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Orient Senator or Vintage (FFD0F001W or CFD0F001W) Executive Power Reserve Review

Orient Senator or Vintage (FFD0F001W or CFD0F001W) Executive Power Reserve Review




Hey guys. I'm relatively new to timepieces, and purchased my first automatic watch last month. I've owned around 4-5 watches before but they were all fashionable, extreme sports/surfer styled watches (specifically Nixons). While they are very durable and keep time, I decided explore more mature watches as I am about to finish grad school. I am slowly developing an interest in Automatic timepieces and decided to purchase an Orient from my first salary as an intern. This review covers my thoughts and experiences with this watch after owning it for a month. Please excuse my amateur way of speaking of timepieces as I am still relatively new to the terms and lingo, but I'll try my best.

Specs:
Based on other sites and sources...
Names:
Classic Automatic Power Reserve Sapphire Collection CFD0F001W
Orient Sapphire Crystal Automatic Power Reserve "Orient Star" Style
Orient FD0F001W
Movement:
Mechanical Movement : ORIENT caliber 46N45 Made in Japan
Self-winding movement
21 jewels
21600/hour vibrations
Case:
40 mm x 11.70 mm thickness (excluding crown)
43 mm x 11.70 mm thickness (including crown)
Stainless steel case
Sapphire crystal
Screw see-through caseback with Itemized hologram (crystal glass)
Stainless steel bracelet
Water resistant to 50m
Dial:
Textured White Dial
Bluesteel Luminous Hands
Power Reserve Indicator at 12 O'Clock
Date Calendar at 3 O'Clock
Bracelet:
Stainless Steel Bracelet with 2 Pushed-In Button Clasps
Weight: 155g

I am currently based in Manila, Philippines right now and purchased the watch at a local Orient brick-and-mortar dealer. I got the watch for a surprisingly affordable bargain for only $197USD (P8,700) due to discounts for all Orient models at the time of purchase. This watch is quite rare and I've only seen a few online retailers selling the model, and prices range from around $250-299USD (in European and American retailers).



Packaging:
I was very amazed at the packaging. I thought that due to the affordability of this brand, Orient would package them in an affordable manner as well, but the boxing was top-notch. The box was of course made of solid leather material with metal-finished front plating and bolts.


The interior of the box held the watch safe in place and had a very luxurious feel to it.

Face/Dial
The face of this watch has a very classy, sophisticated look.


The dial is textured with three different patterned designs. From afar and certain angles, the face looks like its pure white (seriously bone, pale nimbus, whatever you want to call it -white). But upon closer inspection, the outer rim of the dial is a circular-lined pattern, while the interior has a diamond, fabric-like pattern, and the power reserve meter is composed of a ripple, tassel-like pattern. Very intricate design and quality-inspection put into this dial.





The indexes are all chromed (like the CEX0R001W reviewed on these forums), but instead are embossed rectangles, with doubles at the 12 O'Clock (similar to Tag Carreras). What I like about these are how their angles seriously glimmer and shine when reflected upon. However, at certain times of the day, mixed with the white background they are harder to see from afar. But this is where the hands come in.



The hands are a chromed-midnight blue color which changes hue according to light conditions. From certain angles, they look as dark as black, while from angles against the light, they are chrome blue. They are constructed with triangular strips of lume (bluesteel lume according to some sites) and have very fine pointed edges that help with the precision of telling time. The seconds hand is the usual pin-styled one, but is also blue making it easy to spot.

The date window is also very visible under typical conditions with its chromed border and shifts between 9-12pm, just the right time of the day.

Power Reserve Indicator:
The Power Reserve indicator is very pleasing to the eyes, but at the same time is just as functional. It goes over 40 hours (probably around 42), and is very accurate. It takes me only about 30-40 seconds to wind the watch (by gently moving it from side-to-side) up to 10 hours. I have never tried fully winding to 40 hours by shaking it. It takes 8 hours by wearing the watch for a full recharge.

Dial Border:
The dial has a separate layer for numerical indicators that is embossed and slightly concave to the dial itself. It gives increments of 5 and is very useful for counting seconds of minutes.

