Wooden watches have seen a rise in popularity recently.

There is a desire for natural products that are cleaner, greener and prettier than the norm. Wooden watches definitely fit into that category. These natural hypoallergenic products have their own sense of style and feel great on the wrist.

However, they come in so many styles and materials that new consumers don’t always know where to start.

This guide to buying a wooden watch will look at some of the major decisions involved. This means a better understanding of prices, specifications and materials used. It will also introduce two models from a new brand to watch out for Cucol.

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Is this watch within your price range?

It is easy to assume that a quality wooden watch is going to be pretty expensive. After all, this is a well-crafted timepiece at the height of fashion. It is true that there are are some watches available for over $1000. Brands think that they can get away with this cost because of “designer” label, and paying customers to prove them right. At the same time, there are those at the lower end of the price scale. These are the $50 wooden watches with the Chinese manufacturer and poor parts.

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The answer here is actually to look for something in the middle. Look for locally made, high-quality products where brands don’t push their luck on price. There are plenty of mid-range models that are just as durable and attractive. Figure out your personal budget and find a quality watch that meets it.

From there, it is all about the watch’s specification.

Many consumers decide that they want a wooden watch. But, not all newcomers are entirely sure what that means. There is much more to a top wooden watch than the look and feel of the wood. This material is a great first step. But, this watch also needs the ideal mechanisms and movement for accurate timekeeping. Then there are additional details on the features and functionality. Once you have a better idea of this full specification, you are closer to finding your ideal model.

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What type of wood do you want for your new wooden watch?

If someone asks you what material you want and you just say wood, you really need to start browsing some designs. There are lots of different types of wood from different trees. Each one has its distinctive colorgrain, and durability. The grain provides the pattern on the watch and can also affect the texture. Some are more susceptible to dents and scratches than others.

       For example, some people love ebony wood and rosewood because they have an elegant look. The dark tones and simple grain create a high luster and contrast with lighter materials. Others like the bold, natural look of teak or zebrawood, but these feel much more course to the touch.

The choice of wood plays an important role when choosing the style of the watch. The style is about more than that color and grain in the wood. You also need to consider whether or not you need a formal dress watch or something more casual. The former is typically a lot smarter, for special occasions and business meetings. This is where those minimalist, elegant designs work best. Some of the best wooden dress watches have one wood, no time markers, and no pointless extras.

Casual wooden watches tend to get a little more interesting and quirky. This is a weird design to show off at party. Some of the best use a range of wood types and other features to create bold designs and interesting shapes. Some of these watches are digital. It also doesn’t matter if these watches have multiple dials and glow in the dark – something we will discuss a little later.

Then consider the movement within this stylish new wooden watch.

There are countless different movements that are created by watch manufactures utilizing proprietary innovations, but each of these movements will fall into one of two categories—quartz or mechanical.

MECHANICAL MOVEMENT    QUARTZ MOVEMENT
   Sweeping motion                          Individual ticks
watch movement loop

There are then two choices of movement that can fit within a well-crafted wooden watch. The quartz movement is the most common because of the lack of components and accuracy. This should allow for great timekeeping. Look to see if the movement is Japanese or Swiss quartz. If it says neither, moves along. Some see more accuracy in the Swiss, but both are great.

quartz movement

The alternative is to find a mechanical movement. If you don’t know which movement is in a specific watch, it helps to watch the second hand. It should sweep smoothly with a mechanical model, whereas traditional Quartz movements tick. Also be aware that mechanical movements are more expensive, so this could ramp up the cost of some watches.

mechanical movement

That face needs a protective mineral dial.

Wood is the main material here, but not the only one. The hands on the dial need adequate protection from water and damage. This means a crystal window – either flat or domed – to cover everything up. There are two types commonly used on the best wooden watches. The first is a mineral crystal. This is one of the most popular for those on a budget because it is cheaper, but also pretty tough. This adds a little more durability to the product.

The alternative is sapphire crystal, which is more expensive more liable to shattering. Top end brands like to use this option because is it so transparent and scratch resistant on the surface. Still, it doesn’t perform that much better than the mineral crystal. The material to avoid here is acrylic. This clear plastic mimics crystal in super-cheap watches but scratches really easily. There are some affordable brands that use glass instead, so there really is no need for it.

Try and choose a watch with the right measurements for the best fit.

The size of a watch is something that many people overlook until they put it on their wrist. It is difficult to gauge the size from sales photos alone because different models gave different dimensions.

