Since its founding in 1950, watch manufacturer Orient has focused on making quality watches that are accessible to everyone. The result is an extensive collection of mechanical watches that have proven timeless for 70 years. In this anniversary year, Orient is releasing a new version of two classic models; The King Diver and the Retro Future Camera.
Retro Future Camera
In this digital age, would you like to release a mechanical watch whose design is based on an analog camera? Orient just does it!
The original Retro-Future Camera watch was first released in 2005. Because it was a very popular model, a first update quickly followed in 2010. The design has been further improved for the 2020 anniversary edition. The dial is still inspired by the aperture blades of a camera; the ring mimics the aperture, and the crown and crown guard are reminiscent of the top of a camera body.
What has changed from the original?
The new Retro-Future Camera follows the original design, but it has evolved so much that it is actually a completely new watch. The biggest change is the cabinet. The original Retro-Future Camera had a cushion-shaped case. The new version has a round case, measuring 40.8/12.6 mm, whose edges are more sharply defined.
The crown guard, whose shape is based on the top of a camera viewfinder, has been refined and the crown is more pronounced. The power reserve display at 12 o’clock has been removed and the thinner font of the indexes on the bezel also gives the dial more contrast.
The beautiful brown color of the anniversary model, limited to 2,300 copies, is inspired by the eye color of a jaguar.
The specifications are absolutely 2020-worthy: an automatic F6S22 movement with 24 rubies. 21,600 vibrations per hour and 40 hours of power reserve. Water resistance: 5 bar.
The King Diver is a reproduction of the original AAA King Diver model from 1969. This watch was a collector’s item due to its stylish design and internal rotating bezel that was previously only found in very expensive Swiss dive watches.
In the anniversary year, Orient’s designers decided to overhaul this iconic watch and improve it even further. They kept the original font from the day view and were as close as possible to the original logos. The bracelet has also been recreated as best as possible. Only this one is now made of solid stainless steel as opposed to the hollow folded metal of the original.
The hands are diamond-cut on two surfaces and the relief indexes are raised for better readability. In short, the King Diver has evolved into a high-quality diving watch, while the design has remained unmistakably Swinging Sixties.
The King Diver, limited to 1700 pieces, also has a brown ‘Jaguar Focus’ dial and excellent specifications: diameter 43.8 mm, 14 mm thick. Automatic Cal. F6922 movement with 22 rubies. 21,600 vibrations/hour and 40 hours of power reserve. Water resistance: 20 bar.
The new King Diver diving watches are available in three different colors and with a steel link strap. The Limited edition comes with a calfskin strap.
Orient watches at Techzle
You can order these special anniversary watches online, or visit our Rotterdam showroom to admire your favorite in real life. Is the watch out of stock for a while? Put it on your wish list and we will send you an email as soon as we receive the watch!
In addition to these watches, Techzle also has a large collection of competitively priced ‘normal’ Orient watches in stock. From the Classic Bambino to the premium watches in the Orient Star collection.