Yes, back hack. Not elegant, but it does work and will allow proper timing of the watch.I'm not sure what you mean about the hacking--you mean "back hack" by turning the crown counter-clockwise or is there another way? I just meant that it doesn't appear that the movement has an intended hacking function. I see what you mean about the sunburst in the inner dial--I hadn't even noticed that. It is very subtle but it is there. It is interesting that your strap was stiff. I found my stock strap to be anything but and very comfortable. I'm hoping that a Maratac nylon will hold up--this watch can't be as heavy as their large Pilot can it? I will probably look for another leather strap though in a lighter shade though. Glad to hear like yours. It is a great deal for the $.
Great review! |> Now, show us some pics, please!I got mine today. Overall I am quite pleased. The quality of the movement and dial is exceptional. The inner dial shows a little sunburst effect, the outer dial is glossy but plain. The lume is impressive, but I don't know how long it lasts, will report back on that later.
I hate the straps, they are too thick and stiff. Changed them for some Dakota Watch Co straps, black "vintage" with white stitching. I think for sure you will need leather on this watch, as it wears pretty big and heavy. Cloth won't hold it up.
I shook it a bit and put it in my timing machine. Looks like +9-+12 seconds per day. I will not try to regulate it for at least a week, as it probably needs to wear in and spread the oil a bit to get a true reading, which of course could be better or worse. Beat error is 0.0, and the + 9 - +16 is consistent through all positions, which indicates it can probably be regulated to + 4 or 5 seconds a day. When it reads +20 face up and -15 crown down, you are kinda stuck with it, but this one is + about the same all the way through, so after it breaks in if that stays the same I should be able to slow it down a little bit.
the PVD finish is consistently good throughout, and I prefer the flat crystal. I think this is a heck of a value considering the current price of a similar Fortis Flieger.
Just to mention, the hands and markings are all BRIGHT WHITE, which makes this watch REALLY easy to read.
If you are considering one of these grab one quick. Orient watches seem to disappear and be unavailable sometimes, especially the military types. I have a quartz titanium (bracelet) pilot watch that I bought a few years ago on Ebay. Liked it so much I bought another. It was around $60.00. Shortly thereafter the only place I could find that model was Asia, and they wanted like $300.00
I would like to see Orient make the same setup but with the more traditional pilot dial, like on an IWC. I would buy one of those instantly.
BTW, I had also bought a Parnis quartz chrono which I like a lot. It looks just like the current IWC chrono with a PVD case. But the difference in quality between that and this Orient is just amazing. Not even close.