Orient Bambino Automatic Watch Review FER24004B0

Orient Bambino Automatic Watch Review FER24004B0

Today I’m going to write about Orient Bambino watch review, which is one of Orient’s popular watches due to a number of reasons: it is a very affordable watch for an automatic and also very good looking. Orient release quite a number of Bambinos over the year with some minor upgrade here and there (you can refer to the Orient website here for more detail).

In this post, I’m going to specifically review the FER24004B0 version which is the black dial version. Without further ado, let’s look at Orient Bambino review!

 

Orient Bambino Watch Review

 

Orient Bambino Automatic Watch FER24004B0 Specification

Diameter: 40.5 mm
Thickness: 11.8 mm
Lug to Lug: 46 mm
Lug Width: 21 mm
Case: Stainless steel case with screw down caseback
Strap: Leather strap with buckle

Dial: Black dial with silver index markers and date display at 3 o’clock
Hands: Dauphine shaped silver colored hands
Dial Window: Domed Mineral crystal

Movement: Orient Caliber 48743 automatic self-wind movement with 21 jewels. 21600 vibration per hour or 6 beats per second. Non-hacking and non-manual winding.
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 30 m or 99 ft

Best Place To Buy: Amazon for around $200

 

Orient Bambino Review

Up close on the retro dial

Orient has always been one of my favorite watch manufacturer because of their quality products that comes at a very affordable price. The brand has about 60 years of watchmaking experience which is quite young actually if you compared with some of American and Swiss brands that can have more than 100 years of history such as Tissot, Hamilton, Bulova and Heuer.

But one thing that makes Orient unique is they predominantly sell affordable watches with movements that they produced on their own. Now that is very interesting as some brands nowadays uses movements from other company (Tissot, Bulova, etc).

This tenacity to hold on to their tradition despite challenges in the current world is what makes Orient and interesting and unique brand.

 

A Beautiful Retro Watch

On a first glance, you can notice that this is a retro styling watch. The totally circular case with the black dial and index markers really give it away. There are many versions of Bambino released by Orient by I like this one the most because of its cool and stylish black dial.

It makes is more versatile to be worn with any jeans or suit. The silver index markers and dauphine hands really complement the black dial nicely. The pointy index markers looks sharp and a nice design choice by Orient.

Orient chooses to put minimal signatures on the dial. There are only the Orient logo, “Automatic” and “Water Resist” signatures on the dial. All of them save the Orient logo have a minimal size. The watch is almost symmetric if not because of the date display and crown at 3 o’clock position.

There is no bezel on the watch making the dial to cover the entire 40.5 mm diameter case. As a result, we are getting more dial and can cause it to look bigger than it actually is.

 

Orient Bambino Watch Review FER24004B0

The Orient Bambino watch viewed from an angle. Notice the curvature of the protruding dial window at the top of the watch

 

Unique Protruding Domed Dial Window

The lug to lug width is only 46 mm. One interesting thing is the watch has a full thickness of 11.8 mm. But the stainless steel case covers only 70% of the thickness while the remaining thickness is due to the domed dial window.

The mineral crystal window is really something that is very unique and reminds me of the Tissot Visodate. It is really protruding out from the case and gives a nice touch to the watch. One important thing to note is that the dial window is mineral crystal which is not really as scratch resistant as sapphire.

Care should be taken while wearing this watch to make sure the dial window is not scratched (because it will be very easy to be scratched because of the protruding dome shape). I recommend to only wear it for indoor activities only.

One thing that I don’t understand is the 21 mm lug width of this watch. 21 mm is a rare lug width for a watch. Typical lug width for a watch with a 40-45 mm diameter are 20 mm and 22 mm. So a 21 mm lug width is quite rare to find. It will also make it difficult to buy a matching strap to replace the strap if you don’t like the black leather strap it comes with.

One way to get around this is to use a 22 mm strap but the strap’s end connecting to the lug need to be tapered/cut off a bit to make it fit. I really hope Orient will change the lug width to 20 mm in future upgrade versions of this watch.

