Original Grain Review: Wooden Watches With A Story

New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Classic Collection 43MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stonewashed Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood

Started by the Beltran brothers on Kickstarter back in 2013, Original Grain had an idea that was an instant hit. Blend stainless steel and re-claimed wood in original watch designs. 

The result is a company that was quickly standing on its own two feet creating watches that are loved the world around.

Not only do they use stunning materials such as 316L stainless steel and exotic hardwood in every watch, that wood also has a backstory because it has a former life. 

For example, some of their watches feature wood from Kentucky Bourbon barrels, while others use Yankee Stadium seats. All the wood is sustainably sourced and back by the Forest Stewardship Council.

And the best part is, although they are uniquely crafted watches, they don’t cost an arm and a leg. Most go for just a few hundred bucks, depending on the complexity of the watch of course.

Below is a selection of their watches and a lot more detail – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Men's Original Grain Classic

New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Classic Collection 43MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Rosewood
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Classic Collection 43MM Analog Watch | Wood and Antique Gold Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Mahogany Wood
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Classic Collection 43MM Analog Watch | Wood and Espresso Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Whiskey Barrel Wood

The Original Grain Classic is named that for a reason. It has all the makings of a classic watch.

Original Grain’s famous sustainable and unique wood is front and center as the main part of the face, as well as interwoven in the watch bezel and centre links on the watch band. The colors they managed to get in wood is astonishing. It almost looks fake. But it’s not. It’s stunning!

All the Classic models feature a simple dial with Roman numerals and matching hands that complement the case and band. At 3 o’clock you will also see a subtle date window to help you keep track of what day it is. That is then covered by a nicely domed mineral crystal that is scratch-resistant.

They have also used a very modern matt stainless steel that seamlessly matches the wood they have chosen. This is also used for the band, which has a custom fold-over clasp and double push button safety to ensure your watch never falls off at a bad time.

Inside is a Japanese Miyota Citizen Quartz that does not require winding, so you can relax and get on with looking the part.

Specs for the watch include:
 
  • Sustainably sourced wood and stainless steel
  • High quality mineral crystal glass
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • 50m (165ft) water resistance (can get wet)
  • 43 x 12mm case
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Classic Collection 43MM Analog Watch | Wood and Espresso Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Whiskey Barrel Wood
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Classic Collection 43MM Analog Watch | Wood and Espresso Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Whiskey Barrel Wood

Men's Original Grain Minimalist

Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Minimalist Collection 40MM Analog Watch | Brown Leather Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Zebrawood Bezel
Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Minimalist Collection 40MM Analog Watch | Black Leather Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Ebony Wood Bezel
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Minimalist Collection 40MM Analog Watch | Black Leather Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood

Not everyone wants a watch face and bracelet that is so busy, and that is where the Minimalist comes in. It takes the best of Original Grain’s unique wooden features and blends them with a more simple style dress watch.

The dial of these watches has simple rectangular hour markers, a minute train around the edge and an hour and minute hand (no second hand). Minimalist for sure. There are quite a few options in terms of dial material with the plain white, sunburst black and wood-grained being just a few.

Instead of the combination wood/steel bracelet on the classic, this version has a simple matching leather strap that is more inline with a minimilistic dress watch like this. 

Here are the specs for the Minimalist watches:

  • Sustainably sourced wood and stainless steel
  • High quality mineral crystal glass
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • 50m (165ft) water resistance (can get wet)
  • 40 x 6mm case
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Minimalist Collection 40MM Analog Watch | Black Leather Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Minimalist Collection 40MM Analog Watch | Black Leather Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood

Men's Original Grain Barrel

Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 47MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Whiskey Barrel Wood
Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 47MM Analog Watch | Wood and Matte Black Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Sapele Wood
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 42MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stonewashed Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood

Very similar to the classic above but with Arabic numerals instead of Roman, the Barrel also features wood re-used from old bourbon whiskey barrels in Kentucky. Now that is a unique piece of history to have in your watch. Alternatively, other models in this range use unique Koa wood from Hawaii. Check the specifics on the model you like the look of to be sure.

 

Here are the specs for the Barrel watches:

  • Sustainably sourced wood and stainless steel
  • High quality mineral crystal glass
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • 50m (165ft) water resistance (can get wet)
  • 42 or 47 x 6mm case (different sizes available)
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 42MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stonewashed Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 42MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stonewashed Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood

Men's Original Grain Barrel

Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 47MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Whiskey Barrel Wood
Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 47MM Analog Watch | Wood and Matte Black Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Sapele Wood
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 42MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stonewashed Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood

Very similar to the classic above but with Arabic numerals instead of Roman, the Barrel also features wood re-used from old bourbon whiskey barrels in Kentucky. Now that is a unique piece of history to have in your watch. Alternatively, other models in this range use unique Koa wood from Hawaii. Check the specifics on the model you like the look of to be sure.

 

Here are the specs for the Barrel watches:

  • Sustainably sourced wood and stainless steel
  • High quality mineral crystal glass
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • 50m (165ft) water resistance (can get wet)
  • 42 or 47 x 6mm case (different sizes available)
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 42MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stonewashed Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood
New Original Grain Wood Wrist Watch | Barrel Collection 42MM Analog Watch | Wood and Stonewashed Stainless Steel Watch Band | Japanese Quartz Movement | Koa Wood

Original Grain Watch Quality

I think the first part of the watch to consider is the wood. Original Grain go out of their way to source sustainable wood from all over the world that is often re-used (like their Whiskey and Beer barrels). So, we know that the wood is going to be top-notch.

The wood pieces for many of the parts are then hand cut using lathes and other old-fashioned machinery. The smaller parts for the watch band are laser cut (of course :>). You can see how it is all done in the video below.

The internal movement is created by one of the best in Japan, Miyota, who have been making such things for decades.

And then, to top it all off, there is of course a 1 year warranty should anything go wrong. Because, let’s face it, with any manmade product, nothing is perfect :>

 

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