiful it is.

  • Lately, the only thing I’m looking for in a watch design is honesty.

  • Yan Fin

    Nice, simple and finally no see- through caseback!

  • Chris Enstad

    balanced and not huge!

  • Carlos Trejo Vázquez

    To me originality is becoming the most important characteristic in a watch, I suppose I’m getting tired by the hundreds of design replicas trying to pass as homages. In this aspect I believe Nick is doing a wonderful job, truly an example among micro brands.

  • gw091

    Very nice! I like the dual 12/24 numbers make it very easy to translate to military time.

  • alfamaize

    I appreciate the clean and elegant dial, especially the clean font that was used for the numbers. To me, it’s a very graceful design.

  • Apostolos Agalos

    I like the domed sapphire!

  • fjc

    Great simple design, really like the military time dials, just a very nice time piece – well done

  • larry

    Top notch it’s good to see more American watch makers out there!!


    Quick glance legibility.

  • Janko Bajagic

    Details are huge for me. Not having a plain case back or adding small details like the log to the crown. To me it shows they care to put the effort in.

  • chris

    great looking military watch. I like oversized, complicated timepieces with bright lume . A real conversation piece that gets noticed.

  • Tom Wisdom

    Simple design and not to oversized

  • Brian Hemphill

    The look of the watch is the most important aspect for me. If it doesn’t look good I won’t wear it. Then would come build quality and attention to detail.

  • Andrew Hochberg

    I favor watches that are modern interpretations of classic designs of the 30’s-60’s.

  • Julian Moser

    a classic design is by far the most important aspect for me

  • sensemille

    One of my weird quirks for watches is for the strap to take the shape of the case (at the lugs). For me it looks natural and makes the watch a whole piece. When the strap ends with a straight horizontal shape (leaving the gap between it and the watch) it makes me feel like the case is the whole watch and the strap is an improvised solution to keep the watch on your hand. Not sure if this design feature has a specific term but please share if you know 🙂

  • Shawn Wells

    What a pretty watch! Don’t get me wrong, sport watches are great but a simple classic design is, for me, where it’s at. Orion scores.

  • Phan Long

    In my mind, simplicity is the key of a beautiful watch. A watch is not for time teller anymore, it is for passion and personality. And of course, watch lovers love the smooth motion of the second hand. That’s a watch, truly!

  • Adam Goldstein

    Legibility is most important for me. To be able to just glance at it and be able to tell the time. This watch is perfect for that.

  • Tom Canedy

    Type of movement is the most important attribute in any watch purchase.

  • Benoit

    Legibility is very important to me, and sobriety also.

  • Humphrey Mar

    A contemporary, clean face design. It’s what you look at the most.

  • Rick

    I ike the hands because they appear to be very legible with quite a bit of lume. This is very important to me.

  • Wes Wilke

    I love the look of this watch. My middle name is Orion, so I doubly love it!

  • johnnyc40

    In a field watch I need the ability to tell the time quickly, no fussy details to detract from that. It sounds obvious but put a secondary dial or move the date from the 3 o’clock position and you introduce complexity

  • paneristi000

    Very neat looking design. Simple and yet rugged. Good to see US representation in the watch making.

  • Emiel

    I really like it! Cool Seiko movement with no frills design.
    That’s what I prefer, legibility, simple true to form design.

  • M?n Phi

    I’ve always been into watches come with BLACK dials 🙂 I think it looks fancy

  • David

    A clean and simple face design always grabs my attention first. If it’s too busy I’m just not drawn to it.

  • Irek Kolasi?ski

    A first look – the classic look inspired by vintage dials with some modern design touch. That really counts for me.

  • Chris Lashmet

    The design has to be functional yet elegant at the same time, I also like finding same nuances upon further examination that show the quality and hard work put into the design.

  • Jonathan Weldon

    Perfect watch for exploring the outdoors with my son this summer!

  • liamann

    I love automatic watches with hand winding features

  • Josh

    Readability because of the military background and elegance with it’s simplicity. I would be proud to wear this one.

  • Rodel Mercurio

    I like automatic watches with hand winding features and thank you for the giveaway.

  • Asif Tebani

    inner 24-hour scale and cathedral hands lovely watch ..hopw to win

  • awildermode

    I am sure I will be around the 310th person to mention that legibility is the most important aspect of watch design.

  • Alan G

    Most important for me is probably a tie between reliability and legibility. I don’t want to have to be constantly correcting the time on the watch, and reliability doesn’t matter if I can’t easily read the time at a glance. That said; well done, unique watch crowns always grab my eye and this one definitely fits that. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Rhino67

    So many watches try to capture this solid field watch look, but few do it as well as Orion has here with this model. What captures it is the crisp font of the numbers, beefy hands, and the simple but elegant brushed bezel surrounding all. Very well executed.

  • MickNH

    Nick is doing great stuff. I want one of these but with that fluted bezel he posted on IG recently. Fricken awesome.

  • Ben

    I think the numerals, because they dictate the rest of the design

  • Y Til

    the hands of the watch, they are the characteristic item to my opinion.

  • Andrzej

    I like protected crown

  • chase harvey

    The internals are the most important aspect of a time piece for me. Without reliability of movement of a watch all else is irrelevant. On the aesthetic note I’d say the most important aspect is functionality. I’d like my watch to meet my limitations for adventering and not the other way around. Between the ocean and traveling I’d like my watch to keep up with my lifestyle rather then having to decide when it’s possible to have it on my wrist.

  • Bac0158

    Attention to detal

  • Koldo_K

    Case shape and geometry. Great dial and hands in a basic shape makes it a basic watch. Basic dial and hands in a great shape case makes it at least a good watch.

  • Marilyn Saez

    Elegant, comfortable and readable. That’s important?

  • luke

    Most important thing about the watch is the quick accessibility to be able to tell the time quickly. I need the numbers and hands to be clear on a watch.

  • Micah Mintz

    The hands. The face can have numbers or not, but a watch without hands is useless. I like hands that stand out clearly against the watch face.

  • Nicholas Bull

    I love this watch. I love how the watch is designed to be so durable and functional, yet is so tasteful and classy. Something I can wear for a night on the town, yet not worry about if I leave it on while working on the house.

  • Chris Almond

    Personally, one of the most important design elements is a screw down crown. The added peace of mind of knowing that watch is absolutely watertight in even a simple situation such as washing hands is crucial to a tool watch, and many such watches are not designed with one. Also favorites but quite as important: actual numerals on the dial, and a set of elegant hands. Looks like Nick made a masterpiece here!

  • Eric

    The most important aspect of a watch design is for it not to be too big. For me hitting the 44/45mm in thickness is my comfort. If the watch looks amazing, but is too large, it’s a stopper for me.

  • Vladimir Milenkovic

    Nice verry readable, always like arabic numerals.

  • Alex Van Slyke

    The case design. It’s usually the first thing that I notice, and even if I really dig what’s inside, I often can’t get past a case that I don’t like. I’m definitely open to creativity with the case, it just has to all blend well.

  • debbiewelchert

    The best part about this watch for me is that it is American made and that it’s water resistance. I also love how big the numbers are to read the time and date. It’s just a beautiful watch…

  • 88rj888

    good luck to all!

  • BF Baalim

    I love that Nick has taken great initiative to start his own brand and really put his all into it. All this while studying as a wathcmaking student. He also created a very desirable watch that isnt gimmicky or garish or covered in jewels. I would love to wear this watch and I really like its look with the fluted bezel. Very nice. And for a hard working movement at a resonable cost, you cant beat that NH35. I’m also very fond of the crown on this Field Standard. The knurling on it is unique and functional.

  • Mischa

    The most important part of watch design really has to be legibility. Let us not forget what a watch is for! I like the really big hands on this Orion – so kudos for good design. (-:

  • J.Edgar

    textured crown with brushed crown guards. Makes the whole thing look more finished and thought through.

  • Raul Garza

    I like the size and finish.

  • Peter Jones

    Ruggedness is the most important feature in a watch

  • Daniel Park

    A dependable movement and an attractive face

  • michael mescher

    legibility,accuracy and reliability

  • Andre Braz

    Legibility is important for me so I don’t need to use my glasses…

  • Cameron Beresford

    I was a bit dubious about Nick’s Watches, until I saw one in/on the flesh. They’re incredibly beautiful, and I think capable of rivalling some of the best Swiss houses in pure looks alone. Also really versatile, I saw one at a formal event, but could easily imagine them in a more casual setting.

    • Watches by Nick

      Happy to hear my watches exceeded your expectations! Nothing dubious here!

  • Matt Jaffe

    I always look first at the case shape, including the overall proportions and how the bezel integrates/flows into the case. Something about the overall exterior lines that get my attention…

  • Mike F

    By far the most important thing to me besides having a quality automatic movement is the clarity of the numbers on the watch face and in the date display.

  • Austin Phillip

    The Quality Of The Materials Used ..

    Then Of course.. The Style

    How IT Looks / Feels .On The Wrist
    I Have Seen Many Expensive Time Pieces

    That I Just Would NOT Wear Because Of This

  • Mark Krebs

    Great looking time piece. Sharp look and easy to read numerals.

  • Andres

    For me the most important aspect in the design of a watch should be the balance between originality and beauty. Anyone can make an original watch and anyone can make an original watch. But few achieve an original design and beautiful at the same time, these watches are the ones that become classic and no matter how much time they have with one, every time you look at it is like the first time.

  • AbeFroman12

    The most important aspect of a watch to me is blending function and aesthetics seamlessly. This allows versatility with the watch.

  • at1time

    Easy to read and yet an interesting dial.clean looking.

  • Richard carroll

    Sure, I’m in.

