Japanese wristwratch (Orient) 60-70s retro sports design, hardened glass, waterproof 50m
Where and how is it used?
On my wrist, pretty much constantly
What did you or someone else pay for it?
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
Nowadays apparently nearly all high and top end mechanical watch brands have movements manufactured by the same Swiss factory, ETA. Individual brands simply modify them to suit their purposes. I found this uniformity both surprising and slightly depressing, great brand names appear no longer as feats of fine mechanical engineering but just facade, it's a bit as if they all have the same heart. (As a kid I used to listen to the insides of mechanical watches to go to sleep, they all sound very different) This uniformity is a post war phenomenon and marks a cultural decline (like with piano builders) It extends to most German manufacturers and to Japanese watch brands which nearly all have Miyota movements. One exception is Orient who still construct and build their own movements, and apparently really good ones as well. With this watch I also like the design. It's a quarz watch so it hasn't got the soul of a mechanical but I liked the idea of supporting a genuine brand who still make their own movements. Orient is not a trust inspiring name but the story was right. As for quarz watches in general, they are cheap, keep time and take a beating, but their voices are boring.
How was it made?
Is made in a factory
Is produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
Orient watches, Japan
Who was paid to make it?
factory workers in Japan
What skills does it take to make it?
Machine operaters, manual skills, engineering
Where was it made?
What does it cost to make it?
probably less than £ 30
What is it made from?
hardened glass, not quite saphire-glass, but still pretty scratch resistant
stainless steel, front and back
3. leather strap:
genuine leather strap with orange thread, not best quality leather
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
Honkong based retailers
Who or what assesses its quality?
Orient watches Japan, myself as I wear it- only time will tell
Where is it sold?
strangely not in the UK, had to order from Honkong
Who or what sells it?
reasons above as far as I'm concerned
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
Where is it used?
as a timepiece on my wrist
Where is it kept?
on my wrist
How and by whom is it cared for?
How long will it last?
I expect it to last for a while, 20 years plus
Where will it go when it's finished with?
don't know if anyone recycles watches in 20 years
What is it worth?
its retail price, which i would like to think of as good value for money
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