Case/Crown/Crystal:
The case is quite wide and big for a watch with basic features. It measures 40mm without the crown and adds around 3mm with it. However, due to its slim profile, it is very comfortable to wear. It is quite heavy (but not as heavy as my Nixon All Black SS Rover), but lies very flat on the surface of your wrist. The steel outline of the case takes up very minimal space causing the face to be of utmost priority when viewing. An interesting thing to note is that I have already accidentally hit my watch against one of those pedestrian rails at a department store. I nicked the lower of area of the case, but it is not so visible.

The crown is not signed and has two functions for date and time. The third hand does not stop when you set the time (something new I learned for automatic watches).







The sapphire crystal on the front is flat and not domed.

Movement:
The watch uses an Orient in-house movement. In practical use, it gained around 3-4 minutes after a week. I'm still getting used to automatics not being as accurate as quartz movement watches. Also, the third hand is fluid at times, but is not as smooth as I thought it would be. Sometimes I see it smoothly moving, then stopping for a millisecond, then resuming. Not that it is noticeable from afar, but it is still quite different from expensive Swiss ETA movements I've seen which are very smooth.

The case in the back is see-through which looks awesome, and is made of mineral, rather than sapphire.





Water Resistance:
For a casual and semi-formal watch, 50m is enough. I've brought this watch in rainy weather and usual hand washing. So far so good on the WR.

Bracelet and Clasp:
The bracelet is very solidly built. The watch was originally set with 7 links on the 6 o'clock and 8 links on the 12 o'clock which was very huge for my somewhat-small 7-inch wrists. I had four taken out, so I have 5 on the 6 o'clock and 6 links on the 12. It fits very well. It is quite tight at times but still very movable. I can still fit my pinky finger under the clasp with effort. Also, the connectors to the case look exactly like the links, extending them in a camouflage manner. So it actually looks like you have one extra half-link even though its already the connector.






The clasp is very well-constructed and the push-buttons are secure. I love the design of the interior of the clasp having a hollowed-out middle portion. It make it look as expensive as Swiss watches that use the same clasp design/functionality. The clasp is signed with the Orient emblem and name. The clasp also has two fine-adjustment pinholes which can be of use for fine-tuning the fit on your wrist.







The Lume:
The lume is very weak compared to my Nixons and my Timex Expedition. However, for a classy watch like this, it can be disregarded as I probably won't be using this watch in rugged terrain.



Conclusion:
Overall, I recommend this watch to anyone seeking a classy, sophisticated semi-formal and business-looking watch with a robust build. Orient has definitely pulled it off again with this affordable, yet elegant and functional timepiece. Of course, I would have wanted the lume to be more powerful, but then again, the rest of the qualities make up for this. The Power Reserve is definitely a feature I admire so much since it adds a new dimension to simple time-telling. It adds the factors of checking how much you are recharging your watch, and the life it has from your movement. This is a watch I'd probably be wearing until I work and get job interviews.

Thanks WUS and Orient!






 

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This is a great review! Very thorough. We're glad you're happy with your watch & the pictures look great. Congrats on finishing grad school & good luck with finding a job!

Orient CFD0F001W Classic Power Reserve Sapphire Review



Hey guys. I'm relatively new to timepieces, and purchased my first automatic watch last month. I've owned around 4-5 watches before but they were all fashionable, extreme sports/surfer styled watches (specifically Nixons). While they are very durable and keep time, I decided explore more mature watches as I am about to finish grad school. I am slowly developing an interest in Automatic timepieces and decided to purchase an Orient from my first salary as an intern. This review covers my thoughts and experiences with this watch after owning it for a month. Please excuse my amateur way of speaking of timepieces as I am still relatively new to the terms and lingo, but I'll try my best.

