[UPDATE – Video of Orsa is at the bottom of this post…]
The Orsa Military Watch is a quartz driven military style with a smaller and thinner footprint that hearkens back to issued military watches of late. The watch was/is offered by Orsa Watch Co. Even though this specific watch is no longer on their website, I believe they have a number left, so please email them to order (no, I don’t work for them and no, I don’t get any money from them for sales). This watch is a clean and classic style. Let’s get right to it.
Case and Crystal
The case is 39mm diameter, 46mm lug to lug, 9.5mm thick. This is smaller by today’s standards, but fits very well on my 6.75″ wrist. The case is thin and you’ll notice that immediately, but it doesn’t feel fragile at all. There is a lovely bead blasted coating over the entire case, including the screw-down caseback. The crown does not screw down, it’s a straight push/pull type with two out positions. The crystal is mineral and very slightly domed. This slight doming increases visibility by reducing reflections off the crystal. The lugs are 20mm and comfortably hold the NATO strap it comes on.
Dial and Hands
There are many dial colors available in this model. This watch is the gray dial color. It’s a matte medium to dark gray with ORSA at the top center with printed numerals and markers. The dial has 24 hour markings inside of the main 12-hour markings. The triangles at the hours are classically shaped and I personally love the way this dial looks. For how busy the dial would seem with all this information on it (every hour has the Arabic numbers printed, every 24 hour is printed, and all minutes and hours have markers), the dial reads cleanly and is not distracting. All of the hour indices have luminous material. The hands are painted white with luminous material inside of them.
The strap that comes with the Orsa Military Watch is a nylon NATO strap in colors that generally “match” the dial color. Hence the gray strap with my gray dialed Orsa. The khaki dial Orsa comes with a khaki strap, etc. There is really not much to say here other than it’s a cheap NATO that’s longer than the average NATO. I almost immediately replaced with a higher quality ZULU and later with a silicone strap from Modena.
This watch uses a trusty ISA 317 Swiss no-jewel movement. It has been performing extremely well for me and runs within the second every month. This is a standard cheap ISA movement and it has a quick set date. Gets the job done.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive military style watch with no frills, classic styling, and rugged quartz accuracy, consider this ORSA Military Watch at the top of your list. It’s classic style, correct proportions, medium size case, light weight feel, and easy to read dial make it a perfect every day watch.
- Manufacturer: ORSA Watch Co.
- Functions: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds, window type date display
- Movement: ISA 317 quartz movement, Swiss made
- Case: Stainless steel case, screw back, domed mineral glass, 5 mm crown non screwed, water-resistant 5 ATM
- Strap and clasp: 20 mm NATO Mil series nylon strap
- Dimensions: Diameter 39 mm, Height 9.5 mm, Lug to Lug 46 mm
- Versions: Matte Black Dial, Matte Black Dial with Orange Numerals, Matte Grey Dial, Matte Cream Dial and Matte Green Dial