  • billy mclaughlin

    Nice field watch. Meets the number 1 goal on dial design that fits by the purpose of the watch

  • RT

    Light, clean, waterproof, if possible glow in the dark, nice design

  • RT

    Light, clean, waterproof

    I wear watches all the time so I would like it to be light and easy to read

  • Upul Ratnayaka

    I like my watch to have easily readable hands and numerals. This helps me to spend less time figuring out the time (no pun intended). The larger they the better for me. Eyesight’s going now as I grow older so thats another key factor.

  • Ednelson

    The dial is most important. I like a field design or an aviator design because of the legibility and ease of reading.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    The aesthetics of the watch. In the ‘sense of will I wear it’

  • Coert Welman

    I am a big fan of unity of design. The watch should look like it was designed as a whole: movement, dial, hands, bracelet/strap.

  • Sara S

    Quick readability and a comfortable band are the most important design elements for me! I follow your social media accounts.

  • Jeffrey Portouw

    The most important aspect of watch design is DEFINITELY the watch face. It’s the whole reason to own a watch, and there are plenty of fancy watches out there with ugly, or overcluttered faces which are difficult to read. But not just from a practical standpoint, watches are also works of art, and the face is the primary canvas. Sure, the case and strap require design as well, but the face is the main place for the watch designer to flex their artistic skills, and really shine (or flop).

  • Roy Radin

    This is a very solid looking piece, simple design and easy to read. The most important part of watch design for me is the face because it’s what the eye catches first. Further impressions and increasing interest flow out from that point. It’s kind of like, when you first look at a person!

  • Pedro Quaresma

    The most important aspect of watch design is color! To match different attires.

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  • Joe in WI

    Dial for me. If the watch is hard to read, it’s not serving its purpose for me.

  • Andrew

    I like the looks of the Orion. I appreciate the domed crystal, and I think the captured winder is a nice touch vs just having it hang off the case.

    As far as design, I am a fan of depth. I like that the domed crystal will give it a visual depth that makes me want to look closer. The same goes for the indices with their facets – they will reflect light differently at different angles, and give the face more to look at.

  • AJ

    I like what Nick has done with this and his history leading up to this – from modder to watchmaker. Wicked cool!

    • Watches by Nick

      Appreciate it AJ!

  • Steve Haley

    Nice field watch. For me it’s all about the dial. Has to have a balance of color, size, and readability

  • Tracy Davis

    I love the dial design!

  • Marioabel Pena

    The bezel and the dial along with the indices are really important. Specific and certain colorways also contribute to the value of desirability. I really like how the Orion 1 looks, but the field standard can be just as a standout in terms of beauty appeal and satisfaction. (•?•) /

  • Bob Sebastian

    I look for a watch to have clear identity. When I look at it I have to “get it”. It can be outrageous or understated but it’s clear what it is. This Orion, for example, when I see it I get the simple, brushed case, knurled crown and substantial crown protector and it’s clear it’s a no-nonsense tool. I appreciate that honesty in the design.

  • Bradyn Westbrook

    That’s a pretty watch! For the most important design feature, I’d have to agree with everyone saying the face is key. If that doesn’t look good, it doesn’t matter how well the watch was made because nobody will wear it.

  • Jeff Geer

    I like a watch that’s strong and lightweight, but also sturdy and easy to read. looks and sixe are important because i have small wrists

  • Francorx

    legibility is a primary design for me. very nice classic look

  • Matthew

    The most important aspect of watch design to me is a balanced look between the different elements e.g. dial, case, hand, and that nothing looks out of place, that all the elements belong to each other!

  • Dimitrios

    The most important aspect of a watch design is legibility. Minutes and seconds hands that touch the minute track/markers is a major plus. Also a date function; whether it be a simple date, day/date, to perpetual calendar. Dates on watches in my opinion make the watch “whole” as the date is part of time keeping. The Orion Field Standard checks all the boxes for me. Also powered by the NH35 makes this watch a must have.

  • Ryan Lewis

    The case thickness is what I always look at on a watch. I want to see feats of extraordinary engineering and design where watches are as thin as possible, and still able to be waterproof and have other complications in their movements.

  • BasDidge

    Legibility is the most important aspect. Then dial design.

  • Darren

    What’s most important is whether it makes me unable to stop thinking about it. The kind of watch you know you want and you’ll itch nonstop until you have it in your hands.

  • Chee Chung

    The most important aspect to me would be the dial face. The combination of dial color, hours, minutes and second hands, the hour and minute markers all need to appeal to me.

  • Matthew Ireland

    The most important aspect to me, like many others commenitng here, is the design and style of the dial face, including hands and hour markers (i generally prefer arabic number markers or a combination of numeric and non-numeric markers–so this design stands out). Watch diameter size is also important to me, a close second, in large part because I have smaller wrists and generally dislike watches over 43mm. This has a classic yet distinctive field watch dial and style. Rugged and beefy looking given its thickness, but I love the 38mm mid-size.

  • Felipe Garcia

    For me the most important aspect is the composition of colors and how they match together into an everything.

  • Galen

    I appreciate a watch that’s legible. I need something that’s comprehensible immediately. Honestly, I get embarrassed if I have to stare at the watch as I try to figure the time. Telling time should be easy and that’s what I expect from a watch.

  • Manzur Dan

    To be easy to read is most important thing for me, then the lug design is important as well because I have thin wrist I prefer short lugs.

  • Qais Ali

    i like the classic military look with leather. Also the basic design with 24 numbers make it great watch for office and working with 24 h. If i don’t win this may be i will buy it or buy somthing similar

  • Fendy Un

    the most important aspect of the watch design is its dial and bracelet, because it is the first aspect that we mostly look first, and categorized it whether it is sport, vintage or unique one.

  • Marcus Dennet

    Really loving the cathedral hands on a rugged field watch! And with the machined crown too, great balance!

  • Aaron Reck

    I like that it has cathedral hands and that it’s sort of small. I don’t like big bulky watches.

  • Skootertrash

    Legibility is key, otherwise whats the point. A piece can be beautiful and well made but if it can’t be easily read at a glance it serves me no purpose.

  • Matt

    The most important aspect to me is legibility; without being able to quickly read the time there is no point.

    This watch combines a traditional and legible field watch aesthetic with original elements to make a neat, cohesive design.

  • mining_budder_lion

    The most important aspect in my opinion is style. I can’t even see myself for a second wearing a watch that in my opinion doesn’t look amazing.
    P.S. Who else loves the Roger Dubuis Excalibur?

  • Dave Ryan

    The dial and hands and how they compliment each other. Because they are the main focus of attention.

  • FilmEditorFL

    The first thing I look at is the visual appeal (ease of reading, wears on the wrist, etc…)of the watch. Then, I look for the materials, complications, and size.

  • GratisShark

    I’ve never gravitated towards field watches in the past but I’m just now starting to take an interest. Since I simply don’t buy Quartz pieces, one of the most important aspects of watch design is probably the accuracy of the movement. That would be closely followed by toughness since I’m pretty rough on my watches.

  • gtbr

    For me is the dial, because it’s the “face” of the watch

  • Cooper St. Pierre

    Gorgeous watch. The dial is the most important design element for me – it all starts there, doesn’t it? If the face isn’t appealing, the rest of the watch doesn’t matter.

  • Semido

    Elegance – clutter is distracting and ugly.

  • Rafael T

    I’ve been Following Nick for a while now, and nothing would I love more than to have one of his watches. I know there is a dive watch coming down the line, maybe that’s the one? But, if by mere chance I win this one, I will be a very happy man.

  • Jonathan Davies

    This is a really hard decision because for me there are three most important design elements. The design of the hands, the design of the bezel, and which movement the watch has are the most important things to me but if I had to choose one it would be the design of the bezel. I find that if the bezel is nice and simple the way I like it like on most field watches, the hands tend to be the way I liked them as well.

  • Lukas

    Dial design is the most important aspect, but also how a watch feels on my wrist

  • Pilotwatches

    For me the watch design should come with an historical identity of the brand. The idea behind that is to try to forge a strong identity (differentiator) for the brand and customers will become fans.

  • David W.

    The most important aspect of watch design, in my opinion, is case proportions. Nothing throws off the eye more than a case that is too thick, has lugs that are too close together or too far apart, etc.

  • Aman Nurmohamed

    For me it would be the visual aspects, i.e. dial, bezel, case and,crown and lugs.

  • Brad

    This would be an awesome watch to have. One of the most important things I look for in a watch is a crystal face that does not scratch easily.

  • James D

    Aesthetics are the most important thing. I’m sure people don’t generally try on watches, test drive cars, take clothes or shoes off the rack unless they are in some way aesthetically pleasing. From there that is where people split the hairs of quality by looking more closely at the other components that make up their personal view of what quality is. But I can’t imagine this process begins very often without pleasing aesthetics.

  • Sam Ward

    For me it is the colors The color scheme of a watch has the ability to make or break its beauty and whether or not I would buy it.

  • Dmetrey Kolesnikov

    Liking this give away. Got a watch from a Nick a couple of years ago! I look mostly for value, uniqueness, and versatility.

  • Joel Woodward

    This is a very nice looking watch. I think it fits well with what I consider to be the most important aspect of watch design, size.

  • Tan Qing Wei Philemon

    The most important aspect of watch design to me is the case design and size. Notwithstanding the design of the dial and hands, the case plays an important part in how the overall watch looks and feel on the wrist.

  • Hrvoje Holett Hadzic

    It’s hard to select only one, as few factors could be disqualifying the watch. But the first thing would be the dials.

  • Gx

    The most important aspect of watch design is the personality that it reflect on the wearer.

  • janim

    Details. It can be as simple as you want, but the details make it stand out.

  • j4m3z

    Build quality and comfort is important for me because I wear it everyday.

  • bert gillespie

    The face. Nothing more nothing less.

  • David Corcoran

    A clear crisp face with classic style

  • Nello

    Really don’t care for cathedral hands. They do look proper on this piece though.

  • himem65535

    Just readability and something a little different, that je ne sais quoi….

