Monday, December 2, 2013

Orient MForce Diver WV0091E - A Refresh On The M-Force Series, A Review

My second M-Force after my M-Force Diving Sports WV0021 (Click here to see the review on that watch) is the WV0091E. This new M-Force has a very different design philosophy from the predecessor. Nevertheless, this rendition continues the tradition of an authentic diver’s watch that features a smart and rugged design, water resistance to 200 meters for use in scuba diving, shock absorption enabled by a special structure, and ISO compliance.

An obvious design change is the relocation of the crown from 4 o'clock in the previous M-Force to the 9 o'clock position. The date window has also been moved to the 3 o'clock position from the 9 o'clock position. Power reserve indicator is now at the 6 o'clock position from the previous one o'clock position.

The watch is 47 mm wide without the crown. Its lug-to-lug length is 53 mm and its thickness is 13.3 mm. With such dimensions, this watch has been dubbed the 'Beast'. Despite the macho (in my view, unflattering) nickname, this watch is comfortable to wear. Using a 24 mm wide bracelet helps hide the large watch case. All in, the watch is on the heavy side at approximately 220 grams.

Sitting beneath a sapphire crystal, the blood red dial of the M-Force is designed for legibility. Along the outer rim of the dial, on a slanted surface, is a chapter ring with thin but easily read numeric and hash markings for minutes/seconds. Moving inward, you see applied markers for the hour indices, with polished steel outlining and green lumed filling. Thick rectangle markers are at three, six and nine, with a double rectangle marker at twelve and dots for all other hours.

The hour and minute hands of the M-Force are big and bold, with green lume filling.  The hour hand is sword shaped, with a polished steel base and accents running through the middle, while the minute indicator is thick, but slightly tapered toward the end and features a large triangle at its end. The second hand meanwhile is a bright yellow, contrasting with the other center hands, but matching with the power reserve indicator. It too features a tapered triangular tip with lume filling.

The black bezel features large white numerals that really pop in both regular and low light, and its shape is fairly irregular. Rather than a simple, repeating coining or toothed design along its outer edge, the bezel of the Beast is textured with many different notching and raised surfaces on its top and side. Further, the inner rim of the bezel, where white minute hash markings can be found, slants slight downward toward the watch’s crystal, breaking up the dial even further and serving to draw your eye inward toward the dial.

As the bezel is actually recessed inward from the edge of the watch case, in order to get the best grip on the Beast’s bezel, you place your fingers on the top and side of the bezel when turning. Note also, at six and twelve o’clock, that watch cae is slightly cut away to assist with the turning of the bezel. The bezel has a 120-clicksystem in place.

The M-Force is powered by a 22-jewel, Orient caliber 40N5A automatic movement that beats at 21,600 beats per hour and features a date display, power reserve, hacking seconds and manual wind function. Very responsive to charging up the main springs. Almost instantaneously, the watch can be brought to life with just a shake. 

The M-Force has ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 6425 diver’ s watch certification, which means that it meets certain criteria for water resistance, condensation resistance etc. It also has the ISO 764 which means it is an anti-magnetic watch as well as the ISO 1413 certification which confirms its shock-resistant qualities. For Orient to open itself up to such tests shows its confidence it its design.

The case-back is a screw-down and only contains important information about the watch and etchings of a small logo and brand of the watch in the center.

On the left side of the watch you’ll find the signed, gear-toothed, screw-down crown surrounded by over-sized crown guards. A small triangle printed on the lower crown guard matches with a red line on the crown itself. When the line of the crown and triangle of the crown guard line up, you know the crown isn’t fully secured. On the right side of the case is a seemingly unnecessary piece of case that juts out slightly, but this actually works to balance the shape of the case nicely (see top photo).

The lugs of the M-Force are simple but large. Slight line breaks halfway down the lugs and an angled design inward toward the lug bars helps to make the 24 mm lug width appear just slightly smaller than it is. 

The M-Force comes with a two link stainless steel bracelet with deployment clasp. A nice detail of the bracelet is its finishing, which watches that of the case, with polished sides and a brushed top and back. The deployment clasp installed also features the Orient logo.

The lume on the M-Force can be found on all hour markers, at twelve o’clock on the bezel and on all hands. The lume is bright and easily read in low light. As you can see from the photo below, the hands of the watch are particularly bright despite the lighted condition where the picture was taken.

The M-Force wears comfortably. Thanks to the design of the case, it slips easily under shirt cuffs. This is one sports watch that you can wear to office or in a formal setting.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Meor, just do u like this watch so far? Any complain? I'm eyeing on this M Force model SEL03005Y0. :)


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