Eight months ago, none of my friends would have called me a watch enthusiast or even a collector. That has changed a bit. 8 months ago I didn't know much about watches and I certainly didn't have a passion for them. My wife bought me two memberships to Watch Gang for my birthday. Why two? Because they had a $29 and $99 membership and she didn't know which one I'd like more. I'd heard of Watch Gang and I had even watched some of their giveaway videos but sort of chalked it up as a gimmick.
So what is Watch Gang? For $29 or $99, Watch Gang ships you a new mystery watch that you keep that is supposed to be worth more than you pay. It works a lot like other "box of the month" clubs where you pay a membership fee and get products worth more than your fee because they can buy in bulk. Watch Gang is doing things a bit differently, though. They don't send everyone the same watch and as a membership bonus, they do a live Rolex and TAG giveaway every week. So to be clear, I am not renting the watch and I don't have to send it back. It's mine to sell or smash with a hammer - whatever I want.
I documented my experience each month and compared it to Watch Gang's guarantee. For $29 they promise a watch worth $50-$150. For the $99 membership, they promise a watch worth $150-$500. Obviously I love that my wife got this for me but I also thought that I'd probably not like most of the watches I am sent. Worst case, I figured I'd learn about watches and give them out as gifts if they didn't fit my style. I am documenting the watches I received, some details about it and the price I found it for online (along with any notes about my experience in that month). If you want to skip the details and just read the 8 month summary, click here.
So here we go:
I actually love this watch and it gets weekly wrist time. It's a military inspired pilot watch and it's truly beautiful. The value is solid. I'd never heard of Air Blue before so it's pretty cool that I got a watch I like so much that I never would have found without Watch Gang.
Another homerun in the Watch Gang $99 membership. Aside from the design (which I LOVE), the value is amazing. $518 to buy this watch online. It uses a movement often found in TAG watches
I've actually owned a couple Citizen watches so I am well aware of the brand. This is a very light weight watch because the case is made completely out of titanium. It's an eco-drive which means it's powered by light. Mine has a black ostrich leather strap. Value is pretty good at 2.5x what I paid.
I'd say this is the most unique watch I've received so far. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It has very good quality and I'm not complaining too much at receiving an almost $1,000 watch ($375 on sale) for my $99. I also like that this is an automatic watch which means it doesn't use a battery and winds itself as I wear it.
I look at this watch in pictures and have to say it is strikingly more beautiful in person. This is my first skeleton watch (and another automatic) and it's a great dress watch for me to wear. Again, 6x value
Don't get me started on the name. I don't know how to say it, but I do really like this one. It's another Swiss watch and it's heavy! The links in the band are solid and this feels like a very expensive piece.
The TW Steel I received has a very nice blue dial with gold accents. It's a bit big for me, so I sold this on eBay for $205. Actually made a profit on my membership by doing that.
This is what I'm talking about! The colors, the automatic movement, the travel case, the extra strap - it's amazing! What a win! And worth $450!
This was my first watch from Watch Gang. I like the style just fine and I can definitely find times to wear it. It's sort of a sporty style. I was impressed that I received a Swiss watch in my $29 membership.
Honestly, not a big fan of this one. I don't really love mesh bands. I gifted this watch to my brother and he loved it. I'm happy that it was worth 3x what I paid.
Not bad at all. I like the green on the bezel and the swirled dial is pretty cool. I might wear this a few times and then try to trade it. Again, the value is pretty good - 3x my cost.
VERY impressed with this one at the $29 level! This is a Swiss watch that will most certainly get a lot of wrist time. The lume on it is excellent; it glows very bright at night and underwater.
I don't love gold, but I do actually like this watch. It goes with a few outfits and the whole reason for the club is to get a good value and discover watches I wouldn't have known about before. I think for those reasons, this is a solid watch. Great value at almost 2x what I paid.
I think it's pretty cool that this came with an extra band and a tool. I was able to swap the strap myself and I now basically have 2 watches for the price of one. And a tool to use on my other watches. I enjoy that I'm learning more about watches and how they work.
Well... a square watch with a purple dial. Surprisingly I do actually wear this watch! It is a nice dress watch. I only wear it with a suit. The purple is very cool! It has what is called a "sunburst" dial and when the light hits it, wow! Thanks to Watch Gang for getting me to step out of my comfort zone! Even if I hated this, at $29 I'll just give it to a friend. Glad I like it though!
Pulsar is owned by Seiko which is one of the biggest watch companies in the world. I was surprised that Watch Gang was able to nail them down as a partner. No complaints at all about this one. I like it a lot and I wear it often!
Watches received: 16
Total cost of membership so far: $1,040
Total value of membership so far: $4,029.15
= 4x Membership Value on Average
I have to hand it to the folks at watchgang.com. I received this membership as a gift but was skeptical. Out of the 16 watches I received, I only hated 1 of them. I was on the fence about 4 others but I was able to gift them or sell them really easily. By April (month 3), I was itching to get my shipment! This feels like an addiction. They ship on the 16th of each month. It really feels like my birthday every month. What a gift! I've learned about watches and have drastically stepped up my wardrobe. I am going to keep my subscription going and I'll post another update at the 1 year mark!
I am 100% behind this company. They have an amazing community of watch lovers and they truly care about their members. I'm getting nice, expensive watches for a super low membership fee.
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