The dive watch is often the go-to watch when entering the watch world. They are an easy choice because of their straightforward design, high water resistance, robust size, and sporty looks. Given that, it is no surprise that Americans’ love dive watches. Ten years ago Orient Watch released the Mako and since then it has been an international and American best seller for Orient Watch, number 1 in fact. Because of the Mako’s success, Orient created a special edition of the Mako made for the USA market only, the Yellow Mako.
The addition of the yellow dial Mako further completes the extensive lineup of the Mako series. Like the orange dial variation, the yellow dial injects a sporty touch to the watch and is reminiscent of the sports and dive watches from the 1970s with their bright colors. But a fun design isn’t the only reason for the yellow dial, it’s also purposeful. The bright yellow is great for legibility under water, where the Mako was designed to spend the majority of its life. Lumed sword hands have been placed against the lemon yellow dial with applied lumed Arabic numerals for the 12, 6, and 9 markers and lumed bar markers for the remaining indices.
Under this unique dial is the ORIENT in house caliber 46943 automatic movement, a direct descendant of the revered Orient 469 caliber, which has been produced since 1971. Vibrating at 21,600 per hour, the 46943 movement uses 21 jewels and has both the day and date functionality displayed at the 3 o’clock position. Housing this mechanical movement is the 41.5mm stainless steel case. With a 200m depth rating, this timepiece has been designed and intended for thriving under the water. The screwed down crown and pusher at the 2 o’clock position further reinforce it’s water protection. Surrounding the dial is the traditional 60 click unidirectional bezel, which incorporates a lumed dot at the 12 o’clock position.
Brushed and polished finishes are used on the Mako’s case. The top of the case has a brushed finish, which flows perfectly into the brushed 3 link oyster style bracelet; whereas the sides of the case have been polished to match the polished side of the bracelet. This level of attention to detail is what made and continues to make the Mako a modern classic dive watch.
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