  • JF Beaulieu

    For me it’s boldness. A watch needs to have something that stands out

  • Pacheaco

    It has to feel solid and have value that punches above its price point.

  • Bing Hau Yap

    Love the military/aviatory design feel, should look great with a nato strap

  • Trevor Hirst

    I think the lugs are the most important part… case can be in a few different shapes, but what makes a watch feel too big or too small are the lugs. Do they hang over the wrist, or contour down correctly? Do they stick out too far from the case? Are they the right width for awesome straps? Is the polishing intricate or boring, and can you notice too much aftermarket polishing?

    Lugs are the key, man!

  • Mike Andrews

    The most important aspect of watch design is materials of construction. The design could be great but if the watch is constructed of inferior materials than it isn’t appealing to me. I prefer durable materials such as sapphire crystals and duratect or tegimented cases and bracelets that look nice and will wear exceptionally well.

  • Jason

    Above all the most important aspect is the shape of the case. I prefer a well executed vintage styled watch and the case will make the piece.

  • bbfrid

    To me, the most important aspect of a watch is the attractiveness of the dial and, maybe ironically, the ease of telling the time quickly / easily.

  • Ronald Ho

    The most important aspect is the simplicity and clean lines here

  • Mark ZuVerink

    Most important feature? Frankly, it’s always je ne sai quoi. I can never say what that deciding factor is that pushes watch from dislike to like.

  • Brendan

    The most important aspect in watch design is the dial, to me the dial needs to be legible at a quick glance but also convey the owners sense of style or being to the casual observer

  • Jim Delaney

    For myself, simplicity and harmony are by far the most important. Too many busy watches out there. And of course legibility.

  • Sibtain Hzzr

    Loved its Look especially the Dial & the Crown & would love to use it as my new Outdoor watch!!!

  • Damien Scott

    For me it has to look simple but classy and attractive, and has to stand out.
    I really like the colour of a dial, squale, that stunning blue, speedmaster the black with the white hands. It has to have the right detail, sapphire crystal and a nice bezel.

  • Wilson Meeks

    The dial. If an ugly or dysfunctional dial, the rest of the design, movement etc.makes no difference.

  • Douglas Johnson

    Color scheme is the important aspect for me. Do the colors compliment the materials? Do the colors compliment the style /intended use? Will the colors match well with the clothes I’m likely to wear it with?

  • Jeffrey Gougeon

    Clean dial is most important to me.

  • Marc C

    Versatility is the most important thing to me. I like a watch that can be worn in a variety of circumstances, and not just one that I only wear, say, the one time or so a year that I put on a suit.

  • Abdul H

    Readability, comfortable strap.

  • Ealaag

    I enjoy wearing mechanical watches, but for me durability is prime. I do wear my watches in the field, where they tend to get banged up a lot. If I’m hammering on something, or slamming the lid of a metal case, I don’t want to have to fear that my watch will be permanently damaged. I’ve had pretty good luck with field type watches with case designs similar to the Orion above. Sapphire is a necessity as well.

  • Daniel Teasley

    Usability is number one. If it’s too ungainly to wear, too difficult to re-set, or too oddly designed to go with the bulk of my wardrobe, those are all deal breakers. This one would definitely not fall into any of those categories. Versatile and attractive.

  • Sunny Smith

    The face of the watch is number 1. It is the first thing you look at every time you check the time and the biggest part of the watch on the exterior. The face presents your style and can say a lot about you. Good luck to everyone!

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  • Guy De Ridder

    The watch must be easy to read at a glance, which means no skeletonized dials. Good contrast between dial and hands. If it has a date display I prefer a perpetual calendar.

  • Balkamos Neoklis

    Minimalistic design

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    minimal beautiful watch

  • Atlee Elmont

    I love clean simplistic designs. I’d chose no date over date (OP over DJ), but it’s not a deal killer.

  • James La trota

    Simplicity and versatility. It also has to be legible and impressive at the same time.

  • Chris Davis

    I like a balance between being both creative and classic, something interesting looking bit not over the top.

  • Rune Olav Holm

    Nice! Clean look. I like it.

  • Tommy Higdon

    Thanks! Legibility is key as I get up in years… 🙂

  • Lorenzo

    I like the balance between elegance and sportiness. I like a versatile watch to wear it on any occasion

  • Benji J

    The story on this brand resonated with me. This guy Nick started dinking around with modding Seikos, followed his passions with formal training in watchmaking, then said “Let’s see where the next level takes me?” And he comes up with this attractive dial, a nicely shaped case, and an overall well-executed watch. Very admirable. I’m really digging the sizable knurled crown and tight clearance on the guard, and the typeface of the numerals and branding is distinct. I’d like to see how it looks with pencil/index hands for the hour and minutes. Otherwise, looks great – keep up the solid designs!

    • Watches by Nick

      Thanks Benji!

  • Miilu Biilmann

    I like the design, which functions it has and time to time the history of the watch.

  • Alexi Lee

    Love it !!!

  • Sean Adams

    Nice clean lines – the hands compliment the dial, overall it’s a watch that looks well designed and very wearable

  • Keith Cannon

    Simple design, looks both like a military-style watch and a dressy watch. Would love to have it.

  • Jayden Navarro

    I mostly care about the case size. If it’s larger than 40mm I won’t wear it. 38mm is the perfect size for me.

  • Jerry Tran

    I’ve always been a fan since I first saw the article and the webpage. I think its the perfect size with great attention to detail. This would be my everyday watch out to the versatility of the style of the watch. Can’t wait to see an original orion with a date.

  • Dave

    Been following Nick for a few years, his fluted bezel limited edition is fantastic!

    • Watches by Nick

      Thanks Dave!

  • Lui

    Loving those cathedral hands

  • Matt Mercado

    Case size. I have a narrow wrist: 6″. And I’m spoiled on the thinness of quartz watches. I generally go for 35mm watches that are 10mm thick max.

  • Eric Benedict

    Gotta be the face design. It has to be clean and quickly readable. I don’t like cluttered faces.

  • arik tmpaddress

    Nice integration of GMT functionality

  • hautehillbilly

    Classic, timeless design. Legibility.

  • WImads

    Cool Giveaway! I’ve been following Nick’s Orion watches on Watchuseek for a while, and would’ve owned one if my funds hadn’t dried up for the coming time… So this give away is great chance!
    The most important part of watch design to me is the case design. In particular I think grand Seiko does some great things, and of course the Orion stands out as well with the long lugs and a very cool large crown.

  • Dan Ramirez

    A good movement is very important, to tell accurate time. Otherwise, one would end up with a useless bauble on one’s wrist.

  • Mark Maxwell

    Great functional watch, looks good and well made.

  • ricsi f

    Balance in design is the most important aspect for me.

  • Darran Charles

    Field Standard military watch that looks the part and is equipped to deliver.

  • Derek Schey

    I would say design is most important, this Orion is a beautiful watch I would be a proud owner.

  • KrzysiekJ

    Durability and water resistance – because im a diver 😀

  • framax

    I like this wristwatch because it has a very clean, elegant design for a diver’s 100m. My uncle gave his old Orion to me a long time ago when I was a child. Beautiful watch.

  • 3M

    Case design. Its shape and wearability suppose the comfort of the watch in the wrist

  • Anette Rasmussen

    I like the combination of classic and new-thinking.

  • Joel Rosenfeld

    The movement of the watch is by far the most important to me. Whether its hand made or cut out by a CNC router, the movement is the only reason to own a mechanical watch in my opinion. Nothing keeps better time than a cell phone synced up with an atomic clock, but nothing spells out craftsmanship like a mechanical watch.

  • H F

    Apart from brand identity and legacy of specific watch designs it is aesthetics and materials used for me. Glancing at a watch has got to make you feel good about owning it, so aesthetics, high quality materials create a sturdy, reliable, beautiful product, so it feels good on your wrist and carries its value.

  • V N

    The most important aspects of watch design to me are watches with 1.) a reliable automatic movement; 2.) a clean, easy to read dial; 3.) a chronograph, as I do use the function often; 4.) the day and date.

  • Brett Wood

    I need a watch to be legible and durable. If it incorporates a bear in the design that’s the trifecta.

  • mr. y

    simple quality and nice

  • gchahinian

    Size is #1, if it’s too big or too small then its not even something I’d consider putting on my wrist, regardless of the name or brand.

  • mihai857

    The most important things i look for in a watch are: the dial design, which has to be clean and legible (even for watches with more complications), the overall finishing and a display back (because we all want to see the movement).

  • Thomas DeLucia

    Visibility and comfort on the wrist are the two most important thing to me about watch design. Unfortunately the watches that meet that standard are usually out of my price range

  • Size is always my first concern. Nothing’s worse than a watch that gets caught on sleeves or won’t fit under a cuff.

  • Ah Shumaker

    So many elements to consider, but classic design is first. You can hit every other mark and get no where without it.

  • Christoff Koekemoer

    This is not an easy answer…. One is usually drawn by the design and look of the watch, but I think the most important part would have to be the movement. If it is not accurate and precise, then what is the use of having it in the first place?

  • Kevin Beard

    Design overall, but a big factor for me is weight, it has to feel right.

  • Garrett Moy

    This Orion would look GREAT with the tux my brother just picked out for his wedding! What catches my eye first is its elegance. Movement is always a deciding factor, but if you dont appreciate the look, why bother?

  • Audun G. Kjørsvik

    As the main purpose of any watch is to tell time, legibility and accuracy is the most important aspects for me.

  • Alexander V

    I think for me, it’s coherency. The watch should tell a story that makes sense, instead of being something that appears thrown together from random bits and scraps that someone had lying around.

  • Aaron Ryder

    Legibility is the biggest thing for me. Nice clean face, along with a coherent design ensuring all of the elements on the face work together to improve the look.

  • Danijel Tojagic

    Date. Date and power reserve for automatic watches. I just like that and think it is important.
    Cushion shape is very nice to me.

