The Woodstone Craftsmaster wood/steel version model is probably my favorite model this new company has to offer. It has a very vintage look and almost reminds of the color of the panels on the old Jeeps and station wagons of the 90s. It is crafted of solid steel in a brushed finish fitted with a sandalwood bezel , which is a very arromatic tropical tree and is all natural
of course. It has a smooth texture and I am sure you will not get any splinters! The actual dimensions are very wearable at 43MM in diameter by 11MM thick. The lug width is a standard 22MM which can be swappable with any band of your choice. The crown is nicely sized and proportionate to the case - also nicely signed with the company logo. In terms of water resistance this is not one you will be taking underwater but it does boast 50M of water resistance with a screw down steel caseback.
The dial features an all wood construction with applied lumed hour markers, and swordlike lumed hands. Now, the lume is nothing to write home about - but I am sure on this type of watch most people would not mind. Overall, it is actually extremely legible with our date cutout at the 3:00 position and minute markings in white to match the markers and hands. The Woodstone logo is applied and polished above the 6:00 position. If there was one thing I would change it would
ne to put the logo at the normal 12:00 position and possibly slim it down a bit. But overall, it is a very clean, legible and easy on the eyes straightforward dial.
Now the nice thing about Woodstone is they went a step ahead of some of the other companies and used a good swiss made quartz caliber. It is a Ronda 515 Quartz caliber which is battery powered, long lasting, accurate, and super reliable. These are the standard movement used in swiss made quartz timepieces and I must say they never cease to amaze me.
The bracelet is quite interesting featuring sandalwood panels placed into the solod steel bracelet which does not feature any end links. The clasp itself is signed nicey and has a pretty strong and solid fold over clasp. The total weight of this watch on the bracelet is 100 Grams, so it definitely is not super heavy - but if you are one who likes a wood watch with a bit of feel and weight on the wrist , perhaps this is the model you should
be looking at. The wood finish is smooth and clean, without any sharp edges or errorsi. Overall, they did a good job constructing this bracelet and it definitely shows in its' comfort when on wrist.
Furthermore, wood watches are definitely
new and emerging like wildfire in todays market due to a number of reasons. One being, people are much more ecologically aware these days and like to use natural materials instead of machines that pollute the air to create other materials. Also, they bring back a new sense of old fashion and a bit of the past in their charm. They are quite "Hip" and stylish to wear I must say. This is just another good example of a new brand with some interesting designs and wood choices. I think they did a good job on this model and it feels well put together and it doesnt feel cheap in any way, as some other wood watches I have handled did. I can definitely reccommend this model to my readers, and if $200
is too heavy on the wallet, they do offer more affordable options on their website as well..