If you’re looking for a Swiss-quality timepiece at an affordable price, you’re going to love Wenger watches. Here, we’re going to look at the best of Wenger models, as well as a little bit about their background and overall quality.
Wenger was one of the first makers of the Swiss Army Knife back in 1893, so it knows a thing or two about clever engineering and aims to bring this Swiss genius into its watches.
The majority of the components are made in Switzerland, even today, and on the whole, Wenger’s products are considered to be very good quality for a low-end watch.
Let’s have a look at some of the models it offers.
Roadster Swiss Quartz
$166 / £135
This is a minimalistic watch. It has a black face and red stitching on the matching black leather band. It’s a men’s watch and looks like a dive watch, as it has a black and steel bezel and a simple, uncluttered face. It doesn’t make too much fuss.
The rest of the watch has this black, red and steel theme. The second hand is red against the black face. There are basic hour markers with just the 6 and 12 positions really standing out. There’s also a date function.
It offers some superb features for the price. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the 100m water-resistance. It’s also coated with sapphire crystal, which is usually seen on much more expensive watches.
You can choose between a number of cases (which are quite chunky at 45mm), faces and wristbands to make this timepiece unique to you. These come in leather, stainless steel and silicon.
Analog Swiss Quartz
$111 / £91
This is the cheapest in the range and is a much-loved watch simply because of the accessible price. It’s a wonderful everyday watch. You can enjoy it and not worry too much if it breaks, because it’s so easy to get another one.
It’s got a nice looking tan leather strap. The case is brushed stainless steel. It’s fairly big, at 41mm. You can opt for a black or white face. On the face, you will find big, luminous hour markers, which give wonderful readability in low light conditions. On top of the face is mineral crystal. It has 24hr time markers in the inner ring.
It’s not going to blow you away with its looks, but as it’s got Swiss-made quartz on the inside, you just know it’s going to be reliable for years.
$95 / £75
Another of Wenger’s lower-priced options. It’s pretty much the same specification at the analogue version which is covered above. It’s a bit bigger, at 42mm. It has a silicone strap instead of leather, so more suited to the more sporty person.
It’s got an impressive 100m water-resistance rating so you’re good for a shower, heavy rain and some light diving. Inside, it’s powered by Swiss-made quartz movement.
$95 / £75
Coming in at the same price as the Field Class, this is another simple but stylish option.
It has a pronounced 41mm case which comes in brushed stainless steel. It has a nubuck (calfskin) tan leather wristband so it could be worn for casual and formal wear. The dial itself is quite big. It has Arabic hands for easy reading. There’s a handy date function, too.
As you’ve come to expect with Wenger watches, it has a Swiss quartz movement inside and can also withstand 100m of water pressure. You can get caught in the rain, shower or go swimming (although, be mindful of your leather strap if you do). The glass atop of the watch has a sapphire coating which offers a level of scratch-resistance.
This comes with a number of straps and faces. Some have less of the Arabic numbering. You have a lot of choice with this particular model.
Overall, this is a perfect choice for someone who likes the traditional Wegener look with a subtle modern twist.
$98 / £76
This model is stylish and clean with a has a minimalist look and feel. It comes in three versions; two versions of black with a silicone strap and one stainless steel silver version. The case is a skinny 30mm. The dial is sapphire coated so you don’t have to worry too much about bumping it as it’s unlikely to scratch. Inside, you might guess, is a Swiss-made quartz movement.
The design of the face is as elegant as you’ll see on any Wenger watch. It comes in black or white. There are three white bars that have red dots over them which altogether are pretty striking. There’s also a band of circular shapes carved between them. The date window sits at the 3 position.
Alternatives to Wenger
For the price, you could easily step away from traditional watches and get something with a little tech inside. Check out our review of the Guess Connect, where tradition meets technology
If you want to stick with something traditional, you might want to learn about a similar brand, Nixon.
or something more luxurious from one of the best… Cartier