Wooden Watches

Wooden Watches

Beautiful, handcrafted wooden watches combine style and function with eco-friendly lux woods. The best watches for men and women emphasize ease of wear and style. Wood is warm to the touch, lightweight and soothing around your wrist. Wood or leather band watches receive high marks for comfort. Water-resistant bands and works add to the value.  Men and women wearing wooden timepieces exhibit a sense of innate style and a reverence for Nature. The best wood watches sport natural woods such as maple, teak, and pau fero. 

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Who Made the first Watch Made from Wood?

The original wooden timepiece, created in 1971 by Ken P. Lau, was in British Columbia, Canada. His background was as a clock designer, a profession he had pursued since 1957. Lau immigrated from Hong Kong with his young family. And they settled in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam. British Columbia has a fierce concern for the province's natural resources. It's no surprise a watch company based there prides itself on creating timepieces from reclaimed wood. Ken had an affinity for repurposing things. So, he decided to make watches from upcycled wood. Making watches of wood became a wise decision in these eco-conscious times. He was a pioneer in the use of natural components like wood and stone for timepieces.  Wood comes from various sources. Like furniture makers who purchase scrap wood from logging enterprises. A piece of wood the size of a notebook can make two wood watches. The result is a savings for the watchmaker. And for the environment. Many wooden watchmakers donate a percentage of their profits to forest renewal projects.

Why Get a Watch Made From Wood?

Choosing wood for custom wood watches adds an intrinsic quality to an essential everyday object. Wood is warm to the touch and perfect for those with allergies. Wood tends is allergy-free and it is a renewable resource. The use of excess wood from furniture or other building projects is kind to the environment as well. A handcrafted wooden watch draws attention. And the lack of metals on the case equals no hot metal on your wrist on a sizzling summer day! Your skin oils meld into the wood over time, creating a soft patina. One of the most mentioned attributes of men's watches in wood is how light they are. Customers show surprise when holding a large multi-dial men's wood watch at the weight. We see several large metal watches on the market. In comparison, wooden watches are super comfortable. The lightness and feel of wood against your skin is unbeatable.

These wood watches for men and women receive special treatment, rendering them water-resistant. They are not ideal for underwater adventures either in the ocean or shower. 

Wooden Watches for Men

Wooden watch styles for men range from rugged, sporty looks to elegant, refined versions. One is the Cambridge Chrono by Tense featuring a unisex 6-hand chronograph. There are three sub-dials with the minutes, 24-hour clock, and seconds. It is 100% recycled or reclaimed wood; choose from zebrawood and walnut to teak. A more refined version uses a leather band in deep navy or black. It has a Miyota 0S90 watch movement from Japan.  The center Chrono second-hand moves only when the Chronograph function activates. Commemorate a special birthday or retirement with personalized engraving.

The Hampton, by Tense, has a cleaner look with multiple dial choices. The varied wood grain of Katalox with a brushed gold dial is stunning.  And the sleek walnut version with a cobalt dial is another standout design. Celebrate a promotion; engrave his name and the date on a personalized watch. Washington North is a big, bold look in darkest leadwood, white dial, and stainless steel. Modern and urban!

Custom Wooden Watches Feel Special

There are numerous scaled-down versions of popular men's styles for women.  Many of the best original wood watches are designs styled just for women. With narrow bands and smaller faces, these watches fit smaller frames.

One of the most unusual is the "Delta" by Tense. Hourly markers show on its triangular face. A choice of exotic Katalox, teak, or dark leadwood pyramid-shaped pieces create a wide bracelet. 

The "Labrador" has a distinctive square dial with hour, minute and second markers. One unique and beautiful custom watch has a mother-of-pearl dial set in butternut wood.  A personalized watch is a memorable gift for a young woman's graduation, engraved with the day's date.

Can't decide? Try a Unisex style. Many unisex watches in wood are available as well. One favorite is the Marmot multifunction with a hexagonal face. It shows hourly markers, calendar dates, days of the week, and 24-hour display. The dual tone wood version with coppery dial is most attractive. Tense Watches offer a vast array of sizes and designs suitable as unisex watches. 

Engraved Wooden Watches Make Great Gifts

The search for Groomsmen's gifts could end with the Hampton II with premium leather band. Customize each watch with different dials and band colors. A walnut case with deep blue dial and band is striking. Engrave the date and each groom's name on the back. 

And bride gifts could be a band of wooden hearts centered with a small timepiece. Or a singular square wooden watch on a lovely suede band.

Make it a Personalized Wood Watch 

Customize with a blend of wood, watch designs, and engraving. Wood stains and finishes offer endless potential for authentic custom timepieces. Indulge your love for the natural world enhanced by artisanal quality wood artistry.  Natural wood watches retain aspects of exposure from Nature's elements. They bring out unique properties in the wood. Wood contains soothing qualities in addition to the beauty in woods like sleek walnut, zebra, or sandalwood.

Engraving on the Wooden Watch Band

 A fresh, refined take on these essential timekeepers pushes the wooden watch into the future. Engraved names, dates, special messages and quotes bring another level of uniqueness.  A graduation, birthday, or wedding date makes a watch even more special. Handcrafted and tailored to your taste, these watches always prompt the question; Where did you get that watch?

We Carry the Best Wooden Watches

Our collection of handcrafted wood timepieces from Tense Watches offers a wide variety of styles for men and women. Tense Watches emphasize quality artisanal craftsmanship with upcycled wood and innovative design. Exotic and domestic woods plus the option of personalized engraving add to the appeal. Customers also appreciate the sustainable wood sourcing and affordable prices. Imagine your one-of-a-kind watch with all the features you desire. Looking for a special gift? Create a watch with a personalized message just for them.

Wooden Watches-Modern Timepieces

Not just accessories from the past, today's custom wooden watches are different. They seek to connect the beauty of nature with designs of modern appeal. The use of domestic and exotic woods reminds us of the mystery of forests. And the rough-hewn aura of mountains. Metal accents with unique dials and leather and suede bands accent nature's elements.

Watches, in the past, served dual purposes: function and style. While many today opt to go bare-wristed, a watch is one of the most influential fashion accessories. And the perfect way to express yourself.