I’ve really been slacking on my job around here! I only just found out that Orient Watch has released the next generation of the extremely popular Ray dive watch, what is now known as the Orient Ray 3.

Orient Ray 3 - RN-AA0001B Black

According to Orient’s website (in Japanese), this newest diver has been available since September 2018. I’ve found very little discussion online of these new watches though, only a couple of Reddit posts from people who had picked one up already.

Case back of the Orient Ray III

The Orient Ray 3 is currently available in eight different variations – five with a sapphire crystal and three with a mineral crystal. The three with a mineral crystal also have a different bezel design and size than the other five.

Orient Ray III bracelet clasp

Variations of the Orient Ray III

RN-AA0001BRN-AA0002LRN-AA0003RRN-AA0004LRN-AA0005ARN-AA0006BRN-AA0007LRN-AA0008B
Orient Ray 3 - RN-AA0001B Black
Sapphire CrystalSapphire CrystalSapphire CrystalSapphire CrystalSapphire CrystalMineral CrystalMineral CrystalMineral Crystal
41.8 mm case diameter41.8 mm case diameter41.8 mm case diameter41.8 mm case diameter41.8 mm case diameter44.0 mm case diameter44.0 mm case diameter44.0 mm case diameter
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Orient Ray II vs. Orient Ray III

The Ray III has undergone quite a face lift from the Ray II.

Some of the new design, especially the hands, is taken from the Orient Mako USA II, a watch only available direct from Orient USA. Other noticeable changes are to the hour markers, going from circles to mostly bars. Instead of Water Resist 200m, the Ray III now lists the water resistance in bars (20 bars).

Sizing seems to be the same as the Ray II, except for the three models that come stock with a mineral crystal and different bezel – those have a 44 mm diameter as opposed to the Ray’s ~42 mm.

The biggest change of course is in just the variety of color combinations released, which you can see in the table above.

If you want to know more about the Orient Ray II, be sure to check out my review of the Ray II here.

Orient Ray III Specifications

  • Caliber F6922 automatic mechanical movement
  • Hacking and hand winding
  • 22 jewel
  • 40 hours power reserve
  • Unidirectional 120-click rotating divers bezel
  • Sapphire / mineral glass crystal
  • Stainless steel case
  • 41.8 mm diameter / 44 mm diameter
  • 46.8 mm lug to lug / 50 mm lug to lug
  • 12.8 mm thick / 12.9 mm thick
  • 22 mm lug width
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