The Orient WV0041TX, also known as Orient Panda Neo ’70s, seems to be a favorite choice for budget-conscious people as well as collectors. The analog timepiece was launched into the market in 2016 and gets praise for being mechanically and aesthetically sound. But how true is it? This Orient WV0041TX review takes a deeper look into the watch.
A Panda-Inspired Milky White Dial
Looking at the face, you can’t fail to see a resemblance to the Panda. The background is milky white while the subdials and the boundary are black. The same scheme is found inside each dial with the background being black while the markers are white.
Generally, the face/dial have two colors, black and white, just like the panda. The only exclusion is the Orient Logo which features an orange color and the silver hands (hour, minute, and second).
The bold logo, brand name, and the water resistance (10 Bar) are clearly marked and are just below the 12 o’clock position. The chronograph name is spelled in italics for a more traditions appeal.
Chronograph with Dark Sub-Dials
The chronograph watch features well-placed sub-dials for extra functionality.
One is found adjacent to the 9 o’clock marker, the other adjacent to the 3 o’clock position, while the smaller one is above the 6 o’clock position. The good symmetry brings out a subtle appeal whereas the darker color (black) creates a nice contrast with the milky white background.
The chronograph pusher seems just right for the watch. It isn’t too long or too short and is also not too narrow or too wide. This makes using it easy and they also match the case and the dials. What’s more, they tend to showcase a classic appeal.
Solar Powered Analog Movement
The timepiece boasts of a solar power movement which operates rather flawlessly. In fact, many people at first think it’s a mechanical type.
Being solar, it should power itself automatically. Although I’m yet to confirm this, the company claims that it has a power reserve of 6 months. This is among the longest reserves out there.
When it comes to accuracy, the WV0041TX appears to get a thumb up. It has a small margin of error, less than 10 seconds in a day, and maintains the precision for a longer time in comparison to similar options. Despite the good accuracy and long power reserve, the watch falls under the affordable pieces.
Solid Watch Case
The case diameter is about 42mm while the thickness is approximately 12mm.
For a 70’s inspired watch, it may feel a little large and also somewhat heavy. This is owing to the fact that it’s made of stainless steel and so is the 22mm bracelet and buckle. It should feel good on the bare skin considering it’s very finely polished and the band is flexible.
The lumen on the hands and indices is pretty decent for most places. And with a water resistance of 10 bars, it should handle the rain, showers, sweat, and moisture fairly well. However, I would be more cautious taking it with me for deep sea or scuba diving.
Anyone searching for a simple yet functional watch or a timepiece that looks classy and is mechanically sound but doesn’t want to “burn holes in the pocket” will find this watch a good choice. It runs smoothly, can handle everyday use, and doesn’t feel too heavy on the wrist.