A Year in Review: 12 Watches From Watch Gang
This monthly men’s box club is so popular right now, but I had to find out if it’s truly legit.
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Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Imagine if you got a box delivered to your house every month...and inside was a brand new, stylish, luxury watch from an in-demand brand...picked out just for you. Seems too good to be true, right?
Well, that’s what Watch Gang, named the Best Box Club for Men in 2018, claims to do for guys like us. In fact, you may have seen how popular they’ve gotten, with features in Forbes, The Today Show, as well as thousands of guys talking about them on Facebook and Instagram.
This monthly watch club has figured out a way to give guys what they want … top line wrist watches at a low, affordable price and the convenience of a no-hassle, no-shop, just-get-it-to-me-fast auto shipping program. After reading about how much guys are talking about Watch Gang, I knew I had to give it a critical look and see exactly what all the hype is about … and if it’s worth it.
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What Is Watch Gang?
In simple terms, Watch Gang is a monthly membership for watch lovers. Its founders are all watch geeks, and they wanted to put a program together that gave guys like them the opportunity to get their hands (and their wrists) on the type of top line, luxury brand watches that are typically only available to the rich and famous.
How Does Watch Gang Work?
The Watch Gang program works like a lot of other monthly box clubs. First, you select your preferred monthly membership due (priced at three levels: Original, Black, and the ultra Premium) and indicate what styles of watches you prefer. Then, Watch Gang ships out a brand new watch every month. Each shipment is fully insured and guaranteed. And, unlike other watch clubs, you get to keep the watches you receive.
Soon, you’ll have a collection of watches featuring the variety, style, and high quality you deserve … for every occasion. And since we guys know that you can tell a lot from a dude by the type of watch he’s sporting, this is an easy way to improve your look and create that valuable first impression you want.
Is Watch Gang Really Worth the Hype?
For the past few months, thanks in part to its huge social media following and appearances by the founders on national TV shows … not to mention shout-outs from celebs like Jamie Foxx who was praising Watch Gang during last year’s Oscars … guys (and their women) seriously can’t seem to get enough of it.
What Happened When I Tried Watch Gang
After scrolling through tons of photos of guys showing off their watches, I knew I had to try it out for myself ...and share my real experiences with my readers so they can make an informed decision about Watch Gang. So I decided to become a member and committed to a full year of Watch Gang Black. At $99 a month, this plan promises to send me watches worth up to $500 and up to 5 times the value of my membership. Game on!
Here’s what happened:
1 MY FIRST WATCH
I received my first Watch Gang box in August and I was impressed. That first TW Steel watch was big, sturdy and had that manly weight and feel I was looking for.
TW Steel Automatic | $274 - 2.7x membership value
WATCHES 2 3 4 5
Even though I really liked my first watch, the next four watches really impressed me. The Citizen watch I got has now become one of my most worn one and I really like it’s classic design. I can wear it at work and out at night. Then came my Grayton, which is a perfect casual watch I like to wear on weekends.
Citizen | $243.75 - 2.4x membership value
Grayton | $235 - 2.3x membership value
Watch #4 was my Deep Blue Day Night Diver, and it was the first real dive watch that I’ve worn. It didn’t take me long to really like this one. The design is really stylish, but even better I appreciate the substantial look and feel and straight-forward mechanics. That was followed by my first chronograph, a retro Szanto that has a great vintage look and feel. This one usually gets a lot of comments at the office during meetings.
Deep Blue Day Night Diver | $399 - 3.9x membership value
Szanto | $275 - 2.5x membership value
WATCHES 6 7
The next two watches Watch Gang sent me were automatics. I had always wondered what all the hype around automatic watches was about, but when I first saw the Heritor, I understood. It’s really cool to look through the clear back and see the movements of the mechanisms inside. For a tech guy like me, that’s pretty sweet. Then, watch #7 was another automatic, the TUW Ruhla. I really like the classic and simple design in an automatic, just adds another option for my wardrobe.
WATCH 8 - The perfect Father's Day gift
As soon as I opened the box and saw it was a Fortuna, I knew I was going to gift this one to my dad. He only believes in Swiss and German timepieces, and this one is simply a beaut … I knew he’d appreciate the craftsmanship. This thing screams quality.
Fortuna | $259 - 2.6x membership value
WATCHES 9 10 11
Watch #9, the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association watch, is another great casual watch that I love wearing it on the weekends as my beater watch. I took this one on vacation to Costa Rica with my wife, Marion, since it just fits with that casual beach lifestyle. Next was the Puredial, which sports a steampunk-style look... that one took me a while to warm up to. Still, it’s a great watch that definitely catches the eye. Next I got another automatic, the Blackwell that I now wear when I have business meetings or when I'm traveling for work. Its solid, reliable, and pretty much goes with everything.
Hawaiian Lifeguard | $250 - 2.5x membership value
Puredial Spacecompass | $500 value - 5x membership value
Blackwell | $325 - 3.2x membership value
The Nautis has a unique look that seems to be all the rage right now. I call it my Captain America watch and like how heavy it is, feels like this thing could stop a bullet. I’d be lying if I said this was the watch I ended up getting…I did get a Nautis, but it was yellow and green, not really my style. So I traded it with someone in Watch Gang’s private exchange room.
Nautis | $375 - 3.7x membership value
While I was writing this article and getting it ready for publication, I received my September shipment from Watch Gang … and it’s a real bonus. Everyone seems to be trying to get their hands on this Out of Order Watch from Italy, so I feel fortunate to have my hands on one of these sought-after timepieces. These sell for over $400 and I got mine for $99. Just goes to show what a great deal Watch Gang truly is. Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.
Out of Order Casanova | $423 - 4.2x membership value
So, is it worth it?
After 12 months of Watch Gang (well, 13 if you count the most recent awesome surprise of that Casanova), I have to admit that I’m impressed. Not only did I receive high-quality watches every month at way less what I would pay if I bought those watches at retail, but the service Watch Gang provides is top-notch. They are always available to answer any questions , they interact very professionally with their members and truly put the client first.
13 MONTH SUMMARY
Total value of membership
= 3.6x Membership Value on Average
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So this part’s kinda crazy….the people at Watch Gang give away a Rolex and TAG to a member every week. Members are automatically entered for the chance to win a weekly drawing. I haven’t won yet but I figure with 30,000 members, the odds aren’t too bad. Watch Gang truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
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