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Watch Gang Subscription Box Review – May 2017

Eric Cadman
ByEric CadmanJun 9, 2017 | 2 comments

Watch Gang - May 2017 - Box

Watch Gang
3.6 overall rating
5 Ratings | 1 Reviews

Watch Gang is a watch subscription service that sends a new watch for you to keep each month. Each month they partner with a brand for their watches, and one lucky subscriber will receive a Rolex!

This is a review of the Watch Gang Black option.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Watch Gang - May 2017 - open box with sticker

The Subscription Box: Watch Gang

The Cost:

There are two tiers for this subscription:

  • Watch of the Month Club - $29 + $9.95 S/H
  • Watch Gang Black - $99 + $9.95 S/H

The Products:

  • Watch of the Month Club: Starting at $25/month for watches worth $50-$150. They are well made, generally using real leather and stainless steel with Japanese Miyota or Seiko movement. These watches are ideal for the collector looking to explore new microbrands at an awesome value. Eligible for the Rolex drawing every Friday.
  • Watch Gang Black: Starting at $91/month for watches worth $150 - $500. Watches range from very well known brands to premium microbrands. They generally use automatic/mechanical movements or Swiss Quartz. Overall, the watches are more for the "watch enthusiast" looking to discover an excellent timepiece at an amazing value. Limited memberships available. Eligible for the Rolex drawing every Friday.

Ships To: Worldwide

Check out all of our Men's Lifestyle Subscription Boxes in the Subscription Box List. Rate, review, and follow this subscription on the Watch Gang profile page.

Watch Gang - May 2017 - all items in my May 2017 delivery

This month's watch had a wonderful presentation and a bonus item!

Watch Gang - May 2017 - information card

Your box comes with an information card as well - you'll find details on both levels of subscriptions and which brands were possible for the Original and Black memberships.

This month, Watch Gang Black member would receive a watch from Travisleon, Elliot Havok, Original Grain, or Strumento Marino. While the Original pricepoint members would receive a watch from 32 Degrees, Elliot Havok, Studer Schild, Buech & Boilat, or Eberle and Wahler.

Watch Gang - May 2017 - Watch Gang Sticker

You also got a bonus sticker with your package.

OK - on to the watch!

Watch Gang - May 2017 - Original Gang watch with wooden case

Original Grain Barrel Collection Watch - Value $180 based on Barrel Collection watches

My watch is from the brand Original Grain. Original Grain is a family brand started in 2013 that sought to combine natural hardwood and stainless steel into their pieces.

Here's a short video about the process of watch making from Original Grain:

Watch Gang - May 2017 - Original Gang watchface

My watch is from The Barrel line. This line is the first and only watch made with American Oak that was reclaimed from whiskey barrels - I love the little bit of history inlaid in each watch.

Watch Gang - May 2017 - Original Gang watch profile shot

It's got a beautifully polished stainless steel body and genuine leather straps. The design has a very simple, but classic, look - and I'm loving it! Even better, the underside of the straps have a nice super soft leather, almost velvety, feel to it - very comfortable on your wrist.

Original Grain Barrel Watch Design Specs

You can find these additional specs on more on the Original Grain site.

Watch Gang - May 2017 - Original Gang wooden bead bracelet

Original Grain Bracelet - Value $29

They've also included a bracelet from Original Grain with the watch. These are made to accompany the watch with the same handcrafted techniques and reclaimed wood.

Watch Gang - May 2017 - Original Gang wooden bead bracelet top down

Instead of stretching to fit all wrists, the bracelet cinches with the ties at the end.

Verdict: This month's watch and bracelet brought incredible value - about $210 in value for the $110 price tag! More importantly, I absolutely love the watch and the craftsmanship behind it - so it's a home run for me this month. Personally, I've always been a person that has always wanted to wear watches all the time and bought the latest and great digital watches, so I'm liking Watch Gang so far since it has allowed me to dabble and try even more watches.

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Eric Cadman
Eric Cadman
Eric is the co-founder of My Subscription Addiction. He's been hooked on geek subscription boxes since 2012 thanks to Loot Crate and Nerd Block. Geek boxes sparked his desire for collecting Funko Pops and comic book statues!

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Mike Alexander

You must have gotten the good watch. I have never received a watch of that quality. Most of the watches I have received appear as though they came straight off the boat from China. One even had the made is China sticker on the back. Also, never got one in a wooden box or with a free bracelet. The ones I get look like they came right off of WalMart’s shelves and in WalMart they we $10 cheaper. I don’t know if you got a good one because you were doing a review or just got lucky. Armitron would be a step up from what I have been receiving. I made the mistake of subscribing for a year. You’re stuck unless you want to forfeit 20% to quit. Maybe that is why I have gotten crap watches because they know your stuck.
Would not recommend to anyone. Save your money and buy watches that you want. I have 91 watches and do not keep the Watch Gang watches, too cheap.

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That definitely doesn’t sound like any of the watches I’ve seen being sent out. They guarantee the value – have you contacted them? Maybe you are subscribed to their original membership and would want higher quality watches? That’s why I signed up for black and platinum.

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