Orient RA-AA0009L Men's Kano Stainless Steel Blue Bezel Blue Dial Automatic Dive Watch

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Orient RA-AA0009L Men's Kano Stainless Steel Blue Bezel Blue Dial Automatic Dive Watch

Orient RA-AA0009L Men's Kano Stainless Steel Blue Bezel Blue Dial Automatic Dive Watch

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Visually, the case is polished on the sides and brushed on the top, a classic design feature of dive watches. It is not as scratch-resistant as sapphire crystal, but it offers good visibility and is easier to repair or polish. It is also more affordable if eventual replacement is needed. However, the steel bracelet tapers down to 20 mm at the clasp, making the bracelet more comfortable and adding a nice visual detail to the watch.

It is also a screw-down crown, contributing to its water resistance, allowing this watch to be worn at depths of up to 200 meters. ➤ Bezel While the hands and markers provide plenty of real estate for lume application, I was honestly hoping it would be a bit brighter than it actually is. Now don’t get me wrong as it is still on par with the lume found on the Mako and the Ray, however the size of the markers didn’t really offer as much luminescence as I had expected. It is still very useable, just that given the amount of room there is on the hands and markers, I did expect it to be a bit closer to the brightness of the Orient Stars. The Orient Kano comes with either a rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet, depending on the model, both designed to fit 22 mm lugs. While not an essential element for diving, having the day of the week and date visible is quite useful in daily use.

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Inside the Kano beats the Orient F6922 caliber, a precise, reliable, and in-house automatic mechanical movement. Currently, there are many different models of the Orient Kano available. Let’s take a closer look at each one. What makes each model unique? Much like its smaller brother, the sides and bottom of the case are mirror polished while the top of the lugs are circular brushed giving it a tool like aesthetic. The case design is pretty basic with no intricate bevelling between the two surfaces which is expected for an entry-level automatic.

The bracelet is all brushed stainless steel. 21.7mm at the lugs tapering to 20mm. The clasp is a foldover with a push button release. There are 4 micro-adjust holes allowing the bracelet to be sized exactly. With one link removed my watch and bracelet weighs 172g. The Orient logo is on the clasp. Additionally, the lug-to-lug measurement is 50 mm, which makes the watch appear even larger and more voluminous on the wrist. The dial on this watch is simple and easy to read, which is essentially what is needed in a dive watch. The hands are large and sword-shaped, with applied hour markers framed in metal. Then again, for me, the star of the Orient Kano lineup is going to be that blue bezel set atop the 44mm steel case, especially paired to the steel bracelet. It is worth noting that, while the bracelet itself is solid link, the end links are not solid. Probably not a deal breaker at this price point, but something worth noting if you find yourself being a bit rough and tough on your bracelets. Overall, it is a very good movement for a watch in this price range, capable of functioning effectively for many years without requiring maintenance. ✚ Orient Kano ModelsThese hour markers also incorporate a generous amount of luminescent material, making the time more legible in low-light conditions. The Orient Kano was designed with a clear goal in mind: to be a vintage-style watch that looks much more expensive than it actually is. Due to its size, some people with small or medium-sized wrists may not enjoy the sensations this watch imparts.

If you have a preference for microbrands, particularly Orient watches, you must be painfully aware that there are not a lot of modding options for their watches despite having similar build profiles to the popular Seiko SKX line. If you want something that looks new on your wrist, your only option would be to buy another model. We have sword hands that match the assertiveness of the rectangular markers and a slender polished seconds hand adds a touch of elegance to the dial. I’m quite happy to see that the minute and seconds hands do extend right to the chapter ring which is something we don’t always see on larger sized entry-level watches. This movement is exactly the same as the one found in more expensive watches from the brand, such as the Orient Mako II or the Kamasu. In summary, the Orient Kano has a clean, simple, and well-balanced dial that provides all the necessary information. ➤ StrapThis provides a better grip, even with the crown guards flanking it, whose mission is to protect it from damage.

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