Thursday, April 3, 2008

Vintage Orient Automatic (Blue Dial)

This is another vintage watch that I don't know much about. It's one of a few Orients I have (like this one) and one of two vintage ones. I found it on eBay and picked this one based on its near mint condition and attractive dial and case. It was probably made in the late '70s or early '80s, and at 1 1/2 inches wide it's a decent size for a vintage watch. Based on the case markings I believe the movement is an Orient 469. It's also all stainless steel (one of the reasons it still looks so good after 25 years or so) and was made in Japan. As I mentioned before, the Orient brand is much more popular outside the U.S., and this vintage model was originally from Israel. You can still make out some Hebrew writing on the red sticker on the caseback. The blue coating on the back is common on watches like this and seems to be the protective coating they applied before the modern-day plastic caseback stickers were used. It can be cleaned off, or will eventually wear off, but its condition does show this watch hasn't been worn much in its lifetime. It's a neat watch, and has an out of the ordinary case and dial, as well as great looking hour markers and Orient name and badge. I also find the silver day and date wheels unique, although they seem to be common among Orients from that time period.

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