Vintage Orient watches are a very god buy for the vintage watch collector on a budget, as you can buy some excellent automatic day/date vintage watches for very little money with vast amount of funky retro designs, and they were large size watches for the time, so they are back in fashion! Many model incorporate 3 Stars on the dial, they stand for quality, design and price. Like many other makes there are models more sought after than others therefore that affects the price.
The Orient Watch Company has been making wristwatches since the 1950’s, they are known as one of Japan’s largest producers of mechanical watches. On the 13th July 1950 they opened for business, and were known as Tama Keiki Co. Ltd, during 1951 they changed there name to the Orient Watch Company, and they are still making watches today.
The company is owned by Seiko Epson, but its manufacturing and watch designs are totally separate from Seiko. Orient watches offer a great choice, from budget to high end, but all are made to a high standard in stainless steel with usually automatic movements, but not exclusively. Vintage Orient watches are usually quite easy to spot, they are quite large for vintage models, and brightly coloured, they look unique, because they are.
But do not be put off by the loud colours they are a quality product and represent great value for the vintage collector. I think every watch collector should own at least one Orient wristwatch in their collection, like the 1970’s WordTimer in the picture. Unique in-house designs, in stainless steel, in-house movements, what not to like? Vintage Orient Watches offer the collector a lot for usually a little money. Budget collecting does not mean budget quality and this is for sure true of Orient Watches. Having said that, some Vintage Orient Watches can also be high end watches, like the Vintage Royal Orient, but that are very sort after and command high prices. Click this Link for the Orient Watch Museum.