Orient’s Mako dive watch has been the firm’s flagship model since its release in 2004, rightly sitting alongside Seiko’s SKX007 in the pantheon of affordable, solidly-built dive watches. Two years ago, Orient’s USA team wanted to do something new with the line, so they reached out to Reddit’s watch community, r/watches, for input. And with that, the Mako USA was born.
The new (at the time) and improved Mako USA came with a major facelift, one that borrowed heavily from Orient’s other dive watch lines—namely the Ray and Mako XL. The makeover also came with a set of improved specs worthy of a modern diver, including a sapphire crystal, a 120-click unidirectional bezel, solid end links, and improved luminosity. Unsurprisingly, it was a huge hit. (For our full take on the Mako USA, read our review here.)
Building on the success of the original, Orient is back with its latest iteration of the Mako USA, appropriately dubbed the Orient Mako USA II.