Royal Orient Retrograde

Royal Orient Retrograde Watch

Launched in 1959 the “Royal Orient” brand is the flagship series of the Orient watch in pursuit of “mechanical” watch with a graceful design and exceptional technology that you can keep forever.They are fully hand manufactured by skilled craftsmen at Akita Ugo town watch workshop.

Orient has announced in June of 2014 a new watch to its collection, the Royal Orient Retrograde (WE0011JD) that inherits the heritage of mechanical watches, while features a more sophisticated design and specifications. The word “retrograde” literally means a return to the starting point, a unique mechanism makes the hand return to the starting point in an instant, from the Sunday to Monday position, when a week has elapsed.

The dial incorporates a highly visible hour and minute hands, which have been cut in peak shape with different finishes on the two sides: matte and mirror finish enhancing visibility (Zaratsu polishing). Along with the retrograde functionality, there is also a power reserve indicator (40 hours) and a calendar in a harmoniously placement.

Orient Royal Retrograde Full Picture

Inside of the beautifully finished case, it’s the caliber 40B50 Royal Orient’s in-house self-winding (made in Japan), which allows hand-winding and hacking. This caliber has a daily accuracy of 10 sec. to -5 sec, 6 beats per second and a power reserve of 40 hours (slightly more according to some reviews).

The price tag for this watch is 280,000 yen in Japan, which is about $ 2,570 USD. Although not cheap, this watch is indeed an affordable choice regarding it’s craftsmanship quality and design.


  • Caliber: 40B50 Mechanical
  • Driving system: Self-winding type
  • Power reserve: 40 hours or more
  • Jewels: 22 jewels
  • Accuracy: +10/-5  second per day
  • Diameter: 39.0mm, Thickness: 13,2mm
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on inner surface and  see-through case back
  • Water resistance: 10 atm
  • Band: Stainless steel with three-fold clasp

More detailed information about this watch specifications might be found under the manufacturer website;