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Brief review of the new Orient Star Outdoor watch

Brand: Orient Star

Model: Sports Outdoor

Reference No.: RK-AU0202N

List Price: $780,00 (can be had for much less)


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It’s the second time I am reviewing a watch made in Japan but it is not the first Orient watch I have owned. As you already might know my first Orient was an Orient Star GMT I bought in 2002 when living in The Netherlands. I really loved this watch but it got stolen in London in 2011.

My interest in watches concentrated on „Made in Germany“ and it took me some time to get interested in Orient and Orient Star watches again.

The first Orient watch I had the pleasure to review was the Orient Kamasu (blue dial), reference RA-AA0002L19A with the notable F6922 automatic movement.

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Somehow I got hooked on Orient again and when an Epson newsletter introducing the new Orient Star Outdoor fluttered in I decided not to chuck away rhe chance to test one of their new Outdoor models.

The new line of Orient Star „Outdoor“ watches include

+ RK-AU0201E (PVD case, black dial)
+ RK-AU0202N (PVD, grey dial)
+ RK-AU0204L (black dial)
+ RK-AU0204L (Blue dial)
+ Limited Edition RK-AU0205S (PVD case with "vintage" dial).

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The grey dial version immediately called my name. This year grey seems to be the new blue which has been the new black in 2018. At least there have been a lot of grey dial watches presented this year (Laco Flieger Taupe, Stowa Prodiver Grey, Stowa Flieger Verus Grey - a LE for Worn & Wound - Tudor BBB to name just some). In addition to that I liked that this model comes with a black PVD case.

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Of course there are more things which were immediately visually appealing to me.

Primarily the new Orient Star Outdoor features a somehow trendy military/field watch style of case and dial and the case diameter of 41mm with its fairly large, screw in crown seemed just right to me (and it indeed is).

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With its broad luminous hands and hour markers the watch offers a very good legibility.

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Key data of the Orient Star Outdoor RK-AU0202N:

+ Stainless steel case, PVD coated,

+ Sapphire crystal, ar coated,

+ Case diameter 41mm, height 12,1mm, lug to lug 49mm, lug width 21mm, display back with acrylic crystal,

+ Large screw-in crown,

+ Automatic ORIENT F6N43 movement (hand winding, hacking), 21,600 bph, 22 jewels, power reserve +/-50 hrs, + 25 seconds to - 15 seconds

+ Water resistance 10 bar (100m, 167ft),

+ Grey dial, day and date indication at 3, power reserve indication at 12,

+ Luminous hands and hour markers/numerals,

+ Calf leather, reddish brown, white stitching, (unfortunately) 21mm, black PVD deployant,

+ Weight: 91gr.

During my vacation I was wearing the watch for three weeks without any interruption. The Orient Star has accompanied me in Slovenia, Austria and the Dolomites on hikes, mountain tours but also on all other occasions (even when relaxing at the pool).

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I have to admit that the watch meets all requirements. The Orient Star Outdoor is a GADA watch, a daily beater, there’s no doubt about that. There’s also no doubt that this little gem also is an eye catcher, it really is. The Orient Star logo with additional “automatic” is placed at 6, giving it a well balanced look in combination with the power reserve indicator at 12.

The well-sized hands and hour markers made it possible to read the watch at any time, even with a quick glance during mountaineering.

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The case is excellently processed. In terms of fit and finish its PVD coating does not differ from PVD coatings I’ve seen from other manufacturers.

The screw-in diamond style crown is easy to unscrew, easy to grip and to operate - sometimes a bit flimsy when screwing back in.

The sapphire crystal fits exactly into the case, everything sits secure and tight.

Its dial is extremely functional, uncluttered, clean and visually pleasing.

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Lume was +++ (of +++).

Coming to an end I want to emphasize that the Orient Star Sports Outdoor represents an excellent value for money ratio.
You really get a great bang for the buck. I can highly recommend the Orient Star Sports Outdoor as a daily beater or, as some might prefer to say, a GADA watch, it even fits with less casual clothing if needed.

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Thanks for reading.

Mike
 

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Thanks for the review Mike, it is a really good looking watch and the F6 movement is becoming Orients new 'go to' caliber. I perfer a polished/brushed case, the Outdoor looks good in either.

One point I just noticed is the 'skeleton' hour hand tail vs. the solid minute hand tail, just a bit unbalance looking IMO.
 

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Great review. I really like the nice, easy to read dial with the thick hands.

Great pictures as well.

Might have to check this one out.
 
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