In today’s post we’re taking a look at Paul Rich Watches. They were nice enough to send one over for me to review.
Clearly Paul Rich is catering to a younger crowd who may be more interested in the style and aesthetic of a watch rather than the quality and heritage. I’m not saying these aren’t quality watches, but it’s not a heritage timepiece. I’m talking the likes of Timex, Seiko, Orient, Hamilton, or Tissot.
I do think that there’s a time and a place for a good clean, minimalist fashion watch. Think of Daniel Wellington (DW), The 5th, MVMT and so on. I think all stylish guys can benefit from one of them in their collection. It shows that you have an interest and know a thing or two about style. I also see it as a rite of passage—kind of building your way up the ladder of quality and heritage time pieces.
And while these may be made in China with cheaper materials, a standard workhorse quartz Japanese Miyota movement, and mineral glass—it’s not going to fall apart anytime soon. I’ve had my DW watch for over 4 years now and it’s been through the ringer, yet it’s still going strong.
Sure the watch snobs will tell you to avoid fashion watches. And will even look down on you for considering one. But who cares what watch snobs say. If you like a particular watch then go for it. I think people should wear what they like and what makes them feel good. F*ck the haters.
Now let’s take a look at Paul Rich Watches.
PAUL RICH GREY MESH WATCH
I chose the Hampton Grey for versatility and mesh band because I already have plenty of leather straps.
In addition to the standard style I chose, they’ve got chronograph options with leather and mesh bands as well.
I’m a fan of minimal no frills packaging and it’s exactly what Paul Rich delivers. A clean black box with nothing but the watch, small instructions pamphlet and a few tools to help with adjusting the watch strap.
The mesh band stands out among the sea of leather and bracelet watch straps. I like the smoothness and overall sleek look of the mesh. It’s laid back, low-key and is suitable for many different types of looks from casual to more dressy.
Paul Rich watches have a minimal dial with a metal bezel that doesn’t feel cheap. It’s got some weight to it and feels solid. I liked the solid grey with pop of blue on the second hand. It’s a 40mm dial which is as large as I’ll go for my wrist size. I actually prefer a 36-38mm as the sweet spot for me. But since it’s a minimal dial with no other bells and whistles, it works pretty well.
While I can’t say how it’s going to hold up overtime as I haven’t worn it regularly, but if it holds up like my DW and 5th watch, then I’ll be happy with it.
IN THE END
I think many of the new “fashion watches” are so successful because of their large marketing budgets and ability to capture the influencer market to reach a younger audience who are more about status symbols over timeless style.
Paul Rich is a brand worth looking into if you’ve had your eye on a fashion watch. It’s essentially half the price ($99) of a Daniel Wellington watch with a similar aesthetic and build.
In the end, I think brands like Paul Rich are good for the watch market as a whole because they are increasing competition, and expanding the market which introduces a whole new set of watch enthusiasts into the world of watches. Win-win.
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