When Orient released the first Bambino watch, the world applauded them.
The Bambino was a well made, classy dress watch that didn’t leave a gaping hole in our bank account.
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The fourth iteration of the Bambino has kept the essence of its formers, with its domed crystal and classy design, but also took steps forward in the right direction.
We take a deep look at this expertly crafted timepiece in this Orient FAC08003A0 review.
- 41mm Case Diameter
- Japanese-automatic Movement
- Water resistant to 30m (100ft): in general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming or...
Like with other Bambino models, this watch uses an Automatic movement, but a slightly different one.
The Bambino Version 4 uses a Swiss Automatic movement as opposed to the Japanese Automatic movement used by other models.
Swiss Automatic movements are slightly more prestigious and respected than their Japanese counterparts.
With an automatic movement, you won’t ever have to worry about getting the battery replaced as it is powered solely by the arm and wrist movement of the wearer.
So if you wear the watch every day, chances are it won’t stop ticking (albeit expect to lose a couple of seconds of time every now and then).
And if it does stop ticking, just give your wrist a shake and you’ll be good to go.
Dial & Crystal
This watch’s dial is slightly different than the other ones in the Bambino line, but that doesn’t mean that this dial is anything short of beautiful.
Orient decided to keep the domed mineral crystal, which makes reading the time much easier, while also protecting the watch.
While it may not be obvious at first glance, Orient also changed the stick hour markers into rounded, diamond-shaped ones, a small but important detail.
The dial uses a black background, which contrasts very well with the markers and slim hands, which share the same bronze color as the markers.
The seconds hand has a nice red accent on the tip, which just shows how much attention to detail was paid in designing the dial.
This dial allows users to easily read the time, no matter what the time of the day it is.
Case & Crown
The first change you’ll notice with this watch is the size.
Orient decided to increase the size of the Bambino from 40mm to 42mm, giving the watch a larger and more modern look.
The case is round, which complements the dial perfectly, and is made of tough stainless steel.
The crown, which is situated at the 3 o’clock position is textured stainless steel to allow for easy time adjustment, while not feeling uncomfortable on the wrist.
This watch utilizes a stationary stainless steel bezel, which is to be expected from a dress watch.
Stationary bezels serve no extra function, but their simple and classy look is one that is loved all throughout the horology world.
Strap & Buckle
Dress watches are known for their class, so it should come as no surprise that this watch’s strap is a great, classy complement to the watch’s entire design.
While it should be said that leather straps aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, the brown leather works so well with this watch that I can’t imagine any other strap that can compete.
The leather isn’t the highest quality Italian leather, but considering the price of this watch, it should be a surprise that the strap is comfortable at all.
All the other pieces in the Bambino line use a surprisingly comfortable leather strap with a buckle that properly secured the watch, and this is exactly what this watch has.
It should be noted that this is NOT an outdoors watch, a diver’s watch, or a utility watch, so high-grade water resistance should not be expected.
However, the watch is water-resistant to 30m (100ft) so you can wear this while in the shower without any worry, but it may not be able to handle prolonged exposure to water.
Since all the other watches in the Bambino line have done nothing but impress, it should come as no surprise that this watch is a great timepiece with even greater value.
For those who are looking for a dress watch and don’t want to bust the bank, this watch should definitely be at the top of your list.