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Wood Watches: A Buyer's Guide
At Select Wood Watches, we are passionate about eco-fashion and making purchasing decisions that protect the environment. That's why we strictly carry what we consider to be the top two brands of wooden watches: WeWood and Tense. There are literally dozens of other brands out there, but we simply don't trust them! The big three we carry are known for their quality, craftsmanship and style. We can only stand behind companies we believe in and know are run by responsible people. Our watches are not only highly fashionable and highly reliable, but they are also highly sustainable! Wood watches are the wave of the future. They are a great way to bring a bit of nature into your style, while making a purchase that you can feel good about. With this buyer's guide, we've broken down the ins and outs of buying a watch for you, so you can make sure that you are getting one that fits your fashion sense as well as your common sense.
Movement: Watches That Tell Time Are What it's All About!
Obviously, the most important thing when buying a watch is getting one that tells time. They aren't just fashion accessories, after all. Watches need to be accurate and reliable. When you're shopping around for a new watch, you will often come across the term Movement. Movement is the word for the tiny metal parts and gears inside of the watch that make it tick. Some movements are much better than others, and what kind of movement your watch has determines how dependable your watch will be. Sure, you could go with that $20 watch from your local superstore, but it likely has a poorly-made movement, which means that it probably doesn't keep time very well.
What Kind of Movement Should I Get?
Select Wood Watches only carry brands that exclusively use Miyota movement technology. Made in Japan, Miyota is one of the top, most trusted manufacturers of watch movements. Sure, everyone always talks about how great Swiss-made movements are, and they're right! The Swiss make some fine watch movements. Miyota movements, however, are half the price of Swiss-made movements and are every bit as reliable. That's why Select Wood Watches are able to sell these terrific timepieces at such a low price!
Comfort & Fit
Nobody wants a watch that isn't going to fit comfortably on their wrist, or worse -- is going to give them a rash. The best kind of watches are the ones that are light weight, smooth, hypoallergenic and adjustable.
Metal watches can be cumbersome to lug around. They are often heavy on your wrist, which can be uncomfortable. Wooden watches, on the other hand, are super light weight. Our watches are typically less than two ounces, so you barely notice that you're wearing them at all!
Where metal watches are often cold and irritating against your skin, wood watches have a smooth, comfortable, earthy feel. Select Wood Watches carries only the top brands of wood watches, so each one is expertly crafted to feel amazing against your skin.
Skin can be rather sensitive. It is always disappointing to buy a beautiful new piece of jewelry, just to find that it leaves your skin a different color than it was before (we've all been there). Many metals can be irritating to the skin. We only carry watches that are made with 100% natural wood, free of harmful preservatives and toxic dyes and chemicals, thus greatly reducing your risk of having an allergic reaction to your newest accessory.
Everyone's wrist is a different size, and you shouldn't have to take your watch into a specialty shop to get it adjusted to fit you. Our wood watches are adjustable! You can easily customize the fit of your watch by adding or removing the wood links on the watch, so they are designed to be of maximum convenience and comfort for you.
Sustainability: Environmental & Social Responsibility
Did you know that many of the top-selling metal watches on the market are actually harmful to the environment? You see, they are made with precious metals, which are not only rare, but difficult and damaging to the planet to extract. Wood is recyclable and reuseable. Many of the timepieces that Select Wood Watches carries are made with 100% recycled wood. With each purchase of some of our wood watches, a new tree will be planted! Plus, the brands we work with are known for contributing to social causes and organizations.
How To Care For Your Wood Watch
One of the great perks of owning a wooden watch is that it doesn't require a whole lot of maintenance. You aren't going to be spreading Pledge or any ridiculously over-priced special oil or polish over it. Just wear it frequently, and the oils of your skin will take care of the rest! Remember, at Select Wood Watches, we are passionate about fashion that is earth friendly, and we like to celebrate natural beauty. As such, we make sure that the watches we sell aren't treated with any chemicals, and that they will stay strong, beautiful and ticking, without help from wood treatments. If you do decide you want to give your watch a little extra sheen, though, you can always use a cotton cloth to spread on an equal mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. You can also use walnut oil or beeswax to give your wood watch an extra protective coating.
