Watch Reviews

Honest opinions about watches we love, hate, and all those in-between.


LeJour Chronograph 7733: The Poor/Smart Man’s Chronographe du Jour

I’m consistently on the hunt for vintage chronographs from these smaller brands, not just because they’re more…

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Juvenia Sextant: An Early Settler of the Avant-Garde Watch Scene

Juvenia has worked to cultivate a niche of abstract visual elements since the 1920’s that had separated them from the…

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Our Favorite Dive Watches Under $300 (Updated 7/22/2020)

Heitis Watch Company Aviator in Black PVD Review

Overall I like the case design - it's classic and quite visually pleasing, and with the edition of the PVD coating it also has a really fun…

Orient Star GMT WZ0071DJ Review

Like most watches that I add to my personal collection, the Orient Star GMT WZ0071DJ is a balancing act between something dressy and…

Seiko Blue Lagoon Samurai SRPB09K1 LE Review

When I first heard about this Limited Edition Samurai my interest wasn't initially piqued. But then I was able to take a deep look at the…

Orion Watches Field Standard Review

The Field Standard is what I'd consider a hot rodded field watch and refinements like the thick crystal, beefy crown, and integrated strap…

Collinsville Watch Co. Limited Edition Kore 2 Review

The Kore 2 was designed to be a quintessential dress watch with the added special touch of being a microbrand piece. All the design and…

Orient Mako Review: Three Years Later

Its sunburst blue dial, chipped crystal, all of it led me to think of where we had been together and how we got here. I never expected to…


TBWS Watch Reviews: What To Expect

What are our watch reviews all about? Honesty and real-world insights. We’re watch lovers first which means we always try and conduct reviews from the viewpoint of an actual normal person’s wearing perspective. We generally don’t cover watches that are ridiculously overpriced or just not accessible to real, down to earth watch folk like us. We specifically focus on affordable watch reviews because that’s what we’ve always wanted more of in the watch blog world.

Watch reviews are generally conducted and broken down into focusing on 4 parts of a timepiece.

Watch Reviews in 4 Parts:

      1. The Case
      2. The Dial
      3. The Strap/Bracelet
      4. The Movement

After-which we round out our review with an overall perspective on the watch. Please check out the sections below detailing how we approach each section of the review.

The Case:

Design and real-world wearability are huge factors for us in how we conduct watch reviews. That’s why we start with the case. We always try and focus on the intersection (and sometimes the divergence) between how a watch case looks and how it actually wears on the wrist. We also critique the overall quality of finishing, which is becoming something watch folks are looking for more of in affordable watch reviews.

The Dial:

This is traditionally where the visual impact of the watch occurs. But what makes a watch dial aesthetically and functionally successful? That’s one of the main things we explore with out watch reviews. A dial isn’t just about the colors – it’s about how the brand decided to balance all the interior dial elements in relation to each other. Our watch reviews tend to focus on digging deep into the symmetry and asymmetry of what makes a dial visually successful (whether the aim of the watch is to be aesthetically pleasing, functional, or both).

The Strap/Bracelet:

As watch blogs have evolved scrutiny of straps and bracelets has increased. That’s because traditionally pulling back on quality in this area has been a cost-cutting measure which inevitably impacts the consumer in most circumstances. That’s why TBWS focuses so heavily on straps/bracelets in our watch reviews. Breaking down the materials, construction, changeability, and overall aesthetics, a TBWS watch review will offer a holistic perspective on what to expect with a timepiece’s strap/bracelet.

The Movement:

Rarely seen but impossible to live without. In traditional watch reviews movements never received too much attention. But as consumers begin to become more and more curious about every aspect of what they’re spending their hard earned money on, attention on what makes a watch tick has increased. That’s why we dedicated an appropriate portion of our watch reviews to focusing on a timepiece’s movement. Whether it’s a mechanical or quartz mechanism, the TBWS watch blog appreciates all movement types and is dedicated to offering an authentic opinion on both the movement itself and how it’s actually utilized and featured by the watch brand. Plus, we’re movement geeks. So we love talking about this stuff.

If you have any questions about how we conduct watch reviews please feel free to contact us at TBWS.Contact@gmail.com. And be sure to check out our weekly watch podcast!