We are so used to pulling out our smartphones to check on the time that many of us no longer wear a watch. However, a watch is not just a useful tool, but can also be a stylish accessory for men and women. If you're looking for a watch that works both in casual settings and as a formal or dress watch, then you may want to consider the Orient Bambino.

There are many reasonably priced watches on the market at the moment, and it is difficult to know which of them might be a good option. We have presented a range of watches for review in this article and have scoured the internet for reviews of previous purchasers to see what they thought about the watches they had bought. We looked for what they liked and disliked about the watches, and whether they would recommend them to others. Their views helped us to decide on our star ratings for each section of the review criteria: Ease of Use, Performance, Design Quality, and Warranty.


What Is Orient Bambino?

Orient Bambino Watch

Orient is a company founded in Tokyo Japan in 1950, dedicated to producing watches of high quality at affordable prices. For almost 70 years the company has specialized in manufacturing mechanical watches, which they do on site in their workshops in Japan. The watches manufactured by Orient are primarily both hand wound and self-winding mechanical watches. However, they also manufacture quartz, solar, and other types of watches. The Orient Bambino is one of Orient's hand winding watches.

Orient Bambino is one of Orient's watch collections. The collection features a number of different styles of watches, ranging from Bauhaus style minimalism to a more modern "open heart" design allowing you to see the watch's mechanism. Though the watches have their own distinctive styles, they are marked out by their domed crystal. In this article, we have chosen to review the Orient Bambino 2 specifically, in order to give you a closer look at one of the watches in the Orient Bambino collection.

Product Specs

The Orient Bambino 2 Features a domed dial of mineral crystal. This, combined with the vintage style dial with Roman numerals gives the watch a stylish mid-century look. The dial itself also features a metallic sunburst design and dauphine hands. There is a date window at the 3 o'clock place. With a case diameter of 40.5mm, this watch is slightly bigger than a standard man's dress watch but is still not a big watch by any means. We think the Orient Bambino 2 is big enough to make a statement, but it's still a subtle statement.

The Bambino is automatic, hand-winding, and hacking and features Orient's F6724 movement. The case is water resistant to 30m, but in general, we would not recommend immersing it in water for long periods of time, though it will definitely withstand some immersion and splashes. The watch is available in a range of colors: black strap and face with silver hands, cream face with mid-blue hands and brown strap, white with navy blue hands and brown strap, white face with gold case and black strap, and white face with silver case and rose gold hands and numbers.

Pricing

Depending on the colorway you choose for the watch strap and casing, the watch costs between $120-135.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market at around the same price point to see how they compare.

  • Timex M​K1 Aluminum
  • Citizen Chandler BM8180-03E
  • Seiko 5 Sports SNZG13

Orient Bambino

Orient Men's 2nd Gen. Bambino Ver. 2 Stainless Steel...
  • Domed mineral crystal
  • Domed dial
  • Japanese-automatic Movement
  • PRICE
  • EASE OF USE
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

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Pros:

  • Stylish
  • Affordable
  • Beautiful domed glass

Cons:

  • Mineral glass not very scratch resistant
  • May let in water

Timex MK1 Aluminum

Timex Men's MK1 Aluminum Chrono Olive/Olive One Size
  • Find a companion for your daily grind with the Timex MK1 Aluminum Chrono watch.
  • Anodized aluminum case.
  • Double-layer, slip-through nylon strap with adjustable buckle closure.

Made by a company with more than 150 years of history in making clocks and watches, the Timex MK1 Aluminium Chrono is the sort of watch you can wear every day without looking like a slob. The Timex MK1 has an anodized aluminum case and a woven nylon strap with an adjustable buckle fastening. The watch features a three-hand analog round dial with three sub-dials, minute track capability, date window, and a range of other features. The dial can also be illuminated with Timex's Indiglo nightlight for reading the time in the dark.

  • PRICE
  • EASE OF USE
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

Timex is offered with a two-year guarantee against defects, though this guarantee naturally does not cover any wear and tear on the watch in the course of wearing it.

Pros:

  • Tough materials
  • Quality build
  • 3 sub-dials
  • Two-year warranty
  • Wide range of colors

Cons:

  • Only water resistant to 30m
  • Chrono features may not always work

Citizen Chandler BM8180-03E

Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Day/Date display,...
  • Stainless steel watch featuring round black dial with date window and stitched canvas band
  • Japanese-quartz movement that charges in natural or indoor light
  • Mineral crystal dial window. Band - Nylon, Strap, Buckle

This watch has a rugged look with a silver colored stainless steel case and leather band. The watch has a black band, a black dial with white hands, and a day and date window. The watch has larger numbers on the dial than some other brands, making it easy to read the time even in low light. In total darkness, the luminescent paint on numbers and hands will take over. So day or night this military styled watch will not let you down.

The watch doesn't just look tough though—it has a tough mineral crystal and is water resistant up to 100 meters. This watch is ideal for those who like water sports, swimming, diving, or other pursuits. The body of the watch is a little smaller than average at 37mm across, but this does not mean that it is not an attractive looking watch; it certainly won't look too small. Inside, the watch features Japanese solar-powered quartz movement, so you won't need to worry about winding it or about changing the batteries. This is a watch that requires only minimal upkeep.

  • PRICE
  • EASE OF USE
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

This watch is offered with Citizen's 5-year warranty, which is the best of all the warranties we have surveyed.

Pros:

  • Rugged design
  • Military style
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • Comparatively expensive
  • Crown sticks out a little too far

Seiko 5 Sports SNZG13

Seiko 5 Sports Military Automatic Gents SNZG13J1
  • Japan 23 Jewels Automatic Movement by Seiko (Calibre 7S36)
  • Stainless Steel Case and Bracelet, Push Button Release Clasp with Safety Lock Feature
  • Hardlex Mineral Crystal, Day/Date Display with Spanish Option, Lumbrite Hands and Markers

The manufacturers of Seiko watches state that they have a consuming passion for excellence, which has been passed down to them through generations from the company's original founder. Seiko has the distinction of having been the company behind the invention of the quartz wristwatch in 1969. Seiko dramatically improved the accuracy of watches and has continued to innovate and improve their products, for example with their kinetic watch technology powered by body movement.

The Seiko 5 Sports SNZG13 is manufactured in Japan at Seiko's workshops and then imported to the United States. It is an automatic watch meaning that you don't have to worry about winding it. This is the only watch we surveyed with a metal bracelet which is made of stainless steel and fastens with a 3-fold clasp for extra safety. The dial is black and the watch's numerals and three hands are white. The watch is suitable for snorkeling and swimming but is not recommended for diving.

  • PRICE
  • EASE OF USE
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

This product comes with Seiko's 1-year International warranty, but only if you buy it from an authorized Seiko dealer.

Pros:

  • Stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Water resistant to 100m
  • Stylish
  • Tough

Cons:

  • Warranty only 1 year
  • Clasp may break

Conclusion

Choosing Your Watch

The watch you'll choose for yourself is very much determined by your personal taste. If you want a rugged, outdoorsy-looking watch that will be tough and easy for you to wear all day every day, you are likely to want something like the Timex MK1 Aluminum Chrono or the Citizen Chandler BM8180-03E. However, if you want a power watch, the cool stainless steel of the Seiko 5 Sports SNZG13 may be the watch for you.

However, if you are looking for a smart-casual or dress watch, we would recommend the Orient Bambino. Its styling is vintage but not old-fashioned, and the domed mineral crystal puts a classy finish on an already classy watch. In addition, the range of colors and finishes available for this watch mean that whatever you like, you'll be able to find something that suits your style.

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