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 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.
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.
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.
- EASE OF USE
- DESIGN QUALITY
Users reported that it was easy to set up this watch and set the date and time.
Users reported that this watch kept time well. Some found that when the watch arrived the date function winder was faulty, but were satisfied once they received a replacement that was in full working order.
Most reviewers reported that the watch felt like an expensive and high-quality item. They liked the vintage styling of the watch and the range of colors. However, there were a few users who reported that moisture had got inside the casing of the watch and stopped the mechanism. The mineral crystal used over the dial is scratch resistant, but not to the same extent as other glass types like sapphire glass.
If the Orient Bambino fails due to a defect in manufacture or workmanship up to a year after the original date of purchase, it can be taken back to the place of purchase to have it repaired or adjusted without any charge. However, you will need to retain your guarantee booklet to be able to take advantage of any free repairs. The watch glass, strap, and battery are not covered under the terms of this warranty. The warranty is also voided in the case of failure due to carelessness or misuse, fire, earthquake, or other natural disasters, or from improper repair.
Timex MK1 Aluminum
- 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.
- EASE OF USE
- DESIGN QUALITY
This watch is available for around $$ from retailers like Amazon.
Reviews indicate that this watch is not difficult to use. However, its range of extra features may take some time to learn how to operate.
Most users were happy with the performance of their watch. However, some users found that some of the Chrono features did not work as well as they had anticipated. Others loved the watch but were disappointed that it was only water resistant up to 30m.
This watch is built out of tough materials. The double layered nylon strap should not break, and the watch case should resist scratches. The glass over the dial is a special acrylic glass, which, though not immune to scratches, should do a good job of resisting them. The Timex MK1 is water resistant to up to 30 meters. It is available in a wide variety of colors for the case, dial, and strap.
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.
Citizen Chandler BM8180-03E
- 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.
- EASE OF USE
- DESIGN QUALITY
This watch is available from Amazon for around $$.
This watch requires little to no setup and has a grippy dial for adjusting the time and date.
Most reviewers were highly satisfied with the performance of their watch. They observed that the watch, though simple, was reliable and continued to keep good time without needing any adjustment.
The users of this watch often chose to buy it because they wanted a watch that required very little upkeep and would essentially take care of itself. They were not disappointed in this watch, which combines toughness and rugged military style with reliability.
This watch is offered with Citizen's 5-year warranty, which is the best of all the warranties we have surveyed.
Seiko 5 Sports SNZG13
- 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.
- EASE OF USE
- DESIGN QUALITY
This Seiko watch is available from Amazon for around $$$.
This watch is easy to use. It has no particularly difficult features, and it is easy to adjust the time and date.
Users reported that despite using it as their everyday watch it did not lose time or suffer damage, even when worn whilst playing sports. The watch is water resistant up to 100 meters and users appreciated that they did not have to worry about taking their watch off before they went swimming or showered.
In general users of this product were happy with the look of the design and its quality. Problems did appear to arise in some cases with the 3 fold clasp of the watch, but these were very much in the minority. Users also liked that the face of the watch was easy to read even in low light.
This product comes with Seiko's 1-year International warranty, but only if you buy it from an authorized Seiko dealer.
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.