Re: Orient Owner's Club
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 10:58:58 AM »
Orient Star GMT
(WZ0071DJ; JDM only)
22j, 21.6 kbph 40P63 automatic with hand-wind and hacking
This was a JDM only (Japanese Domestic Market) Orient Star. That means Orient never exported it from Japan. Those who wanted one had to find a Japanese dealer willing to sell and ship to them. Rakuten Global is one of the places to find these dealers, along with the well-known Japanese sellers Higuchi-Inc and Seiya. As with Seiko and Miyota, Orient has been gradually updating their movement line with new calibers that have hand-wind and hacking. Orient Star Orient's mid-tier and prestige watch line. For many years Orient had three tiers, each of which spanned a relatively wide range of price points. The basic Orient, mid-tier prestige Orient Star, and high-end luxury Royal Orient. The Royal Orient line was dropped by them a couple years ago and the Orient Star expanded in price point.
Orient in general is noted for exceptionally well finished watches, even at the lowest price points. It truly shows on these JDM Orient Star with the case work, bracelet and dial. The dial work is intricate blend of subtle finish pattern and 3-D depth with the sub-dial, hour indices and dauphine style hands, and the AR coating on the underside of the sapphire crystal makes it disappear completely under most lighting.