Orient Bambino Watch Review FER24004B0

Looking at the Orient Bambino from side

 

Orient Cal. 48743 – A No Frills Automatic Movement

The watch is powered by Cal. 48743. It is an automatic self-wind watch movement with 21 jewels. It has 21600 vibration per hour or 6 beats per second which is the minimal standard for automatic watch nowadays. The low beat movement will cause the second hand to move not as smooth as an expensive watch though it is much better than a tick-tock quartz watch of course. The watch also has 40 hours power reserve and a +- 15 second accuracy per day.

 

Orient Bambino Review FER24004B0

It seriously looks great with anything. It will looks good in suits and even jeans (shown above)

The movement can be considered Orient’s lowest grade movement as it do not have hacking and manual winding feature. Without the hacking, we cannot set the watch to a precise time. The manual winding is something that is quite important. As an example, I will usually rotate my watches so there are some days that some watch won’t get any wrist time.

Being a mechanical watch, it is important for it to be continuously running so that it will keep its accuracy and keep its parts well oiled (think of a car that have difficulty to start after sitting in the garage for a long time). A manual winding feature will allow me to increase the power reserve of my unused watches so that it can last for one whole day without being worn.

An automatic watch without manual winding is not really convenient in my point of view. But the counter measure to this issue by making the rotor to be very easy to rotate. This in theory will make it able to store more power reserve with less wrist time than an ordinary automatic movement.

 

Orient Bambino Watch Review FER24004B0

Apart from its original black leather strap, it also looks good in this brown strap for a more casual look

 

Orient Bambino Automatic Watch FER24004B0 Advantages And Disadvantages

I’ve summarized the advantages and disadvantages of the Orient Bambino below:

Pros:

1- Good looking retro watch with fine details
2- Domed dial window is very unique and a great design by Orient
3- Black dial with silver hands and markers look sharp and beautiful

Cons:

1- A 21 mm lug width will make finding a replacement strap quite difficult
2- Non-hacking and non-manual winding movement features are absent in this watch.
3- Mineral crystal is easy to be scratched

 

Where To Get Orient Bambino Watch?

If you are ;ooking to buy the Orient Bambino, Amazon has the watch listed on their website for around $200. There are also other version of the Bambino that can be browsed in Amazon. Click the link below to check out the Bambino deals on Amazon.

 

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A detail video review of the watch. The watch just looks more beautiful in this video than on pictures – well, most watches are not really photogenic =)

 

Conclusion

Orient Bambino is a very affordable and beautiful dress watch. Sure, there are lots of things that I would wish the watch to have (hacking and manual winding, sapphire crystal, 20 mm lug width, etc.) but then we have to remind ourselves that this is a $200 watch.

For just around $200, we are getting a classic looking Orient Japanese automatic watch which is built with their famed high quality detail and craftsmanship. If you are looking for a beater watch that looks beautiful to look at, then this watch fits the bill nicely.

Hope you gained some insight from this Orient Bambino review. I hope you can leave any comments or any questions regarding the Bambino. I would love to hear what you guys think about this amazing watch. Till next time.

Cheers!

 

12 thoughts on “Orient Bambino Automatic Watch Review FER24004B0”

  1. hi.my orient tri star and seiko 5 snx have not manual winding too.but not important because i can wind them with swing from side to side .

  2. I’m using the exact same watch. And I like it. However orient is producing all bambinos with the same size and they are big for my wrist. Also if you check some vintage watches with a domed dial such as omega, you will see that they are no big than 36mm. I think orient should produce a smaller version as well. Another thing is, it doesn’t keep the time well enough. Every week it goes faster for 3 minutes. Other than these, it is a stylish watch to wear. Additionally, thanks for your nice review. I like the brown strap, but I’m thinking to get a steel one instead because they are more durable. I’m thinking to use a 20mm steel strap but I’m not sure if it is going to fit well.

    • Too bad that the Bambino is not a good fit for your wrist. In that case a more smaller watch size should work fine but the issue with such watches (as you’ve pointed out with the vintage Omega) is it becomes rarer these days.

