Our ORIENTal Story
(Reviewed on 2/22/2016)
We have less than few hours experience with the new ORIENT, but let me tell the story, that makes me sure it will be a great watch:
We grew up in the socialist past of Bulgaria. For the people, who have no idea about the socialism, well, it has some advantages, but when we were children, we saw mainly the problems: it was very difficult for our parents to travel abroad, there was no import of western goods, so everything we had was made in Bulgaria or in the other socialist countries around, with neither so bad nor so good quality. The only happy exception were the sailors, international truck drivers and gastarbeiters, who have enough money and what was more important, they had the right to have dollars and to buy international goods. So logically, based on their quality of materials and production, the ORIENT watches soon become a symbol of financial and social success. All these casts of workers proudly demonstrated their touch with the new technologies. For me and my family, even quite well educated and qualified, it was impossible to have this kind of watch, the only thing allowed was to dream about it. We never talked about that with our dad, but as we further understood, it seemed he had the same dream about an ORIENT watch. The whole injustice of the system was focused in a few square centimeters, within Japanese gears and fine mechanics.
And then one summer evening, the miracle happened. Our dad, my brother and I were travelling to the village to visit our grandparents. Suddenly something shined up under the car front lights. What was that, a watch? Nobody believed, so we didn’t stop the car. It was too good to be true. After shortly discussion we agreed, that most probably it was a foil from cigarette box. Few hours later, when we travelled back the same way, we saw the same “foil” and this time stopped the car in order to take a closer look. A classic ORIENT watch, model Y469672-4A, was obviously unintentionally dropped by the window of a fast speed travelling car, and after that rolled over by unknown number of vehicles. Like we well know from the movies, there are now vanished samurai warriors, they are only live or dead, so this samurai was looking like after a long and unequal battle, more dead than alive, with broken glass, one missing arrow and another one badly inclined, laying in the middle of the road and proudly waiting for his fate to come. We took it and with almost no hope of success, went to a father’s friend, whose hobby were watches. This lack of hope represented our pure underestimation of the Japanese quality and of the Bulgarian skills. The amateur watch-master proved once again his patience, fantasy and creativity. The Samurai survived, and with a new, somehow compatible glass and definitely different third arrow started to count the years of his new life on the wrists of our family members. There was a strict schedule which days of week which man will carry the precious watch. If one of the teenagers was meeting a girl, he had the right to overcome the schedule and to carry the watch for that night. Our father was the happiest, finally making his dream come true.
Few years later, we grew up, the socialist system collapsed and at the same time our family went well, soon after that our dad succeed to find on the second hand market two more watches from the same model and colour. Of course, there were new models from different brands on the market, but he needed exactly this one. It was easier to find them, because the people with the good incomes from the past seemed to have problems in those days and needed money urgently, in other words, the wheel of fortune turned around. Speaking of our family, we accepted it as a proof, that the hard days are in the past, and better future is coming.
Now, after many years, we have wives and big kids, and my biggest son is celebrating 18, that strange and fuzzy border between the childhood and the manhood. When we questioned him what he would like for a birthday present, he smiled and asked us for an ORIENT watch, not the latest model, but the most similar to the Y469672-4A, mechanical with automatic winding, dark dial and perpetual calendar. “The tradition is still alive”, my wife and I proudly think.
Two days later we understood, that there is a gap between the newest models and the classic ones, so it is not easy to find most similar model. Actually, when we found out the DUTY FREE ISLAND Company, things came to their right places. The model SEU07005BX is exactly what we were looking for. After that, the scheme is straight and clear: Find model - Sign In - Order – Payment – Delivery. The delivery was at 23.02., the very first day of the stated term 23.02-23.03. There were no problems at all.
Wish you all the best!
P.S. The photo is from this morning, 10 minutes after the delivery :), at the first possible place for photoshooting (in this case the car)