The last post we did was on the Storm Cloud from Maven Watches. It was a pretty stunning watch and we did get quite a lot of positive feedback. So we thought, why not introduce you to another watch? This time we bring you Elliot Havok Watches.
You may have heard about the name, Elliot Havok. They first came to the scene back in 2014 when they launched their first ever Kickstarter campaign. They launched their minimalistic watch range with a starting price of $69 .That campaign raised $444,000 and was heavily backed along with receiving a lot of media attention.
2016 was a busy and also a great year from Elliot Havok watch as they launch two fundraising campaigns. They launched the Havok Racer Chronograph Collection starting at $139. This campaign raised $352,000 and was backed by over 2,000 people. They then launched fundraising campaign on Indiegogo the same year, and this time they raised $320,000 with their Quarter Century Watches starting at $140.
Similar to their first campaign, it was heavily back and gained further media attention however this time major news outlet such as HYPEBEAST featured them.
Why Create Elliot Havok?
Every brand has a story behind it and Elliot Havok is no different.
Elliot Havok journey began in San Francisco, when a group of friends wanted to buy a watch which was not going to break the bank. After having a small discussion over some tasty burritos, they decided why not create the watch themselves.
They wanted to watch to be minimalistic, affordable and also practical. When they first launched back in 2015, they started the 5 different models;
- MIDNIGHT PREMIUM: the all-black approach with a subtle herringbone pattern trim.
- OXFORD PREMIUM: the go-to dress watch featuring silver accents and a glen plaid backside.
- BLACK CLASSIC: the perfect everyday watch with a full-length strap. Wildly affordable.
- WHITE CLASSIC: a versatile, casual watch with a minimal, bold white face and brown leather strap.
- ROSE GOLD MINIMALIST: a subtle, classy watch suitable for all occasions.
The Elliot Havok Racer Chronograph Collection was inspiration for the Havok Racer came from vintage timepieces worn by race car drivers in the 1960’s. They wanted create a classic racing chronograph watch that captures the scent of exhaust and the sound of roaring engines. Starting at $139, the Racer Chronograph was full of features from sapphire crystal, solid 316L steel case, debossed steel bezel and a Japanese movement.
With the Quarter Century watches, they wanted to create an excessively high quality, handmade watch useful & durable enough for everyday wear.
Keeping with the minimalistic theme, the Quarter Century watch also had a lot of features. From Full-Grain Natural Leather Strap to a Swiss Ronda Movement to Sapphire Crystal, the Quarter Century watch was made to perfection.
We have been reading a lot of positive review about the Elliot Havok watches and we wanted to see for ourselves. We were provided the Rose Gold Havok Watch to review. We wore and tested the watch throughout the weekday and here is our honest review.
Do watch our unboxing video below to see the packaging of the watch.
Just before we start, let’s talk about the features. We’ll keep it short and simple.
- Japanese Movement
- Stainless Steel Case Backing
- Padded Genuine Leather Strap
- Bands are interchangeable
- Mineral Glass Face – Water Resistant 5 ATM
Our first impression of the packaging is that it is quite simple and minimalistic. The rose gold casing and black background combines very well and is aesthetically pleasing. The rose gold bar as a numeral are well done, simple and large enough to see. The neat and white branding near the 3 hour stands out from the background and a window for your date is large enough to see.
The back casing is well designed with the logo engraved at the back . Overall every inch of the design has been well thought of by Elliot Havok and the result is truly captivating while reflecting it’s very minimalistic design.
Over the week, we did not have any problem with the watch. It minute did not lag and was pretty much spot on. The size of the watch, 40mm, was just right on the wrist and also sat quite well. The crown did not get in the way when moving the wrist and was very comfortable to wear.
The strap is very soft and does not really need much breaking into. It was very comfortable and along with its lightweight, you barely feel the watch is there.
In terms of styling, this watch will suit you from casual to formal and it will not look out of place. Personally, we think this watch will be more appreciated as a casual watch just because of the simplistic and minimalistic design.
Overall, the watch did perfectly well during the weekday and we would give it a solid 8 out of 10.
Is it our favourite watch?
We are going to have to say no. The reason we did not give it 10/10 is because firstly, for the price you are paying, $95, you should expect a bit more. The date window is a bit too small to see, a couple of millimetres more would have been perfect. Secondly, a branded crown would have given the watch a more pleasing look on the side. Finally, we do not really see the Rose Gold Havok watch fit the Elliot Havok brand. This is because it is just too simple. Comparing the previous watch collection, the Rose Gold Havok could have done with a bit more features. A second hand would have brought a bit more activity in the background.
That been said, if you like a very minimalistic watch, the Rose Gold Havok, would be perfect for you.
Do watch the unboxing video below:
If you would like to know more about the Rose Gold Havok Watch, do visit here.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our post about Elliot Havok watches, and we would love to know which Elliot Havok Watch is your favourite? Do let us know in the comment below.
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