Welcome back to week #21 of our watch of the week series. Last week on week 20, we explored the Sturhling Original 200M divers. If you missed out on our post previously, you can click here to read about them. Every week, we will go through a list of watches and see which of them are worthy of holding the title, “The Watch of the Week”.
Watch of the week #20 (Source: Drmenstyle.com)
Today, we will be exploring the Orient Star Skeleton series. To summarise, this Orient Star skeleton is a mechanical dress watch. If you like the look of the skeletonized watch, this watch will definitely suit your need. Therefore, let’s dive straight in as we are so excited to explore this Orient Star.
Let’s firstly talk about the materials of this watch. Firstly, the Orient Star uses stainless steel as the material for the 39 mm diameter case. Sticking true to the name of a dress watch, a crocodile leather texture is used to match the stainless steel dress watch. On top of that, the Orient Star is using sapphire glass as its crystal, which is very scratch resistant. To further improve on the crystal, an anti-reflective coating is placed on the crystal.
Sapphire crystal for Rolex (Source: Amazon.com)
Secondly, we can go ahead and talk about the dimensions of this watch. Just as we mentioned above, this watch sports a 39 mm diameter round case. It is measured 39 mm from the 3H: 9H and also 6H: 12H, uniformly across. Also, the thickness from the crystal to the case back is 10.60 mm. Finally, this watch sports a light 69 g, so it doesn’t feel too heavy when you wear it on your wrists.
Front view of the watch (Source: Solartime.com)
Let’s now move on to the movement. The Orient Star is using a Japanese mechanical movement, the 48E51 caliber. On the surface, it may appear very complicated, but we can break them down easily. Firstly, the caliber 48E51 is a regular two-hand mechanical movement. On top of that, it has two additional functions, which is the power reserve indicator and the second-hand function. Other information about the watch includes 23 jewels and beating at 21,600 beats per hour.
Now, this is probably our most favorite part of the post where we can explore the beauty and design of this watch. However, we can’t possibly cover everything. So in order to make it easy for you readers, we will break them down into bits.
Firstly, let’s talk about the dials or bezel. Now, this watch sports a skeletonized movement in the form of dress watch design. Therefore, there is no need for a bezel. In fact, the dial is also very minimal. These are a good move, to showcase more of the movement and its parts through the crystal.
Right Side View (Source: Zalora.com)
Now, if you flip to the back, the case back is also skeletonized. Also, the minute indicators are very nicely and evenly spaced. For an added touch of elegance, the roman numerals for 12 and 6 are added instead of the common index markers.
Back View (Source: Zalora.com)
Both the minute and hour hands use a dauphine style hands design, with blue color shades. This blue hands are very rare and is commonly found on high-end watches due to the tiresome process to create them.
Dauphine style (Source: Amazon.com)
Even the power reserve indicator and second hands are made from hands of blue steel. This process definitely adds more value to the watch, making it more valuable. In terms of the shape, the hands of power reserve and seconds are shaped in the form of baton style.
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As previously mentioned, this watch is nicely paired with a crocodile textured leather strap. In order to fasten the buckle and tail, a conventional tri-fold clasp in stainless steel is used.
Buckle view (Source: Solartime.com)
On top of that, the Stuhrling logo is embossed on the crown from the side view. Other noteworthy information about this watch is the 50 meters water-resistant.
Crown view (Source: Solartime.com)