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November 09, 2013

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jonnybardo

Those are the exact same watch. Orient uses different numbers depending up the market - one of those might be the Asian version, one the Western. But they're the same - the 3rd generation version.

I shared this via email, but the Saturation Diver comes in three generations:

1st Gen - non-hacking, non-winding
2nd Gen - same hands and bracelet, but winding and hacking
3rd Gen - same movement (I think), but different hands and bracelet

I'd definitively go 2nd or 3rd, but check out the hands and bracelet on the one you linked to versus mine, the 2nd Gen. The 3rd Gen has more arrow-like hands, which I like, but are less "distinctively OSD."

The bracelet on the 3rd gen looks a tad less fancy, but might be a tad more manly.

Either way, you'd love this watch. It really is the end of the line for the relatively affordable Japanese diver - a step above the Sumo and, I think, the Tuna and Shogun (which some really like, but I find to be a bit boring compared to the Tuna or OSD). Seiko's most comparable watch is the MarineMaster 300m, but that's a bit smaller and more expensive ($2K). To get a substantially better dive watch, you have to look at $3K+ Omegas, Breitlings, and the higher end Seiko.

jonnybardo

While the OSD is close to flawless, there are two things to consider:

1) As Phil put it on my blog (see link), the bracelet is a tad thin, at least at the clasp. It is similar to the Sumo, in this regard, although is a bit more flared wide at the case. I don't mind this at all, but it could be a tad thicker for some.

2) The case is rather thick - about 17mm. I like it, although suppose I would prefer it to be 1mm thinner. But the chunkiness of this watch (it is very chunky, and nicely heavy) is part of the appeal.

jonnybardo

Sorry, one more - here's the link to Phil's comments on the OSD:

http://discipleofchronos.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/phils-initial-impressions-of-the-orient-saturation-diver/

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