“A new 40 mm Diver design and added colours for Orient’s ‘Bambino’ models?!”
What a time to be alive for us twig-wristed people, eh? But wait, before you whip your credit card out, there’s one thing you have to know. The new colours on the ‘Classic and Simple’ (read: Bambino) models are only available on the 42mm versions.
At least for now… *wink wink nudge nudge, Orient*
So, having twig wrists myself, let’s check out the diver first.
“40 mm Divers make me happyyyyy!”
To be specific 39.9 mm. And with a smaller case, comes a date-only movement but more on that later. In terms of aesthetics, we have dial variants on two different types of bracelets/straps. On a steel bracelet with trifold deployant buckle and push-release, you can opt for either a black, navy or white dial. With a leather NATO, you get to choose from an ‘apricot’ or ‘lilac’ shade instead. The former is paired to a brown-orange leather strap while the latter, a grey one.
Lug width is 20 mm on all models and a sapphire crystal is standard along with a steel unidirectional bezel. Also shared across all variants is an orange-tipped seconds hand and screw-down crown. Flip the watch around and you’re greeted with a solid, screw-down caseback with a dolphin motif. As for other measurements, once again case width is at 39.9 mm, height at 46.5 mm and thickness at 12.8 mm.
Inside beats the in-house F6722 calibre. The 22-jeweled automatic (with hand-winding) movement has a power reserve of 40 hours and is quoted by Orient to be accurate to +25/-15 secs per day. Water resistance is 200 m but be reminded that this isn’t an ISO-certified dive watch. With that said, we’ve still got a lumed pip and plenty of lume across the baton hands and hour markers.
“New colours? Yes! Smaller size? No.”
For now, but Orient if you’re reading this, please, PLEASE bring these over to the 38 mm models. In any case, the biggest update to the 42 mm Orient Bambinos now include the addition of four dial colours – light green, navy, sky blue and bronze. Additionally, strap options are also quite varied with these four so let’s clear the technical specs first since they’re all the same.
The steel case measures 42 mm in width, 49 mm in height and is 12 mm thick so quite a chonky boi for what is quintessentially the world’s answer to a budget dress watch. A domed mineral crystal is standard along with a solid caseback. Powering the watch is the in-house F6724 calibre. The 22-jeweled automatic movement has a power reserve of 40 hours and is claimed to be accurate to +25/-15 secs per day. Water resistance is on brand for a dress watch too at just 30 m.
Now, the dials and their accompanying straps. The light green variant has a ‘camel’ coloured leather strap while the navy version has a beige strap with blue accents on the side and back. Next, the sky blue variant is paired to a beige strap as well but with contrasting grey accents instead.
Lastly, the bronze model steps it up a notch by having a rose-gold plated case to go along with its brown leather strap. All straps are secured with a pin buckle which is par for the course and measure 22 mm at the lug end.