My search for a practical yet elegant automatic watch led me to the Orient DJ02002B. The first thing that caught my easy was the sophisticated look and the competitive price. It also appears to be solidly built to handle everyday use. In this Orient DJ02002B review, I will highlight the things that stand out the most.
Sophisticated and Classic Black Dial
I couldn’t help but notice that the face looks very classy and modest. It prides on a large black dial which matches the shiny stainless steel case and bracelet.
I found the oddly placed Orient logo and name catchy. In most watches, you find it below the 12 o’clock hour marker. However, in this one, it’s placed next to the 9 O’clock position.
Also interesting was the merging of the large Roman Numerals (VI, IX, and XII) with the smaller Arabic numerals (1-24). This reveals a classic look that is further enhanced by the italic Automatic inscription between the logo and name.
Decent Orient 22-Jewel Japanese Automatic Movement
The watch has 22 jewels and relies on the Japanese automatic movement to keep the hands sticking. You have the option of letting itself wind (by simply wearing it or shaking it), or you can choose it hand wind it in case of not being used for a long time.
The company lays claim that it has a power reserve of over 36 hours, which according to I is practical. And like most types from the company, it has a nice sweeping and seamless motion.
It also scores well when it comes to accurate timekeeping. In a day, it will be out of spec by +/- 3 seconds and this stays the same even after a month. The only sad bit is that it’s not possible to make it any more accurate. Fortunately, you can set the watch as well as the GMT easily courtesy of the hacking feature.
Flat Clear Sapphire Crystal
The timepiece provides a clear view of the time and the credit goes to the quality sapphire crystal. It may appear thinner than other types, but it seems to be tougher.
It doesn’t scratch or chip easily and is also combats glare fairly well. The round glass merges nicely with the smooth stainless steel case and also has a flat surface instead of a dome shape.
However, the date window doesn’t have a cyclops which is meant to magnify the number. Nevertheless, reading the date isn’t a big deal since the crystal is very clear.
It’s also less prone to dust, dirt, and misting even when a worn underwater or used in a wet environment like the bathroom. The company says that it can resist water to a depth of 100 meters, but I’m yet to test this fact.
Stylish Polished Silver Case and Bracelet
Comprising a brushed stainless steel case measuring 40.4mm in diameter and 12mm thick, the watch feels okay on the wrist. It’s not too bulky or too heavy and also has a smooth finish. Behind it is a screwable exhibition case back that also allows you to see the movement in action.
The bracelet is also made of stainless steel for longevity and reliability. It’s also polished and doesn’t feel rough or scratchy and also doesn’t make the wrist sweaty even in the hot days. To secure it to the hand, it relies on a 20mm deployment closure.
The Orient DJ02002B does meet my desires. It feels solid and strong enough it put-up with everyday use, exposure to moisture, rain, sweat, handle bangs, knocks, fall, vibrations and more. I also love the sophisticated look courtesy of the black dial and polished stainless steel case and bracelet. In addition, the decent Japanese automatic movement works well with the good power reserve and the price is just right.