Well-chosen wooden watches can be something that offers style as well as function. If you’re a collector, why not add something different? If you’re all about saving the environment, this is certainly the perfect responsible choice.
Sustainably-sourced wood that is FSC certified, recycled materials like stainless steel, as well as responsibly-manufactured leather, are just some of the features of what you’re about to discover can be put into a fantastic timepiece. Some brands plant trees for every watch sold, some feed starving children. So, how good do you want to feel about yourself?
The best wooden watch is one that is both environmentally-friendly and looks great on your wrist. This article will look over 5 of the best wooden watch options you’ll find in 2020.
Kerbholz Fritz Walnut Watch
$196 / £66
If you’re into the minimalist look but require something a little bit more niche, then the Kerbholz will delight you.
The Fritz offers a clear design with little to no branding and no numbers. The focus is supposed to be on the grain of the walnut wood on the dial and the leather strap, which has been tanned using vegetables!
The case is 40mm and sapphire-coated mineral for scratch-resistance and anti-reflection. The strap itself can be changed. You can create contrast if that suits you. Either way, you go, everything is made from sustainable materials.
Furthermore, what’s really cool is that you’ve got the option to match your watch with a pair of their wooden sunglasses, too.
OVi Watches Prunus Watch
$141 / £121
This is certainly a standout quartz offering Latvian timepiece. OVi has seen a surge in popularity over the past two years, mainly down to the fact that they’re just plain cool and have awesome functionality and reliability. Wearers comment on how durable this watch is, in part due to the use of sapphire glass over the face.
The case is 42mm and the face is made from nut tree wood. Again, the leather strap is tanned using vegetables.
Design-wise, it’s a little niche in that it has a button fastener and the numbers are carved in a way that raises them from the face. This differs from classic metal inlays.
Like the Kerbholz, sustainability is at the heart at OVi, too. Every piece is made by hand and for every single one of them purchased, a tree is planted. You can have great style, reliable timekeeping and peace of mind knowing you’ve made a responsible choice.
Lux Woods The Oakwood Wood Watch
$65 / £51
The Lux offers ‘class with a conscience’ and the Oakwood delivers on exactly that. Lux also plant a tree per purchase, but does more by giving a a child a meal, too.
You can have the back of your watch engraved for a little extra which is great for marking an occasion.
With a 45mm case, it’s on the chunky side. It has a bracelet strap which offers its wearer something noticeably different to a classic link. The wood is Chanate and the glass is crystal. All in all, another solid option that won’t easily get damaged.
Wewood Kappa Watch
$146 / £119
Another chunky timepiece, with a 46mm case. The Wewood Kappa takes the classic link strap and also puts a twist on it as the whole bracelet is made from wood.
It offers a contrast of light and dark wood which somehow cleverly mimics gold watches of the past. It’s got the ability to also tell you the date and has a 24hr converter. Some people have complained that the face is cluttered and the dials aren’t always easy to see, but if you only want to use this watch to tell the time, you’ll hardly notice.
Mam Originals Stainless Watch
$79.99 / £54.99
If you looked at the Kerbholz and wanted even more minimalism, here’s the sleek 40mm Mam. The Originals is made from FSC certified ebony hardwood of only premium quality. The stainless steel on the watch is recycled and again the leather is tanned using the vegetable method. The entire timepiece is 100% responsible and sustainable – not to mention totally gorgeous.
We could all certainly do something to make a positive impact on the environment. We also all want to make a statement when it comes to the watch we were on our wrist. It seems like a no-brainer to put those two things together.
Wearing a watch made of wood won’t feel like wearing a tree on your arm. Everything has been refined. They’re lightweight, sleek and beautiful now. They’re even hypoallergenic, so little to no chance of a bad reaction.
These are absolutely great if you want to feel connected to the outdoors, even when you’re in the office.
However, if you’re looking for something a little more technical you can have a look at our best smartwatches for 2020 here