Skmei Watches Review - Cheap Or Junk?

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You are more than likely here because you are wondering if a watch as cheap as a Skmei can actually be any good?

Ok, just so we are on the same page here – this is not a Rolex watch by any means. In fact, it is not even a Casio or Timex, which are also very very affordable.

Skmei make some of the cheapest watches on the market – BUT, that does not mean that they don’t work.

They are based in Guangzhou in China, but are actually huge. They produce dozens of different models ranging from digital and dress watches, to smart watches and pedometers. Skmei is one of the most prolific watch makers in the low-end market.

Any They Any Good?

So, I have already told you that you are not getting a “known” brand when it comes to Skmei, but they are still reliable and often great looking. 

I was quite dubious when I came across them, but almost all the reviews I have read are positive. Sure, some people complain about some minor issues, but for usually under $20 what can you expect from a fully functioning watch. Perfection? No way. But a decent watch for a few ten buck notes? Yes sir!

Just take a look at this dress model below and some of the reviews from Amazon, it gets 4 out of 5 stars for over 1600 reviews, and is one of the best selling models they have (Note: the brand name on the listing says the wrong thing, but it’s Skmei if you look at the watch). That is kind of nuts for such a cheap watch, right?


SKMEI Men's Digital Sports Watch, Military Waterproof Watches LED Screen Large Face Stopwatch Alarm Wristwatch

What Do You Get For Your Money?

So, everything says these watches are decent for the money. And that they look great and work.

But, the next big question (for me at least) is what do you actually get for the money.

Again, this is a Chinese made watch, so you are not getting Swiss Made parts, but they are decent. After all, think about how many other Chinese made products you own, and how long they have lasted (despite the cheap price). Most of the time they are decent (think of DJI Drones – the best consumer drones in the world, they are all designed & made in China).

In terms of parts, this is generally what you get for your money with Skmei:

  • Chinese made Quartz movement (some may be Japanese)
  • Mineral glass / crystal
  • 30 – 50 meters waterproof
  • Zinc Alloy with steel coating OR ABS for most plastic watches
  • Bands vary: leather, steel, rubber

All in all, most of the parts are the same materials you would get on a more expensive watch. And in fact, it is worth noting that Skmei are a supplier to other brands, so don’t be surprised if your more expensive designer watch (not a watch brand like Tissot) is made by them in part or completely.

Now let’s take a look at the kinds of watches (there are a lot) you can get from Skmei.

Men's Quartz Watch With Date

SKMEI Men Business Quartz Watches Analog Casual Dress Watch Leather Band with Auto Date (Brown+Gold)

Let’s start with the watch I mentioned above, which comes in a few colors so you can choose the one that suits you best.

It’s a stunning looking watch with bold Roman numerals around the face and thin sword hands to give it that touch of elegance.

The case is simple, round and stainless steel with a standard round unsigned crown at 3 o’clock. It comes with a date window, which although small, is enough to get you to appointments on the right day.

The band is crocodile pattern leather with a simple buckle to keep it in place.

Men's Digital Sports Watches

SKMEI Men's Digital Sports Watch, Military Waterproof Watches LED Screen Large Face Stopwatch Alarm Wristwatch
SKMEI Digital Watch Men's Sports Military Multifunctional Waterproof Wrist Watch LED Back Light Stopwatch Big Face Red Band
Mens Sports Digital Watches Big Face LED Back Light Chronograph Waterproof Alarm Wrist Watch for Boys

Skmei also makes a lot of great looking “Casio” style digital sports watches if that is what you are looking for. 

This particular model is very much like the G-Shocks from Casio with a big, robust case and crown protection. A thick PU rubber band will keep it on your wrist and allow you to get it wet. Just keep in mind that at 50m water proof, it is not designed to swim in.

There are also a boatload of functions on this watch including: Stopwatch, Dual Time Display, Independent Alarm, 12/24H time, Calendar by Day Week & Month. It also has a backlight for using in dim or dark lighting.

Men's Business Casual

Mens Unique Analog Quartz Waterproof Business Casual Leather Band Dress Wrist Watch with Simple Fashion
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This is a great example of the simplicity and elegance that Skmei have been able to achieve. 

Reflecting the good old Bauhaus designs from decades ago, this watch is very understated. Very light hour markers with fine black minutes. Tapered black hands and a perfectly round and uniform, square-edged case. It is definitely super-modern in terms of style.

There are a few different leather hands you can choose from as you can see from the images above.

Men's Digital With Large Display

Mens Digital Sports Watch, SKMEI Pedometer Watches Military Waterproof with Stopwatch Alarm LED Mileage Data Storage
Mens Sports Digital Watch, 50M Waterproof Military Outdoor Watches Black Large Face with Chronograph Alarm Shock Resistant LED
SKMEI Men's Sports Watches, Military Compass Big Face Waterproof Outdoor Digital Watch with Luminous Countdown Stopwatch

This large display digital is a winner all around. Most people are rating this at 4-5 stars. 

It’s super lightweight, as it’s almost all some kind of plastic or resin. Which for a sports style watch like this is perfect.

There are lots of functions you will use like: Stopwatch, World Time, Summer Time, 3 Alarms, 12/24 hours, Time/Week, Calendar, EL Backlight, Countdown. Although some depend on the exact model, so be sure to read the specs fully.

The only downside of this watch, and I think the reason some people don’t give it 5 stars is that the alarms is way too soft. So, if you are buying it as a wake up call, you might want to rethink this one.

Skmei Women's Watches

There are also a whole bunch of women’s specific models from Skmei. Anything from more elegant and slim dress watches to sports watches very similar to the men’s. I have added them below. 

