Straps and Wearability
The Bambino comes mounted on a 21mm leather strap with a faux croc finish. It’s straight cut, with slight padding and fine thread along the edges for an overall dress design. Before getting to what I like about it, what I don’t like is that it’s a 21mm (which I said in my original review as well), making finding straps inconvenient. The watch also would have looked just fine with 20mm lugs, so the logic here is hard to pin down. The other is that it’s straight cut rather than tapering. Dress straps typically taper as do “vintage” style straps. I think it would have been a bit more elegant had the strap gone from 21 > 18mm or so.
What do I like is the color. It’s a very dark and rich brown with flecks of black and highlights of crimson, which resonate with the rose gold on the dial. It’s much more interesting and dynamic than simple black or a flat brown would have been. The croc grain and slight gloss finish work well too, adding texture into the mix. Since it’s 21mm, you’re likely going to be using this strap quite a bit, and though it isn’t perfect it compliments the watch well.
I forgot what a pleasure it is to strap the Bambino on to your wrist. The case, the crystal, the domed dial…they all work together to make a watch that is endlessly enjoyable to look at. I was concerned that, in the 2 years between, I would find the watch seemed like a novelty, or like an inexpensive watch masquerading as something it isn’t. But it’s not like that at all. The Bambino is its own thing and it’s very well executed.
The new dial design, particularly this model, has a level of style that is hard to equal at this price. It’s masculine and elegant, modest, yet full of personality. It definitely speaks to an earlier period of watch design, but doesn’t look antiquated or out of place… it’s got a classic design that isn’t going to go out of style. The rose gold then adds warmth, character and a touch of preciousness that you can play off of when paring with clothing. It’s definitely dressier than the previous model, and would look strange with shorts, but suits to business casual are easy to pull off. Blues, grays, and khakis will all play with the colors within.
As far as the size goes, the 46mm lug-to-lug makes it easy to wear for most wrist sizes, while the 41.5mm diameter makes it big enough to have presence. Despite the height of the crystal, it also wears and feels pretty flat, easily passing under a shirt sleeve. Though it looks and is larger than a vintage watch, like I said before, I think this model works at this size. You don’t feel like it’s large for the sake of being large.
It’s easy to forget that the Orient Bambino is $182 dollars. I certainly don’t feel like I am describing a watch that price. Even as I look at it now, I just don’t see such an inexpensive watch. If you handed it to me (and I didn’t know what it was) and said this was $1,200, I wouldn’t scoff at that. Design and execution are in harmony here. Throw in there the Japanese made automatic movement and, case-closed.
The only issues I had with it are the perhaps-unnecessary date window, and the inconvenient 21mm lugs. Both slight issues that are easy to look past when compared where the watch excels… and that’s before considering how affordable it is. Simply put, if you are in the market for something dressier, this is a watch worth looking at. You’re definitely not finding something comparable under $200, and there are only a few watches under $1,000 I’d put it up against aesthetically. Don’t forget to enter “wornandwound” at checkout to get your 30% discount!