A Blog to Watch recently published their review of the Orient Mako USA, an updated version of the classic and long popular Mako diver. Earlier this year I included the Mako on my best watches under $200 list and nearly purchased one, before ending up going with the Seiko SKX007.

The main reason I chose the SKX007? I kept coming across complaints about the rotating bezel on the Mako, and since I love using the bezel on my watch to time anything from a dive to a load of laundry, these problems pushed me to the Seiko.

Well, it sounds like Orient has fixed many of the reported problems present in the original Mako, and the new Mako USA offers some extraordinary value for anybody looking to get a quality, but inexpensive, mechanical watch.

Mako vs Mako USA

The original Mako on the left, vs. the upgraded Mako USA on the right

The general look of the Mako hasn’t been changed very much, so if the design (say the day pusher at the 2 o’clock, which many dislike) didn’t do it for you originally, then you probably won’t be interested in the new upgrade. The dial and handset has been updated however, mainly to improve legibility.

The main upgrades? The Orient Mako USA now comes with a sapphire crystal (instead of mineral), solid end links on the bracelet, a 120 click bezel (old one was 60 click), and LumiNova pigment to provide the lume.

Originally only available directly from Orient USA for $225, the Mako USA can now be had for cheaper from Amazon: 

Orient Mako USA

Orient Mako USA Caseback

Orient Mako USA Crown and day pusher

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