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Same Name, Different Watches! Orient Mako ASIA (FAA02001B9) VS Mako USA (SAA0200BD9)

5 min read July 03, 2019

Same Name, Different Watches! Orient Mako ASIA (FAA02001B9) VS Mako USA (SAA0200BD9)

22mm Italian Handmade Bund Watch Strap, Left to right:
Black ver. 22B20PBU54C1A74;
Navy Blue ver. 22B20PBU54C1B23;
Khaki Grey ver. 22B20PBU54C1Q10;
Dark Brown ver. 22B20PBU54C1C44

Orient’s Mako dive watch has been the firm’s flagship model since its debut back in 2004. The Mako dive watch was often being compared to the famous Seiko’s SKX007 in the same category as an affordable, solidly-built dive watches. Because it was often being compared to Seiko’s SKX007, Orient’s US designed team has reach out to their local communities and forums(Reddit) for suggestions and ideas which later then came along with the Mako USA version.

MiLTAT 3-pieces Bund Style watch strap, loosed two pieces standard leather watch strap plus base Pad for comfort, all in one tone. This Bund Leather Military Watch Band belongs to MiLTAT “Italian Handmade” collection. Genuine Tuscan leather watch strap, 100% handcrafted in Italy. Luxury Italian hides are tanned using traditional, natural methods, without chemical colorings & chrome.

22mm MiLTAT RAF N7 3-D Woven Nylon Nato Watch Strap, Sandblasted Ladder Lock Slider Buckle:
Matte Black ver. 22B22EBU59N7A65
Military Grey ver. 22B22EBU59N7H12 ;
Military Green ver. 22B22EBU59N7F18

MiLTAT RAF N7 Nato military watch strap collection featured in the semi-squared tip and loose nylon loop as a keeper. Installation of RAF Nato watch band was super easy, simply slide it in between the lug and the spring bars at the back of your watch. This watch strap is made of special nylon in 3-D weaving techniques. A mass hexagonal pattern of texture and relief in honeycomb pattern looks excellent with military or dive watches.

The comparison of the two versions for the two Mako watches are more on the visual side rather than the specs.

Left : Super-O Boyer Watch Band for Orient Mako II, All Brushed – SS221820B061
Right : Brushed and Polished – SS221820BPS061

This Super-O Boyer watch band with a curved solid end pieces perfectly fit Orient Mako II & Ray II or other watches with same curvature as the above models. Super-O Boyer watch bracelet is composed by 3 rows of solid links. Considering the comfort and sustainability, it bends smoothly following your wrist.

** Our MilTAT Mako II curved end stainless steel are NOT COMPATIBLE with the USA version

Looking at the watches head on, you can tell the Mako USA model have made several changes with the look of the watch.

Horween Chromexcel Strap & Italian Rally Racing Strap

Genuine Tuscan leather watch strap, 100% handcrafted in Italy. Luxury Italian hides are tanned using traditional, natural methods, without chemical colorings & chrome. It features two size punch holes and a matching leather lining as a typical racing strap.

Horween Chromexcel Leather is characterized by a rich pull-up in full aniline, hand rubbed finishes, offers the ultimate in comfort and durability. This vintage looks watch band featured in cut strap with raw edge, stitching at lug end and tip of strap.

(1) One of the obvious change is the hour hand, which was changed from the 12,3,6,9 in numeric format to the same font to match the rest of the markers that displays the hours around the watch.

Left : Mako II USA ; Right : Mako II Asia

(2) The font that shows the day & date are smaller, but with a thicker font.

(3) Although the design for the two logos on the crown are the same, the way the logos were imprinted with different methods where the logo on the Mako USA model was done through laser imprint, whereas the Mako Asia model was done with machine imprint method instead.

Left : G10 NATO Military Watch Strap Ballistic Nylon Armband, Polished – Black & Military Green 22A22PZZ00N2P31
Right : Red, White & Blue, Brushed Buckle – 22B22BBU57N2P18

WW2 G10 Nylon Collection, tight up with two 316L stainless steel rings with ‘Arrow End’ feature. These two pieces military watch strap made from folding over, double layered nylon. Ballistic nylon has low water absorbency and runs off the smooth surface, hence dries quickly. Our nylon is cut and simultaneously sealed using ultrasonic knives to prevent fraying. This military watch band looks perfect match to your military or dive watches.

(4) The second hand are also different as the Mako Asia model’s tip are all in a red color. On the other hand, the second hand on the Mako USA model has the red color, but also inside the tip of the triangle on the second hand also are also lumibrited.

Mako II USA

Mako II Asia

(5) On the back of the two watches are different designs with the similar imprinting method for the standard information. The US version has an eye catching pattern which features a pair of engraved dolphins circling each other but there wasn’t any “Orient” can be found. Orient Watch became subsidiary of Seiko Epson in 2009, and it was not until 2017 before it was fully integrated into Seiko Epson.

Left : Mako II USA ; Right : Mako II Asia

(6) Although they are of the same model with same name, sadly, the drill hole settings between the two watches are slightly different from one another, which causes problems if you had plans to share the use of our curved end bracelets for the two watches.

Left : Mako II USA ; Right : Mako II Asia

** Our MilTAT Mako II curved end stainless steel are NOT compatible with the USA version


Specifications for both models

Mako II (USA)

1. Movement : ORIENT Cal. F6922 Automatic, Hand-winding and Hacking Movement
2. Power Reserve : Approximately 40 hours
3. Crystal : Sapphire
4. Clasp : Fold-over with Double Push Button Safety
5. Crown : Screwed-down
6. Water Resistance : 200m
7. Case Material : Stainless Steel
8. Case Diameter : 41.5mm without crown
9. Case Thickness : 13mm
10. Dial Color : Jet Black
11. Bezel Material : Stainless Steel
12. Bezel Function : 120 Click, Unidirectional
13. Calendar : Day/Date
14. Band Material : Stainless Steel
15. Lug Width : 22mm

Mako II (Asia)

1. Movement : ORIENT Cal. F6922 Automatic, Hand-winding and Hacking Movement
2. Approximately 40 hours Power Reserve : Approximately 40 hours
3. Mineral Crystal : Mineral
4. Fold-over with Double Push Button Safety Clasp : Fold-over with Double Push Button Safety
5. Screwed-down Crown : Screwed-down
6. 200m Water Resistance : 200m
7. Stainless Steel Case Material : Stainless Steel
8. 41.5mm without crown Case Diameter : 41.5mm without crown
9. 13mm Case Thickness : 13mm
10. Black Dial Color : Black
11. Stainless Steel Bezel Material : Stainless Steel
12. 120 Click, Unidirectional Bezel Function : 120 Click, Unidirectional
13. Day/Date Calendar : Day/Date
14. Stainless Steel Band Material : Stainless Steel
15. 22mm Lug Width : 22mm

The Orient Mako II is quality and certainly is an affordable diving watch with automatic movement. Not only does it support hacking, manual winding, it also has a unidirectional diver’s bezel that helps you keep track of time underwater. Better yet, you’ll find it quite hard to resist the Mako II model considering you are only paying less than 200.00 USD for the gem.


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