The Orion has domed crystal and features only the essentials. Its design is more restrained and minimalist any other NOMOS watch. Thin minute and hour indices adorn the dial. Thanks to its domed sapphire glass, the Orion conjures up images of a UFO when viewed from the side. Similar to the Tangente, the Orion is available with
a classic manual caliber or a flat neomatik movement.
Case sizes for the Orion range from 33 to 41 mm, with the smallest models geared more toward women. You can purchase a mint-condition timepiece with a steel case back for about 1,400 USD new and 1,300 USD pre-owned. If you'd like a view of the movement through a sapphire glass case back, be prepared to spend another couple hundred dollars.
Prices for the
35-mm version with a stainless steel case back sit around 1,600 USD new and less than 1,200 USD pre-owned. At 36 mm, pieces with a neomatik movement are only slightly larger. This model costs anywhere from 2,300 USD for a pre-owned timepiece to 2,700 USD for a new one.
Larger Orion timepieces are 38, 39, or 41 mm in diameter. The 41-mm edition comes with a date display and is powered by the in-house caliber DUW 6101 – the same movement found in the Tangente Update. That being said, NOMOS equipped the Orion 41 with a classic date window at 3 o'clock. Set aside around 3,100 USD for a mint-condition
NOMOS Orion Neomatik 41 Date. You can save a few hundred dollars by choosing the 39-mm model without a date display.
Orion 38 watches feature one of two classic NOMOS manual movements: The Alpha is in timepieces without a date and the DUW 4101 is in those with a date at 6 o'clock. The latter is more expensive due to its proprietary escapement, with prices ranging from 1,700 USD pre-owned to 2,100 USD new. Watches without a date display sell for between 1,600 and 1,800 USD.