With any new watch release, particularly one that is an iteration on a popular, existing model (or line) there’s a risk. Â Is it not like the original enough? Â Is it not different enough? Â There’s a fine line to walk there. Â Orient seems to be striking a good balance with their releases. Â And while I can’t claim to know every iteration of the Bambino, this fifth version of the Orient Bambino is certainly a looker.
You can tell from the narrow hands, Arabic numerals, and relatively thin case (12mm), all topped by a domed (mineral) crystal, this is a watch going for the look of watches from decades ago. Â In a simple design like this, it translates (for me) to a dressier piece. Â Perhaps not a full-on dress watch, but one that is definitely a good bit more refined than your favorite dive watch.
With a 40.5mm case (available in three finishes – silver, gold, and rose gold) this will be a watch with some presence, and in a color tone that should fit with what you normally look to wear. Â What you may not expect is the exhibition case back, which shows off the automatic movement. Â Those crystals aren’t as common in dress watches, but it’s always fun to see a balance wheel in motion.
With pricing starting atÂ $315, this is an easy recommendation for someone who’s looking to get a dressier piece into their rotation, either for the office or for those occasions where you’re getting all dappered up. Â It’s a classic look, and one that won’t be out of place on your wrist a year or two down the road. Â orientwatchusa.com
Brand & Model:Â Orient Bambino (v5)
Price:Â $315 and up
Who we think it might be for:Â You want classic, semi-vintage dress watch looks in an affordable automatic package
Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? Indeed – the silver one would be a perfect every-day sort of a watch
If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â Wouldn’t it be sweet if those minute pips were all lumed? Â Then the hands would need some…
What spoke to me the most about this watch:Â This is the sort of no-nonsense, affordable mechanical watch that is an easy recommendation for someone looking for a nicer, dressier piece
Tech Specs from Orient
- Case Diameter: 40.5mm without crown
- Case Thickness: 12mm
- Orient Caliber F6724 (Made in Japan)
- Self-Winding, hand-winding, seconds hand-halt mechanism (hacking)
- Vibrations: 21,600 VPH
- Jewels: 22 Jewels
- Power Reserve: 40+ Hours
- Functions: Date display
- Water Resistance: 30m
- Domed Mineral Crystal
- Leather Strap
- MSRP: Starting at $315