Some love the Orient Mako simply because it’s totally Japanese; some for its in-house movements and some for its affordability, which all boils down to the same thing –
All these people admire high-end technology, exclusivity and inexpensiveness and often with features that turn a boring job fun.
For example, in certain Orient Mako-s, you don’t pull the crown out and turn it to change the date, there’s a push-button to get it done. This comes handy when months have 28, 29 and 31 days, or when you have not worn it for a few days at a stretch.
Among Orient’s utility watches, Mako holds a greater reputation. To be true, Mako is one of the Orient models that are more popular among the mass; among certain circles, Mako is synomyous to Orient. It doesn’t matter if it’s just an entry level or a higher-end Mako; the thing is, Orient Mako is a wonderful introduction to the brand. Seiko’s legendary dive-watch concepts drive the Mako; it is assembled in Japan, in-house and at times chunky enough to knock down the bad guy on the bar counter. A tough guy works better with his tool; you got quite a few options here. All sturdy as hell, a Mako trademark.
Another thing about Mako is its diverse range. All are a cut above the rest, the watches in this extensive range is highly sought after by professionals and collectors alike. They are priced great, look great, work great and fit diverse situations. There are models that go from the poolside to the pool table and some even further – to workplaces and business meets. If the latter two for you by any chance are the outdoors, it’s all the better.
All Orient Mako-s have a few things in common. A high water resistance is the first (200m minimum), so the minimum you can go with an Orient Mako on are surfing, swimming and scuba dives. Scratchproof sapphire crystals are another very common aspect of the Orient automatic watches series.
The Orient Mako watch is built in-house in the sense it’s built within the Orient factory in Japan down to its individual parts, not just the assembling. Each of the components are finished painstakingly to keep mismatches and tackiness miles away and enhance everytime its assured, superlative quality. Maintaining the standards results high accuracy and high durability, even under the most adverse of situations.
The trend continues since the mid-2000 and today, the Orient Mako offers a reliability that puts to shame many other watches higher up in the price ladder. So if you are after an absolute classic that won’t burn your wallet and will keep you smiling for years to come, despite how much abuse you put unto it, you got no better deal than the Orient Mako!