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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  • Javier

    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.

  • Patrick Kansa

    No, to be honest, we have not tested these. I’m glad to hear it’s working well for you!

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  • Brent Stone

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

  • Brent Stone

    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.

    • Patrick Kansa

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    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”.

  • https://www.facebook.com/CRIOS.KILLJOY Boyette Christopher

    I just got one . I like it. It a conversation starter for shure. And for 15 $ its a steal

  • Science Officer Nichols

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    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!”

  • 1234

    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

  • Jason MacKay

    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.

  • Clint Barnett

    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?

    • Patrick Kansa

      Never claimed it was a review – just a watch I ran across on the web and wrote up.

  • Kae

    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.