  • Minh Van

    Classic military style with subtle design of hands

  • AK

    the most important aspect in the design of the watch is the face. It takes a lot to get it right. Too minimal/symmetric: boring. Too many dials and/or too much writing: chaotic. The hands, markers, font, date window, and every other component all need to compliment each other perfectly or it all falls apart.

  • Brian Bezel

    For me, the most important thing of a watch design is to be antimagnetic. I love my watches but I’m always on my ipad and I’m paranoid that they will become magnetized from the ipad cover. I also have been told that the iPhone has magnets in their speakers too, so a watch being antimagnetic is a feature I always look for..

  • automatic, ones of my favorites! 😀

  • Aaron Thompson

    To me, the most important aspect of watch design is the face, because that’s what I’ll most often see when wearing that particular watch. If the face of a watch doesn’t “speak” to me, I’m not going to buy it or wear it. I think the face on the Orion is well thought out, and it doesn’t hurt that they decided on the Cathedral hands, as they remind me of watches from the ’20s and ’30s, which adds a great retro feel to the watch.

  • Kevin

    The most important aspect of watch design to me personally is case design.

    Lug width, case thickness, and lug to lug length (this factor for me especially in my case) working in unison to make that certain watch feel tailored to your wrist.

    These factors can make the face really pop and the strap/bracelet wear like a dream.

    Thanks ablogtowatch for all the entertainment!

  • David Cameron

    Esthetics – how it looks ranks above all to me. It’s a personal thing to be sure – but the watch has to look good. I have my own preferences in regards to this as does everyone – hence so many watches! 🙂

  • Yoni

    To me, the most important thing in watch design, is that the design is not over the top or gimmicky but a clear one, which serve the basic function of telling time. Therefore I don’t like over sized watches as well as over designed or decorative ones and prefer a watch with less functions. For me a clear simple dial, elegant hands and a date window is all I need in a watch. I really like watch designs that succeed in bringing something original with those basic elements.

  • Easy Quindo

    Just for the record, some people are not active on social media, and do not have facebook, google plus, etc. (Like me!) That disqualifies me from the giveaways! These used to be optional, but now they’re not, and I will have to stop entering… too bad!

    • Ikkijkooknooitnaardiestommetal

      Just make a bogus profile.. no pics, no likes etc etc… there is a reason why this giveaways works this way.. I think $$$/advertising.. And later on, simply delete it!

  • Deb

    A legible, not crowded face. Not so thick as it has to fit over a shirt, unless it’s a more casual watch to wear with jeans and I don’t care that my sleeve is rolled up. I am big on having a date window but nothing that’s too small to read or too big that it takes away from the aesthetics of the watch.

  • William

    I have to join the legibility band wagon. To me it is important that the function of the watch remains and is not overshadowed by excess design or complications. There are many examples of this done well and…not so well.

  • tiffany dayton

    That it is waterproof and durable.

  • The har

    For me – how it looks. The dial has to catch my eye first and foremost. Like meeting a person of the first time , the first 10 seconds sets the initial impression

  • Ikkijkooknooitnaardiestommetal

    I like it! Looks simple, yet nice. Looks like a tank. In watch design, I like different kinds of features. Not too big, I think that’s saying “hey look at me, I have a big watch.” The front has to be quite empty, and very readable. I would call that a clean design. Numbers, no roman x’s and I’s or v’s. That’s more for a pocketwatch in my opinion. Dots or little stripes in metal will do as well. So… let’s send the that beauty!

  • Mike Nagorsky-Knoll

    For me, accuracy and quality of workmanship are equal features. I have had watches that lose large amounts of time each week, and currently have a watch that GAINS time (something that drives me crazy).

  • AghastinFL

    When I look at my wrist watch, the very last thing which I notice is the time… there is so much more to a good watch design.
    In this instance Orion has captured the essence of a field watch, highlighted by the large cathedral hands. Extremely well done and, affordable.

  • Macchina

    Lately I’ve become attracted to watches that present a great value with a unique look to them. In value, you also capture durability and therefore I find myself looking at Seiko mid-range divers a lot lately. Watches like their Turtle have such a proven history of durability with a very unique look at a price that most any other company can’t touch. As far as Swiss watches some of Steinhart’s offering are close to Seiko’s value proposition.

  • Giacomo Musso

    In my opinion it should be clearly legible and with a simple yet elegant design.

  • Dave Matteson

    I think the most important part of watch design is restraint. It’s important to know before you start what the goal is for the watch; then you design against that goal and use only what is necessary to achieve it.

  • Kevin Dodge

    Functionality is the most important feature of a time piece. Sleek design and features are a very big draw.

  • JC

    Interesting design of the hands… The shape of the small hand is different, and the red ‘finish’ of the second hand brings a touch of color, which is nice..

  • edmoree77

    Complications. there is nothing more special as complications!


    There is nothing more appealing to me than a very clean and legible face with small details like well designed hands and a simple and clean dial. I am also a fan of a detailed bezel (not a sports bezel or tachometer)

  • Brandon Clark

    Meticulous attention to detail is the keystone aspect of good watch design. All other things, such as performance, durability, esthetics and specifications will all excel if a company takes its time with quality management of design, parts and construction.

  • Anders Malm

    Case shape and lugs! How the watch sits on my wrist in the most important. I want it big so I like a cushion case and short, curved lugs.

  • Erik Sorensen

    I have smaller wrists, so I tend to look at the case size before I get too deeply into other design elements.

  • trainman

    The movement is the most important aspect to me (an obvious choice!). Doesn’t have to be some wild complication or glamorous finishing – but practical things that matter. Length of the power reserve, shock resistance, hand winding etc.

  • nm

    Great looking little piece there! I think anyone can source a great movement and individual parts these days, but it’s the attention to little details that really moves the bar. Such has hands that are the perfect length or are curved to parallel a domed crystal. The texture of the face finish. These are what separate the great from the average.

  • Andrew Hochberg

    Personally, I gravitate to retro-classic designs but not slavishly so. Watch marketers should incorporate a contemporary esthetic into their homage design features. Either of their own past offerings or another manufactures. A few examples of this using historical styling cues: Blancpain 50 Fathoms, the Omega trilogy of SeaMaster 300M, many of their Speedmasters and RailMaster reissue. You get the idea.

  • Nate White

    The most important part of watch design, is, well, design. Aesthetics count. I want it to be tough, functional, quality, etc, but if the look doesn’t grab me, why bother?

  • Jeff Jenkins

    Water resistance is most important to me. I am constantly in the water.

  • Matt Dawson

    The most important aspect of watch design is robustness. I have an 18 year old watch that still looks good and works perfectly. I have another (Swiss) watch that picked up scratches almost instantly and I’m constantly thinking about the appearance when I wear it and find myself favouring other watches instead. There doesn’t seem much point in having a watch you are afraid to wear out and aesthetics don’t count for much if they are tarnished as soon as you get it home.

  • Rick Pipala

    I like larger size watches that make a statement. Easy to read is also important especially at night in low light conditions.

  • Robert Carson

    Strictly speaking, I think that the most important aspect of watch design is size. Regardless of quality of materials, craftsmanship, origin (all of which are important, of course) a watch that is too small will never look right, and a watch that is too big will have you looking like you strapped a clock to your wrist (though I understand that some people like that sort of thing), too big a crown and it will hurt your wrist to wear it. I once had a favourite watch ruined for me because the first time I saw it in person it was considerably larger than I had thought from seeing pictures…luckily I got to see it before committing to spending any money on it!

  • Mark1884

    Legibility is most important to me. The Orion has a very legible dial. I prefer arabic numerals, but this is not always possible. A 24hr scale is just a bonus on this Orion.

  • Red side of Mersey

    Like wine and food, effective watch design relies on the hands matching the face. The most iconic watches nail this relationship (eg Rolex submariner, IWC portugieser). If there is no complementarity between the hands and the face, a watch will lack identity. I think Orion have got the equation pretty well right with their Field Standard.

  • Dean Louie

    Visibility of the dial is the most crucial element of design. You can have a magnificent movement, but if the time cannot be read, what good is it?

  • Andrei Mihaila

    The hands. I always look at the hands first. And coincidence or not, I absolutely adore cathedral hands! And I don’t have a watch with those hands yet. Fingers crossed.

  • Klimt

    The most critical elements of appealing watch design for me relate to the appearance of the face. Broken down :
    Are marks made by contrast between face surface & edges of created by hour markers unique?
    SHAPE – is face shape is a a standard geometry (squares and circles), or organic (free formed shapes or natural shapes?
    DIRECTION – Are specific lines accentuated? Does layout
    Accent Horizontal, Vertical .
    SIZE – Does face look cluttered or is it simple and elegant?
    TEXTURE – does face have Texture( sbgh257 seiko)is the surface quality rough, smooth, soft hard glossy?
    COLOUR – Colour scheme? White, red, silver , black as example of standard
    legibility , best use of face area to convey time at a glance?

    BALANCE – Balance in design is similar to balance in physics. A large shape close to the center can be balanced by a small shape close to the edge. Balance provides stability and structure to a design. It’s the weight distributed in the design by the placement of elements.
    PROXIMITY – Proximity creates relationship between elements. It provides a focal point. Proximity doesn’t mean that elements have to be placed together, it means they should be visually connected in someway.
    ALIGNMENT – Allows us to create order and organise.Aligning elements allows a visual connection component parts.
    REPETITION – Repetition strengthens a design by tying together individual elements. It helps to create association and consistency. Repetition can create rhythm (a feeling of organized movement).
    CONTRAST – Contrast is the juxtaposition of opposing elements (opposite colours on the colour wheel, or value light / dark, or direction – horizontal / vertical). Contrast allows us to emphasize or highlight key elements .
    SPACE – Space in art refers to the distance or area between, around, above, below, or within elements. Both positive and negative space are important factors to be considered in every design.