Since they are natural wood without chemical treatment, though, that does mean that you need to be careful with water. If you get a little water splashed up there while you're washing your hands, your wood watch will be fine. However, you don't want to go swimming with it or wear it in the shower. Wood can warp with a lot of water exposure, so keeping it dry is your safest bet.
Like any other watch, you'll need to get the battery replaced every couple of years. When the time comes, just take it into a watch or jewelry shop and have them replace the battery for you. If you need a tighter or looser fit for your watch band, you can easily adjust the size of the band yourself with a link removal tool! Use the tool to remove and add wooden links to your band for the perfect fit. You can also purchase extra links for your watch if you need a larger size.
The Bottom Line
With each dollar you spend, you are casting a vote for what kinds of companies and practices you want to support. When you buy one of our gorgeous wooden watches, not only are you getting a reliable timepiece that speaks to your excellent sense of style, but you are also getting one that has a positive impact on the environment and communities. Select Wood Watches is proud to support WeWOOD and Tense. They have our vote!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are all of the watches a Select Wood Watches eco-friendly?
A: Yes! At Select Wood Watches, we are committed to preserving our natural environment. We make sure that we are providing our customers only with sustainable products, by working with trusted, eco-conscious manufacturers. Different brands go about being eco-friendly in different ways. For instance, WeWOOD plants a new tree with every watch it sells. That is a lot of trees planted! No matter how they go about it, all of the brands that Select Wood Watches carry are known for keeping the planet in mind while they create their beautiful designs.
Q: How does buying a wooden watch help the environment?
A: Traditional watches are typically made out of precious metals, which can be really damaging to the planet to extract. Our selection of wooden watches, however, are made with recycled materials and without any harmful dyes or irritants. Unlike metal watches, our wood watches don't use earth-damaging (and skin-damaging) chemicals and toxins. So, not only are they more environmentally-friendly, but they are more hypoallergenic as well. It is as natural as you can get!
Q: Are wood watches bulky or uncomfortable?
A: Not at all! In fact, we challenge you to find a timepiece made from a different material that is more comfortable to wear on your wrist. Our selection of wooden watches are super lightweight. If it weren't for all of the compliments you got on it, you might even forget that it's there! And, as we mentioned before, these watches aren't treated with skin-irritating dyes or preservatives. This means that at Select Wood Watches, we carry not only the most earth-friendly watches around, but we also carry the most skin-friendly watches around! All of our watches are adjustable, and can be made bigger or smaller with the addition or removal of links, so your eco-friendly watch will fit on your wrist comfortably. With our vast selection of different shapes and sizes, everyone is guaranteed to find a wood wrist watch that would feel good to them!
Q: What is meant by "Movement"? Why does it matter?
A: Movement refers to the metal mechanisms inside of the watch that makes them able to tell time. What kind of movement the watches use is highly important, because nobody wants a watch that can't accurately tell time. You can have the most beautiful, hand-crafted, eco-friendly watch in the world, but if the movement isn't any good, then what's the point? At Select Wood Watches, all of the wood watches we carry are made with Miyoto movements, developed and manufactured in Japan. Miyoto is world-famous for producing the highest quality and most environmentally responsible movements for watches that there are. They are always up-to-date regarding the latest information in hazardous materials, so their movements are always safe and eco-friendly. Not to mention -- they keep exquisite time!
Q: What kind of wood is used?
A: From Rosewood, to Sandalwood, from Maple to Walnut, our wood watches are made using a variety of different types of wood. Our Tense watches come from a variety of different trees, from all over the world. Our WeWOOD watches are made with recycled and repurposed wood of all different varieties. One thing that makes wood watches extra special, is that just like each tree is unique, each wood wrist watch is unique! Because our watches are all natural and aren't treated with chemicals and dyes, there isn't anything forcing each one to have an identical coloring. While all watches of the same model are going to be the same in design and very similar in coloring and texture, each one will be slightly different because they came from different trees. The wood from one maple tree doesn't look identical to the wood from another maple tree, does it? So, when you buy a wood watch from Select Wood Watches, you are buying a watch that is truly unique to you!
So what are you waiting for? Purchasing a timepiece from Select Wood Watches is an investment. Our prices are guaranteed to be the lowest online. But don't mistake low prices and convenience for shoddy products. Like time itself, our finely made wood watches just keep on running. They are timeless. Just like you!