So with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you’re probably looking for gift ideas. Some might say that gifts for men are easier because the simple solution is something small—cufflinks, a tie clip or even a watch. But what kind of watch should you get him and what if you’re on a budget? Fear not, Orient Watch is the answer. The brand has been manufacturing mechanical watches in Northern Japan since 1950. You can even take a virtual tour of their factories.
Here’s Orient Watch USA’s watch picks that clock in under $300 to help ensure that you do Valentine’s Day right. Don’t forget to use the code ‘winter2013’ at check out to save an additional 30% and grant you free shipping.
1. The Anchor on Leather FEM7L007W - $180 ($126 after taking 30% off)
In our opinion, the end all budget weekender watch. The Anchor is built with a beefy 42mm case and houses one of Orient’s most robust movements, the 46943 caliber. This particular model comes equipped with a comfortable leather strap. Did we mention that the watch comes in a variety of different colors (all of which top out at only $235!).
2. The Symphony FER27002B in black -$235 ($165 after taking 30% off)
Like a black suit, a sharp accompanying dress watch is something that every man should own. In terms of a bang-for-your buck dress watch, this is the one to have: its shimmering, black sunburst dial and polished rose gold tone hardware make it appear to be more expensive than it actually is. It even features an exhibition case back so the wearer can take a look at the automatic movement that powers the watch!
3. The Mako on Rubber FEM65005D - $235 ($165 after taking 30% off)
The quintessential diver piece (a title it’s been constantly competing for against our Orient Ray). It’s got a unidirectional bezel, stainless steel case, 200m water resistance, and it’s easy on the wallet. There’s a reason why it’s our number one selling diver watch.
Another great diver piece that is similar to its brother, the Mako. Aside from obvious stylistic differences, the ray has the same features, except brighter luminescence. You couldn’t go wrong with either the Mako or Ray.
The Bambino series is by far the most popular watch that Orient has to offer. The domed crystal gives it a vintage look and the polished steel hands set make it a classic dress watch for the ages. In a white or black dial, you couldn't go wrong.
6. The Flight FER2A003B - $295 ($207 after taking 30% off)
The Flight is Orient’s take on the classic pilot watch motif. Pilot watches are known for being large and easy to read. The Flight also features a date function, 100m water resistance and impressive luminescence (that rivals that of the Orient Ray). Simply put, it is a trusty and reliable on-the-go watch. It's available also in blue and green!
7. The Orient Monterey Chronograph FTT0V004W - $305 ($214 after taking 30% off)
The Monterey didn’t make the cut because it was priced over $300, however it’s still worth mentioning. It’s got a sleek, intricate dial and a comfortable leather strap which makes it perfect for the day at the office (even though it’s quartz). Joe at Dappered is a big fan of this watch, and we can’t say that we’re surprised!