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What Is An Oulm?

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I’m not sure what it might be – but in terms of today’s post, we’ll say it’s defined as a cheap watch (take that however you want it).  In this post, I’ve popped in pictures of various models that I’ve come across on the web.   If you want to see a whole range (none more than $20 that I noticed), I’d suggest this Google search.

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So, how did I come across these, you might ask?  It’s not like I could find a company website – no, this is courtesy of one of my good friends, who sent it along after he ran across them.

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From what I can tell, these are coming in from any variety of vendors straight (I’m guessing) from the factory in China.  This is the only way to explain the low, low prices we’re seeing here.  Yes, they do promise a stainless steel case, mineral crystals, and the like – and they may well have those.  Just don’t be surprised if your skin turns green.

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Most of these watches have dual registers driven by quartz movements; quite a number of them also tuck in a thermometer (in Celcius) and one of the smallest compasses I’ve seen.  So you might say, “hey, cheap watch for when I go camping – perfect!”  I’m going to opt for “not so much”.  If you want a beater for the outdoors, get a G-Shock or Timex Expedition (or maybe even a Suunto), something that will hold up and remain accurate.

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So, what are these watches good for?  I can only think of a few scenarios – either you’ve got an unsuspecting kid you need a gift for, or you want to see a simultaneously pained and puzzled expression on the face of your watch-loving friends.  So, yes – if you don’t have any better use for your $20 (like, say, supporting your favorite watch review site) then by all means, pick one of these up.  There are some very high-quality watches coming out of China – but I don’t think that these are them.

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45 COMMENTS

  1. You have tested? i have oulm watch (first image) and works ok after one year for only 8 euros, cheap and good. I love this watch. And i have 35 years… not a kid.

  2. I have about 8 Oulum watches and they keep very good time. Better than watches priced the same in the U.S.

  3. Oh, I meant to say I don’t think these are for kids only. I’m 47 years old and love watches and purchased 8 of these.

  4. I also have the watch pictured first . I’m in the UK the watch came free deliveryfrom China there were 7000+ watches to choose from on the site. So far the watch has been accurat

  5. Why pay much much more for a watch that lacks the unique style of these watches mine keeps good time and gets alot of compliments ……doesnt hurt if people assume it cost alot

  6. So, a negative review based on nothing but styling, price and origin. On what planet does “I haven’t tried one but I don’t like the look or price” count as a review? I don’t own one of these but I think I might buy one just in spite of this atrocious “review”.

  7. Does anyone know whether or not the first one waterproof?

    I have it, I’ve tested the temperature gauge, and it seems to work. I left it next to an open window when it was cold out, and the needle went backwards; when I put it on my wrist away from the window, it went forwards after a bit. Not so sure about the compass though… In the area of timekeeping, it seems to do just fine.

  8. Just got my watch for Christmas, I know they are not the best buti like there styles. I use watches more for looks and not function

  9. Agree with anonymous that this is a none review based on nothing but here say. For the money of course they are not going to be a meticulous piece of swiss engineering, but that’s not what they’re being sold as. I have bought two Oulum watches as alternative time pieces with a bit of original styling way over what you may pay in the hundreds of pounds for in other UK high street jewellers. My advice to Patrick Kansa “Better for people to think you’re stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!”

  10. I have two of these watches and the band is “B” grade the watch itself about a “C” but looks really good. It definitely has the appearance of a more expensive watch. No issues with time or breaking yet

  11. If the watch keeps good time and I like the way it looks, who cares then? These seem perfect for anyone who’s not a watch snob.

    • I recently bought 2 for $25 from Amazon. I love them. Have gotten many compliments on them. Watches are heavy and do not feel cheap. If it breaks before long, hey it was $12. For a cheap watch these are great.

  12. Sounds like you are basing your opinion on where it was made and haven’t even so much as touched one. How is this a review?

  13. It’s look great! May I ask , All Oulm Watches brand from China and the price around not more than 20sUS$ do all them are genuine or just replicate ?? Do the price of genuine oulm watch are around these ?? Does it have a replicate watch?? Does the real origin factory of oulm watch brand are from China?? Please feel free to answer me .Thank you in advance for your answer.

  14. I was a skeptic but took a chance on an Oulm. I have a few dozen watches from major brands that range from $100 to $7000. Some traditional and some unusual. The Oulm that I purchased was less than $10 and I love it. It keeps time, looks very nice, and is comfortable. My wife was very surprised that I would even entertain wearing such an inexpensive watch knowing the collection I already have. I have since purchased 5 other Oulm watches and have been impressed with each one. Haven’t had a problem with any of them, whereas I HAVE had some issues with the more expensive brands I own.

  15. As most people here, I have a fairly extensive high end watch collection ranging from $600 to $5500, and I can’t praise these Oulm watches enough. Theyre brutally original, extremely well built and they function flawlessly.. I currently own four and I will continue to purchase more as time goes on. A brand snob has no place writing a watch “review”, if you can even consider this short sighted article as such.