  • David Fisher

    For me watch design is about balance and proportion. Not just visually but in materials used and watch functions so you don’t picture this watch being put together any other way than you are currently seeing.

  • Joerg Pasch

    for me a good watch has to balanced between form&function. the dial should be clear and not cluttered even if or especially if there are more than a day/date complication. the should be a good mix between color of the dial and the hands and case&bezel.
    bur most importantny it has to look great on my wrist – just like this beauty would do 🙂

  • PJ Dechaine

    Always case and dial design. I like to know that movement is a quality one, but the aesthetics and pedigree of the watch determine if I’m a buyer or passing over.

  • Matthew Branson

    Watch design should be clean and to the point. A tool watch should be easy to use. The face should be clean and uncluttered. The movement should be refined, straightforward and reliable. Design in those aspects are what make me decide if I’m going home with the watch or not.

  • Mark Cardona

    I always go for classic looks, so I decide which great watches are depending on the dial size and style. I think having too much detail, or design, or anything, on a watch, makes it look ugly, or not appealing. A thing that small doesn’t need too much artsies. Long as it does a great job, like good batteries and hard crystal protection, neat straps, accurate time, maybe a little detail on the hands is good, but really, “Less is more”.

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  • Kevin Peterson

    the date window.
    I hate any date window between the 4 and 5.
    I can’t stand most of them. they are poorly done far too often.

  • eric chan

    I think the most important aspect of watch design is harmony. I love watches that have very coherent design language about all aspects of its design, including case materials, size, the hands, lume, dial, colour, and even choice of movement. If it is a dive watch, make it legible; if it is a dress watch, make it clean and compact; if it is a tool watch, make it robust and indestructible; if it is a smart watch, try to make it really smart!! By the way, I like the design of the Orion Field Standard Automatic, it’s really nice!

  • sam-b

    The most important aspect of watch design for me is a perceptible concept or common thread, no matter if it’s obviously or vague.
    A watch might be unassuming or striking – without an exciting idea behind it, it’s just boring!

  • Tudor Ghigheanu

    The most important aspect of a watch design is the personality of the watch and how it can influence the way you look. A good classic and clean look can help you achieve a professional look even with more modest clothing.

  • Duarte Vieira

    Legibility… and this one sure has it.

  • tknospdr

    This looks like a great watch!

  • alexe christian

    The most important part is reliabilty.

  • Bobbie Browning

    I was just searching for a nice watch to give to my grand-daughter for her graduation;she’ll be going into college and wants to eventually become a cardiac surgeon. ( so Proud!) Thats several years away but with some of her medical classes or labs she will be needing a really accurate, water resistant, see in the dark, date, second hand watch that has all of the mentioned. And that is how I came to finding my way to this site.. I was impressed learning a little bit about Nick, how he started out with Seiko and making his own….and a sudent as well …never is never enough education… Bravo Nick! Lovely watch…just lovely!

  • Stephanie Phelps

    The most important thing to a watch design to me is that it goes well with most anything!

  • Esteban

    Most important… humm, let’s see, I’d say durability in general, I want my watch to last for quite a long time!

  • Uriar

    I vote for legibility. Thanks for the chance!

  • MBacc

    The micro chip installed in every watch made that allows governments to listen in on conversations!!!!!

  • Daniel Brennan

    The most important design feature is functionality. Whether it’s a $100 Timex or $8000 Rolex it needs to be functional

  • Ivars

    Accuracy is most important for the quartz watch. Visual aesthetic is most important for mechanical.

  • Steve W

    It’s the aesthetics of the watch that first interests me. Luckily this can include case size and design, dial color, complications, etc. Of course accuracy and build quality also play a huge part, but without the initial draw it means nothing.

  • Brian Russell

    Proportionality is important to me.

  • Bojan Matijevic

    The most important in design of the watch for me is the functionality of the watch in daly use.
    Case size, pushers, crown etc. It needs to be functional for daily use if worn every day!

  • Joe McHugh

    I’m simple, I want a watch that wears well, and is tough as nails. It sounds like a little thing, but I feel that many watches get retired because they just fall apart, or allow water to enter well below their advertised depth.
    That’s it, other than those two things, I can get down with just about anything.

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    The most important aspect of watch design for me is its wearability. It must be comfortable and lightweight. Other features may be specific to uses–water resistance, extra capabilities—but in the end, it must be comfortable.
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  • David Sparks

    The face, it’s the thing you use most of the watch and often carries a lot of the style.

  • Njegos

    For me it is something that is often overlooked. The Weight. I want a comfortable watch, not too light, and definitely not too heavy so it feels like a brick on my wrist. The style and everything else… I can get used to it
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  • Ben m

    Legibility between the hours, minutes, and second hands. Why make them similar? Why?

  • Borko D

    Most important part of design is dial design and size/scale of various case components (lugs, crown, crown guards, etc.).

  • stumpelriltzchen

    The most important part for me is that it is a mechanical machine. Don’t get me wrong: I like computers, I work with them daily, and I love what I can do with them. But my watch should use an obsolete, pre-electricity, romantic technology.

  • Ontos

    The most important design aspet for me is symmetry. I want to be able to spilt the watch down the x or y axis and have it balanced. Perhaps also because I’m a philosophy student and my mind just works that way

  • Pandybelly

    Clean functional dial design, legible and sharply executed.

  • Eric Chen

    For me, the most important part of watch design is case size. Personally, I dislike giant cases (over maybe 50mm) because the size makes it look gaudy and out of place on the wrist.

  • Norman Lever

    A clean, simple layout which gives practical readability and elegance, as well as wearability. I really like this watch.

  • Ulysse Robert

    To me, the dial is the most important aspect of the watch design. The maker should be easily recognized trough the design of the dial and the time should be easy to read.

  • Lila V.

    Clean, clear face with enough contrast

  • Krishna

    I don’t think there is ‘one’ aspect of a watch that will make me buy it. Having said that, I am attracted to simple and clean face, non reflective coating, with polished/brushed markers and matching bracelet/strap to go with it.

  • Akos XS

    Quickly, easily readable dial, that’s what is the most important.

    And it is good if the case is not too high. I’m afraid I will scratch the crystal sometime.

  • Saeda

    A clean, simple layout which gives practical readability and elegance. I really like this watch. It’s perfect for a great present for my father!

  • M. Halay Tunceriki

    For me dial is the most important aspect. You can change other parts If you want but dial makes it a watch.

  • Edwin van Geelen

    In the end, clarity and legibility are what really counts. I’ve been following Nick for some time and his watches excel in these aspects. I would just love one of these!

  • Rom An

    I like when dial is clean and simple. Some brands can do that even with chronographs. Dial makes a watch.

  • Warsh

    Lovely watch. The most important aspect of watch design to me is the dial, of course, since it is what we see dozens of times a day! For me, it should be classic and clean, but with a hint of something different/distinctive.

  • Sam Kay

    I love the idea of a real every day tough watch that not too big for people with smaller wrists also the water resistance is a nice addition.

  • Matthew Butler

    I like how the tip of the second hand is red cause i like to time things

  • Marco Tatone

    The most important aspect of a watch is the dial and the level of readability. A good watch should be one that doesn’t take 5 mins to figure out what time it is.

  • Chris

    Form following function.

  • joaquin fernandez

    For me, the most important aspect of a watch is the case size and the dial. And a lot of “field” watches this days are too big, this one is perfect size!

  • David Stoddart

    A watch must be able to be viewed in dark ‘just woke up and cant have a bright light on’ conditions x-D

  • Viral Mack

    I would really like if it’s machine and steel is durable, the dial doesn’t scream yet it attracts attention and the crown and bezel goes well with the overall watch design. It myself look classy and goes with almost every outfit. The most important is it is a really good watch to not wear all the time

  • Nathan Schneider

    Harmony. Nothing ruins a watch faster than disparate elements that don’t match well together. So many watches have a fantastic case or hands, but then a number font or signature that is out of place.

  • AM

    Dependent on the style of watch and the qualities of which are perceived as being expected from each style, the one thing that transcends above everything is how good the thing looks on my wrist 🙂

  • Samuel Fedor

    nice watch

  • JF Schnell

    Simplicity at its best

  • Ste Kerry

    I think the most important aspect of watch design is that it is able to convey to you the time

  • chris_1860

    Everything needs to be seen and understood at aglance.

  • Brian Kautz

    A simple design with an easily readable face

  • Igor Acosta Mondragón

    Military design, nice dial double time presentation 12/24 hours.

  • Gabi Balas-Baconschi

    The dial and the design. Should be simple and easy to understand.

  • tombellamy

    The most important aspect of design is its style that is appealing to the buyer.

  • Max Rockatansky

    The most important aspect to me is a combination of robustness, elegance & attention to detail.

  • Evan J. Stone

    Most important aspect to me is understated elegance in a unique package that speaks to my individuality and inspires others to ask about me about my watch.

  • Noah Plays

    to me the most important aspect is a unique design and a good movement

  • René VooDoo Wendtland

    The most important aspect of watch for me is its wearability. I love to wear big watches that don´t feel like a big watch.

  • jdoerr01

    Is the sum of the parts working? I like watches with simplicity. but subtle details that speak to the craft and art of the watch. This Orion watch has that sense for me.

  • Peter Duggan

    Not the biggest fan of large watches

    • Watches by Nick

      Me neither.

  • Graham Congdon

    Its no one thing which is the most important, it is how everything works together. A great looking watch could wear terribly, or be too big or too small. It might fit right but the dial be off, with the hands too short etc.

  • Tom Galido

    I like the simplicity of this watch. The design language is straightforward and references WWII military watches.

  • Michael Tom

    I love the spade hands of the watch.

  • Chris Litak

    The most important aspect to me is an identity. A sum of aesthetics, scale, and functions that make the piece unique.

