Wood watches were once a cheap, hippy/beach bum staple, adorning the wrists of surfers who – ironically – probably didn’t really care much about what time it was. But lately, wooden watch have become far more refined, often using Swiss watch makers for the mechanisms.
The best wood watches are sustainable, ethical and vegan friendly. Just like our selection, below!
Wood is also far more sustainable than other mined materials used to make watch. But that being said, of course not everything is made from trees: the mechanics of movement will be quartz or metallic, so you’ll never wear 100 percent tree on your wrist.
Still, wood is a great and versatile material for watches, especially when it’s sourced from easily renewable materials like bamboo, or reclaimed hardwoods, like ebony, sandalwood or zebrawood, which are all endangered on some level or another.
Wooden watch come with yet another benefit: they are designed to handle a bit of light water contact. Sure, they may not be as watertight as diving watches, but they don’t die if they’re submerged in a shower every now and then. Upkeep is also easy – just wearing them on your wrist gives the wood some natural oils from those that are on your own body.
And finally, the natural, neutral colours and grains of wood mean that these watches go beautifully with just about any outfit, any time.
Here’s our pick of the best wooden watches for conscious fashionistas – both male and female.
The Best Wood Watches for Conscious Fashionistas
Best Wood Watches
Bobo Bird Wood Watches
Top South African wood watch brand Bobo Bird makes some of the most luxurious sustainable wooden watch around. Their refined, sophisticated designs top quality materials in a thoroughly eco-friendly manufacturing process.
These modern watches are stylish enough for the wrists of CEOs and executives, and yet sustainable enough for activists and environmentalists.
Prices: From R999 and more… for limited edition pieces
Wooden Watch for Man
This Wood Watches originally caught our attention because of their distinguished wooden watch designs, but when we looked a little closer, we realized that they have a social mission that really puts them on top!
In addition to using scrap wood watches that would have otherwise be discarded, this wooden watch for women also demands that all of their suppliers source from places that ensure the wood was sustainably harvested, and where trees were replanted.
They also actively partner with Plantabillion.org, whose mission is to plant a billion trees by 2025, and feedthechildren.org, whose mission is to end global childhood hunger. We appreciate a company who has such high attention to detail, and a commitment to leaving the world better than they found it.
Engraved Wooden Watches for Men and Women
This Wooden Watches for Men was conceived by two eco-minded entrepreneurs who decided to create wooden watch from mostly scrap wood waste. Today, they make sharp, unique designs for both men and women, and are super-dedicated to the environment – amongst their sustainability policies is the fact that they plant a tree for every watch purchased.
These stunning, elegant wooden watches look great with a pair of jeans, a chunky sweater, or a basic tee. The perfect combination of quartz technology and sustainably sourced woods sums up to make watches that are both classic and sophisticated. Any of Original Grain’s styles would make the perfect gift, whether the watch is brand new, or passed down through the generations.
Best Engraved Wooden Watches
Bobo bird wooden watch is fairly new to the world of wooden watches. But this ethical brand has already made a huge impression in the world of eco-friendly wooden accessories. Watchmaker has perfected a range of modern yet elegant designs for men and women. And they’re romantic, too! They even offer a couple’s selection of watches so you and your other half can match in truly sustainable style. Each wood watch features high-quality materials that make investing in a wood watch for yourself or a loved one an effortless decision.
Much like jewelry, engraved wooden watches make a unique gift. Bobo Bird is on our radar not only for their sleek and stylish engraved wooden watches designs but also for their gorgeous engraving service. Whether you’re celebrating a special birthday, a milestone or just simply showing someone that you love them, wooden watches make a unique gift. Simply write your message of choice in your own handwriting, take a photo and include it with your order. The message – featuring your own personal ‘font’ – will then be engraved onto the back of the watch.
All engraved wooden watches come encased in a stunning handmade wooden box, giving a real rustic vibe to your gift, too.