Today we're talking color. A question we receive often is not only about technical differences but also visual differences between the new and old models of our diver models, specifically the EM65 and EM65 USA in blue. Orient has been known to produce very beautiful blue dials, and we took some time to photograph the watches side by side. Here’s what we observed.
The EM65 (above left) and the AA02: The original EM65 without a doubt features a darker blue dial. Yes, the angle of the shot might appear to artificially illuminate the EM65. However, rest assured that the photo was shot this way to properly illustrate the color difference. Additionally, we found that the dial and gloss bezel insert on the original EM65 created a darker look overall. The EM65 USA (left) and the AA02 USA II: This time, it might seem like one dial is lighter than the other. However, the dial and bezel color between these two models has not changed. But how about a comparison between the Blue AA02 and the Blue EM65 USA II? The EM65 USA collection has historically featured a more matte (as opposed to satin) finish on the dial. The EM65 (including the new versions) have always sported a sleek satin finish, and the way that the light reflects off the dial makes them appear brighter. The matted sunburst finish on the EM65 USA and AA02 USA II still shines, just not as bright. It goes to show that dials could be perceived as the same color, but a difference in finishing really sets them apart.