  16. I just bought two watches for $24. So far, on one watch, if I move my wrist too hard, the hands of the clock will move. Watches LOOK great, but MINE aren’t the best.

  17. Horrible article- this moron didnt even buy one to test out. Like others mentioned, I love mine that was $12 US and I get more compliments from it daily then my one friend who bought a $3000 watch. Its a military designed watch, its not meant to go camping with. Learn how to write an article with a point buddy.

  18. I’m curious I’ve purchased my oulm watch from an iPhone app called wish and it says they are originally $40 but then show that they are 70% off so saving $28 I’m guessing that $40 is a fabricated number then. I was just curious if anyone knew anything about that.

  19. Most no-brand watches at Target and Walmart are in the $10 to $15 and you can bet your ass they come straight from China. I don’t see how these any different.

  20. I bought one on a shopping app. 1) Yes, it came from China. 2) It was only $5 US. 3) No, I wasn’t expecting much. And lastly 4) It’s one of the most Awesome watches I have ever owned! It’s very attractive, and I get positive comments on it all the time. It’s very Unique, all my friends want one (but then it wouldn’t be unique any more). It keeps perfect time and the leather band has held up better than any $50+ watch I have purchased from Macy’s or Jewelry Stores! This guy needs to talk about something he has first hand knowledge of, because this ain’t it!

  21. I bought one of these. The very top one. I bought if to go caving to use the compass to follow maps underground. The compass don’t work unless you hold it perfectly level and tap it. And the thermometer is inaccurate as it picks up on the heat of your wrist.

  22. This “brand” knocks off about half of the Diesel line. Straight up knockoffs. Ive seen them knock off other brands too.

  23. So let me get this straight… Your friend found you some watch pics. You then decided to make a review of the watch brand you can’t even find the maker for and make statements with phrases like “I’m guessing”; not a great plan. Then ultimately finish your review off with denouncing the brand, suggesting it only be for children and that the readers should spend their $20 on something else, like a website that gives reviews for watches they can’t be bothered to test?

    It may not be a great watch, but at least if I spend my $20 on it I’ll get something concrete vs dumping $20 into an “I’m guessing based on internet pictures alone it’s not a good watch” review site. My only hope for people tossing their $20 into this site is that they have other “writers” besides you that might take the time to research the product properly before making conclusions.

    Oh, and with a 2 minute search, the company name is Guangzhou Oulm Watch Co., Ltd. and they have a website for private label watch development.

  24. I just received my Olum $6 watch from China today. It is the one they touted as being a “Russian Mens Military Three Time Zone PU Strap Analog Quartz Wristwatch”. So far so good. First, it is as advertised on the website, Second, it was in pristine condition, Third, it works as stated. I am impressed with the quality vs. price aspect. Perfect.

  25. I purchased one of their watches and was very impressed. It had a really cool design and was stainless steel – it did not look cheap at all. I get many compliments. I saw the exact same watch online with a men’s clothier that was $99.99! I kid you not! I can’t speak for all their watches but I’m very happy with mine.

  26. i have purchased 2 Oulm watches and they have been fantastic, Model 1349 and HP9865.
    The website is easy to find just type Oulm Watches into Google to find the company website.
    I have received many compliments on both watches as they are both a bit out there in terms of design.
    I can’t knock these watches as I found them excellent value for the money and they haven’t turned Green either.

  27. I’ve purchased two of this brand on Amazon. Both watches look great, and so far, have run perfectly. They keep accurate time (as would be expected, since they’re powered by Japanese quartz).
    They both have a pig skin leather band that is wide, thick, and sturdy. I live in very hot and humid Georgia, I sweat fairly heavily, and after wearing them all day, my wrist has NEVER turned green.
    I bought them because of the unique designs, and get lots of compliments on them. They’re inexpensive, and don’t come off as trying to be more than what they are. Which is a cool looking, affordable, accurate watch.

  28. This is a very unfair and poor review based on assumptions and guesses. I own a good dozen of Oulm watches along with several top category Swiss watches and believe it or not I love my Oulms just as much as them Swiss creations. You can barely have any expectations at all when buying a Chinese watch for less than $20 but Oulm is like a gift that keeps on giving. Very durable, works great, very original eye catching design that gets a lot of compliments. I have never ever had another product of such quality for such low price. Two years into it and my Oulm watches still work perfectly with a timely battery replacement and thats for less than 20 bucks!!! Great watch and great product in my opinion and it is absolutely pointless to compare this to any complicated Swiss movements as it is a whole other category of a product. I would not bother to write all this if I wasn’t so pleasantly surprised by them Oulm watches and so unpleasantly impressed by this unfair and unprofessional “review”

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