ThinkGeek TESLA WATCH REVIEW
Product Name: ThinkGeek TESLA Watch Review.
Target Market : From Teenagers to all adults.
Discounted Price: $49.99
Original Price: 69.99
The Cheapest place to buy (Only if the discount last) : ThinkGeek
The second Cheapest is: Amazon
Dimensions: Watch face 1″ diameter, total face 1.6″ diameter, 2.7″ tall including vacuum tubes.
Strap: 1.2″ wide fits a wrist 6.75″ to 8 ”
My Rating : 4/5
ThinkGeek TESLA Watch is a steampunk themed watch and a ThinkGeek exclusive. It is quite Robust with a strong elegant look and tech. The strap is real leather, the movement is Japanese. All metal parts are 304 stainless steel with a weathered-brass look which is really cool with some engraves on it.
The coolest thing about this watch is the two vacuum tubes that depicts Tesla’s experiments with steam light. There is a LED light in each of the tube and on turning on the switch it lights up. I guess you are worried about the battery consumption on lighting up the LEDs. I had the same concern, but there is nothing to worry as the designers considered how to get around that problem by timing the light up time. Once the switch is turned on, the LEDs light up for exactly 4 seconds then they go off. Of course, you can light them up again if you like but the point is even if you forget to turn the LEDs off, your battery is safe.
The TESLA watch looks analog but it is actually powered by three button cell batteries: S626SW (Minutes and hour arms), SR521SW (Seconds arm) and CR2032 (LEDs). It comes with two ornamental winding keys in the package. One key is to carry around and it sticks snugly on a slot on the leather strap and the other key is a spare key. This winding supplements its analog look.
It comes in a tin suitable for gifting and in the tin there is an instruction manual and a spare ornamental winding key.
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- The watch is elegant and stands out. You can hardly find anything like this. Personally I have never seen anything like it.
- It is more of a collectors’s item which means with time its value might appreciate.
- It comes with two winding keys, to take care of lost keys or misplaces keys. Very thoughtful on the part of the designer.
- At about $50 that’s a great bargain.
- Unfortunately it is not water resistant. In this era all watches should be water resistant and that should be a basic requirement.
- Three batteries can be costly to replace and replacing one battery can be tricky as weaker batteries tend to drain new batteries.
- A bit too bulky for some.
Personally I think the design of this watch and uniqueness has more value than the $50 price tag. It’s also a great social item or in other words it is a conversation starter. Despite its being bulky and not water resistant I won’t hesitate going for it given its uniqueness. And the discounted price won’t last forever. Make hay while the sun shines!
A question for you
Did you know about steampunk fashion before?
What kind of watch would you rather have?
Would you consider wearing the ThinkGeek Tesla Watch? If so, Why?
For more insight on Steampunk and its history check my next post (Link coming soon)