Introducing the Orient Bambino Small Seconds, the Latest Iteration of an Affordable Classic

If you’re just getting into mechanical watches and appreciate quality, but don’t have deep pockets, then you’re likely turning to the Japanese. Of course, there’s Seiko, a company known for producing high quality, beautifully designed timepieces that don’t break the bank. But Seiko’s not alone. There’s also Orient, another Japanese firm that takes the notion of a value-packed timepiece very seriously. And within Orient’s catalog of watches, there is perhaps no watch more celebrated than the iconic Bambino.

The Bambino is the watch you recommend when someone asks, “Hey, I want a classic timepiece that won’t cost a month’s mortgage payment—what should I get?” And since its inception, the Bambino has has seen numerous iterations—several of which we’ve reviewed here on Worn & Wound—so there’s certainly something for everyone within the line. For 2018, Orient is unveiling a new version of the Bambino—this time dubbed the Bambino Small Seconds—and, in this writer’s opinion, it’s the best one yet.The Bambino SS retains many of the fundamental elements of the line: there are three hands, a domed dial and crystal, and a date. The most significant departure is indicated by the name: right over six, you’ll find a small-seconds sub-dial. Pair that with the 12, three, six, and nine configuration of the Arabic hour markers, and what you have here is a very classic looking watch. Below 12, you’ll find the branding and “Automatic.” To the left of the “3” marker is a small date window, unframed here so it’s not too obtrusive, though I can see people taking issue with its placement. Thankfully, there’s no “Water Resist” anywhere on the dial—kudos, design team! The faceted, tapering hands round out the look. The Bambino SS will be available in white, champagne, and black.

All five variants of the new Bambino SS.

The dimensions of the Bambino SS are familiar with a case that measures 40.5mm wide (without the crown) and 12mm thick to the top of the domed mineral crystal. The water resistance is 30 meters. The case will be offered in stainless steel and plated gold and rose gold. An exhibition case back gives view of the new F6724 movement, which hacks, hand winds, beats at a rate of 21,600 bph, and is rated for a 40-hour power reserve.

That’s a lovely profile.

The Baminbo Small Seconds will be available starting January 24th for $305. The street price is often far lower (you can use coupon code wornandwound for 30% off from OrientWatchUSA), so this watch is sure to be a huge value proposition. Orient

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Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.