Shinola Watches Review

shinola luxury watches review

Shinola are perhaps better known for their top-notch clothing and bags than they are for their watches. But they have certainly done a great job of making American made watches great again!

They have a very specific style which you will quickly see in the models I have chosen below. However, their attention to detail, quality and making their own in-house movements is not something most new watch manufacturers choose to do. That is why Shinola watches are a little more expensive than most, but way cheaper than their Swiss counterparts, that’s for sure.

So, why not check out what kind of style and models they have to offer and whether they have something that suits you!

1. Shinola The Runwell Quartz

Shinola Detroit Men's The Runwell 47mm - 10000010 White/Tan

One of Shinola’s most popular models is The Runwell with a their own high accuracy quartz movement – made with a mixture of Swiss and other parts. 

These guys don’t mess around when it comes to watches, paying close attention to detail at every turn. Starting with the humble but detailed dial – which is a cream colored and matte-finished, finished with applied Arabic number on the indicies. The seconds sub-dial is a nice alternative to a standard 3-hand watch, and they have used top-notch Super-Luminova lume on the hands to ensure ease of use in the dark.

The case is a clean and round stainless steel, with a hat-tip to the aviator style crown with their “pumpkin” shaped version. The strap is also a very high quality stitched leather and a soft-nubuck backing to make it far more comfy on the wrist.

And of course, if you don’t like the specific color or style of the watch, there are some options, pictured below. Just click on the image to see more details.

  • Shinola Argonite 1069 Quartz movement
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Polished stainless steel
  • Leather strap - Dark Nut Brown Aniline Latigo
  • Seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock
  • Water resistance: 50m (165ft)
  • Case size: 47 x 10.9mm
Shinola Detroit Mens The Runwell 47mm - 10000012
Shinola Detroit Mens The Runwell 47mm - 10000141
Shinola Detroit Unisex The Runwell 41mm - 10000018 White/Natural
Shinola Detroit Unisex The Runwell 41mm - 20018280

2. Shinola Runwell Chrono

Shinola 47mm Runwell Chrono With Silver Dial and a Cattail Brown Grizzly Leather Strap

Continuing with Shinola’s successful Runwell collection, this watch gets a little more features with a two sub-dial chronograph and a date window at 6 o’clock. It is still powered with a Shinola-made quartz movement of course.

The style of the watch is only a little different here, accommodating the new features. Instead of the sub-dial with the seconds, this model has a second hand and sub-dials for minutes and hours.

There are a number of variants of the Chrono, as well as a slightly slimmer version called the Canfield Chrono, which might also be worth checking out. It is quite similar, but has a slightly thiner case edge and smaller face at 43mm, which might suit some of you better.

  • Shinola Argonite 5021 Quartz movement
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Polished stainless steel
  • Leather strap - Dark Nut Brown Aniline Latigo
  • Seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock
  • Water resistance: 50m (165ft)
  • Case size: 47 x 10.9mm
Shinola Detroit Men's The Runwell Chrono 47mm - 10000047 Blue/Dark Brown Watch
Shinola Detroit Men's The Runwell Chrono 47mm - 10000167 Slate Blue/Deep Brown Watch
Shinola Detroit Mens The Runwell Chrono 47mm - 10000051

3. Shinola Canfield Detroit

Shinola Men's The Canfield 43mm Watch, Midnight Blue/Stainless, One Size

The Canfield is Shinola’s slimmer more refined collection, built on a slightly smaller case size that is more suitable to people with smaller wrists. The designers of this range have kept the overall Shinola look but refined the edge of the case, added a coin ridge to the bezel, a finer minute track and slim laser cut hands.

There is also a date window at 3 o’clock, but keeping with the design, it is unobtrusive and almost invisible.

  • Shinola Argonite 751 Quartz movement
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Polished stainless steel
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Date window at 3 o'clock
  • Water resistance: 50m (165ft)
  • Case size: 43 x 11.3mm
Shinola The Canfield Silver Dial Leather Strap Men's Watch 20089881
Shinola Detroit Men's The Canfield 43mm - 20001939 Black/Oxblood

4. Shinola Guardian

Shinola Men's The Guardian 41mm Watch, Tan/Cool Grey, One Size

I like the fact that Shinola have gone a little off base here and made a squarer shaped case for this collection. It is not something you see a lot of, or if you do, it is something quite classic like the Cartier Tank or something we all know well like the Tag Heuer Monaco. Don’t get me wrong, I love those watches too, but something new and stylish is always great to see.

This watch is very much a rounder version of the Runwell models above, but with squarer case gives it a far more unique look.

  • Shinola Argonite 705 Quartz movement
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Polished stainless steel
  • Stitched leather strap
  • Date window at 3 o'clock
  • Water resistance: 50m (165ft)
  • Case size: 41.5 x 11.2mm
Shinola The Guardian Black Dial Leather Strap Men's Watch 20089896
Shinola Men's The Guardian 41mm Watch, Black/Milky White, One Size
Shinola Detroit Unisex The Guardian 41mm - 20029582 Brown/Beige Watch

5. Shinola Rambler

Shinola The Rambler Tachymeter 44mm Gunmetal Mens Watch - S0120065286

The last men’s model I want to touch upon is the Rambler. It is also quite a unique design and combines a chronograph with a tachymeter on the bezel to add a new touch.

The dial is very much in keeping with the Shinola design – clean, easy to read, with well lumed hands. The case is actually where it shines to me. The long case body leading towards the lugs gives it a very Seiko Sumo or Turtle look, which not many other watchmakers are bold enough to do. 

I also love the gun metal stainless steel that has been used on the case and bracelet and the complementary blue on the dial and bezel. Very sleek and modern.

  • Shinola Argonite 5021 Quartz movement
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Polished stainless steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Chronograph and Tachymeter on the bezel
  • Water resistance: 50m (165ft)
  • Case size: 44 x 13.5mm
Shinola The Rambler 600 Black Dial Titanium Chronograph Mens Watch 12007930
Shinola The Rambler Tachymerer Chrono Black Dial Mens Watch 12007928

6. Shinola Women's Range

Shinola certainly have not neglected women when it comes to their watch collection. In fact, they have more or less the same selection as the men, just with a more feminine touch. 

There is the Runwell range, Chronographs, some slimmer style watches and many more. Rather than run through them all, I have included a selection below.

Shinola The Runwell White Dial Stainless Steel Ladies Watch S0120089898
Shinola The Canfield Brown Dial Leather Strap Ladies Watch S0120089886
Shinola The Cass Nude Dial Leather Strap Ladies Watch 20065281
Shinola The Cass With Diamonds Ladies Watch 20031979
Shinola Detroit Women's The Canfield 38mm - 20001934 Nude/Light Pink
Shinola The Birdy Mother of Pearl Dial Leather Strap Ladies Watch 20077933
Shinola The Canfield 32 Mm Ladies Watch 20018680
Shinola The Gomelsky Mother of Pearl Dial Ladies Watch 12001102