  • Asad Jamil

    This is an awesome watch with great features and simplicity . The feature it covers from mechanical watch to date function. It gives you depth at a really thin point. The 24 hour marking awesome for the traveling time option to see the time in that format at the airport, when your phone is dead. This will come handy

  • raxan1

    The most important thing is a quality watch that catches the eye without being obnoxious. This one fits that bill.

  • Talha Yaqoob

    I think the most important aspect of watch design should be about heritage, legacy and gives the owner a feeling that a watch is part of him/her. After being the owner of Brocot which was passed on me by my father as a gift it gave me the sense the of heritage first of all because it had that vintage look with gold and platinum material. Secondly it gave me the sense that I wore a watch and it was a part of me because it never fell of my wrist and it has the correct wrist size. In addition reminder of Legacy because of its vintage luxurious design it truly defined the motto of “The Legacy Of Time”.

  • C Kun

    The first thing I tend to look for is diameter of the case, case length, and thickness. It is important that the design works together harmoniously. Well designed things simply vibrate with the observer. The hands and dial must work together for legibility and ease of time reading; are the markers too large and distract from the hands? Is the bezel too shiny and therefore draws the eyes away from the hands when glancing down? Then it gets to the details, case finishing that makes sense for the style of the watch etc. You know all this Ariel, haha, I learned from you and your website.

  • edmund0996

    The most important aspect of a watch for me is the legibility and finishing of the watch.

  • Scott Macmillan

    The diameter,legibility and finishing are my big three decisions in buying a watch.The Grand Seiko would be the best example of what I prefer to see in a watch design that I consider purchasing..

  • Eric Jarrell

    Simplistic design, quality craftsmanship.

  • James Fann

    A long, sweeping centre seconds hand is a must! This allows me to have very precise timing for sub 1 minute activities.

  • Dave Stein

    Proportioned, interesting design, and quality craftsmanship

  • eSPi ?????????

    The most important aspect is the size, 40 – 42mm for my perfect watch.
    At the same time i like the simplistic dials, minimal design with very few writings for a maximum readability.

  • Kourosh Simpkins

    The most important aspect to me is the super-luminova. Really useful if I want to check the time but don’t want to look at my phone, turn lights on etc.

  • aburdz

    For me its the dial, a good design that is aesthetically pleasing, and easy to read is important. The design of the dial makes or breaks a watch for me.

  • amandagorton

    The most important aspect to me is it must exude luxury style. A watch is an accessory that makes a statement about me.

  • Brett T. Ferguson

    While I love luxurious styling, the older I get, the most important design element to me is a dial/hand combination that is easily readable.

  • Nick Honomichl

    Exceptional quality, proportional, and attention to detail all draw me to a watch.

  • Jeff Kolodny

    For me style and legibility are most important.

  • Chris Bos

    The most important thing of this watch is the answer to the question: am I really going to wear the watch and love it? YES!


    Minimalist design

  • Don Johnson

    Visual automatic movement

  • Vishesh Chhabria

    All about the movement. To me its all about what’s inside the watch that matters.

  • Collwyn Jones

    I love watches with a story, history and purpose, rather than “just another watch” the Orion brand comes from a love of watches and horology. The Orion has an impressive look and the drilled lugs for the strap lets you know the makers want you to try many different straps to fully make this watch yours!

  • Moneer Helu

    Most important aspect of the watch design: (as others have already mentioned) the story! The watches that I find most compelling offer something unique as far as their history or design. Vostok is a great example to me. They’re super quirky (which already provides a rich story IMO), but the real meat to me is the history of its development and how that history so strongly impacted the design to make it a watch unlike other “traditional Swiss” pieces.

  • ryan

    The most important to me is functionality. At the end of the day it should be easy to read the time and trust that the watch is accurate. It can do other things (even play blackjack), but not at the expense it’s main function…being a watch.

  • Ian Parris

    For me, functionality and readability. I prefer uncluttered tool watches.

  • Jawon

    “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

  • skaapsker

    A clean, legible design is most important to me.

  • Ikkijkooknooitnaardiestommetal

    Nice one! I like them sturdy, clean dial, simple and not big, max 41mm or so.

  • Lord Dunsany

    I can see a lot of thought went into the scale of the components. Very architectural in this way. With buildings you can see when a particular design element is poorly considered or understood. Most everything here is in scale. My one negative critique is that the dial and hands are a bit fussy. Otherwise well done.

  • mhavilandwriter

    Straight-forward, but compelling and graphically balanced timepiece.

  • Aaron

    Good design always highlights the beauty of the materials that were use to create the object. I like how Orion uses different treatments (polishing, brushing, and engraving) to showcase the qualities of steel.

  • Kelvin Siew

    The most compelling aspect of this watch to me is the remarkable coexistence between two contrasting elements: The perceived gothic architecture undertone set in a contemporary yet industrial platform. The depth created from the watch dial’s sharp features and the round edges coupled with the nature of the Orion’s brand name can keep me fascinated for generations.

  • Michael Carlson

    The most important aspect of watch design to me is that the design stays true to the creator’s vision with the core customer in mind. A key element of this is that quality remain uniform among all aspects of the watch.

  • al.outside

    the most important aspect for me in watch design is simple, uncluttered design. For me the function of a watch is to quickly tell time and possibly date and to do so in a way that showcases high quality design elements and materials without being ostentatious.

  • Sam Moskow

    This is a beautiful watch. The most important aspect of watch design to me is size. Especially as watch sizes in general have been creeping up, it is important to have a fine balance of modern style without making too loud of a statement. There are many companies that do this very well, including Orion.

  • Fabian Matei

    Size and hands shape are the most important aspects for me. This Orion watch is spot-on.

  • KLiment Ivanov

    I llike the clear, simple and readable design of this Orion watch. And these are the most important aspects of watch design for me, as they contribute to the ease of use and uniformity of the look of the watch as a whole. I would love to have this piece on my wrist!

  • Dominick Jones

    Slick looking watch. Would be a cool daily wear to work considering I’m a suit uniform consulting type.

  • Jason Hackworth

    Beautiful piece. For me, as shallow as it may sound, the overall aesthetic look of the watch dial (color scheme, hands, placement of complications) is the most important design aspect of a watch.

  • frank m

    For me I like a classy watch for the office. I like a chronograph for daily wear. I also like a basic rugged watch for the weekend

  • ik299

    Simple (seconds hand and date nothing more) and elegant design is something I’m always looking for 🙂

  • Z Benn

    Cohesiveness of purpose and design – something a field watch does very well!

  • Yohaan Jacob

    An uncomplicated dial matters to me most. Less is more.

  • Jarrod Portwood

    The most important part of a watch’s design, for me, are the numerals and/or hour markers. If those indicators are ugly, hard to read, inconsistent with the rest of the design, etc., it completely turns me off to the watch. I think it mostly has an affect on the watch’s legibility, but it also affects my aesthetic enjoyment of the watch as well.

  • Steve Haley

    It all starts with the dial. everything else flows from the dial. The whole look of the watch is set by the dial.

  • Huseyin Emrem

    * Design -> Simplicity & ease of use, which this watch does well.
    * Story -> I like the Orion’s story since my interest for watches also began with a family heirloom.
    * Durability -> Can be also passed down to the future generations.

  • George Flammer

    It all starts at the dial for me, and I like it to be clean and easy to read. I am not a big fan of anything more than a date window on the dial (i.e., I don’t like subdials much)

  • Matthew

    For me, legibility is most important. No matter how beautiful a watch is, it must first and foremost fulfill its function of telling time, or it is just a pretty piece of metal.

  • Dave

    Legibility is key for me in the design of a watch, followed by accuracy, and reliability.

  • Eric

    Absolutely the dial is most important. I don’t like too much complexity, after all it’s a watch so you need to be able to tell time easily. That being said, a little uniqueness in fonts, color scheme, or small touches like the 24 hr marks will win me over. The second most important thing is size, unnecessarily huge watches are too distracting. An automatic in 38mmm like this one is a real winner.

  • kramdrallim

    For me ,it needs to be legible, accurate and tough. This is ,to put it simply, a good watch. Nuff said.

  • Steve

    The most important aspect of watch design to me is versatility. I enjoy watches that can be used for multiple activities. Changing watches all the time can be fun, but can also be cumbersome.

  • hachep

    A clean and legible design is most important to me

  • Andy Berrios

    Beautiful clean design! Love the case and dial as it exudes elegance with simplicity!

  • Kathy H.

    Having a sturdy watch is important to me because I am very active. I love the look and design of this watch.

  • Bob Acoff

    The design of the watch is the most important aspect to me, just for the simple pleasure of looking at it.

  • Sebastian Wickstrom

    The most important part about the design for me is the bezel. I’m absolutely in love with clean, pretty and neat bezels. The beautiful face with markers 1-24 is super neat as well, pretty and functional!

    All in all, a prestine watch!

  • Wajih

    Color combination

  • Ovidiu Gabriel

    I like how the crown integrates in the case. really clean look.

  • Matt Bethancourt

    The most important part of the design is the cohesiveness of the case. The curvature of the lugs and crown guards refer well to one another. The crown gives a tool watch feel to a dressy case. And the size is modern perfect. Not oversized.

  • Bobby Creel

    Gorgeous watch, hope I win

  • Bobby Creel

    I like the simplicity of the dial and the hands

  • Eric Shen

    Love the hands!

  • Andy Burghardt

    A cohesive dial is what I look for. I don’t mind if there’s a lot going on, but everything should be part of the whole package. I especially like how the hands and markers work together on this watch. It balances classy and playful really well.

  • Scott Cole

    It’s hard to find one key element, but I find myself a sucker for meticulous attention to craft which is why I am so drawn to Seikos. The attention to every fine detail you see on a higher end seiko is hard to quantify but results in some beautiful pieces

  • Ali

    The ability to withstand great abuse and still keep accurate time. As an army infantryman I am always in the field and any mechanical watch that withstands the abuse thrown at it is a winner.