      Brands know the style nowadays had shifted to bigger sized watches, so much so many brands don’t even bother producing watches with the smaller 36-38 mm diameter. This is very unfortunate since I’m also a fan of small and classic watch size. In fact, I can’t seem to remember ever encountering any of the more affordable automatic watches with a smaller size case…

      On the automatic movement accuracy, at 3 min per week, it must be running about +-25 seconds per day. While that is still acceptable as per the manual, I think it can be better. I’d suggest you take it to a watchmaker and had him/her adjust the accuracy

      You might be able to pull off the 20 mm strap on the Bambino but I have to warn that the lug width is 21 mm which means there will be a slight gap in-between the strap and the lugs. There’s no harm in trying it and see if you like it or not. Sometimes, you just have to put the strap on the watch and wear it yourself to decide on if it’s a good fit or not =)

      Cheers!

  3. For me, a man who wear watch looks more handsome and decent. But not everyone affords to buy it. Men should read this page so they can find where to buy perfect watch for themselves which is not in surprisingly price. Of course girls can read it too so they have the idea for birthday and christmas gifts for family and friends. I, myself will surely grab one of these watches soon. I really like it all!

    • Hi there. I completely agree with you. A watch is something that a gentleman should wear. By wearing a watch, we can be more punctual for our meetings and appointments which really increase our professionalism and life as a whole. Time is gold, and to keep track and be punctual is like mining gold. Thanks for dropping by. Have a good day!

  4. Hi,
    I like the retro style this Orient Bambino Automatic Watch delivers – It looks stunning.

    So many watches these days are far too big for me, then there’s the others with so many dials that it makes telling the time a hassle.

    This has a very clear dial, looks great and not too big. It will suit me down to the ground.

    Can I ask, you say that purchasing another strap is not easy in this size, is there anywhere you know of where I can purchases a strap at the same time as purchasing the watch as I would like a replacement in the future?

    Thanks for your time,
    Simon.

    • I completely agree with you Simon. I frequently check out some of the latest models nowadays and just feel like they are too big. Some watches even comes in 46 mm diameter! That’s too big man! It might work for a big guy but for a small guy with a chicken hand (like me), a small watch is the way to go =)

      You just stated the best points about this Orient Bambino buddy. It’s simple, elegant and simply stunning. And it’s selling for just about $200 which makes it very popular. In fact, Amazon also has trouble to stock up for this watch.

      The strap with 21 mm width is quite difficult to buy as normally aftermarket straps come at 20, 22 and 24 mm widths. If you can’t find a suitable 21 mm, you can use the 22 mm width strap and try to fit it in the lugs by trimming the edges a bit.

      I would recommend your local watch shop for you to buy and change the strap. It is much easier to have someone do it for you if you are first time changing the straps. They can also point out to any compatible straps for you. But I doubt any brick and mortar watch store carries this Orient Bambino. The best option is to buy it from Amazon or other online stores like ebay or Jomashop which will surely carry a suitable watch strap. All the best Simon!

  5. I never liked watches myself, but I always thought they made a perfect gift for someone’s birthday, so I ended up buying a lot of watches for friends and family. I haven’t seen this one before, though.
    At first sight, it gives me the impression of a pretty luxurious watch, and its price isn’t extremely high, surprisingly. So I guess it would look great on someone (not on myself, of course :P)
    Btw, I really like your website 😀

    • Hi Ashley! Thanks for the kind words =) I really appreciate it.

      Yep Orient Bambino is a very fine watch. For around $200, it is one of the best low end dress watch you can buy. Being an automatic watch, you will never replace any battery. It’s the perfect gift for anyone.

  6. That’s a gorgeous watch. I think I need to put it on my hubby’s gift ideas list for his bday/xmas. If I wanted to find a 21mm lug, where could I find it or look for it?

    I’m assuming that is where the wrist band attaches to the watch face? Is there a particular reason they made it 21mm?

    • Hi Marlinda! Glad that you love the watch! The Orient Bambino is very nice and any man will be really happy to be given this watch as a present.

      Yes the lug width is the place where the strap attaches to the watch. I can’t think of any reason why Orient made it 21 mm. You can find replacement straps in Amazon, though last time I check it is quite hard to find a good strap with 21 mm width. You can also find some straps at your local watch store.

      A good alternative is to buy a 22 mm strap (which is more popular and can be bought easily) and cut off a bit of the strap ends to fit the lug width. The picture above with the brown strap is actually using 22 mm strap and you can see how it’s not obvious at all.

      Thanks for reading!

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