In recent times, there has been an upward trend in wooden watches incorporating a leather band with a wood case. There are a couple of reasons for this – it reduces cost and makes for easy adjustment of the band (no annoying visits to the jeweller). I take a look at the Cucol Women’s Quartz Bamboo Wood watch in this wood watch review to determine if it is something worth purchasing. Be sure to check out our other wooden watches for women reviews!
Wood: Bamboo Wooden
Movement: Japanese Miyota
Case Diameter: 1.42 inches (36 mm)
Band Length: 9.65 inches (245 mm)
Band Width: 0.59 inches (15 mm)
Band Thickness: 0.39 inches (10 mm)
This timepiece incorporates a bamboo case with a white leather band. The first thing you will probably notice, as I did, is the contrast between several elements – the watch face, case and then the leather band. Let’s take a closer look.
The watch face is minimalist in design. The dial features 4 numbers along with the second increments. Cucol has also used an inner metal frame that blends in well with the similarly colored dial numbers, watch hands and logo. You could argue that this uniform look makes the watch face appear bland, but it actually serves a purpose. The face actually draws attention to the bamboo case and the strikingly white leather band.
At this price, I would expect the leather band to feel somewhat cheap like plastic or be rigid. From my research this is not the case. Lauren from Amazon has stated ‘the white leather band is delightfully soft and pliable which makes wearing the watch super comfortable’. Similarly, another review stated ‘…Band is soft leather and a good length’. You can expect the band to be smooth and cause no irritation. This shows signs of quality that I would not expect at this price point. At 9.25 inches (235 mm) long the band is suited for almost all women’s wrist sizes.
The case diameter is 1.41 inches (36 mm) across which is suitable for a women’s watch. There have been customer reviewers stating that this may be a bit too large for some women. I would suggest to take this opinion with a grain of salt. The band is narrow compared to the watch case which makes the watch face itself appear larger. It’s not an issue of the watch face being too large but rather the band being small proportioned to the face.
This watch is a quality timepiece for the price you pay. The minimalist design on the watch face draws attention to the bamboo case and the white leather band. Because of the attention drawn to the case this is every bit a wooden watch as you would expect. The only thing that could be seen as a potential fault is that you might find the watch face a bit too large if you have small wrists.