  • kubanm3

    it has to look great and have a good quality overall.

  • ??????

    Looks on the wrist. There are so many components of a good watch, but take away this from the equation and you get zero.

  • jon

    originality. I hate seeing vintage redesigns that take away from the original watch. Just create a new watch!

    • Watches by Nick

      I agree!

  • Leo

    Since it looks a bit like a field watch (at least to me), I really appreciate the practical inclusion of the drilled lugs.

  • Chris Jenkins

    The face, being a field watch needs to be easily read at all times in all situations. This beautiful face is just that.

  • hatster

    A nice touch of a few flavours/influences here, including a Bremont. And sounds like a solid bit of kit.

  • Tristan Antecol-Branch

    I feel that the most important part of watch design (apart from aesthetic) is the feel of the case and bracelet (if it has one). Very often the first thing we notice about a given watch is how it FEELS in our hands – the weight of the movement, the quality of the bracelet, and the sturdiness of the case. This is my favourite part of watch design because every time you pick it up it is a very satisfying reminder of the fact that you have something of truly high quality.

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  • Praveen Vohra

    Fantastic design

  • Jeremy Bell

    For me, most important is legibility, as it’s fundamental to?the purpose of a watch

  • Samson Chung

    Simplicity of the bezel which matches hand in hand with the face of the watch! This provides an amazing outlook to the watch design which will compliment the owner of the watch.
    *Off topic here, but most important of course is the mechanism that runs the watch! Simply amazing piece of work!

  • Intred

    What i seek in watch design is the use of special materials to overengineer a watch but make it look simple at the same time.

  • Fern

    Really like the field watches Nick has built!

    • Watches by Nick

      Appreciate it!

  • kpjimmy

    To me the dial must be unique

  • Griffin Tran

    The dial in my opinion is the most important aspect in watch design. It needs to balance both form and function. Telling time is important but a dial that appeals to you makes the task that much more pleasurable.

  • eom

    The dial. It’s always the dial, it makes or breaks the watch for me.

  • Muie Voua

    Is a classic field watch design, but what makes it different us the applied indexes. A dial with applied anything ain’t cheap.
    Plus it looks nice, well ballanced

    • Watches by Nick

      Thank you! I’m glad you noticed 😉

  • Eric Benedict

    readability. I just don’t like faces that are so cluttered that it detracts from actually (quickly) telling the time.

  • David Johnson

    The hands of the watch have to make sense within the overall design.

  • Ashkan Garshasbi

    Watch hand. I like them sporty

  • edmund0996

    Watch must be immediately readable with a quick glance. I don’t like clutter on a watch face.

  • Rob

    The most important aspects to me are the hands, the overall size, and the movement. I like a watch that has a timeless look and looks just right on my wrist.

  • Nikhil Edward

    The indices and hands; they make or break the design of the watch. The simpler and more classic, the better.

  • Steven Hall

    Love the Military Time inclusion. Makes it perfect for both dress and service. Fantastic piece

    • Watches by Nick

      Thanks Steven! That was part of the influence behind the design!

  • Lukáš Pitka

    Legibility of the dial, it is important for me to get the correct time at a quick glance

  • Tim

    The most important aspect of a watch for me is the shape and material of the case. I think that is what really makes a watch stand out.

  • Mikko

    The most important thing for me is the legibility of the dial, as I use watch to tell time, not as a piece of jewelry.

  • Ross Diljohn

    The hands are very well designed and works well with the dial.

  • Penny Snyder

    I love a style that not only works for dress, but also for casual!!~

  • Steve Kettlewell

    Love the simple style of this watch.

  • cpcarrigan

    I really like the hands.

  • Mike C

    Got to love a good field watch looks like the alpinist handset as well

  • Patrick Dolan

    Very handsome watch, clean dial and easy to read. Just as tool watches should be.

  • wawan hermawan

    Nice looking field watch,, my favorite watch genre,,I think ? it would be better on nato strap,,

  • Anthony Poon

    Interesting watch!

  • Bill Andrews

    For me it’s size and then the dial which has a nice sense of balance. The indicators, numbers and hands all balance each other for a nice finish.

  • Richard Hicks

    Most important aspect of watch to me is large numbers so easily read at a quick glance

  • robert

    looks like an amazing watch, would be very interested in getting one, as i love micro-brand watches.

  • Cesar

    Omg I love this piece!!! Looks perfectly symmetrical!

  • James Hennessey

    Domed sapphire needs to be more of a thing

  • arik tmpaddress

    Round and symmetrical! Love it!

  • JL

    A nice balanced looking dial.

  • Bryan M

    Nice! For me it has to be case design/size.

  • Shammy K

    The watch face. Because that’s the part you look at most of the time.

  • George Gecko

    sweet hands, simple and direct design

  • Stuart Lees

    The most important aspect of watch design is that it has a design that is functional and clean. The dial should not have unnecessary cluster.

  • Form follows function. That’s what I like in a clean, functional design

  • Theodore Ntinias

    Looks cool, not sure about the Mercedes hands though…

  • Sam Anderson

    Great looking watch! There’s an awful lot to like about it.
    The interplay between the hands and the dial markings.

  • Greg Smith

    Minimalist face! They look sleek, classy and don’t stand out too much.

  • Pete Perez

    Have to support a modder turned maker! I’m sure many of us dream to do the same. Nice entry with a field spec, I dig it!

  • Kendal Tourist

    Nice watch

  • Laurence Daly

    This watch goes a long way in demonstrating the most important access of design being an easy toward watch dial.

  • Miguel -MO

    Nice watch looking watch for sure. I am always looking for a simple and elegant design. A watch that you can put many straps to change the look from time to time. Thank you.

  • Billde

    A field watch with 100m of water resistance. ive been looking for one…

  • Chris Nibert

    For me the case design is important. The base is the foundation for the fit and feel of the watch.

  • Keep it simple and elegant. Not too flashy. I like it.

  • Mitko Dimitrov

    IMO it’s a nice field watch with nice details!

  • jopez

    Cases’s simplicity, easiness to read, good combination of colors (clarity), nothing fancy.
    Size too, which with the size of my wrist must not be too big.

  • nfromto

    I like a nice clean easy to read dial with not a lot of clutter.

  • Don Quigley

    Like that companies are willing to go with a 38mm case size instead of constantly pushing for huge cases

  • Michael McDonough

    Nice field watch. Like the simple 3 hander which as one gets older is easier to read.

  • Nelson Lima

    Good looking watch not too large. 38mm is a good size for me personally. Not sure I’m into the large 42mm+ sizes.

  • Steven Servantez

    Legibility is key to me. I want to have crisp defined numbers and letters.

  • Chuck Herbaugh

    Its a great looking watch. Perfect as a unisex watch.

  • Daniel Chng

    Definitely the dial – can’t be too cluttered and have too many things going on

  • Dial is no doubt the important feature but I love a beautiful case and design of hands. Movement also plays a big part. At 38 mm this watch is a good size.

  • Cole Reiken

    Looks great. Can’t wait to try one out.

  • Brad Herndon

    Great looking watch! Legibility is key. I want to be able to quickly glance at a watch to see the time. Some watches are hard to read due to dial color,

  • Louis Meluso

    love the syringe hands on this

  • lionstan

    Perfect for my outdoor activities. Would be great to win this.

  • John Bruegger

    Durability. It’s one thing for a watch to look good out of the box, it’s another for it to maintain that look years down the road. This design looks like it fits that bill.

  • Jeff Randall

    Legibility. If it’s difficult to make out the time, it rather defeats the whole purpose of having a watch.

  • Maxim Pyankov

    Time legibility because that’s number one (and, sometimes, only one) functional purpose of a piece.

  • Jimmy Katynski

    First time i seen this one,very nice. Style is over all one of the best along with size at a wearable 38mm.

  • Steve

    Case size the most part which I really concer the most

  • Earle

    For me, I like the oversized crown the best.

  • Mr. Snrub

    An interesting dial, something I won’t grow bored of after six months and will wear long term.

  • Cesar Augusto Guerios

    Clean design, less is more.

  • Excellent contrast between the dial in the hands and numbers.

  • For me, the most important design element would be case size and case design matching the intended use of the watch.

  • Immanuel Mario

    I like the “dual” numbering on the dial , like 12 and 24 , 1 and 13

  • yehuda

    Three words: less is more

  • Vlad

    I like the face design with big numbers and readability and the big crown.

  • Kirk Macdonald

    My most important aspect of a watch is legibility. I have one watch that has silver hands and a silver dial. In the “wrong” light the hands blend in with the dial and it’s darned near unreadable.

  • Earle

    For me, the case design is the most important. Dial doesn’t matter if the case isn’t correct.

  • Adam

    Comfort while wearing it. I don’t want it to be ok, it needs to be perfect.

  • PugHenry

    The dial. Number one is legibility. Number two – the minute hand needs to reach the minute marks!! Why do so many brands put short hands on their watches?

  • Stephanie

    To me, one of the most important aspects of a watch is that it is an automatic watch, so I don’t have to keep buying batteries year after year.

  • Siwash

    Absolutely great look. Very progressive: a modern kind of dress watch in the perfect, roundhouse, size. Much to like there, esp. hands and crown.

  • Rahul Rao

    It promises to be a very practical watch that embodies important aspects of watch design – (1) reasonable size, (2) good legibility, (3) essential functionality (date and time), (4) nice and simple look, and (5) a reasonable price. Lastly?, I expect a Seiko movement to be reliable as well.

  • Christy Leonard

    The most important aspect of my watch design is one that I don’t have to continuously set the time on due to battery drainage

  • honeypie411

    The most important aspect of watch design is durability and design. I like a wat h that I can wear anywhere that still looks stylish.

