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Orient FAA02002D9 Review: Mako II Automatic Diving Watch

My search for an affordable diver led to the Orient FAA02002D9.

It’s been in the scene for over a decade and still commands a large following.

The Mako II follows in the footsteps of Mako I and features some decent changes.

In this Orient FAA02002D9 review, I will pick out some of the notable things about the watch for you.

ORIENT Men's 'Mako II' Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel...
  • Mineral crystal
  • Crown:Screwed-down.120-Click unidirectional bezel
  • Japanese-automatic Movement

Classic Looking Sturdy Stainless Steel Case

One thing many consumers agree on is the Orient Mako II has a more refined and stylish case than the earlier Mako I.

It has more rounded edges that merge well with the polished end links of the stainless steel bracelet. The diameter hasn’t changed much and is about 41.5mm while the thickness is about 13mm.

The smooth finish and the 47mm lug feel right in the wrist the flexibility is quite decent.

Unlike the case’s sides which are highly polished, the lugs and case top come in a matte finish. This creates a contrasting transition between the regions which enhances the classic appeal.

However, the smoother ends create a flawless appeal that works well in both formal and casual occasions.

Orient FAA02002D9 on wrist

Reliable Orient Caliber F6922 Movement with Manual winding

The original Mako I unit came with the Orient 46943, which boosted the automatic 21 jewel movement. It was plagued with issues such as not being super accurate, an odd date change button, and also being none hacking.

In the Mako II unit, the company opted for the new and improved Orient F6922 caliber movement. And For the time it has been in the market, it seems to be getting better responses and more positive reviews than the earlier movement.

It’s more precise, delivers 21,600 bhp, and also supports manual winding. And with an error of margin of -15/+15 seconds, it’s more precise than the earlier sibling which had -25/+35 sec.

The hacking feels more natural and is also more accurate and smoother.

Clear Tough Mineral Crystal

The FAA02002D9 comes with a mineral crystal that has a flat surface to blend in with the thin-edged case. A closer look reveals that the Orient Mako II USA, which is similar to this one in all aspects (size, clarity, thickness…) features a sapphire crystal.

Sapphire, as you may already know, is much tougher than mineral and should, therefore, handle the abrasion, bangs, vibrations, heat, moisture, and other things better. However, it does come with a higher price tag.

This may possibly explain the use of the mineral in this watch instead of sapphire. Nevertheless, the glass still feels tough and also makes the watch is more affordable.

Orient FAA02002D9 close up

120-Click Sloping Aluminum Bezel

The company opted to go for a bezel with 120 clicks instead of the more common 60 clicks. This makes the timepiece look more sophisticated.

Also, it has a sloping edge to blend better with the more refined case and the flat crystal. The sloping nature feels much easier to operate and less mechanical.

It’s made of aluminum which is lighter than steel but still can put-up with daily wear, abrasion, bangs, magnetism, and the environmental factors fairly well. It also doesn’t rust, corrode, or lose its appeal easily. And just like the sides of the case, it’s highly polished for a chic look.

My Verdict

This Mako II from Orient is not only more practical, elegant, and refined than the earlier Mako I but should also give bigger brands a run for their money.

The accuracy and looks are on point, it feels solid and sturdy but still lightweight for long-wearing, and also has a professional and classy appeal. This is definitely a watch that is worth buying.