While a dress watch is an essential part of man’s watch collection, actually going out and purchasing one may be an intimidating task.
Especially for those new to the world of horology.
These watches tend to be very authoritative, classy, and expensive, which is why some people tend to stray away from dress watches.
However, Orient has released a line of dress watches that are practical and inexpensive, while retaining an air of sophistication.
And we’ll take a look at one of these watches in this Orient FAC00009N0 review.
As is the case with a lot of dress watches, this one uses a reliable Japanese automatic movement, which has been used for decades because of its convenience and accuracy.
With automatic movements, you don’t have to worry about changing the battery or having to get your watch rewound (as is the case with other movements) as the movement of your arm and wrist is what powers the watch.
As long as you wear the watch on a daily basis, it will keep ticking without a problem, and if you so happen to take the watch off and it stops moving, simply give your wrist a good shake and it’ll be good as new.
Dial & Crystal
The first version of this line, the Bambino had an expertly crafted dial that can catch the attention of even the most extravagant of horologists.
And since this is the second incarnation of the Bambino line, Orient made sure to build on their exceptional dial design.
This specific model features a cream background with silver colored Roman Numeral markers, on the outer ring are black minute markers that don’t distract from the dial, but remain easy to read when on the wrist.
To add a unique twist and also to make reading the watch easier, Orient also added blue hands which contrasts the dial in a unique, yet beautiful way.
At the 12 o’clock position is the Orient logo, which gives the dial a bit more character, and the 3 o’clock position is a date window that is a breeze to read.
To protect the dial is a mineral crystal, which is known throughout the watch world as a tough and reliable material.
Case & Crown
The stainless steel case on this watch measures in at 40.5 mm in diameter and 12mm in width.
This is the ideal size for a large men’s watch, and fits just right on an average man’s wrist, while the width allows for the watch to sit comfortably underneath the cuff.
The case is round, which honestly is the only shape to match the dial’s design, and the textured stainless steel crown looks great with the watch’s overall design.
This watch uses a stationary, stainless steel bezel.
This means that it doesn’t serve any extra function, however, the silver ring that circles around the dial compliments the watch perfectly.
It’s important to note that this is not an outdoor watch, nor is it a diver’s watch, so it would be unfair to expect a great deal of water resistance from this watch.
However, the watch is water resistant up to 100 ft, which allows the watch to withstand splashes and even survive in the shower, but keep in mind that swimming or bathing with this watch isn’t the best idea.
Strap & Buckle
The debate between leather straps and metal straps is one that will carry on until the end of time.
However, there should be no argument as to whether or not the brown leather strap on this watch exudes an incredible amount of class.
With a lug width of 21mm, this strap is the perfect size for a dress watch like this, and the classic buckle design ensures that the watch stays on your wrist the entire day.
No suit is complete without a watch, and only a dress watch can serve as the perfect complement to a suit.
It’s very hard to come by a classy watch such as this one, especially in its price range.
So if you’re looking for a quality dress watch at a practical price, look no further than Orient’s Bambino collection.