  • Joel Schumann

    Most important is of course the strap. Not the one that comes with the watch, but the one I will make 🙂 Ok, since I like to make my own straps, I always consider how it will look with different types and colors of straps. This Orion offers lots of possibilities.

  • Most important aspect is case size… it determines the whole mood of the watch.

  • Phil

    This watch is nearly perfect in most aspects that are important to me. Goldilocks size at 38mm, uncluttered and highly legible dial with beautiful cathedral hands, durable and utilitarian in overall appearance and Nick has added just the right amount of personality to the overall design to differentiate it from many similar concepts out there. This is the everyday watch I’ve been looking for – nice job Nick!

  • penemio

    I want want the components to be harmonic and well integrated and the total weight of the watch to not be too heavy or too light. This makes for a comfortable, well-balanced and visually pleasing watch to me.

  • Robert L.

    The most important aspect of watch design is the fluidity of dial design with case design. A well executed dial design can carry a 38mm dial into visually seeming larger. It also affects the post-purchase love for the time piece!

  • ivel1977

    The design of the casing needs to be fluid and complimentary with the band to be aesthetically appealing.

  • Alexandre Afonso

    The most important aspect of watch design is good legibility

  • MSM

    Hour markers. I really don’t like Arabic numerals, outside of a California dial (Which is only 1/3 Arabic numerals anyhow). Roman numerals, batons, 12 & 6 with other dots/markers, anything else goes.

  • joel snowdon

    Nice watch, easy to read. Not ostentatious or pretentious at all!

  • Pepe Gar

    The part of a watch that is important to me is that all is integrated. To look and feel classy. A thick or a giant watch must be harmonic. For me that is the same part, not all watches are meeting these, some lack of class, other of aesthetics, but when all is meet magic rises.

  • Upul Ratnayaka

    I like simple watch designs that are easy to clean and maintain. Too many grooves and designs on the casing just make it more difficult to take care of the watch.

  • Brian Wells

    Legibility is the most important feature for me. If I can’t read the watch, then it’s not worth anything to me.

  • Fitifazrul Rahman

    The case of the watch because it is the main part of a watch

  • Dan Dolar

    Readability! What good is a watch if you can’t read what time it is in just a few seconds?

  • Joe

    Legibility is number 1, followed by wearability (ie not too big and also comfortable) then practicality (eg water resistance).
    Field watches are always legible, 38mm is a great size and field watches also tend to be reasonably water resistant.

  • Adrian Lessek

    Of course the dial, ability to read the time day /night is most important and I personally look for quality finishes at the case and dial.

  • Jan Gruszczy?ski

    Overall simplicity of the watch, with no cluttered dial or case

  • Cliff Gillies

    The overall design of the dial and case

  • Dean

    To me its the dial. To me the primary purpose of a watch is to give you the time. So a clean, uncomplicated dial with easy to read numerals and visible hands. Form follows function in all cases.

  • David Sheridan

    A simple easy to read classic design (with date)

  • Dávid Katona

    In order of importance for me it is legibility of the dial, comfort and durability of the movement and parts.

  • Sean PIzzle

    Dial has to be the most important aspect, right?

  • Art L.

    that’s a great looking watch. To me, the most important part is the clean aesthetic.

  • Charles Soderquist

    Like the 24hr dial.

  • Vitaliy

    Aesthetics, because that’s the entire point of wearing luxury watches

  • nickie burke

    The design and durability. It should look good and be able to withstand daily activities.

  • David

    Thanks again for offering up another fine watch for a lucky blog follower. As my collection has grown, and my farsightedness increase, legibility is increasingly becoming more important. I just purchased a Seiko Marine Master for this very reason and the fact that it is such a unique dive watch from what seems to be readily available in the market.

  • Jamie Jung Won Kim

    The most important part of the design for me is the color of the dial.

  • Emiliano Alvarado

    Great looking watch, now I really want one

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  • Stephen Thode

    In watch design I prefer something unique but not ostentatious. Wear ability but not flashy.

  • Muie Voua

    Hm, Nobody noticed that crown? Wow, that is gorgeous. The applied indexes and the crown is what will make me a happy owner. 😉

    Sorry for the double post

  • Kim Naumann

    I really like its design not overly flashy!

  • Ted Fails

    Great watch. The clear functional dial makes it the perfect daily wear tool watch.

  • Tommy

    In design I prefer what can it be called well-fitted. If I choose tool-watch it must be durable and reliable. Look at ChW Trident. They made own milsub yet redefined with main milsub features.

  • Michal Svoboda

    For me the most important aspect of watch is that they look elegant,

  • ChrisA

    It’s clarity of time reading, particularly the minute hand.

  • JN

    #1 for me is comfort. If I can’t stand how it feels I can’t wear it.

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I have got to have absolute comfort. The watch looks like great design for my comfort’s edge.

  • JonnyB

    I think the strap is a big factor. Leather vs. Steel bracelets look and feel completely different and convey a different image to others as well.

  • inhumantsar

    Attention to detail, by far. The little things seem to end up being the make-or-break things more often than not.

  • Dee Hadley

    I think the most important thing for me is the comfort of the watch. It has to be comfortable.

  • Thomas Gibson

    Durability is very important to me as I often ride long distances on my motorbike.

  • Dan Nathan

    The construction of the watch should be substantial and precise. The 4 Citizens I own are beautiful and built like a tank. It makes the watches seem so much better built than other brands. I have 6 Seikos and they are great but their bands seem loose and cheap. The Citizen’s bands are much better and feel more like a single piece of metal than a collection of assembled pieces.

  • Douglas Dunphy

    What I like about a good watch is that it’s comfortable and that I can read it.

  • William C. Smith

    Nice watch.

  • Wr Ah Wr

    When talking about design, Comfort is numero uno!

  • Martin

    I like to original in its appearance. Like Seiko with monsters, dont like copies (dozens of almost same divers)

  • kibbyster

    I like a watch to be functional and original.

  • Jannet Kwan

    The most important aspect of watch design for me is the durability against dirt because I want it to last a long long time

  • Y Til

    To me, is a stable and long lasting movement

  • Rosh qpr

    Tough and durable design that goes everywhere.

  • Teo Jun Peng


    To me, the most important is the subtle details (Watch hands, dial texture etc). Details are not just details, they make up the whole design.

  • Chris

    A good movement and long lasting style.

  • Brian Leinfuss

    Like the simplicity of the watch. To me, function is most important in a watch then form. Hope I win this one!

  • yohan tejeria

    Like the simplicity and the durability on a timepiece.

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    I want my watches a little bit bizarre and classic at the same time 🙂

  • Virginia Hildreth

    I really like that it includes time and date

  • luis miguel bonilla

    I like a watch to be original.

  • Lucian S

    The most important feature in a watch would be for me to be easily readable which this Orion provides. Good luck everyone!

  • Robert

    I must have this watch

  • Eric

    Nice clean looking field watch!

  • Edward Reinholtz

    Nice Looking Watch !!!!

  • Leslie Davis

    The durability I like my watches to last.

  • Tanner Devotie

    My favorite part are the very legible cathedral hands…just perfect for this field watch.

    Here’s to hoping I win! Thanks Orion watches for the giveaway.

  • Alex R.

    Legibility. I want to be able to tell the time at a glance.

  • sko2386

    Attention to detail. Starting from the watch movement and working out, the attention to detail in the design, material, and finish are all what makes a good watch.

  • Lucas

    There are a lot of aspects which are important to watch design, but if I had to pick one I would say coherence to its purpose. I believe each (good) watch should have a reason or a purpose
    for it to be, and this should be fulfilled at its best. Only then does a watch make real sense and can therefore transpire emotions when looking at/wearing it.

  • BDwide

    At this stage of my life, dial readability has risen to the top. For me that means that I prefer numbered dials (at least partial) and excellent lume. This has steered me into pilot/field-style watches of which the Orion Field Standard is a lovely example. Rather nice fusion of classic and modern design.

  • Skyhawk

    Nice watch functional easy to read never needs battery replace

  • DV

    The most important aspect of watch design to me is that it is comfortable and precise dvice12 at gmail

  • Bryan E.

    For me, the the most important aspect of watch design is the watch face: it should be uncluttered, easy to read at a glance !

  • joy venters

    I have to have a watch that is stylish and comfortable. It should be easy to read and durable.

  • mom2roxiecat

    Price, durability,band,& style

  • Craig Daniels

    Classic features, easy to read, solid feel and attention to detail.

  • Michelle Catallo

    For me the most important aspect is the ability to decrease its size; I have small wrists.

  • Parri Munsell

    In a watch design I’m looking for advanced complications with an easy to read face

  • Dunit21

    simple and professinal watch design

  • Cayce Jones

    For me, the most important aspect of any design, not just watches, is the quality of its materials and in the case of a device such as a watch, the thought put into the quality of its operation. I can live without some aesthetic design aspect that I like or another, but without quality of materials and workmanship, nothing else works for me.

  • Michael

    Very nice watch… The most important aspect of would design for me would have to be overall cohesiveness of the watch; that all parts of the watch fit together to form the overall design of the watch.

  • JP

    It’s nearly impossible to pick the most important aspect of watch design, but I do pay particularly close attention to the aesthetic details of the dial–I tend to enjoy clean dials and interesting numerals or indices.

  • Gonçalo Câmara

    It might be the quality of the dial and how beautiful it is. After all it’s what we look at most of the time.

  • CPratt81

    Most important aspect of a watch design for me is how balanced and attractive the dial is. I tend to look for dials that are timeless and will look good for years to come.

  • Iko

    The most important for me is the shape / colour balance between the case, the dial and the hands.

  • James Co

    The legibility, unless its build like an accessories than a watch.

  • Julian Moser

    anybody know where the winner is announced?

  • David

    That would be the dial. It´s a face of the watch and makes or breaks a watch appearance for me.

  • Alexander Virabyan

    cool looking watch