Quick – if I say samurai, what are you picturing? Perhaps a sword, some crazy armor, or just even the countryside of Japan. What does any of that have to do with a watch that (I’m guessing) is made in China? I have no idea, but that’s what today’s review model is entitled – Iron Samurai.
So, how did it come about that I picked one of these up to review for you? Well, my friend (yup, the same one from this post) shot me a link to a watch from one of those catalog-based shops (I forget which one) that had a watch that looked just like the one at the top of this post, but for something like $150. That seemed overpriced to me, and some quick searching over on Amazon turned up this listing. Now, under $7 (plus free shipping), that’s just about an insta-buy, even for something of dubious quality.
So, that’s how this particular watch showed up on my desk. On the surface of things, it’s a great idea – design a watch that looks like a bracelet, hide some LEDs in there, and you’ve got a stealthy sort of a watch. In practice, though, things are different. For starters, the watch module is as bulky as you would expect, so it breaks the bracelet illusion a bit. Second, on the one I got, you can really tell there are LEDs there, even when not lit (this model hides it a bit better).
Speaking of those LEDs? Those suckers will light up a dark room like you wouldn’t believe. Which makes it to be a fun toy, as well as keeping the watch readable in bright light (sun or otherwise), which can be a problem for LED display watches of this nature. I’ll also note (likely due to the lighter metal used in the folded-link bracelet), this is a surprisingly light, and therefore comfortable, watch to wear.
Do I harbor any grand illusions of this turning into a family heirloom? Absolutely not – I expect this thing will fall apart or otherwise break on its own with just normal wear. That said, for under $10, it’s a fun design, either for your child – or the kid in you.