Orient Maestro, an elegant and affordable automatic watch

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The Orient Maestro is a classic automatic watch similar to the Orient Bambino but slightly simpler and more affordable, without compromising on the quality that characterizes the brand.

One could say that this watch offers everything you can expect from Orient. That means exceptional construction, a robust movement, and a high level of attention to detail.

With a simple and elegant design, the Orient Maestro is also available in various colors and different designs, making it easier to match with your style.

In this article, we will analyze it thoroughly, taking into account its specifications, design, and all the currently available models. Let’s get started!

Orient Maestro
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  • Movimiento autom√°tico 22 jewels f6722
  • Casual / Estilo de vida
  • Esfera gris y correa met√°lica
  • Wr 100 m

‚úö Orient Maestro – Specifications

Crystal TypeMineral
Materials316L Stainless Steel
Diameter40 mm
Thickness11.9 mm
Strap Width20 mm
Lug to Lug Length46 mm
MovementJapanese Automatic
CaliberOrient F6722
Power Reserve~ 40 hours
Precision+25 / -15 seconds per day
Water Resistance5 ATM (50 meters)
ComplicationsDate function with quickset

‚úö Design and Features

Released in 2019, the Orient Maestro is a modern watch with a contemporary and minimalist design, giving it a simple yet highly functional appearance.

It is a reliable, comfortable, and easy-to-read watch designed to be worn every day, but it also holds its own in special occasions. Let’s take a closer look at each of its parts.

‚ě§ Case and Crown

With a 40 mm diameter and 11.9 mm thickness, the case of the Orient Maestro is simple and elegant. It is slightly larger than the dimensions of typical dress watches, but we must remember that it is intended for daily use.
Orient Maestro

Furthermore, the lug to lug length is 46.1 mm, which is relatively small, thanks to its short and slim rectangular lugs that protrude directly from the case.

That being said, the Orient Maestro should fit comfortably on most wrists and is slim enough to easily slip under shirt cuffs.

In terms of design, the case is fully polished to enhance its clean and elegant appearance. The thin bezel allows for a larger dial, which becomes the center of attention.

The case back is screw-down and features an exhibition crystal that allows you to see the movement in action. It is also water-resistant up to 5 ATM (50 meters), which is ideal for a daily wear watch.

The crown, on the other hand, is medium-sized and perfectly complements the design. It is positioned at 3 o’clock and features the brand’s logo engraved on its outer edge.

‚ě§ The Crystal

On top of the case, you can find a slightly raised mineral crystal, although not domed like those found on its Bambino cousins.

The mineral crystal provides good visibility and is more scratch-resistant than acrylic crystals, although it can crack more easily if subjected to impact due to its hardness.

In any case, it is not an expensive material and can be easily replaced. It is not sapphire, but at this price range, one cannot expect much more.

‚ě§ Dial and Markers

Like the rest of the watch, the dial design is clean and minimalist, but it also offers high contrast, making it more suitable for daily wear.

The dial features applied rectangular hour markers and hands with a beautiful pencil-style design, which are also polished to provide a more eye-catching shiny finish.

There is also a date window at 3 o’clock, with a background that matches the color of the dial, making it more subtle and discreet without compromising the overall look of the watch.

In addition to this, the dial includes the usual Orient logo at 12 o’clock and the word “Automatic” below it. It is these subtle yet important design details that make the Orient Maestro stand out.

Depending on the model, there are several different dial configurations, but the most striking version is undoubtedly the sunburst version, which reflects sunlight and light beautifully.

‚ě§ Strap and Bracelet

Depending on the model you choose, you can get a leather strap, a stainless steel mesh bracelet, or the classic brushed stainless steel three-link bracelet.

All of them are good options, but the stainless steel bracelet is undoubtedly the most durable and long-lasting choice. However, both the mesh bracelet and the leather strap are more elegant alternatives.

However, as with almost all affordable watches, don’t expect a solid and heavy stainless steel bracelet. Brands often save on materials in this part of the watch, and Orient is no exception.

The links are joined by folding the ends, which can cause a slight rattling and a feeling of fragility, although overall it serves its purpose.

On the other hand, the leather strap option offers a more classic and elegant look, which is great if you often wear formal attire and want something for more formal occasions.

Bracelet and Movement in Orient Maestro

‚ě§ The Movement

One of the most interesting parts of the Orient Maestro is its internal mechanism, as it is an automatic mechanical watch whose source of energy is the movement itself.

The watch runs on a reliable and accurate Orient F6722 caliber, which provides 40 hours of power reserve and other functions highly appreciated by mechanical watch enthusiasts.

These functions include hacking seconds and manual winding. The former allows you to stop the mechanism for more precise adjustments, while the latter adds energy to the movement by turning the crown.

In any case, this watch is automatically powered by the movement of your wrist, but it doesn’t hurt to have an alternative method if you want to leave it stationary on a table, for example.

The manufacturer estimates a precision range of -15 to +25 seconds for this caliber, although in practice it tends to be much more precise. In fact, it is not uncommon to have an Orient F6722 running at +/- 5 seconds per day.

Manufacturers often use fairly broad scales to classify their creations, and they often do not correspond to reality.

Other than that, it is a fairly conventional 22-jewel, 21,600 bph movement, easy to repair, and requiring little maintenance.

‚úö Orient Maestro Models

Currently, there are up to 7 different models of this watch, depending on the combination of dial and strap colors. They are as follows:

  • Orient Maestro RA-AC0E01B10A: black dial, stainless steel case, and stainless steel bracelet.
  • Orient Maestro RA-AC0E04L10A: blue dial, stainless steel case, and leather strap.
  • Orient Maestro RA-AC0E02S10A: white dial, stainless steel case, and stainless steel bracelet.
  • Orient Maestro RA-AC0E05N10A: black dial, stainless steel case, and mesh bracelet.
  • Orient Maestro RA-AC0E06E10A: green dial, stainless steel case, and mesh bracelet.
  • Orient Maestro RA-AC0E07S10A: white dial, stainless steel case, and mesh bracelet.

Over time, other models may appear with different color and strap combinations, as the brand often does.

‚úö Price and Reviews

Orient is one of the Japanese brands that offers excellent prices, without compromising on quality. In fact, it is owned by Seiko, another heavyweight in the watch industry.

This should give you an idea of the good performance the watch will offer and the support you have in case something goes wrong, although it is rare because Japanese quality control is very meticulous.

In my humble opinion, it is one of the best alternatives if you want to get a mechanical watch. With this Orient Maestro, you’ll have a watch for many years without having to invest a large sum of money.

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