Watch Reviews

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

Seiko SRPE51 Review: Classic SKX Touches, Modern Dress Watch

The new Seiko 5 SRPE51 is not a dive watch. Its whole raison d’être is to move away from that, to offer something……

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Mido Review Episode III: The Commander (M8429.3.22.13)

Let’s dive into Mido’s most art-deco, classic, and vintage piece that has been in the line up since 1959!

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

Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Review (2254.50.00)

It’s apparent at a glance that the Seamaster Professional 300M is a bit different from your usually higher end dive watches. When put…

Mido Ocean Star Tribute Review: Happy 75th Birthday Ocean Star!

Mido rings in their iconic Ocean Star's 75th birthday with the Mido Ocean Star Tribute - but in the flurry and noise of all these vintage…

Seiko SARB035 Review: Discontinued, Not Forgotten

I was pleasantly surprised at how well this “white dial dress” watch paired down with jeans and a ruggedly-hip flannel. Any SARB is perfect…

Citizen NY008-11E ‘Fugu’ Dive Watch Review

This collection has been nicknamed “Fugu” for the Japanese word for pufferfish. The caseback has a laser-etched pufferfish motif, and…

Rolex Explorer 14270 Review: Understated Elegance in 36mm

The Rolex Explorer is an interesting watch. It’s simplistic in design, but it can also melt your face at the same time. I’ve always had…

Seiko SARX055 Review: The Baby Grand Seiko Snowflake

The Seiko SARX055 is referred to by some as the baby Grand Seiko Snowflake due to its similarity to the Grand Seiko SBGA011. However, at…

Timex Snoopy Watch Review: The Timex X Peanuts Weekender Collection

Enthusiasts of any hobby tend to get overly serious when it comes to their passion. The Timex X Peanuts Weekender collaboration allows…

Seiko SNE329 Review – The T. Rex of Seikos

The Seiko SNE329 is a solar powered field watch that wears surprisingly well in spite of its generous proportions... and very tiny hands.…

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 And be sure to check out our weekly watch podcast!