Orient '2nd Gen Bambino Version III' Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel and Leather Dress Watch
- Domed mineral crystal
- Modern, minimalist style
- Japanese-automatic Movement
- Case Diameter: 40.5mm
- Water resistant to 30m (100ft): in general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming or bathing
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|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||41 millimetres|
|Case Thickness||12 millimetres|
|Band Material||leather calfskin|
|Band length||9 inches|
|Band width||21 millimetres|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Water Pressure Resistance||100 Feet|
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About Orient Watch:
- Has manufactured mechanical watches for over 65 years
- All movements (the timing device) are made in Japan
- Producing our own movements ensures the highest quality and speaks to Orient’s true passion, watchmaking
A New Generation of Bambino
The Version 3 has been known for its contemporary feel, a far cry from the classic and antique motifs of the earlier models. Its minimal look is translated through clean, vertical lines and rectangular hands. This symmetry is mirrored by a subtle sunburst dial, which also provides a gentle gleam and clear depth in design. Aside from these modern elements, the Version 3 is a Bambino through and through, carrying its signature domed crystal and domed dial, along with the dual-finish sandwich-style case.
- Automatic, Hand-winding, and hacking (seconds halt) movement
- Domed Crystal
- 50m Water Resistance
- Date Indicator
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I was all set to buy the Version 3 in black but then I saw how good the blue version looked and decided to go that route instead. I'm happy I did because it just looks stunning.
I can now see why the Bambino line is so popular, they have an awesome retro look that's also modern and simplistic. Finally the hacking and hand winding movement is a huge plus for me as I consider these to be basic yet essential features to any mechanical watch, even if it already has an automatic winding function. So if you're on the fence about the Bambino line I'd say just buy one or two lol, they're well worth the modest asking price.
In general terms, very few watches give you so much for that price (please consider that my first comment is based on my experience with the first Bambino given that I have had the second one only for a few days, but since their components are the same, that comment should be applicable to both watches):
1.- Robustness.- It is a very robust watch overall (both the movement and the case). In general terms, I like to be careful with my watches but I do not exaggerate in that regard. For me, it is perfectly normal that after a while, a watch will have some scratches and will have suffered some knocks. And that happened with my first Bambino, though it took everything without blinking. The movement is widely recognized as a workhorse and unless some other movements in the price range, this is completely made with metallic parts.
2.- Precision and reliability.- Besides being a robust watch, it is also very precise and reliable (as precise as a mechanical watch of this level can be, at around +/-10 seconds per day). I have heard that some persons complain about the watch being less accurate but I believe that can be a matter of adjusting and servicing it.
3.- Movement.- The movement was manufactured “in house”. This is something that watch aficionados normally pay a lot of attention to. And the reason why that happens is that it is simply a big challenge to design and manufacture your own movements instead of simply buying them from a specialized manufacturer. In horology that has a lot of value and normally is reflected in higher prices (in a vis-à-vis comparison, of course). Very few brands accept both the challenge if manufacturing them and the additional obstacle of setting an affordable price to their pieces. Orient and Seiko do and that is one of the reasons why they are so appreciated. As I mentioned before, the movement is recognized widely to be a workhorse and entirely made of metal.
4.- Design.- The design is simply flawless. Please do not misunderstand me. I understand that there are some people who do not like the presence of a date window, but for me that falls more into the tastes category rather than in the flaws one. I do not consider that to be a flaw since the watch was designed that way. My point is that taking into account its own design, the watch is truly flawless. I just could not find any defects on it. Everything was put in place perfectly well, showing outstanding craftsmanship in that regard.
5.- Dial and crystal.- I know that this is part of the design, but the dial and the crystal are both so amazing that I thought it would be better to refer to them separately. Well, I just love the sunburst in the blue dial and the shape of the crystal (dome). Concerning the dial, it reflects light in a VERY elegant manner, without being overly shiny. And the domed mineral crystal helps a lot the dial in accomplishing the light effect. Combined, I must say that aesthetically Orient really did things totally right. The domed crystal is not as strong as sapphire but being mineral crystal it could be rated as just a little lower in the hardness scale, which for me is not an issue at all. And the shape of that crystal almost steals the show. It reminds me so much the nostalgic pieces of the 40s – 60s and that gives a special feeling (even more so if you consider the beautiful Bauhaus design of the numerals and hands). Nevertheless, the size of the case reminds me that this is a modern watch, although a very special one.
In sum, I believe this is an outstanding alternative given the cost-benefit ratio it has and aesthetically, it cannot be unnoticed. It will always be a modern, dressy, elegant, beautiful watch, with a special touch that makes it a good option for those looking for a somewhat classic look without being outdated.