Standing out in the watch crowd can be a difficult thing to do in the current market. Smart-watches are the obvious new trend but JORD watchmakers think they’ve found their selling point: the wooden watch. We tested out their Fieldcrest watch to see if the unique idea will stand the test of time. Pun very much intended.

Jord Fieldcrest Watch

First of all, let’s start with the JORD watches in general. The company say, ‘it’s about time someone delivered an unconventional answer to age-old wrist candy. JORD watches are designed to take people back to nature and away from today’s metal & rubber. We want to challenge the norm by making unique time pieces as a focal point for everyday fashion.’ All watches are hand-made from sustainable wood and face contain scratch-proof “blue film” glass. You can see the appeal instantly.

We tested out the Fieldcrest timepiece in Black (although Maple and Natural Green wood finishes are also available). The Fieldcrest Series is produced in a classic midsize. The monochromatic wood face, bezel, and strap serve to showcase the intricacy of the wood grain. For us geeks, here are the specs:

  • Deployment Buckle with Push Button
  • Scratch Resistant Mineral
  • Citizen Miyota Quartz Movement (2035)
  • Case Width: 39mm
  • Case Thickness: 11mm
  • Lug Ends: 49mm
  • Band Length: 205mm
  • Band Thickness: 20mm

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From a personal point of view, I think I should be honest and admit I’m no watch connoisseur. While I’m no novice, my £7 Casio has lasted me 8 years (no joke). I prefer minimalist practicality to flashy. This is why I am a big fan of the JORD Fieldcrest. At first glance, it’s a simple and elegant timepiece and at first wear, it’s lightweight and unassuming. While some may find that not to their liking – I found it a major positive. The face isn’t too big and it’s striking just how well crafted it is. What could easily feel like a Arts & Crafts bargain from the village fete stool feels anything but. The detail in the wood feels sophisticated as well as natural which makes it a watch for pretty much every occasion. At $120 it’s also reasonable enough compared to other watches on the market. In short, we’re more than happy to recommend the JORD Fieldcrest.

It should be said that some of the other timepieces that JORD offer are a little more divisive than the humble Fieldcrest. But if you like what you read, check out the full range of JORD watches at www.woodwatches.com and judge for yourself.

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