This year marks an important milestone for the Orient brand as it celebrates its 70th anniversary. Although its history can be traced as far back as 1901, Orient Watch was founded in 1950, and since then has been developing and manufacturing its own mechanical movements in Japan. During its 70th anniversary commemoration, the company will release its “Revival Collection” which includes a reissue of the 1965 Weekly Auto Orient King Diver.
The reissue of the King Diver is more than just a mere recreation—it’s an upgrade to the classic model. The original dial design has stayed intact however, complete with bar hour markers, luminous hands, detailed increment markings, and lume pips in the center. Inner bezel adjustments can still be made by the crown at two o’clock, while time setting is handled at four o’clock. When the Weekly Auto Orient King Diver was originally released in 1965, it featured a mere 40m of water resistance, which was on par with normal watches at the time. For this new revitalization we’ve bolstered the water resistance to 200m, along with expanding the case size by less than 1mm. The movement has also been upgraded from the original automatic caliber 660 to the new caliber F6922 which is automatic, hand-winding, and hacking.