Product Review – The Daniel Wellington Watch

Craig of That Dapper Chap reviews the Classic Warwick watch by Daniel Wellington.

PRODUCT

Daniel Wellington were kind enough to gift me the Classic Warwick watch, this will be the focus of
this review. 

Established in Uppsala in Sweden, just
an hour’s drive from Stockholm, there is a story about how the watch came to be
and their website states: “Filip Tysander, the founder of Daniel Wellington,
met an intriguing gentleman from the British Isles. The man had the inspiring
ability to be gentlemanly but still relaxed and unpretentious. He had an
impeccable style, and loved to wear his watches on old weathered Nato straps.
His name? Well, Daniel Wellington, of course. A strong friendship emerged
between the two, and our founder was inspired not only by the man’s many great
life stories but also by his class and timeless style of fashion”. 

I’m not sure
how true this is as is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby story. A part of me
likes to think it is, but only the people at Daniel Wellington know the truth about
that one.

The Classic Warwick by Daniel Wellington

Daniel
Wellington watches are manufactured and sent from Sweden and they are available at
a few outlets but they do sell from their main website. They offer a range of
mens and ladies watches and most come with interchangeable straps. Others are fitted with a
leather strap and each watch is available in silver or rose gold.

The men’s watch
measures 40mm by just 6mm, making it a very thin watch. They are also water
resistant, but they recommend that you avoid all contact with water.  All of the faces are in eggshell white which
gives a very clean and crisp look.

The ‘Classic’
range are named after British towns, and mine is the Classic Warwick with a
green and blue Nato band in rose gold. They also now have a new collection
called ‘Grace’ which has Roman numerals at the 12 and 6 and a slightly
different strap consisting of leather and cotton.

The DW Grace Collection

PRICE

Prices range
from £149 for a Classic with a nato band to £179 for one with a full leather
strap. The Grace collection are also priced at £179. 

As we all know, we can buy
a watch for as little as £20 with the top end being stratospheric. So, if you’re a guy
on a budget, as I am Daniel Wellington may be a good choice for you. 

For me the price is reasonable. I’d see it as gift level,
birthday, Christmas or maybe a wedding gift. It depends on how much you have in
your wallet, but in my opinion the price is good for the quality of the
watch.

Some of the range of Daniel Wellington Watches


PACKAGING & PRESENTATION

I love the
Daniel Wellington packaging. Mine arrived in a beautiful leather gift box which
makes it feel like a real luxury item. In the box there is a manual,
instructions and a 2 year guarantee. It also has replacement pins should you
misplace yours.

The beautiful Daniel Wellington leather presentation box


PERFORMANCE

With its preppy look, the Daniel Wellington watch is thin, I
agree with their description in that it is ‘elegant’ and is suitable for
every occasion.  The one thing that a watch
should do is tell the time, and I found that it has impeccable timekeeping, in
fact I use my Daniel Wellington to set the time on my other watches and clocks.

Being thin the watch is also light and easy to wear. I find
that it doesn’t get in the way and it’s a watch that you don’t ‘know’ you are wearing i.e. it isn’t cumbersome and heavy.

The strap is good quality too with the hardware matching the
gold colour of the watch.

This is a simple watch with lines instead on numbers, no
frills, no dials, no buttons or other fancy bits which distract from its
minimalistic design.

PERTINENCY

This watch is very ‘now’ the preppy style is very on trend
as are watches with interchangeable straps. Since Timex introduced its
Weekender with its selection of different straps other brands have latched on. 

If you’re a trendy guy who cares about the details in his
daily look this may be one for you to consider. There are many many different styles
of strap on the market that fit this watch. This gives you the ability to
match the watch to whichever outfit you put together.

As I stated earlier, the watch is light and easy to wear,
it’s not a watch that shouts ‘look at me’ it’s way more discrete and subtle than
that, so if you’re looking for a statement watch, this isn’t it.  However, your friends, colleagues and family
will notice when you match the strap to your outfit. I often get comments to
that effect.

 

My DW with a blue themed outfit

PRO’s AND CONS

As previously mentioned, the watch is lightweight and easy to wear. It doesn’t get in the way and it’s easy to forget that you’re wearing it. For me that’s a big plus.

I would like to have a choice of face colour, the same way as you do with the Timex Weekender, maybe a cream, grey or black face. The interchangeable possibilities with that would be huge and I for one would be tempted to get all the colour faces!

Instead of numbers the Daniel Wellington has markers in the form of gold lines. I’m okay with that, but some people may find it difficult to read the time, having said that I’ve never had an issue.

Another enhancement may be a light. Unlike other watches it doesn’t have one, so on occasion I have had to refer to my phone for the time as I couldn’t see my watch. It’s a simple function and one that I think may enhance it.

The very fact that you can change the straps to match any outfit and even make your own straps or have one-off straps made is a huge bonus as it makes it very personal to you.

PEOPLE

I often get comments on the watch, this is usually more to
do with the strap due to the more sedate design of the actual watch face, as the strap is most
noticeable part.

The vast majority of people were complimentary of its appearance using
words such as “clean looking” and “classy”. One person did say “It’s a little
boring” and for some people it will be.

 

Another picture of my DW as posted to Instagram

PRECIS

Overall I’m a fan. The Daniel Wellington watch is cool, trendy and classy and the whole strap thing will get me every time. Its simplicity makes it appealing and it’s as noticeable as you want it to be. Play it down and wear it with a plain brown leather strap or get it noticed by popping on a bubble gum pink Nato band. Your choice!

PROMOTION

      

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10 Comments

  1. September 30, 2014 / 3:08 am

    How do you make your own strap, as you stated above?

    • April 6, 2015 / 10:20 am

      Hi,

      you can but the watch hardware at various outlets and there are tutorials on You Tube showing you the various steps. I even found them made from vintage fabrics which can look quite cool.

  2. April 4, 2015 / 6:28 am

    I just recently discovered Daniel Wellington brand, and I must say I love it! The simplicity and sleek design combined with playful nato strips really appeal to me. I'm just not sure about the price point, I've read on multiply forums that they are a bit overpriced for the quality and features they offer..but very nice watches, in any case!

    • April 6, 2015 / 10:21 am

      Hi,

      The simplicity and elegance is one of the great things about the DW watch. I think the price is good for what you get. I've had mine a while now and it's still as good as the day I got it.

    • September 26, 2015 / 12:19 pm

      Hi Amy, yes it is. Thanks for your question

  3. October 9, 2015 / 4:06 am

    That is a cool watch! The hubby is into watches like that and would like this.

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