Specs:
Based on other sites and sources...
Names:
Classic Automatic Power Reserve Sapphire Collection CFD0F001W
Orient Sapphire Crystal Automatic Power Reserve "Orient Star" Style
Orient FD0F001W
Movement:
Mechanical Movement : ORIENT caliber 46N45 Made in Japan
Self-winding movement
21 jewels
21600/hour vibrations
Case:
40 mm x 11.70 mm thickness (excluding crown)
43 mm x 11.70 mm thickness (including crown)
Stainless steel case
Sapphire crystal
Screw see-through caseback with Itemized hologram (crystal glass)
Stainless steel bracelet
Water resistant to 50m
Dial:
Textured White Dial
Bluesteel Luminous Hands
Power Reserve Indicator at 12 O'Clock
Date Calendar at 3 O'Clock
Bracelet:
Stainless Steel Bracelet with 2 Pushed-In Button Clasps
Weight: 155g

I am currently based in Manila, Philippines right now and purchased the watch at a local Orient brick-and-mortar dealer. I got the watch for a surprisingly affordable bargain for only $197USD (P8,700) due to discounts for all Orient models at the time of purchase. This watch is quite rare and I've only seen a few online retailers selling the model, and prices range from around $250-299USD (in European and American retailers).



Packaging:
I was very amazed at the packaging. I thought that due to the affordability of this brand, Orient would package them in an affordable manner as well, but the boxing was top-notch. The box was of course made of solid leather material with metal-finished front plating and bolts.


The interior of the box held the watch safe in place and had a very luxurious feel to it.

Face/Dial
The face of this watch has a very classy, sophisticated look.


The dial is textured with three different patterned designs. From afar and certain angles, the face looks like its pure white (seriously bone, pale nimbus, whatever you want to call it -white). But upon closer inspection, the outer rim of the dial is a circular-lined pattern, while the interior has a diamond, fabric-like pattern, and the power reserve meter is composed of a ripple, tassel-like pattern. Very intricate design and quality-inspection put into this dial.





The indexes are all chromed (like the CEX0R001W reviewed on these forums), but instead are embossed rectangles, with doubles at the 12 O'Clock (similar to Tag Carreras). What I like about these are how their angles seriously glimmer and shine when reflected upon. However, at certain times of the day, mixed with the white background they are harder to see from afar. But this is where the hands come in.



The hands are a chromed-midnight blue color which changes hue according to light conditions. From certain angles, they look as dark as black, while from angles against the light, they are chrome blue. They are constructed with triangular strips of lume (bluesteel lume according to some sites) and have very fine pointed edges that help with the precision of telling time. The seconds hand is the usual pin-styled one, but is also blue making it easy to spot.

The date window is also very visible under typical conditions with its chromed border and shifts between 9-12pm, just the right time of the day.

Power Reserve Indicator:
The Power Reserve indicator is very pleasing to the eyes, but at the same time is just as functional. It goes over 40 hours (probably around 42), and is very accurate. It takes me only about 30-40 seconds to wind the watch (by gently moving it from side-to-side) up to 10 hours. I have never tried fully winding to 40 hours by shaking it. It takes 8 hours by wearing the watch for a full recharge.

Dial Border:
The dial has a separate layer for numerical indicators that is embossed and slightly concave to the dial itself. It gives increments of 5 and is very useful for counting seconds of minutes.

Case/Crown/Crystal:
The case is quite wide and big for a watch with basic features. It measures 40mm without the crown and adds around 3mm with it. However, due to its slim profile, it is very comfortable to wear. It is quite heavy (but not as heavy as my Nixon All Black SS Rover), but lies very flat on the surface of your wrist. The steel outline of the case takes up very minimal space causing the face to be of utmost priority when viewing. An interesting thing to note is that I have already accidentally hit my watch against one of those pedestrian rails at a department store. I nicked the lower of area of the case, but it is not so visible.

The crown is not signed and has two functions for date and time. The third hand does not stop when you set the time (something new I learned for automatic watches).







The sapphire crystal on the front is flat and not domed.

Movement:
The watch uses an Orient in-house movement. In practical use, it gained around 3-4 minutes after a week. I'm still getting used to automatics not being as accurate as quartz movement watches. Also, the third hand is fluid at times, but is not as smooth as I thought it would be. Sometimes I see it smoothly moving, then stopping for a millisecond, then resuming. Not that it is noticeable from afar, but it is still quite different from expensive Swiss ETA movements I've seen which are very smooth.

