Wood In Philosophy

 by Michael Satterfield

I get a lot of watches to test and review, while I mostly dismiss the majority of fashion watch brands that seem to pop up daily. Wood watches are nothing new, in fact, there are dozens of brands offering wooden watches, but when I saw The Bowen Chronograph in Ebony by Wood In Philosophy I got in touch to see if I could get one for review.

Wood In Philosophy not only sent me the Bowen Chronograph but also sent over the Dean and the Snoqualmie models for me to check out. The packaging was impressive with the Bowen and Snoqualmie arriving in nice custom wooden boxes and the Dean in a nice cardboard box with fitted liner. I unpacked each watch and laid them out on the table, the first thing I noticed is how lightweight they are, not in a bad way, these are not stainless steel or gold, so it was expected. 


The overall quality of the construction was very good and the attention to detail was excellent. I liked the stainless steel butterfly opening clasp on the bracelet, it made getting the watch on and off much easier since I have larger hands. I found microsuede leather strap on the Dean model was on the small side and I needed to use the last hole on the watch band. This has been a common issue on many overseas produced fashion watches that they tend to have smaller sizes on watch bands. 

The quality continues inside with the watches using Ronda or Seiko quartz movements as opposed to generic movements which are often found in fashion watches at this price point. The combination of the movements, style, and overall quality make these a fair buy as the watches range in price from $120-$200 each. 


The only other issue you might have is waterproofness, with the cases being made out of wood they are only splashproof so you can't go diving with your Wood In Philosophy Chronograph. If you do need to go diving in your watch, a pre-owned Seiko Divers watch is a good choice in the price range.
For more information on the watches check out the individual specs below or visit WoodInPhilosophy.com

  • Case Width - 36.5
  • Case Thickness - 12 mm
  • Dial Width - 35 mm
  • Bracelet Width - 20 mm
  • Bracelet Length - 210 mm
  • Ion Plated Stainless Steel and Ebony Wood watch case and band 
  • Ash Coloured Monochrome Watch Face
  • Seiko VD51 Quartz Movement
  • Sapphire crystal glass
  • Ion-plated stainless steel butterfly clasp
  • Wooden Gift Box
  • Splash-proof but should not be submerged in water
  • 30 Day Exchange/Returns
  • Backed by our 1 Year Warranty



  • Case Width - 46 mm
  • Case Thickness - 12 mm
  • Dial Width - 35.5 mm
  • Bracelet Width - 18 mm
  • Bracelet Length - 210 mm
  • Dark Sandalwood watch case and band Slate Gray Dial
  • Ronda 515 Swiss Quartz Movement
  • Sapphire crystal glass
  • 316L Stainless Steel butterfly clasp
  • Wooden Gift Box
  • Splash-proof but should not be submerged in water
  • 30 Day Exchange/Returns
  • Backed by our 1 Year Warranty



  • Case Width - 43 mm
  • Case Thickness - 12 mm
  • Dial Width - 35.5 mm
  • Bracelet Width - 18 mm
  • Bracelet Length - Adjustable
  • Black Walnut Wood Watch Case 
  • Blue Face Watch
  • Inter-Changeable Genuine Blue Microsuede Leather Band with Quick Release.
  • Sapphire crystal glass
  • Seiko VH68 Quartz Movement with sweeping second hands
  • Stainless Steel Buckle
  • Splash-proof but should not be submerged in water
  • 30 Day Exchange/Returns
  • Backed by our 1 Year Warranty



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