With any new watch release, particularly one that is an iteration on a popular, existing model (or line) there’s a risk.  Is it not like the original enough?  Is it not different enough?  There’s a fine line to walk there.  Orient seems to be striking a good balance with their releases.  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.  In a simple design like this, it translates (for me) to a dressier piece.  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.  What you may not expect is the exhibition case back, which shows off the automatic movement.  Those crystals aren’t as common in dress watches, but it’s always fun to see a balance wheel in motion.

With pricing starting at $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.  It’s a classic look, and one that won’t be out of place on your wrist a year or two down the road.  orientwatchusa.com

Watch Overview
  • Brand & Model: Orient Bambino (v5)
  • Price: $315 and up
  • Who we think it might be for: You want classic, semi-vintage dress watch looks in an affordable automatic package
  • Would I buy one for myself based on what I’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: Wouldn’t it be sweet if those minute pips were all lumed?  Then the hands would need some…
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: 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

ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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