Monday, October 24, 2016

The ORIENT Automatic Military Collection CER2D009F (or ER2D009F) Olive Green Dial – An excellent starter watch for budding WIS, A Review (and Video)

As part of my continuing focus of collecting military themed watches with olive green dial, I was able to land the Orient CER2D009F into the collection. My trusted internet merchant, emailed me about the latest batch that just arrived at his store. The MSRP in Malaysia is RM418 (inclusive of 6% GST) but I got it for just RM295.

The CER2D009F is sized perfectly for my wrist. With a width of 41 mm (excluding crown) it has a thickness of just 11 mm. Its lug size is 22 mm which helps make it feel like a watch with smaller dimensions. Made out of stainless steel, the surface is polished including the solid screw-down case-back. The dial is protected by a flat piece of mineral crystal glass.

The watch is traditional in design with three hands, a date complication in an aperture located at the 3 o’clock position. The crown is also located at the same location.

There are 5 lines of text and graphics on the dial. The first three which includes the brand as well as the logo are located on the top half of the dial. The final two are on the bottom half where the fifth line is in small font with information about the production coding.

There are two sets of scales on the dial. The other scale is the minute marker scale while the inner scale is for the hours. For this second scale, Orient employs both markers and Arabic numberings. These markers are painted with luminous paint. It is important to note that the date aperture did not totally replace the 3 o’clock marker. By using black digits with white background, there is some semblance of balance between the 3 o‘clock and the 9 o’clock markers.

The two main hands are partially skeletonised while the seconds hand is a simple thin rod. Only the two main hands were given a good dose of luminous paint.

The engine powering the watch is the Orient in-house Caliber 48743. This is an automatic movement operating in the 21600 BPH or 3 Hertz band. It has 21 jewels and the main spring is able to keep a maximum power reserve of approximately 40 hours. It has a stated accuracy of +25 seconds ~-15 seconds per day.

The watch is paired with genuine dark brown leather strap with a signed buckle. The water resistance of the watch is stated at 50 meters.

The Wearing Experience

This watch feels like a dress watch. Wears well and the leather strap is comfortable. In all honesty, Orient should have chosen a canvas or nylon strap for this watch to strengthen its military heritage. The choice of leather makes it very confusing watch to classify at first glance. I guess Orient is thinking more of making this watch a dressier version instead of a real military-tool watch.

Apart from this feedback, I got nothing adverse to report about this watch. Due to the price point, this timepiece would be a good starter watch for budding young WIS. Below is a short video of the watch on my wrist.

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