I’ve wanted a Orient Bambino for a couple of years now, and finally decided to purchase a 2nd Generation Bambino Version 3. Unfortunately buying an Orient Bambino in Australia isn’t easy. Not many retail outlets in Australia have a great selection of Orient watches, and those that do won’t haggle on low tier watches like the Bambino.
This review from Bruce Williams is what really pushed me over the edge on this purchase. When he says “this is a very exciting watch”, I paused the video and bought it then and there. He’s right. You can’t really understand the Bambino until you see it in real life.
I ended up buying my Bambino online for $164 AUD from Creation Watches on eBay, including postage from Singapore – new with tags, but without the Orient box. I don’t really care about the box on a watch at this price. I got the grey anthracite dial (FAC0000CA0 / AC0000CA). All the good things I’d seen online about this watch are true. Free delivery with DHL took a mind blowing 4 days from Singapore to Australia. Considering the price that they’re selling for online, buying an Orient Bambino in Australia probably isn’t worth it unless you really want the Orient box, and a local warranty – but you’ll pay for it.
Even though the Orient strap that came with the Bambino was quite nice, I’m not a fan of leather straps. The Bambino has an annoying 21mm lug width, which makes finding inexpensive straps difficult – this didn’t bother me since I was always going to put the Bambino on a NATO anyway (pictured with 22mm NATO).