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[Orient Watch USA] Orient Mako USA II watch on sale now! Extra 20% off with code MAKOSUMMER = 252 USD

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Kurtz7834 wrote:
Aug 26th, 2019 10:23 am
This is way too much money for an Orient. The Mako XL was $125 Cdn, Seiko Prospex Orange Samurai was $255 Cdn for Amazon Prime Day.

The Invicta Dive Watches have similar specs and are regularly under $100 Cdn

The new Mako has a sapphire crystal, that's good but I don't see it as necessary for a dive watch.
Again, to each their own. If price is your only concern, then sure, I'd wear a huge orange watch with scratches on the glass. The Mako XL is 44.5mm and doesn't come in white, more of a cream color, no hacking, no sapphire, and the Prospex is 44.5mm, and orange. As for the Invictas, they do not compare at all.
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Kurtz7834 wrote:
Aug 26th, 2019 10:23 am
This is way too much money for an Orient. The Mako XL was $125 Cdn, Seiko Prospex Orange Samurai was $255 Cdn for Amazon Prime Day.

The Invicta Dive Watches have similar specs and are regularly under $100 Cdn

The new Mako has a sapphire crystal, that's good but I don't see it as necessary for a dive watch.
I agree, and I actually got mine from amazon for $150. But after 8 months with it, I feel even $150 was too much.
It scratches way too easily! Mine started getting scratched from day 1.

8 months with an Orient Mako 2 as a daily driver, it has more scratches than my Seiko SKX007J - which was my daily driver for 8 years!
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PMM9 wrote:
Aug 26th, 2019 10:45 am
Again, to each their own. If price is your only concern, then sure, I'd wear a huge orange watch with scratches on the glass. The Mako XL is 44.5mm and doesn't come in white, more of a cream color, no hacking, no sapphire, and the Prospex is 44.5mm, and orange. As for the Invictas, they do not compare at all.
Resale value on the Seiko will be WAY better than the Orient.

I guess if you really abuse your watch and brush it against everything, then sapphire only, although sapphire is also much more shatter prone if dropped.

My Invicta Grand Diver has a better bracelet than any thing I have seen on Orient dive watches. Invicta watches are killer deals if you can get them for $100 or less.

The Pro Divers are a similar 40mm size and they can be had sub $80 if you are patient.
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Kurtz7834 wrote:
Aug 26th, 2019 10:50 am
Resale value on the Seiko will be WAY better than the Orient.

I guess if you really abuse your watch and brush it against everything, then sapphire only, although sapphire is also much more shatter prone if dropped.

My Invicta Grand Diver has a better bracelet than any thing I have seen on Orient dive watches. Invicta watches are killer deals if you can get them for $100 or less.

The Pro Divers are a similar 40mm size and they can be had sub $80 if you are patient.
All quality/premium watches come with sapphire. Pro Diver is 14mm thick, so it won't wear as well as the Mako II, and it has "INVICTA" etched on the side of the case which cheapens the look a lot. Apparently the bracelets flex a lot and don't have solid end links, also the lume is horrible compare the the Mako USA II. We can go back and forth all day, but it depends what specs you want. If you want cheap, then your watch suggestions all fit the bill.
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konfusion666 wrote:
Aug 26th, 2019 10:46 am
I agree, and I actually got mine from amazon for $150. But after 8 months with it, I feel even $150 was too much.
It scratches way too easily! Mine started getting scratched from day 1.

8 months with an Orient Mako 2 as a daily driver, it has more scratches than my Seiko SKX007J - which was my daily driver for 8 years!
The Orient Mako 2 on Amazon.ca is the japanese version without the sapphire crystal.
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The new Mako 2 looks good, unless you are in a rush though, I would suggest waiting for it to hit Amazon.ca... easier warranty, easier return policy, and likely much deeper price discounts. Hopefully it shows up before Black Friday.
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PMM9 wrote:
Aug 26th, 2019 11:11 am
All quality/premium watches come with sapphire. Pro Diver is 14mm thick, so it won't wear as well as the Mako II, and it has "INVICTA" etched on the side of the case which cheapens the look a lot. Apparently the bracelets flex a lot and don't have solid end links, also the lume is horrible compare the the Mako USA II. We can go back and forth all day, but it depends what specs you want. If you want cheap, then your watch suggestions all fit the bill.
Those are all fair points, but most of the Seiko Divers with a hardcore following don't have sapphire crystal etc.

If you actually care about lume, the lume on my Seiko Orange Prospex was outstanding, the lume on my Orient Mako XL was horrible and near useless. I didn't like the huge lugs of the Mako XL,. crappy lume so I returned it.

Haven't read much about the Mako II, but they would have to improve it a lot before it competes with the Seikos as a dive watch. The Invictas have terrible lume, agreed.
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In my mind, Orient is a great budget brand... At sub $200 it's hard not to recommend their watches, especially the beautiful dress watches. As you creep up over the $300 mark, Orient watches get less appealing to me. Resale value is sh*tty , they have no service centre in Canada etc.
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spending $400 to know that time of day it is

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Everyone has smartphones nowadays and those can tell time. Ironically, smartphones have also played a major role in making people so closed-minded and ignorant that they can't fanthom that people wear watches for reasons other than telling time.
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Kurtz7834 wrote:
Aug 26th, 2019 11:32 am
In my mind, Orient is a great budget brand... At sub $200 it's hard not to recommend their watches, especially the beautiful dress watches. As you creep up over the $300 mark, Orient watches get less appealing to me. Resale value is sh*tty , they have no service centre in Canada etc.
I picked up the orange Orient Mako XL on Prime Day. I have a couple of orange patterned shirts so it works. No, the crystal hasn't scratched yet. I'm no watch aficionado but I now have 4 Orient automatics thanks to this forum. I have to agree with @Kurtz7834 on the value proposition.

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