REVIEW: Tikkr Watches

Posted on 03 February 2012 by Patrick Kansa

 

As I mentioned in my review on Modify Watches, the whole “interchangeable silicone band” watch segment is really growing – and today’s example serves to underscore that assertion.  So, let’s see what the folks at Tikkr have on tap!

Much like we’ve seen in other offerings, the draw for Tikkr watches is the number of different colored straps available, and the ease of changing those straps out.  Tikkr has 22 different strap colors available, and two different faces (black or white; excludes some special models they have).  Regardless of the combo you pick out, your entry point is $65.  Should you want additional straps, they’re $20 apiece (or $199 for all of them).

On the watch side of things, I found the watch to be a capable and accurate, yet noisy, quartz movement.  There is one oddity to note here as well, regarding the seconds hand.  If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s actually twice as long as you’d expect (half on each side of the center pivot).  What this means is you cannot necessarily tell which increment of time is being indicated.  Then again, this isn’t a chrono, so that level of accuracy isn’t important.

Now, for the straps we were sent.  I found them to be perfectly comfortable in regular wear (as you’d expect), and the glow-in-the-dark one we were sent was just as cool as you’d expect (or maybe that’s just me).  Sure, not something you’d wear in the office, but hit that sucker with a UV flashlight and head on out in the evening.  Of course, that glowy band does highlight another weakness of the Tikkr watch face – there is no lume at all on the dial or the hands, drastically reducing it’s utility.

So, would I recommend the Tikkr over the Modify?  If all things were equal, Modify definitely has the edge on price.  Tikkr, on the other hand, has some very interesting options (ie, the glow-in-the-dark strap), and a different style aesthetic on offer.  In the end, it’s really going to be up to the sort of style you’re going for.

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