Welcome to the world of Orient. Great choice, the Blue Mako is very good looking! The Mako is the one that got me started as well....now my third Orient is on the way.
1. As ochavez said, that is the watch winding. Mine does the same. Remember (since it is your first automatic), its ok to shake it, but don't go wild. b-) If it sits for a few days, give a few easy shakes to get her going, then adjust and wear with pride!
2. Lots of theories I have read on which way to leave your automatic at night. Some are picky about it, others very specific. I just set mine down and check it in the morning, adjust if I need to. I would just try different positions and see what works for you. It might be fun...hey, maybe I will try that!
3. There are many spring bar tools, and instructions on how to use them. I bought an inexpensive set of tools
on amazon, an extra spring bar too
l, and watch band link remover tool
. Now that I have them, the tool set would have been enough, did not need the extra spring bar tool, but they are a bit better than what was in the set. I do think the features on the extra watch band removal tool make it easier to use and it can handle a wider band. But again, the tool set would have been fine.
Guide on adjusting watch bands
Videos that helped me do this the first time:
How To Change a Watch Buckle
How To Change a Watch Band
Adjusting Your Watch Bracelet
DIY Watchband Adjusting
You can find several more via Google.
Hope this helps! Enjoy the new watch!
Anyway, I love my mako, but I have a few newbie questions.
1. Is the watch supposed to make that noise inside the case when you shake it? Is that just the mechinism winding?
2. Is there a certain position to rest an automatic watch when not wearing it to achieve the most accurate time keeping?
3. Remove/install bracelet. I removed the bracelet to see what it would look like with my nato straps, but it was hard. Got one side off then had to pull it out from that side. Putting it back was even harder. I scratched the lugs a little in the process. Sucks, but at least it's under the watch. Can anyone give me tips on how to more easily do this and without scratching my watch?