It’s been some time since I took a dive in the Orient catalog, but I’ve seen one of their newer watches popping up here and there over the last few months, so I thought it merited a closer look.
The watch in question is the Orient Bambino (product page). Â If you’re at all familiar with Orient, you know that they put out some nice designs at rather affordable price points. Â This is one of their dressier pieces, and it’s an automatic, to boot. Â The movement is one of their own, a Japanese-made caliber 48743. Â I’ve not experienced this particular one up close, but people seem to be pretty happy with the watches. Â Frankly, with a power reserve of 40 hours and a date complication, it should be fairly reasonable for your local watch maker to service, should it be needed.
That movement is wrapped Â in a 40.5mm stainless steel case (just under 12mm thin), that, when combined with the domed mineral crystal will get you a 30m water resistance rating. No, you won’t want to swim with it, but this is a dressier piece – it’ll stand up to the occasional splash or if you get caught in the rain.
For me, what I really like is two fold – first, you have a very clean, almost classic, dress style; this itself has a bit of a vintage feel to it with the crystal. Â Second, this is really a fairly thin watch, given that it’s an automatic. Â Wrap that all up into a price tag of $260, and you’ve got a great option for someone looking for a dress piece. Â And, should you come across one of their ever present discount codes, of course, it becomes an even better bargain.
Now, what I’ve pictured here shows a white dial and polished case, but they do have other options. Â You can change over to either a black dial or a gold case – these combinations top out at $280 for cost; still a great value. Â If I was in the market for a dress auto, this is where I’d likely start my search for a very affordable piece.