Akil Wingate | Mar 28, 2017 | 0
Orient Leo FET0L002D0 Review
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Orient was founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1950 and has a robust history. The company as we know it today began in 2001, when it became a subsidiary of Seiko. Orient offers timepieces across the spectrum, from automatics, to radio controlled, and everything in between.
You can find Orient watches from $100 all the way to $5,000 or more.
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I think that the Orient Leo is a great looking watch in any of its color options, but particularly the combination reviewed here. Unfortunately, no matter how I tried to adjust the bracelet I was unable to get it to sit flush with my wrist- an annoyance that taints an otherwise good entry-level automatic watch.
Orient Leo Technical Specifications
Day/date display, day/night indicator
Approximately 40 hours
Operating the Watch
The day/date display on the Leo looks different than most that you see, but it’s set the same way. The day/night indicator also makes it easier to set the day/date. Note that the ET46B is a non-hacking movement.
Read the complete user manual here.
How To set the time:
- Pull crown to the furthest position (position 3). Turn the crown clockwise to set the time. Note that the day and date displays will roll over at midnight, indicating AM time.
How To set the Day & Date:
- Pull the crown to the middle position (position 2) and turn counter-clockwise to set the date, clockwise to set the day.
Orient Leo Aesthetics & Design
I really like the small things about the Leo that make it look so good. The bezel reminds me of a vault door, and the brushed steel gives the Leo a hardened mechanical feel. It’s almost as if the watch has its own personality.
What’s the most notable about the Leo is the big day display at 3 o’clock. The brushed steel ring contrasts sharply with the navy face and immediately draws your eye. The date display at 6 o’clock is almost hidden by comparison.
The dial shows more blue than my photos demonstrate. This helps the red seconds had pop off the face of the watch in contrast with the otherwise dark colors. It also helps the lume in the hour markers and hour/minute hands really light up at night.
The stainless steel bracelet, which also has the brushed texture carried over from the case, completes the look. The Leo looks sporty and rugged, mechanical and modern. It’s a great aesthetic overall. It’s a shame that I was never able to get the bracelet to sit flush with my wrist, since it detracted quite a lot from an otherwise great looking watch.
Orient Leo Build Quality
This is my first experience with Orient, so I was unsure of what to expect in terms of build quality. My impression so far is positive, as the Leo looks no worse for wear despite several weeks of… wear. The steel all around has held up quite well, which is nice as small scratches are always a wear item for stainless steel bracelets.
Crystal, Case, and Dial
As mentioned, the brushed stainless steel has held up well on the case. There are no marks or scratches after several weeks of regular wear. Most people with office/light work will find the Leo an excellent daily wearer. The Leo seems to be designed to look great for a long time.
The domed crystal concerns me somewhat because of how far it protrudes, but it still looks brand new. I don’t anticipate this being a major problem, and replacement crystals are fairly inexpensive.
Strap and Clasp
The bracelet never fit me right no matter how much I tried to adjust it. The result, as pictured above in aesthetics, is that the lug ends “square” off the strap’s initial links on either side. This looks weird and also isn’t the most comfortable.
The bracelet is good quality, as is the deployment clasp. Both are worth the price tag associated.
I am pretty frustrated that this is what tarnishes an otherwise great review.
More About the Orient Leo
Orient is one of the only watch manufactures that uses in-house movements at this price point. The ET46B movement is Orient built and features day/date and day/night complications. It is a non-hacking movement.
During the time I tested the watch I noticed that it was losing approximately 8 seconds per day. This is pretty good, especially considering the inexpensive price.
Popular opinion online regarding Orient movements is overwhelmingly positive. My experience has also been positive.
Read the user manual here.
Value for Money
That you can get a watch for under $300 that features an in-house movement with day/date and 24 hour display (day/night indicator) is pretty impressive. Most watches that feature those complications for similar pricing are using Chinese-manufacturer or knockoff movements, and their build quality is suspect. The Orient Leo is vastly superior to those types of watches in effectively every way.
Unfortunately, if you have smaller wrists like me, you may find that the way it fits on your wrist to be off-putting. The fact that the Leo uses an uncommon/integrated lug further frustrates the issue- at least if Orient had used standard 22mm lugs or something I’d be able to swap out the bracelet and continue on happy as ever.
If the watch fits you fine, have confidence in knowing that it’s an otherwise reliable and good quality watch. It feels built to last and has a great movement inside. It’s a good buy.
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Orient Leo Review Conclusion
My thoughts This model (FET0L00D20) is the best looking version of the Leo (in my opinion). The movement is great, the complications look great, and it's built well. Unfortunately, the bracelet fits oddly and rained on my parade.
AESTHETICS & DESIGN
MOVEMENT ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY
VALUE FOR MONEY