All You Need to Know About Wooden Watches
All You Need to Know About Wooden Watches
A few years ago, wooden watches were all the rage and it seemed that everyone wanted a wooden watch. But has this trend stuck around? Are wooden watches still being created, and if so, are people still buying them?
Although they aren’t as trendy as they were in 2015, wooden watches are most definitely still available. To help you with your search, we’ve identified the top eight watch brands that sell wooden watches, and these brands produce wooden watches that not only look great but also have accurate movements.
Still need to decide if a wooden watch is something you want to buy? Check out our pro/con list where we’ve listed out the benefits of wooden watches as well as things to keep in mind. We've also listed the top eight most common types of wood used for watches. Make sure you shop around and choose the wood that works best for your lifestyle.
Benefits of Wooden Watches
1. Unique – Stainless steel watches are everywhere you look, but wooden watches will catch your friends' attention. Plus, no two wooden watches are exactly the same. Every watch will have a different pattern because no two pieces of wood have the same grain pattern.
2. Hypoallergenic – Great for people with a skin condition or allergy that prevents them from wearing the standard metal watches.
3. Great for Gifting – Wooden watches make great birthday, Christmas, or graduation gifts. For couples that follow the traditional wedding anniversary gift guide, the fifth anniversary is wood. A wooden watch is much more exciting than a cutting board or plaque!
4. Lightweight – A wooden watch is much lighter than your typical metal watch.
Before You Buy Your Wooden Watch
1. Choose your wood carefully – Make sure the watch is made from solid, sustainable wood. Beware of stainless steel watches with a wooden veneer glued on top.
2. Check out the movement – Make sure the watch is powered by a quality movement. Without an accurate movement (whether it be mechanical or quartz), your watch will quickly become a wooden bracelet instead of a device to tell time.
3. Read company reviews – There are quite a few companies that are looking to make a quick buck off of a trendy product. Make sure you're purchasing your watch from a reputable company.
4. Make sure it's a quality watch – If you can, check out the watch in person, and make sure the strap is adjustable. If you're not able to see the watch in person, make sure you're aware of the company's return policy.
5. Buy a watch with a warranty – If something happens to your watch, you’ll need to know where to send it in for repairs.
Luxury watches can cost upwards of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to spend your life savings to purchase a good quality watch. We’ve compiled twelve watches that are all priced under one thousand dollars, and some of these watches are even under five hundred dollars. 12 of the Best Men’s Watches Under $1,000
Things to Know About Wooden Watches
1. Wooden watches are generally splash proof but not waterproof. If your watch gets too wet, it will expand, warp, crack, or bend.
2. You'll have to clean your wooden watch more frequently than a metal watch. Cleaning your watch will prevent the wood from darkening, remove dirt build-up, and provide the wood with the moisture it needs to prevent cracking. To clean your watch, all you need to do is rub the watch and any crevices with oil, such as tung oil or lemon oil.
3. Wooden watches do not do well with rapid temperature change. Drastic shifts in temperature can cause the moisture in the wood to freeze and then expand. This expansion could lead to the wood cracking.
The Most Common Wood Used For Watches
- Not as durable
- Short lifespan
- Strong and resilient
- Uniform texture with visible pores
- Pale yellow or almost white in color
- Considered to be one of the most beautiful Hawaiian woods
- Fairly resilient
- Creamy white hardwood that can be stained to look like cherry or mahogany woods
- Even texture with typically straight grain
- Uniform texture with typically straight grain
- Black with dark brown and grey streaks
- Wavy grain but can be straight
- Red, green, or black hues (depending on type)
- Straight grain but occasionally wavy
- Coarse and uneven texture
- Golden or medium brown
- Coarse texture with open pores
- Grain is usually wavy
- Light brown or cream color with darker streaks
Top 8 Wooden Watch Brands
When looking to buy a watch, there are many decisions you’ll have to make. You’ll need to decide which style appeals to you, which features you need to have, and what price you’re comfortable paying. Plus, you’ll need to decide which watch case material is best suited for your lifestyle and price point. Watch Case Materials: The Go-To Guide for Buying Watches