This summer we’re bringing you a breakdown of an Orient Diver watch to celebrate the start of summer. Today we're excited to cover the Orient Mako!
Since the mid-2000s, the Orient Mako has been the most popular Orient series to date. With so many diver watches available, it could be said with confidence that the Mako is one of the top affordable mechanical diver watches on the market today. On forums and blogs alike, the Orient Mako is an absolute classic and can be attributed to being the watch that started it all for collectors and enthusiasts (and Watch Idiot Savants for that matter) around the globe.
The Mako could be considered Orient’s quintessential diver watch. It’s popularity is undeniable (try to count how many “Mako vs ____” threads there are on Watchuseek and Reddit), but what makes it so great, besides the price? Could it be the 200 meter water resistance? How about the day and date function? And the sleek stainless steel unidirectional bezel? The Orient Mako is offered in many stunning dial colors, from a handsome black, to a stunning blue and a sporty orange. But we feel that what really helps define the Orient Mako is the robust in house movement. The caliber 46943 has been one of Orient’s longest manufactured movements, with over 100 million manufactured to date. That’s seriously a lucrative amount, but rightfully so: the 469 movement has been a reliable movement for over 40 years.
Without a doubt, the Orient Mako has cemented its place in watch history as one of the best affordable diver watches out there. How many divers can compete at this price point and still feature an in house movement (that’s actually made in Japan!)? The Mako is here to stay.