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Orient Star Adds A Silver Dial To The Diver 1964 1st Edition

Next to black, this was the other original colour of the dive watch introduced almost 60 years ago.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |

Back in 1964, Orient Star, the higher-end arm of Orient, introduced the Olympia Calendar Diver, which became a very important model in the company’s history. For its 70th anniversary, which was back in 2021, Orient Star decided to honour this pivotal dive watch with the Diver 1964. A modern interpretation of the original from almost 60 years ago that came in several editions so far. Now a new colour is added to the revival range, with the new Orient Star Diver 1964 1st Edition Series in silver.

This new iteration of the Olympia Calendar Diver from 1964 reproduces some of the key attributes of the original, a solid steel unidirectional rotating bezel, three-dimensional cut indices, an arrow-shaped hour hand and a shaped case with faceted lugs. It measures 41mm in diameter and 14.5mm in height on top of the dual-curved sapphire crystal. It’s compliant with the ISO 6425 standard for diving watches, with a water resistance of 200m.

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New to the range is a fine sunray brushed silver dial, much like the very first ones from 1964 (it was first released with black or silver dials). It featured applied indices all around, with an outlined date window cutting into the 3 o’clock marker. The hands are also very similar to the original. Up top, there is a power reserve indication, which is the biggest departure from the 1964 inspiration.

Power comes from the in-house automatic Calibre F6N47, which runs at a rate of 21,600vph and uses 22 jewels. This provides a power reserve of 50 hours when fully wound, which can also be done by hand if needed. Functions include hours, minutes, hacking seconds, power reserve and the date. The movement is regulated to run within +25/-15 seconds of deviation per day. It’s hidden from view by a solid caseback with an inscription of the model and its limitation.

The Orient Star Diver 1964 1st Edition comes on a 20mm wide stainless steel five-link steel bracelet with a trifold deployant clasp and diver’s extension. It is limited to 900 pieces and retails for EUR 1,360.

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2 responses

  1. I love Orient but this watch probably holds the record for the highest number of different fonts ever applied to a caseback, what a mess!

  2. It is what it is. Artistic license as they say.

    I would appreciate more information about the movement though.


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