We all know how tough it is to find someone that perfect gift for the holidays. It’s even tougher when you’re on a set budget, as most of us are. To ease your holiday shopping woes, the editors at Orient Watch USA came together to create a holiday gift guide at certain price points. Don’t forget to use the code ‘winter2013’ at check out to save 30% off your order, get free shipping and get a free watch!
Here are our staff picks for watches under $200. Please note that the watches were determined after taking 30% off at check out with code ‘winter2013’!
Diver watches are all the rage nowadays, and he (or she) would love one. Orient’s got the answer. All four divers pictured house Orient’s famed 46943 in house mechanical movement. Did you know that to date, over 100 million of the 469 caliber have been made? It’s a testament to the robust nature of this work horse of a machine.
The Orient Thresher, Mako, Mako Rubber and Ray
1. Aside from the super popular Orient Ray and Mako diver watches, the Orient Thresher stands alone. But don’t think that of it as any lesser. It features a 100m water resistant case, unidirectional bezel and day and date indicators. The case is 43.75mm wide, which is bigger than the Mako and Ray, so if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial in size, the Thresher is the way to go!
Pictured model (FEM7C004D) priced at $275, but less 30% comes to $192.
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2. It’s no secret that the Orient Mako has been the #1 best seller for nearly a decade, and there’s good reason for it. It is, in our opinion, the quintessential Orient diver. The large Arabic numerals help you tell the time, and the 200m water resistance and unidirectional bezel let you know it’s a true diver. The day and date calendar are an added bonus for additional functionality. If you’re looking for a diver, many collectors will say that you couldn’t go wrong with the Mako. And we couldn’t agree more.
Pictured model (CEM65002D) priced at $285, but $199 after discount.
Information here: http://orientwatchusa.com/collections/mens-watches/diver/em65002d
3. The Mako also comes in a more wallet safe version that is mounted on a urethane rubber strap, in addition to its various dial colors (black, blue and orange). Its 41.50mm size is both perfect and modern.
Pictured model (CEM65004M) priced at $245, but $172 after discount.
Information here: http://orientwatchusa.com/collections/mens-watches/diver/em65004m
4. Affectionately known as the Orient Ray, it is widely considered the best alternative to the Orient Mako. They share the same case size, water resistance, and movement complications, but the main differences are mostly in the aesthetic. The Orient Ray features shaped hour markers and a large numbered bezel. The luminescence on the Orient Ray is stronger than on the Orient Mako. If you know that the recipient is going to strap swap, this Orient Ray on rubber will certainly do the trick.
Pictured model (CEM6500CD) priced at $260, but $182 after discount.
Information here: http://orientwatchusa.com/collections/mens-watches/diver/em6500cd
1. New for 2013 is the Orient Anchor. These sport watches are the kind that will withstand all your daily tasks and desk diving. The dial features a high contrast, easy to read look that is also fully lumed. At 42mm, they come at a great size, and the added black pebble leather strap is mighty comfortable. Did you also know that they come with an exhibition case back?
Information here: http://orientwatchusa.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=em7l
Need a dressier watch to give him for work? Not a problem.
The Orient Bambino and Symphony
1. The Orient Bambino is the Orient Mako of dress watches. We recently introduced the new 2013 models of the Bambino and it sold out right away. It features a domed crystal and a comfortable sandwich styled case with curved lugs for wrist comfort. The dial on the new model (as photographed) features Roman numeral hour markers with a train track chapter ring, which is downright stunning. It comes in stainless steel, gold tone and rose gold tone, all of which are equipped with a crocodile stamped leather strap. Its 40.5mm case is what we’d like to call a ‘contemporary classic’ size which is perfect for a modernized, vintage looking piece.
Pictured model (FER24009W) priced at $270, but $189 after discount.
Related models here: http://orientwatchusa.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=er24
2. Not a fan of the domed crystal dress watch? A great alternative would be the Orient Symphony. It is slightly larger in size at 41mm and employs a flat crystal. The elegant baton hour markers and nifty seconds chapter ring set a degree a simplicity to the watch as a whole. Flip the watch around and you’ll see an exhibition case back that allows the wearer to admire Orient’s in house-made 48743 caliber. The great thing about the Orient Symphony is that it comes in various color combinations and case materials: anything from stainless steel, to gold tone, to rose gold tone and IP coated black are available.
Pictured model (FER27001B) priced at $235, but $165 after discount.
Related models here: http://orientwatchusa.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=er27
The Orient Union and Chicane
1. Another fantastic wallet friendly gift idea is the Orient Union FEV0S005W. It’s got a white, grained (guilloche-styled) dial that’s fantastically intricate. The dial is paired with a stainless steel hour and hand set to complete the dressy look. The wide day and date are unique to the watch—it’s the only watch in recent memory to have the day of the week fully spelled out. The Orient Union looks great with both a suit and on casual Fridays.
Pictured model (FEV0S005W) priced at $250, but $175 after discount.
Information here: http://orientwatchusa.com/fev0s005w
2. The Orient Chicane FER1X004W may lie on the casual side, but we love it nonetheless. We think that it’s a superb weekend watch—you know, the one you just throw on when you’re going out in jeans and a shirt. The dial is very easy to read and the date indicator will definitely keep you from having to check your phone. The case size is 38mm without crown. This model of the Chicane is mounted on a plush, straight brown leather strap.
Pictured model (FER1X004W) priced at $210, but $147 after discount.
Information here: http://orientwatchusa.com/er1x004w