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INTRODUCING: Orient Bambino 38 Limited Editions (Refs. RA-AC0M05G, RA-AC0M06L, RA-AC0M07N, RA-AC0M08Y)

Orient Bambino 38

The best-selling dress watch now comes in four new calm, gentle colours.

Barely a week into 2024, and we’re finding ourselves adding a quartet of tickers recently released by Orient to our wish list. Whether you are looking to add a subtle touch of cheer to your watch rotation or hunting for a fuss-free timepiece to complete your Lunar Year of the Dragon outfit without breaking the bank, you would do well to take a gander at the Bambino 38 which, in our opinion, never looked better than in the newly available dial colours of creamy yellow, baby blue, dove grey, and copper. 

Orient Bambino 38
The Orient Bambino 38 looks better than ever with the new limited-edition dial colours.

Perhaps the worst-kept secret among collectors of value propositions, Orient’s Bambino was, however, unjustly often overlooked by the general public for its more prominent counterparts, such as the ubiquitous Seiko 5. That said, it has been steadily gaining popularity in recent years among watch neophytes and seasoned collectors alike, thanks to its pocket-friendly prices and its seamless blend of vintage aesthetics with modern functionality. There is also a wide variety of models to cater to diverse tastes, including this day-date and 24-hour model we’ve reviewed previously, and the versatile, handsome watches are suited for both casual and formal occasions.

Orient Bambino 38
The Orient Bambino 38 with creamy yellow (Ref. RA-AC0M05G) and baby blue (Ref. RA-AC0M06L) dial.

Therefore, it came as no surprise that when Orient launched the Bambino 38 in 2022, it promptly became a bestseller globally. A case of downsizing done right, the brand judiciously retained the collection’s winning traits while shrinking the watch from 40.5mm to 38.4mm. Maintaining the collection’s overall aesthetics, the more compact watch has a classic round steel case characterised by a slender sloping bezel and domed crystal glass. The elegant dial is similarly domed, imbuing the Bambino 38 with an indelible vintage charm, bolstered by baton-style markers and matching dauphine hands. Measuring 44mm from lug to lug and with a manageable thickness of 12.5mm, it wears beautifully on most wrists, slipping easily under shirt cuffs. We also appreciate the relatively sizeable crown that makes adjusting the time and date a breeze.

Orient Bambino 38
The Orient Bambino 38 with dove grey (Ref. RA-AC0M07N)and copper (Ref. RA-AC0M08Y)dial.

Flip the watch over, and one would be greeted by an exhibition caseback proudly showing off the Bambino 38’s in-house Calibre F6724. With a 40-hour power reserve and an accuracy of +25 to -15 seconds per day, the self-winding movement won’t be winning any chronometric award any time soon. Still, its performance is reasonable for a watch in its price category, which is listed as just shy of S$400 at the time of writing. Like the rest of the timepiece, movement decoration is minimal, save for an open-worked winding rotor adorned with the brand logo and the name of its parent company, S. Epson Corp. (Seiko Epson Corporation).

Orient Bambino 38
The Orient Bambino 38 is powered by the self-winding in-house Calibre F6724.

Paired with a light grey leather strap that complements all four pastel hues of the dial, the new Orient Bambino 38 is limited to 360 pieces for each colour. While the baby blue model (Ref. RA-AC0M06L) ought to generate the most interest, considering the shade has been all the rage in 2023, the style-conscious would no doubt be drawn to the salmon-esque copper version (Ref. RA-AC0M08Y), which looks akin to the Pantone Colour of the Year – 13-1023 Peach Fuzz. Contact your nearest authorised retailer to see if your choice is still available.


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