The case in the back is see-through which looks awesome, and is made of mineral, rather than sapphire.





Water Resistance:
For a casual and semi-formal watch, 50m is enough. I've brought this watch in rainy weather and usual hand washing. So far so good on the WR.

Bracelet and Clasp:
The bracelet is very solidly built. The watch was originally set with 7 links on the 6 o'clock and 8 links on the 12 o'clock which was very huge for my somewhat-small 7-inch wrists. I had four taken out, so I have 5 on the 6 o'clock and 6 links on the 12. It fits very well. It is quite tight at times but still very movable. I can still fit my pinky finger under the clasp with effort. Also, the connectors to the case look exactly like the links, extending them in a camouflage manner. So it actually looks like you have one extra half-link even though its already the connector.






The clasp is very well-constructed and the push-buttons are secure. I love the design of the interior of the clasp having a hollowed-out middle portion. It make it look as expensive as Swiss watches that use the same clasp design/functionality. The clasp is signed with the Orient emblem and name. The clasp also has two fine-adjustment pinholes which can be of use for fine-tuning the fit on your wrist.







The Lume:
The lume is very weak compared to my Nixons and my Timex Expedition. However, for a classy watch like this, it can be disregarded as I probably won't be using this watch in rugged terrain.



Conclusion:
Overall, I recommend this watch to anyone seeking a classy, sophisticated semi-formal and business-looking watch with a robust build. Orient has definitely pulled it off again with this affordable, yet elegant and functional timepiece. Of course, I would have wanted the lume to be more powerful, but then again, the rest of the qualities make up for this. The Power Reserve is definitely a feature I admire so much since it adds a new dimension to simple time-telling. It adds the factors of checking how much you are recharging your watch, and the life it has from your movement. This is a watch I'd probably be wearing until I work and get job interviews.

Thanks WUS and Orient!






 

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Great watch dude :-!:-!:-!
 

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Why can't I find this on orientwatchusa.com?
 

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Hey theague. Sorry for the late reply as I haven't checked WUS in a while. Anyways, my Orient's model came out early 2009, when Orient released a series of classic automatic timepieces resembling Orient Star models as seen in this forum. While the release of the CFD0F001W was supposedly international, I guess it came quite late into American shores. It is actually currently available already but under a different product name and code: The Senator (FFD0F001W). Currently retails for $460 with tons of freebies. Check it out here. Comes in a leather strap or with a black dial too. If you consider purchasing it and have any pre-purchase questions, just let me know. I've been enjoying this timepiece since the day I bought it.
 

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Fantastic pictures!

Does this model handwind? It would be perfect if it did.
 

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Hey WillMK5. It's been awhile since I've visited these forums. Thanks for the comment! Sadly, this model is a Japanese automatic that does not hand wind. You wind it by slowly shaking from side-to-side (similar to most other Orients and Seikos). However, Orient has been releasing a few hand wound models like the 60th Anniversary Edition SDT00001S. Hope they make more in the future.
 

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What about the accuracy? It still keeps 3-4 minutes a week?:think:
 

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Hey zapiao. Actually, after wearing it for a few months now, it actually gains 3-4 minutes a month. My mistake to assume so early that it was 3-4 minutes per week. Anyways, you can prob conclude how much per week, but yeah, from observing my watch, it usually gains 3-4 minutes per month.
 

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Hey zapiao. Actually, after wearing it for a few months now, it actually gains 3-4 minutes a month. My mistake to assume so early that it was 3-4 minutes per week. Anyways, you can prob conclude how much per week, but yeah, from observing my watch, it usually gains 3-4 minutes per month.
My Timex it gains the same amount almost a year late:rodekaart
 

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Great review and photos! You sold me!

I've been looking at Orients for awhile as I've considered my first automatic. After seeing your review, I jumped on one from orientusa.com.

Thanks!

Paul
 

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Hi davevv,
I'm a fan of orient myself and me and my wife have a his and hers, automatic ofcourse. Its a pitty not many stores here in Manila have Orients and if they do, they do not have a wide selection. Where did you get yours?