If you like one, just click on the image.

SKMEI Women Watch Rectangle Rose Gold Silver Stainless Steel Waterproof Luxury Quartz Analog
SKMEI Women Waterproof Watch, Wrist Watch for Lady Girls Dress Casual Analog Quartz Watches for Women
SKMEI Women Waterproof Watch, Wrist Watch for Lady Girls Dress Casual Analog Quartz Watches for Women (Blue Blue)
SKMEI Women's Girls Watches Fashion PU Leather Strap Waterproof Quartz Watch for Ladies (Blue)
SKMEI Fashion Rhinestone Quartz Watch Women Waterproof Stainless Steel Rose Gold Lady Dress Watch Analog
Unisex Simple Disign LED Digital Watch for Men, Women Rose Gold
Unique Rectangle Digital Waterproof Sports Watch for Men and Women - White
SKMEI B16 Watch Band, Black, Blue, Purple, Silicone Strap, B16 Replacement Charger
SKMEI Unisex Women Student Fashion Quartz Wrist Watch Rubber Strap Round Dial Waterproof Analog + Box

21 thoughts on “Skmei Watches Review – Affordable Digital That Lasts?”

    1. Are you sure your “Rolex” isn’t really a “Rolex”. I had one of those I picked up in Thailand for $5 in the 80s. When you bumped something with your arm, the hands went backwards.

    2. Rolex watches are mechanical and therefore are the least type of watch for keeping accurate time. Quartz beats mechanical everytime and it isnt close. Nobody buys a rolex for accuracy anyway.

  1. I own 7 skmei watches, all r very good watches, they look great in ur hand when u wear it. Quality is more superior than MVMT watches. Skmei cares about their customers. Specially the sports analog digital watches r rugged, I swam wearing them, I had a accident while riding my bike , I was riding my bike at 95km/hr speed, that time I was a skmei sports watch, I wouldn’t believe it but it’s reality that watch survived, even it got just some minor scratches. I can’t say they r as robust as G-Shock, but they r not less than that.

  2. Good functioning watch, but my 1358 developed water vapor below the crystal within 2 weeks. I reached out to Skmei on their website for assistance…….no reply. My $30 Casio is still going strong after 3 years. Seems like you’d reasonably expect more from a high-dollar sports watch maker, just saying.

    1. Andy
      Get some one else (preferably young) to listen to your watch alarm sound. Get them to confirm that the sound is soft as you indicate. In other words get confirmation that it is the watch and not your hearing.

  3. My first SKMEI is running strong after 5 years going on 6, I’m very surprised it has lasted so long because it was so cheap, it’s a simple, functional watch that keeps good time, looks good, and is easy to read, I recently bought another SKMEI, I’m very happy and quite impressed with the quality

  4. Just received my Skmei 1425, love the look and feels comfortable to wear , just wish the display was brighter , that’s why I bought it, for the big display but not bright enough, Mark H

  5. I bought one because it looked good. BUT, the digital time keeps resetting itself meaning you need to change it constantly and after two years the hands on the clock face stopped working. Heap of junk I am sorry to say

  6. Just receive my Skmei 1629. I am impressed. Setup was a snap. Bright backlight. Bluetooth is working as advertised. Original G Shock design in camo green. All for $24! I think I found my beater replacement.

  7. I just received the one that is square and has three clocks one digital two mechanical, it has a chronograph in the digital part as well as day and date. It is a large watch two inch by two and a quarter inch and 5/8 inch thick. It bulky but I love it. I just hope it keeps on ticking.

  8. I have several models that I’ve bought over the past few years, and all are still up and running. As far as feature sets and some functionality, I’ve had a couple duds, but as cheap as they were, you take the bands off, remove the battery, and remove any of those tiny little screws that you’re always losing, the o-ring for the back cover, the pushers and accompanying hardware, put everything in a small divided bin box, chuck the watch body in the garbage and move on with a few extra spare parts that probably only cost you around $7. You can’t even walk into a Walmart and buy a band for that, but you’ve also got a few extras. I actually have a new one to take a look into that I hadn’t seen until I just now read this article, and that’s the 1196, the black housing, tan pleather band, white dial analog. I’ve only ever bought their black resin cased digitals, but it’s time to look into something different from them for a change.

  9. I was riding my bike when I fell off and my Skmei Watch looked like it was broken, but I knocked the battery out. I still have it, after 2 years.

    I’m REALLY happy you guys make REALLY cheap watches for a really good display! I got a waterproof, sport, analog and digtal watch.


  10. Forums such as this one convinced me that a Skmei diver style watch would be a good choice for a knockabout every day watch. My watch has the number 1242 stamped on the back and it is the LEAST accurate digital watch I have ever owned, gaining over 2 minutes each day. Doesn’t sound like much but means that it has to be adjusted every couple of days. If my watch is any guide, if you want accuracy, look elsewhere.

  11. I’ve had mine for 5 years, it cost me ,£3.50, it’s the one that look like the Casio g shock replicas, I work in the construction trade and get cement, concrete and dust all over the watch, I can’t believe something so cheap has lasted all these years and held up to all sorts thrown at it,

  12. I had a couple of Skmei ‘gshockalikes’ and in both cases the band failed after very little time. Wasn’t easily replaceable by anything on the market, so I just chucked them out. At the time I didn’t really engage in anything that would have caused such issues, just around the home, office, restaurant, grocery store. Ended up replacing it with a Timex Expedition Double Shock that lasted me a couple of years, but that one did take quite a beating before it gave up on me (no regrets). Going to try a Smael (on its way) soon.

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