wood watch buyers guide, what you should consider when buying a wood watch

Setting out to select a wooden watch to buy can seem overwhelming at first, because there are hundreds to choose from and many of them look so much alike, they’re practically identical. We realized this and decided to create this guide to make it easier for you.

This guide includes helpful information about the different styles of wooden watches, where to buy them, how much they’ll likely cost and other details regarding the various features that you might like to know about.

Our goal is to give you what you need to know to make a smart decision without having to see the watch in person and to help you get the most for your money.

Things to Consider When Choosing a timber watch made from wood

There are a number of things to consider before you buy. Thinking about these things first will ensure that you’re choosing the watch that is best suited to you.

When do you plan on wearing it?

Before anything else, you need to decide when you will be wearing this watch. Is this going to be your everyday watch that you’ll be wearing to work? Would you be wearing this to the beach? Are you planning on wearing this with a suit to dressy or more formal events?

If this is something you’ll wear to work everyday, then you’d probably prefer a softer, more durable leather watchband for comfort. But if you’re mostly going to wear the watch for outdoor activities, you might want to consider a plastic case rather than glass because plastic is shatterproof.

If this watch is going to be worn in formal settings, you might want to choose a watch face that is minimalistic in design or one with an all-wooden strap instead of a leather one. It’s best that you think about these things in advance before you make your purchase.

The Case

What case will likely suit your purposes best?
The case will likely come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours for you to choose from.

Shape

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Watches come in several shapes, with the most common ones being a circle, rectangle and square. It’s up to you to decide what look you’re after, but circular is the one you see most often, and it does seem to be quite stylish, suiting both casual and formal attire.

Colour

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You may see wooden watches that have cases dyed a darker shade of brown. Not all wooden watches are alike, so look carefully before you choose because you want a shade you won’t easily tire of.

Grain

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With any wood product there are going to be sight variations in the grain as that’s the nature of wood. The grain will make your watch unique, as no two grains are alike.

The Crystal

The crystal is the part protecting the watch’s face. Most people assume the watch crystal is made of glass, but that’s not necessarily the case. A watch’s crystal can be made from other materials besides glass.

The following are the most commonly used materials for the crystals in wooden watches:

Acrylic

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Acrylic crystal is actually the technical name given for plastic glass. Acrylic is more cost-effective than other materials used in crystals, a highly prone to scratches when compared to the other materials. The good news is that’s almost impossible to break or shatter. Acrylic is relatively soft so it can be easily polished to eliminate the scratches.

Mineral

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Mineral crystal is actually the technical name given for normal glass. When you harden glass with a tempering process, you get mineral glass, which is harder than acrylic crystals, but it can still break or shatter. The good news is that it is more resistant to scratches. Mineral crystal is a combination of shatterproof and scratch resistant, which is a good mix really.

Sapphire

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Sapphire Crystal is definitely the most expensive choice for watch crystals, and is found only on high quality watches. It has three times the hardness of mineral crystals, which makes it the most resistant to scratches of the three crystals we’ve mentioned.

In the end, acrylic crystal has proven to be the most durable out of the three listed, but unfortunately it does look the cheapest. The strongest one is the sapphire crystal, but it’s very expensive. Consider how you will be using your watch before you decide which crystal would best suit your lifestyle and habits.

Types of Watchbands

The type of watchband you get will determine how comfortable the watch is when you’re wearing it. It can also make an inexpensive watch look more expensive and formal.

The three most common types of bands are:

Leather

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A leather watchband is perfect on a more formal watch, but also great for an everyday watch due to the comfort it provides. Leather is durable yet soft and a watchband made of leather can be worn all day long without causing any discomfort. People with skin rashes or irritations often trade their metal watchband for leather and are much happier.

Wood

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Wooden watchbands are becoming more popular and are usually found on high-end wooden watches. They have a nice appearance and feels cool on your wrist. Wood actually has anti-bacterial properties, so if you’re worried about germs, they won’t build up on a wooden band. For people who prefer hypoallergenic products, wooden watchbands are perfect.

Metal

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Metal watchbands are not seen very frequently on wooden watches as they are on metal watches since most watch manufacturers simply do not add metal bands to watches unless they’re specifically requested. If you really like the look and feel of metal, you can certainly find metal watchbands if you look hard enough.

Your personal preferences will dictate the watchband you choose, but if you do decide on a metal band it will make the watch a lot heaver on your wrist.

Analog or Digital

Are you a more traditional person who likes a watch that ticks with hands indicating the time? Or are you more modern and prefer digital numbers that light up to indicate the time?

Analog

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Quartz are very tiny crystals that vibrate to keep very accurate time. Quartz is known for its accuracy, with very little chance of making errors.  Due to its reliability and its cost, with fewer moving parts than mechanical watches, quartz it is highly favoured among watchmakers and consumers alike. 

