You don’t have these on your bench too often. Orient is a Japanese watch manufacturer, and they make their own movements. That’s something I really like, because anyone can stick an ETA movement into a case.
How much cooler does it get? Not only do we have a TV/CRT type case, but we have an Arabic / English Day display. There is an extra button at 2 o’clock that lets you shift between English and Arabic for the day! Wow and wow, I’d learn Arabic just to be able to tell the day… an Orient / Occident shift button.
Very blingy, very 70s, very cool!
Dave from the UK sent in this watch, and it doesn’t tick, and shaking it doesn’t even move the balance. Ouch.
Side view of the case. On the right, we have the Orient / Occident switch button.
Opening the watch, I feel instantly reminded of Seiko. I guess there is a Japanese watchmaking tradition that is visible.
As I’m not sure of the winding stem release mechanism, I work my way through the top plate with the movement in the case.
Without knowing anything about the watch, I would guess that the dial is Chinese, and the movement is Japanese.Note how the 6 and 12 hour markers are quite oddly placed – they are not at angle.
With the dial removed, you can see how the bilingual Day wheel works.
Bottom plate cleared.
All parts cleaned, rinsed and dried – ready for reassembly.
As usual, I start off by putting the balance jewels in and oiling them.
The gear train and wheel bridge go back in.
I drop the balance in, and the movement starts ticking.
Barely wound, I get a great result on my first round of adjusting.
The bottom plate assembly goes back in.
Dial and hands are put back on.
With the movement cased, the auto-winder assembly is mounted.
Happily ticking again. Great watch, so 70s!