Dubbed the “new” Bambino, the FER2400BW0 was an immediate hit with classic watch lovers and vintage watch enthusiasts alike. The FER2400BW built upon the foundation of the “original” Bambino and took the watch further into the mid century design arena.
The features and functionality of the BW remain the same with the “original” Bambino. Three hands for time with date at the 3 o’clock position. Beating under this beautifully domed dial, a nod to mid century classic watches, is the ORIENT in house caliber 48743 automatic movement. Protecting the dial is the domed crystal. The domed matches directly to the domed dial, creating graceful elegant lines straight out of a googie designer’s dream. Holding the movement, along with the crystal and dial is the 40.5mm stainless steel case. The 40.5mm size is a touch larger than the sizes of vintage timepieces typically are(35-39mm), making for a lovely modernization more in line with current tastes without being comically large. Making use of both polished and brushed finishes on the case adds another touch of modern tastes. Brushed sides draw the eye up top to the face of the watch, which is surrounded by the highly polished beveled bezel.
With all that in mind, what are the updates? The hands, dial markers and crown have all been changed. Each individually is small, but working cohesively, they create a truly modern vintage timepiece. At the 3 o’clock position is the crown, which has been changed to be in the onion style. It smoothly flares from the case with a moderate amount of knurling for easy grip and functioning. The crown’s lines mimic that of the crystal and dial. Moving to the dial, the tapered indices have been exchanged for rose gold tone Roman numeralsA and bars. The choice of Roman numerals and bars have the effect of adding sophistication. Placing them in rose gold tone gives them the vintage or heritage feeling. Surrounding the the Roman numerals is the railroad style minute track in black. This contrasts perfectly with the white dial and does a great job of framing the face of the watch while adding functionality of being able to see each minute hash and then further hashed at each 1/4th of a minute. The railroad track further enforces the vintage vibe from the watch while adding further visual interest, as if you needed more. Lastly matching the markers, the new hands are in rose gold tone. They are a much slimmer version of the previous dauphine hands, giving the watch a delicate look that is often attributed to vintage pieces. The brown leather band brings out the rose gold accents and vice versa. This combination, (while not inherently mid century design only, gold watches are still produced today) gives the watch an older overall quality and is perfect for someone looking for a new watch seemingly plucked from the middle of the 20th century.