Digital

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Digital watches have a tiny watch battery for power. These batteries last quite a long time, typically ten or more years before they need to be replaced, so this is an advantage of having a digital watch. 

Watch Size

Make sure that you check the specs on the watch you choose before you buy so that you can be sure the band will fit your wrist.

Watchbands are sized for the average wrist size and they fit most people, however if your wrist is unusually small or big, then you need to make sure the band will fit around your wrist.

Another thing to consider is the size of the watch’s face, its diameter and thickness. You may prefer a large watch or a small one, but one thing you don’t want is a watch that turns out to be drastically different than the photos shown online.

The Weight

Weight is another factor that depends on personal preference. Because wood is so light, a wooden watch will naturally be lightweight.

If you would like to add some heft to the watch, you may want to consider a metal watchband, which will definitely add some weight.

People who do not want a lightweight watch should consider watches made of other materials besides wood.

What Do Wood Watches Cost?

Prices vary so it all depends on brand you’re looking at, the quality, type of watchband, the materials used, etc. As with any type of product, the price will involve a number of factors, but basically you’ll likely get what you pay for, no more and no less. 

You can usually find an entry-level, lower quality watch for about $99 USD, a mid-range watch should range from $150 to $250 USD, and a higher quality watch can be found for $350 USD and more.

Wood is an inexpensive material, so wooden watches are certainly affordable. In fact the most expensive wooden watches are not out of reach, unlike metal watches that are hugely expensive, hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases.

Where Do They Sell Wood Watches?

Amazon is a great place to buy so many things, including wooden watches. When you buy a wooden watch through Amazon you get a 2-year warranty offered by Asurion. This will give you peace of mind about your online purchase. If you belong to Amazon Prime, you will be guaranteed 2-day shipping, or a full refund.

In fact, Amazon Prime is currently running a promotion that allows you to pay $3 for a 30-day FREE TRIAL and this also offers 2-day shipping. If you don’t already have a Prime account, you may want to do that to save money on shipping costs.

What Styles of Watches are there to Choose From?

Minimalistic

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A minimalistic look is what you see most commonly with the faces on wooden watches. This is a reflection on the laid-back look and simplistic nature of wood watches.

Minimalistic watches can be worn on both casual and formal occasions, so they are versatile. They can even be a conversation piece, but they won’t detract from the style you’re wearing.

Patterned

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A patterned watch combines minimalistic style and a watch face with a pattern. These are showing up more frequently these days.

The patterns may be of repeating triangles or other shapes, animals etched right into the face of the watch, or simply dyed backgrounds in various colours. Watches of this type do tend to draw attention, more than a simple minimalistic design.

Aggressive

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Aggressive watch faces are not very commonly found. These are simply designed to attract attention, just screaming to be looked at and commented on. I wouldn’t say they are in very good taste.

How Long Do Wooden Watches Last?

The lifespan of a wooden watch can vary depending on how well it’s taken care of. They are not waterproof so if you accidently go swimming with your watch on, that’s the end of it.

Another factor affecting lifespan is the battery or time-keeping mechanism used in your watch. A quartz mechanism will usually last a lot longer than a mechanical one. However, if your problem turns out to be the battery, it can be easily and inexpensively replaced.

How often you wear your watch also affects its lifespan. When you wear it every day the watchband will wear out a lot more quickly than if you just wear it on the weekends.

The main factor influencing the lifespan of your watch is its quality, assuming you take good care of your watch. A watch with a good quality crystal and watchband will last quite a bit longer than an inexpensive entry-level watch.

How Do I Choose the Right Watch for Me?

The most important thing is to choose one that fits your gender. Most wooden watches come in unisex styles, so they work well on both men and women. However, a man’s watch will have a larger face and wider watchband, whereas a woman’s watch will have a smaller face and band.

The wooden watch most suited to you will be one that you like, one that you won’t get tired of. After reading this guide you should have come to a conclusion by now about what kind of watch you’re looking for.

Why Would a Wooden Watch be a Good Choice?

Wooden watches really are a conversation piece. It seems that whenever I’m wearing any one of my many wooden watches someone pays me a compliment on it. It doesn’t make any difference which one I’m wearing, they all get plenty of attention.

Wood is also naturally anti-bacterial in nature as well as anti-fungal. This makes it ideal for anyone concerned about germs. There will never be any build-up of bacteria on a wooden watch. 

Environmentally speaking, trees grow at a rate of 1 foot per day, reaching maturity within 3 to 5 years. With this in mind you can be sure you would be making an environmentally friendly decision with a wooden watch.

  • Cirrum

    Great guide, I had no Idea there was so many choices. I have had a few wooden watches, this would have helped me

  • Sarah

    Thanks for the post, I found a great one on etsy