Almost exactly two years ago I had the opportunity to review the Orient Bambino FER24004B. The watch left me somewhat stunned. It was gorgeous, unique (especially in the price range) and remarkably affordable. Heck, it’s one of the few watches out there that is down right cheap (in a good way), coming in at less than your average quartz and offering a whole lot more. Every angle was attractive, the overall style was spot on retro-goodness and both the build and finishing were respectable. For a watch that after using a coupon comes to $182, it was unbeatable. The watch’s popularity and oft-sold out state confirmed this.
2 years later, i am getting a second chance to review the Bambino… or re-review it if you will, and I’m quite excited about it. In the 2 years between, I’ve seen countless watches, some good, some great, some not so much. So the question in my head, before the watch arrived, was simply, will I still feel the same way about it 2 years later… The short answer is a strong yes. If anything, seeing tons of watches, many of which are only marginally different from each other, has made the unique qualities of the Bambino shine all the more.
That said, the model I’m looking at today, the FER2400BW0 isn’t identical to the one I looked at 2 years ago. It shares the same case, crystal, movement and price, but has a new dial and crown. While it is also vintage-styled, it goes for an even older aesthetic, one that feels early 20th century and a touch classical. While I’m not going to say one is better than the other, the new model does feel like an evolution on the theme, and looks even a bit higher end.