Orkina watches. Ever heard of them? Orkina is a fairly new watch brand that is extremely affordable and has some excellent watch designs.
So how are their watches? Well, they vary. One thing is the watches are VERY cheap. So much so that they are great beginner watches to test out. Another great feature is that some are built with automatic movements. On the downside, some of the models by Orkina are cheaply made and use low-quality materials. That is what I am here for. To save the day! I am going to review the best watches, like the Orkina Skeleton which is definitely one of the top reviewed watches by Orkina. In this Orkina watch review, I will also mention watches that you may want to avoid.
Orkina Short History (somewhat)
Now the history of Orkina is not simple to find. Multiple searches on the web came up blank. From what I was able to find, I can see that the brand is a Chinese company, that makes very affordable watches. Because these watches are so cheap, it is easy to infer that the materials used are in fact, cheap. And that claim is true. Many reviews on Amazon, Google, Youtube etc.. have similar reviews from owners venting about the low quality of the Okrina watches. Not to say there are no positive reviews.
Many other people on Amazon express how much they enjoy their watches by Okrina and recommend them to others. I do have to say, if you are not in the market for expensive watches, or you are buying a watch for a child/teenager; Okrina may be the brand for you! My word of advice is to start off with Orkina to introduce yourself to the watch game. You can test out different designs and movements to see what works best for your style.
Orkina Top Watches
Today’s review will consist of multiple, higher regarded watches by Orkina. These will be watches that I do not mind recommending. I will end the review with a few watches to stay away from (solely my opinion).
Orkina White Dial “Sports”
I would be lying if I told you this is not an attractive watch. That alone is the main highlight of this watch and what makes it a top watch by Orkina.
The design is great at first glance. Once the watch is on the wrist you can tell that it is not of the best quality. But, for the price, it looks great.
A gold 42mm case is complemented by a dark brown, genuine leather band. The bright white dial and gold Roman Numerals and hour markers plastered on the face. Protecting the dial is a mineral crystal. The hands-on timepiece appears as rounded arrows. Overall, the piece has a very classic, old-school watch. Because of this trait, it may not be the best choice for a younger child. In my opinion, the watch looks best in dress clothes, with a nice suit or light button-down. So Orkina sport is probably more suitable for an older crowd.
Not the best watch when it comes to durability, but also not the worst. The genuine leather strap is not known to last very long. The case is somewhat strong, meaning it can take a few bumps and bruises.
The mineral crystal can obtain scratches pretty easily, yet the scratches can be wiped away with little elbow grease. If deep scratches occur, mineral crystals are cheap to replace. When wearing outside, do not get this watch wet. It is not made to get wet. It can take some minor water damage (a few minutes in light rain) but not much more than that. For the price of the watch, the durability of this piece is not bad.
A Chinese, battery-powered, quartz movement runs this timepiece. A few reviews on Amazon claim that the watch keeps its time and gets the job done. That being said, that is what you should expect. A watch that stays within a few minutes each day. The accuracy is not something that should be expected when purchasing this watch.
Orkina Skeleton Watch]
Probably a favorite by the Orkina brand, the Skeleton is indeed an interesting watch.
The design of this watch is what pulls many people in. And, well the price of course.
A white, transparent dial clearly shows the movement inside. The numbers and hands within the dial are gold, which goes well with the gold movement. The rest of the watch is made of a silver, stainless steel material. What makes this watch a top reviewed timepiece is the interesting dial and cool shapes inside. This is definitely a watch for both a younger and older crowd. It can easily be worn with any casual outfit.
Skeletons are pretty durable, right? Well, the same goes for this watch. Unlike the Orkina “sport” watch, this watch can actually take some heat.
Customers seem to be quite happy with the strength of this timepiece. The bracelet is bulky and large and can surely take on any drops or bumps. It also has a “water resistance” of up to 30m. I still would not recommend showering or swimming with this watch, but rain and minor exposure to water should be fine!
A mechanical, self-winding movement runs this timepiece. Pretty obvious, since you can see the movement straight through the dial. There seems to be a consensus that the watch keeps a great time for about 42 hours. Which is not bad for a mechanical movement. After the 42 hours pass, simply wind up the watch to get the time going again!
Orkina Rose Gold “Tourbillion”
Another transparent, skeleton for you.
The Tourbillion definitely has a unique look to it. Rose gold is a great addition and matches well with the midnight black strap. At 40mm, the case is a great size to show off the insanely cool-looking movement.
With gold Roman Numerals placed around the dial and a gold crown appointed at the top of the dial, this piece sure looks like the definition of a fashion watch. This should be worn with a nice outfit and looks great with dark and light colors. When choosing an outfit with this watch, be creative. This is an interesting watch, which calls for a pairing of clothes that is unique and different.
One interesting feature of this watch, in particular, is the look of the bezel. it has a gold, monster truck tire looking insert, giving the watch an almost 3D look. This one feature adds a bit of distraction from the mechanical movement inside and brings the design together as a whole. I really do love it!
The “high-grade” synthetic leather is meant to sound like it lasts long but does not really do so. Fading and tears can appear somewhat easily, so this is a watch made for a more careful, older group of people.
As for the dial, it can last. The dial is built pretty strong and polished in a way that imperfections are not shown. Would I say that this watch meets the definition of durability? No. But in the right hands, of someone who is careful with their belongings, this watch can last for a little while.
Another mechanical self-winding movement here. Even when mechanical movements are not as great as a Rolex; I still prefer them to quartz. Just thinking that your watch is keeping time from winding it up a few times is mindbending, at least to those who don’t understand the complexity of watchmaking (me).
When it comes to the movement used in this piece, one word to describe it would be decent. It is the same Chinese movement as in the Skeleton and functions just as well, or not as well depending on your standards for a movement. Overall, depending on who this watch is for, it should be a good buy!
Some Watches to Avoid (based on Amazon customer reviews)
Now, this is not a topic that I usually cover when reviewing watches. But after reading multiple customer complaints, I thought it would be necessary to let my readers know which watches to buy and which ones to avoid. You can thank me later…
Orkina Silver Case
Multiple reviews claim that this watch had pieces fall off. I do admit, it does have a beautiful design. If you don’t mind a hand or two falling off, then go right ahead! Otherwise, go for the Orkina Skeleton
Orkina Colorful Nylon
This one looks like it should be on a clown. Not to talk down to the watch, but for the price, you are definitely better off with any other watch by Orkina. Plus many say this watch feels like a toy.
The Final Verdict of the Brand
Despite my criticism, Orkina does make some nice looking watch. And I mean, come on, these watches are the most affordable pieces that I have ever seen! How can you not want to even TRY one out? I, myself, own multiple expensive, high-quality watches and I even purchased an Orkina.
To conclude the article I will list the pros and cons of the brand as a whole. Hopefully, with this, you can decide which watch to take home and which ones to skip. One thing that I really have to say, is for such a cheap price, it is definitely worth a try buying one of these timepieces. Who knows? You, your children, your neighbor, or even your grandpa may love Orkina.
- VERY, VERY affordable
- Nice designs
- Automatic movements (on some)
- Durable bracelets (stainless steel models)
- Unique designs
- Cheap material
- Synthetic leather bands
- Chinese movements
- Not always reliable