Yesterday, we saw our initial foray (at least for this blog) into the Orient catalog, taking a look at the popular Mako. Today, we’ll have a look at another very visually similar model, and see how it differentiates itself.
Today’s model is the Ray; to look at it side-by-side with the Mako, you see some very similar DNA between the two models. First, you have practically identical 41mm cases with the same crown/pusher layout, indicating that the movement (Orient Caliber 46943) is also shared between the two watches. So, mechanically and functionally, these are very similar watches.
It’s when you start to take a closer look at the design elements that the Ray stands apart from the Mako. First off, take a look at the dial. Most obviously, the Ray sees a changeover to indices, dropping the numerals used on the the Mako; also we see circles in use here. Second, we have a slightly different handset, with the Ray seeing larger hands.
Next, you’ll notice that the numbers on the unidrectional bezel are larger on the Ray; the 12 o’clock position marker on the bezel is also slightly different. And last, but certainly not least, we have a very nice metallic finish on the dial. It’s not quite to a sunray pattern, but it does catch the light nicely, and adds some dimension to the dial that the Mako doesn’t have.
Aside from the dial, the other major difference in design comes with the 22mm stainless steel bracelet. While it’s still solid link (and, as an aside, one of the easiest ones I’ve had to pop the pins out to resize) with a brushed finish, you have some polished touches added in to the finish on either side of the center row. As to which one is better, I can’t say – that’s just really a matter of personal preference.
And that brings us to our final difference – pricing. On the stainless bracelet, the Ray has an asking price of $230 (again, you can get 30% off with fall2012); if you go for the PVD case, the price jumps up to $325. For the base stainless models, the $15 difference is negligible in my book. While the design changes added up to me preferring the Ray, it’s largely a matter of preference for each buyer. Either way you go, you’re getting a nicely built watch at a great price.
If you’ve bought one of these, or are considering one of the two models, let us know in the comments which way your decision is going (or went).