Jul 27, 2015

1970s Vintage Orient King Diver 46940 "Lamprey"

Orient King Diver 46940 "Lamprey"
Circa 1970s

This guy looks like the gaping jaw of the lamprey (go google), teeth formed in a perfect circle ready to devour the unfortunate fish who got in its way.

That's it's positioned as a diving watch fits the name even better.

Like its 46940 brethrens, Lamprey comes with a functional bi-directional inner rotating bezel activated using the crown at 4'O. Day of the week is adjusted with the push button at 2'O, and the quickset date is done via the 3'O crown on first pull.

This timepiece has a slightly loose 4'O, which makes adjusting the inner bezel a little sensitive, but the rest are working fine.

But functionality aside, what we're really after here is the sweet dial of this black and red creature. 

The level of complication of its face gets higher as we zoom in. From large hour indices and baton hands to the tiny lume dots that cap off each hour, there's a lot to be admired here. 

Hardly any space is left for the Orient logo and Three Stars, but I'm certainly not complaining. Sitting underneath the dome acrylic crystal is a fascinatingly complicated dial design that feeds your horological fantasies. 

1970s Vintage Orient King Diver 46940 "Lamprey"
Hour, minute and seconds hands with quickset day-date
Eng / Eng + Numerical day display
Bi-directional rotating inner bezel at 4'O
Black dial with red accented rotating bezel
42mm stainless steel case
45mm lug-to-lug
22mm lug width
Orient 46940 automatic @ 21,600vph
Acrylic Crystal
Aftermarket leather strap


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