Orient Monarch Mechanical Hands-On Review

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Jacky Chou

The Orient Monarch is a mechanical watch that features an automatic movement and comes in a variety of different designs. It's sleek design makes it suitable for both casual wear and going out attire, which make this timepiece one to consider if you're looking for the best affordable dress watch with great style!

The "orient monarch for sale" is a watch that has been released by Orient. It has a number of features, including a mechanical movement and an automatic day-night indicator.

Orient Men's 'Monarch' Mechanical Hand Wind Stainless Steel and Leather Dress Watch, Color:Black...
  • Mineral Crystal
  • Hand-wound Movement
  • Mechanical-hand-wind Movement
  • Case Diameter: 40mm
  • Water Resistant To 50m (165ft: in General, Suitable for Short...

A Superb Option for Value-Conscious Mechanical Watch Lovers

The Monarch is just another wonderful illustration of why I like Orient Watches: it's reasonably priced and well-made, distinctively fashioned, and technically capable.

The Monarch has an MSRP of $335 as of the writing of this article, yet I paid $160 for it on Amazon. The Monarch is a stylish dress watch with a pretty traditional design (once you look past the serif hour markers). This watch has an exhibition caseback, a stainless steel clasp, and a leather band.

The Monarch strikes that sweet spot where what it brings to the table much surpasses what it costs to eat there, much like the Bambino, which I still feel is the greatest automatic watch you can buy for around $250. Until you start looking at no-name Chinese-manufactured movements, you won't find another high-quality mechanical at this price bracket, much less one with a power reserve complication.

The Monarch is a fantastic illustration of a low-cost mechanical watch in many ways. Let's look more closely.

Technical Information for Monarch of Orient FDD03003Y0

  • FDD03003Y0 is the model number.
  • MSRP: $335
  • 40mm case diameter
  • Model alternatives: none
  • Mechanical, Orient Calibre 48C40 movement
  • Problems: Power reserve
  • Energy Reserve: around 40 hours
  • Waterproofing: 50 meters/165 feet
  • Mineral makes up the crystals.

Just in a conservative manner

Although it is more pearlescent than the sunburst that you find on watches like the Seiko Alpinist, the cream-colored dial has a faint sunburst impression. This little touch enhances the texture of the dial in a positive way, making the blue hands and black hour markers stand out.

Apart from the hands, the dial only has a touch of red in the middle of the Orient emblem. I like how the hands stand out from the dial; they are simple to read and pleasing to the eye. Naturally, readability depends on illumination; the Monarch has no lume, so daylight viewing is the only option.

The Monarch isn't a very attractive watch in my opinion, but it isn't ugly either. The hour markers, power reserve indicator, and logo all have unique typefaces. The dial really has four distinct fonts, which gives it a fragmented appearance. The hour markings, which are highly stylish but not something I find particularly appealing on the outside, are the most out of place.

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However, you'll be relieved to know that the Monarch is otherwise a well-done watch that was made with accuracy if you and it get along aesthetically. It has a premium appearance and feel, even when magnified noticeably, this is still the case. Carefully placed markers and printing are used throughout.

The hands, including the power reserve hand, are blue with an ion coating. I can tell that the application is smooth; even when zoomed in, there are no obvious blemishes or markings on them. The hue of them changes from a beautiful blue to practically black depending on the angle you look at them from.

When you look beyond the clock, simplicity is still a recurring motif. The case is unassuming and comes with little fanfare, except from the knurled crown and engraved buckle. The simple style is finished off perfectly by the black leather strap.

A Restrained Hand-Wind Motion

A nice watch pun just cannot be resisted by me. A hacking hand-wind movement, the Orient Calibre 48C40 beats at 21,600 bph. The second hand's "tick" as it rounds the dial is audible because of the beat rate.

The power reserve display at 12 o'clock will show 40 hours of reserve when completely wound. I measured accuracy of roughly +18 seconds every day using (average over a three week period).

A beautifully adorned and well crafted movement is shown in the rear exhibition window, catching the light and pleasing to the eye. Even if there isn't a rotor, the movement hides the majority of the gears and rotors, so you can't see anything. The balancing wheel can be seen moving, but that's about it.

Strong Package with a Lot to Offer the Wrist

The Monarch is a good option if you're looking for a watch that stands out from the crowd a little. The Monarch delivers high quality with little demands on the user, in addition to the relative rarity of a hand-wind mechanical at this price range.

I find that having the power reserve indication at 12 o'clock serves as a pleasant reminder of the watch's horological foundations. Although manual winding of mechanical watch movements is often necessary, they are usually lighter than automated movements (and also less complicated). The Monarch should last its owners a good number of trouble-free years.

I'm glad to see that Orient is still producing inexpensive, high-quality timepieces since that is what it does best. The Monarch provides the category with a lot of watch for the money considering its street pricing of between $160 and $200.

The "orient monarch lug width" is a watch with a very unique design. It has an automatic movement and a power reserve of up to 40 hours.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is the co-founder of Uberwrists and has gotten into watches from his father from a young age. His first watch was a black G Shock that was comedically large for his wrist. He appreciates watches from Seiko to a Patek Philippe.

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