Some have thick bands with lots of links, while others are more slender. Some have chunky “masculine” dials, while others are more elegant. It always pays to read the specification and small print on any model to find those measurements.

There are three key considerations here:

1) The first measurement to consider is the one around the wrist.
This will determine whether or not a band is too loose or too tight. A small men’s watch is typically 6 inches and a large 8 inches or more. Women’s watches will run smaller, with 5 to 6 inches being medium to small. Remember that it is possible to remove links and alter bands on some models for a better fit.
2) The second measurement is the diameter of the dial.
Chunky dials at 46mm and over can be too large for small wrists. 42mm should really be the minimum here for men’s wrists. Again, women’s sizes will be smaller A diameter of 44mm is typically the largest here, and 30mm the smallest. Some women may like the idea of more masculine shapes, but they aren’t always comfortable on the wrist. The smallest difference in weight is noticeable here.
3) The third measurement is the thickness of the watch.
Some large dials have a height of 10mm or more. While this is impressive on any statement piece that you want to show off, it isn’t all that practical. Thinner watches, between 6 and 10mm, will fit under shirts more easily. Flatter, wider models are therefore more appealing to those wearing the watch at work.

On the subject of these wristbands, it should be noted that there are some wood/leather hybrid watches. This is a popular choice for brands like CUCOL below. The leather can compliment the wood, in the right color, It is also more flexible and easy to adjust for different wrist sizes. All you have to do it make another hole in the leather and it won’t spoil the look of the watch.

Finally, look at the extra features that may improve the functionality of the watch.

Some of the smarter dress watches mentioned above won’t have much in the way of extra features. Still, there are some interesting tools and dials on the more quirky, casual models. Those dials can ensure that the watch does more than tell the time Some have chronographs to add a stopwatch function to the product.

Some may have extra faces for alternative time zones. Many also have a tiny adjustable date window. It all depends on whether you feel that all this makes a watch more cluttered, or more informative.

Then there are additional features for the security and ease of use of the watch. The hypoallergenic materials of wooden watches are just the start. Many will also have additional waterproofing to resist splashes of water. Security continues with the clasps and locks on the fastenings and pins.

Finally, there is the option of the luminous hands. Some will appreciate this feature while out at night, whiles others will feel it spoils the look of this natural watch.

 

CUCOL wooden watches come in different styles with many of these top features on board.

 

Cucol is a brand on a mission to provide great wooden watch designs at a budget price. While some brands inflate the price because of the features and materials, CUCOL combines quality and affordability. These models aren’t always as quirky as the weirdest casual watches, but they still draw the eye. The brand shows that there is room in the market for appealing, simple designs at the lower end of the range. Their high customer satisfaction rating shows that they are hitting the mark.

CUCOL Men’s Walnut and Cowhide Dress Watch:

The first of these watches to mention here is a more classy watch for men. This model comes with its own gift box. It highlights that idea of minimalism and elegance that is seen in the best wooden dress watches. The dark cowhide leather strap matches the deep walnut case. There are no extra features here to ruin the look, just some small black hands, and tiny time markers.

This use of materials and lack of features helps to ensure that this is an affordable model for those on a budget. Even so, there is there a reliable Japanese quartz movement for great timekeeping. Buyers should note that this is a larger watch, with a 45mm diameter and 10mm thickness.

This second model from CUCOL highlights that difference between the more minimal watches and those with flashy designs and features This women’s watch is made to stand out from the crowd by comparison. There are two forms of sandalwood here with the black and white for a striking contrast. This appears on the two elements of the case and through the band. There are also many more features onboard, with the luminous hand, large time markers, compass points, and date window.

As this is a women’s watch, the dimensions are much different. It is just 35mm in diameter, so much slimmer than the men’s watch. Yet, the case thickness is 11mm • There are some clear differences here between this model and the men’s watch. Yet, they share that great Japanese movement,gift box and affordable price tag.

Finding the best wooden watch for you.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when buying a wooden watch. There are options available in more forms of wood than you may have considered. Also, there are strikingly different dress watches and casual watches. Models such as the CUCOL wooden watches above showcase the thought that goes into the different designs. This means attention to detail on the materials, as well as extra features that may prove useful.

The final choice should be a watch that suits its purpose, as well as the tastes and wrist of its owner. This means a watch that fits, without getting too bulky, and looks the part in a business meeting or social gathering. Figure out the style you need, consider the budget and then browse appropriate designs. You are sure to find a great model with the right measurements.

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