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    Orient Watches on Massdrop, the possible sub-$100 Bambino

    In the interest of full disclosure, I'm here in part to boost a poll I started. With that said...

    For the uninitiated, Massdrop is a site on which members vote for products they would like to see on the site. After 200 total votes in a poll, Massdrop contacts the manufacturer directly and arranges a bulk purchase of the winner of the poll, and sometimes one or two the runners-up if there is enough interest in the poll. Once Massdrop makes an initial deal with the manufacturer, users then "commit" to the sale. The more people commit, the lower the price drops.

    I was a little skeptical at first, so I lurked for a while until items that really piqued my interest started to turn up. They feature some pretty ridiculous stuff ($500 fountain pens, goofy pocket knives, super high end audio equipment, etc), but by picking the categories on the site you're interested in you can generally separate the wheat from the chaff. They frequently have grooming and style items, and I've seen a wave of selvedge jeans, automatic watches, and high-end grooming products recently. The most recent example of just how effective Massdrop can be was their recent feature of the original Orient Bambino. They only offered the white dial version, unfortunately, but the price went down to $99 by the end of the drop.

    I've been drooling over the gen II Bambino with the stainless case, white dial, and rose gold numerals and hands (ER2400BW) for ages now, and the poll I started for that particular model seems to be gaining momentum. If anybody is interested in that model or some of the other versions of the gen II (that's the version with Roman numerals), kindly check out my poll. https://www.massdrop.com/vote/sub-20...atches-part-ii

    If the original Bambino is more your speed, they will bring it back if enough people request it (with 300+ requests, it looks like that'll definitely happen at this point). You can do so here. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/orient-...h/talk#!166603

    #2
    I'm voting for the blue hands! If that pops up on Massdrop (or anywhere really) for $100 I
    'm going to be all over it.

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      #3
      [MENTION=7398]mattface[/MENTION] If you are referring to the blue hands model shown in Joe's review last year I will be there with you. It's a very classy looking watch.
      Matt Dalton

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        #4
        Originally posted by mattdalton View Post
        [MENTION=7398]mattface[/MENTION] If you are referring to the blue hands model shown in Joe's review last year I will be there with you. It's a very classy looking watch.
        Yes that's the one I mean. VOTE!
        Last edited by mattface; April 8, 2015, 03:39 PM.

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          #5
          [MENTION=11746]mattdalton[/MENTION] If you haven't checked it out yet, I included that one as a option in my poll. I adore that white/rose gold, but that's my second choice.

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            #6
            Just an update on the poll, we're currently 27 votes from this drop going through. The cream/blue hands Bambino is in the lead, with the white/rose gold/stainless Bambino not too far behind. We're almost there, guys. We just need a little help.

            https://www.massdrop.com/vote/sub-20...atches-part-ii

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              #7
              The cream with blue got my vote.

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                #8
                Cream with blue got my vote too
                Matt Dalton

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                  #9
                  207 votes now... cream w/ blue hands is far ahead of the pack.

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                    #10
                    Was thinking of getting this then noticed they released a white with blue hands...since I hate cream, that's what I'm going with. Sorry..

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                      #11
                      It's a damn shame the version Joe featured today wasn't out when I started my poll, but I added it anyway. That may just be my favorite so far. Fingers crossed that they offer a variety of Bambinos on their next drop. With the number of requests to bring back the first one (400+ at the moment) it looks like a done deal.

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                        #12
                        Voted! I've been wanting the Bambino for a while now.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by JaimeGarcia View Post
                          It's a damn shame the version Joe featured today wasn't out when I started my poll, but I added it anyway. That may just be my favorite so far. Fingers crossed that they offer a variety of Bambinos on their next drop. With the number of requests to bring back the first one (400+ at the moment) it looks like a done deal.
                          when does that actually happen iv3 never done this before

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by zcm View Post
                            when does that actually happen iv3 never done this before
                            They'll bring back a drop after 200 requests, or at least try to, it all depends on them cutting a deal with the manufacturer, so you can never actually guarantee that it'll come through. In the case of a regular poll, they'll contact a manufacturer after 200 cumulative votes in the poll.

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