Thanks,
Ian
 

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Great review and photos! You sold me!

I've been looking at Orients for awhile as I've considered my first automatic. After seeing your review, I jumped on one from orientusa.com.

Thanks!

Paul
Hey Paul.

Thanks for commenting on my review. Glad it helped you discern and make a more informative purchase. I'm wearing the timepiece now as I write this and after months of wearing it, it still carries the same appeal it had the first day I wore it. It was my first automatic too and definitely won't be my last.

Congratulations on your new purchase and enjoy the watch!

By the way, did you get the same color finish too? White on silver? If you purchased a different color variant, I'm sure others would love to see pics.

Hi davevv,
I'm a fan of orient myself and me and my wife have a his and hers, automatic ofcourse. Its a pitty not many stores here in Manila have Orients and if they do, they do not have a wide selection. Where did you get yours?

Thanks,
Ian
Hey Ian.

I actually purchased mine from MyWatch at Gateway Mall in Araneta Center. It's located on the upper ground floor and is one of the first stores you see on your right as you head up the escalator. They've got quite a diverse selection and I was even surprised to see the classy pocket watch model of Orient on stock. They had very friendly customer service and had great discount on Orient models.

Before purchasing mine, I also canvassed other stores in the city. I specifically checked Hour Glass and Time Trend at SM Megamall. They also have quite a few models but MyWatch seemed to have more the time I went there. All three stores have the model I purchased, but MyWatch sold it with more discount.

I'd avoid purchasing from so-called "cheaper" places like Farmer's Market. I've heard there are many Makos and varioius Seiko diver models there. However, I have more trust and reliability on the warranty and quality of a legitimate watch dealer. I wouldn't trade the cheaper price for a substandard timepiece.

Are you also planning to get the FFD0F001W - Vintage?

Happy watch hunting and let me know if you have more questions!

*By the way, I just checked the Orient USA website and they have again changed the name of this timepiece. It is now known as the "Vintage."
-Dave
 

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Thanks for this nice review. I think it's finally pushed me over the edge into picking this watch over the few I've been thinking about. Great photos as well!
 

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Sorry for bumping this so late after the fact.

I've been torn between this model and the Orient Sky white dial/blue hands as my next dress watch. This one is double the price, but I love the power reserve dial and less-cluttered face of this VIntage model over the busy face of the Sky.

This Vintage (Senator) model does have a larger face than the Sky. I really like both. Both are very sleek and elegant. It will be a tough decision for an X-mas gift to myself. :)
 

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I'm extremely sorry to everyone for not checking on this thread as I haven't been accessing this forum for the longest time. But I was able to retrieve my account details and will be active from today onwards.

Sorry for bumping this so late after the fact.

I've been torn between this model and the Orient Sky white dial/blue hands as my next dress watch. This one is double the price, but I love the power reserve dial and less-cluttered face of this VIntage model over the busy face of the Sky.

This Vintage (Senator) model does have a larger face than the Sky. I really like both. Both are very sleek and elegant. It will be a tough decision for an X-mas gift to myself. :)
Anyways, for rsanz, I hope you made your purchase already and hope you are glad with whichever one you ended up purchasing. The Orient Sky is definitely a value watch packing a powerhorse of a movement. But I sure hope you purchased a vintage. The vintage is just classier overall and has a more striking appeal. I myself still wear this watch frequently and actually upgraded it to have a black leather band. I'll try to post some pictures some time.

Cheers,
Dave
 

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Great watch review! I just found this beauty at longislandwatch.com for $259 and that's the cheapest I can find it! Amazon is the only other e-retailer carrying it and it again is sold through longisland. The bone/white dial is gorgeous! I myself am new to mechanical watches and am seeking my first one! This is now in the top 3! thanks!
 

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Yup.. i like mine as well, top in the list for me as a work/dress watch.. my tag's been sitting in the box for a while now.
 

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I must say I'm disappointed with the lume though (even after the warning by the OP). Real let down considering the rest of the watch is perfect...
 
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