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Orient RA-AA0002L Men's Kamasu Stainless Steel Blue Bezel Blue Dial Automatic Dive Watch, Self-winding,Dive Watch

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The newer kamasu watches with the faded dial look good but for me the Red or the green sunburst all day. All these features combine to give it 200m or 20bar of water resistance making it perfectly capable of going for a swim. Left : Kamasu AA0005B19A with Super-J Louis Diamond-like Carbon, Right : Orient Kamasu AA0002L19 on Goma BOR Watch Band

It comes in 4 designs, 3 standard models in grey, blue-green and blue gradation dials and a 2000pc limited edition burgundy dial in a copper plated case. The 3 standard models come on a metal bracelet while the limited edition comes on a vintage style leather strap.The sapphire crystal fits exactly into the case, everything sits secure and tight. The crystal does not line up precisely with the case. The combination of case diameter, height and bezel might cause the watch looking smaller as it really is. However this may be, with a L2L of 46,5mm it is a perfect fit on my wrist. The lettering on the dial is quite unobtrusive. There`s the Orient emblem applied/printed at 12 and in very tiny letters you read "Automatic" (cursive, white), "Water Resistant 20 bar" at 6.

I learned that Kamasu is the Japanese word for Barracuda. Both, bezel and minute hand, give a corresponding impression. Looking at the bezel it looks like a barracuda took a bite. The minute hand comes to a very sharp point, like the teeth of a barracuda. Well needless to say, I absolutely love this watch. So much so that it has actually taken over my Orient Defender II as my go to daily watch, the one that I grab whenever I can’t or don’t have time to decide on what to wear. The dial refresh really did it for me and has caused my diver collection to expand beyond what I had originally limited it to.They don’t sell them in the UK so I got mine from Japan for 210 pounds but the extra money and made in Japan with the Kanji days if defiantly worth it. Kamasu is the Japanese word for barracuda. The Tokyo-based company likely chose this name since these watches have hands that resemble a barracuda's sharp teeth. However, the Kamasu collection also goes by another name – Mako 3. This is because it is the direct successor to two models known as the Mako 1 and Mako 2. Movement info is stowed away at the bottom, with 'Movt Japan' plus the F6922 movement coding. Again, this is minimally printed in white.

If someone is looking for an entry watch, he will not be disappointed pulling the trigger on a Kamasu. Dimensions: Hard to tell in the picture, but my SKX007K2 is wider at 43mm, although it appears shorter lug to lug. the SKX is a smidge taller, and the short L2L makes it wear "fat". Winner: Orient Kamasu. The Kamasu wears very comfortably on my 6.25” wrist much the same way the Mako and Ray did but somewhat nicer. I believe it’s due to the lug design on the Kamasu that gives it a slightly more spread out feel compared to the Mako/Ray. It looks and feels a little bit more refined as well.For the price even pre-discount, you get a reputable brand with decades of watch making experience, incredible build quality and finishing for the price, a sapphire glass crystal and a proven in-house movement. I’d be hard pressed to find a better value than this.

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