18 Gorgeous Minimalist Wood Watches

Chances are when you think of cutting-edge style you don’t think wood. However, one of the coolest looking options for those with a sophisticated sense of understated style is exactly that, the wooden watch. Setting to one side the sustainability issues and environmental concerns of most plastic or silicone timepieces on the market, the wooden watch is, quite simply, a conversation piece. 

And, when crafted in a simple minimalist style, a striking companion for whatever your other sartorial considerations are. Stylish for both men and women, the sleek, minimalist, wooden watch is a dose of old-school cool. Not to mention there are some incredibly well-designed pieces out there that won’t be too hard on your wallet. Of-course as your watch collection grows, you’ll also need to start thinking about picking up a stylish watch box or case to keep your timepieces clean and safe. 


1. Oviwatch – The Cursus

Oviwatch - The Cursus

Latin for a course or journey, the Curus is a beautifully designed minimalist wooden option that provides perfect style wherever your adventures take you. Handmade from all-natural nut-tree wood, this stylish piece is Swiss movement with sapphire crystal glass. Simple, elegant, and precise this watch will be at home in the boardroom, on the golf course, or in the bush.

Coming out of Latvia, your looking a paying in Euro, but at €139 it’s completely reasonable and with free worldwide shipping, free returns, and a 24-month warranty it’s not going to cause any unexpected sticker shock.

Key Features

  • Swiss Movement
  • Sapphire crystal glass
  • Genuine, vegetable tanned leather strap

Specifications

  • Brand: Ovi Watch
  • Model: Cursus
  • Case size: 42mm

2. Tense Watch – Labrador

Tense Watch - Labrador

Even though the square watch face has had a bit of revival in the past few years, they still seem to be a little bit special and just a little different. Even when done in minimalist design they stand out.

This square, Canadian-made, timepiece with rounded corners is something a little different. It’s made entirely from reclaimed walnut wood, which means this watch had a life before it ended up on your wrist; it has stories to tell. It features a genuine Swiss Watch Movement and is completely hypoallergenic.

Key Features

  • Genuine Swiss Quartz movement
  • Stainless steel clasp
  • 2-year warranty
  • Hypoallergenic

Specifications

  • Brand: Tense
  • Model: Labrador – Walnut
  • Case size: 40mm

3. Mistura – Wood Watch Ferro Wood Mistura

Mistura - Wood Watch Ferro Wood Mistura

While this may be stretching the definition of minimalism, it does seem to be about as minimalistic as Columbia gets. And this is a great effort by the Colombian watchmaker Mistura.

Handmade rectangular wooden watch face, secured with a leather band, geometrically attached and sealed with a stainless steel clasp. You are not going to be able to hide this watch, but when you look down at it you can’t fail to be impressed by how simply it comes together.

Key Features

  • Pui wood and Teakwood
  • 5-year warranty
  • Japanese Quartz by Citizen

Specifications

  • Brand: Mistura
  • Model: Ferro
  • Case size: 49mm

4. Treehut – Chocolate Walnut Boyd

Treehut - Chocolate Walnut Boyd

This watch has a lot of great things going for it. It’s a great nice minimalist statement piece able to go from casual to classy in a pinch. More than that though, there is just something about this watch that will be perfectly at home on Thoreau’s wrist while meditating on Walden Pond. It’s got that brilliant minimalist feel of being simple and yet deep at the same time.  

All wood casing and dial, this Japanese quartz movement timepiece has stainless steel buttons and clasp with a genuine full grain soft leather strap.

Key Features

  • Handmade in San Francisco
  • Japanese Quartz Movement 
  • High-Quality Soft Genuine Leather

Specifications

  • Brand: Treehut
  • Model: Chocolate Walnut Boyd
  • Case size: 43mm

5. Treehut – Walnut Burl Small (for Women)

Treehut - Walnut Burl Small (for Women)

Finding a truly beautiful minimalist wooden watch for women is something of a challenge. There are all sorts of gaudy bits of tacky arm candy to choose from, but this piece by TreeHut.co is a classy alternative. 

All wood casing and dial, this Japanese quartz movement timepiece has stainless steel buttons and clasp with a genuine full grain soft leather strap. Custom engraving is available for a price. Choice of black or blue stitching on the leather strap.

Key Features

  • Handmade in San Francisco
  • Japanese Quartz Movement 
  • High-Quality Soft Genuine Leather

Specifications

  • Brand: Treehut
  • Model: Walnut Burl Small (for Women)
  • Case size: 33mm

6. Analog Watch Co. – Makore & Red Sanders Watch

Analog Watch Co. - Makore & Red Sanders Watch

Redefining wood watches from the ground up, Analog Watch Co has created something truly special. True to minimalist design standards, this timepiece puts on only what is absolutely necessary. No branding, no markers, just beautiful minimalist design. Not to mention, working with Amish Leathersmiths in, Pennsylvania, they created the world’s first soft and bendable wood strap. And despite the stainless steel finishings, this is a true wooden watch.

Key Features

  • Silver Finishing
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • World’s First Soft & Bendable wooden strap

Specifications

  • Brand: Analog Watch Co.
  • Model: Makore & Red Sanders Watch
  • Case size: 41mm

7. Tru Wood – ATLAS Automatic

Tru Wood - ATLAS Automatic

This is a fancy-pants wooden watch, and I mean that in the best possible way. Sure, you could wear it casually with a t-shirt, but why? This Automatic timepiece looks absolutely gorge hanging out the bottom of a jacket sleeve. The black sandalwood gives off a seriously sophisticated appearance, and the direct opening to the gears feels like you’re getting a look into something prestigious, as opposed to the all to often clunky feel you often get from exposed windings. Casing and strap are all wood, with a stainless steel clasp hiding discreetly on the underside.

Key Features

  • Black Sandalwood Casing and Strap
  • Automatic Movement
  • Sapphire coated mineral glass 
  • 12 Month Warranty

Specifications

  • Brand: Linjer
  • Model: The Minimalist Watch
  • Case size: 38mm & 41mm

8. Tru Wood – Leaf Green (Ladies)

Tru Wood - Leaf Green (Ladies)

This is a ladies minimalist watch that truly makes a statement. It’s simple, with clean lines and nothing extra. The gorgeous, eye catching, green dial sitting in the centre of a dark Sandalwood casing doesn’t take away from its minimalist cred, but rather adds a layer of intrigue and a certain je ne sais quoi.

Key Features

  • Black Sandalwood casing
  • Japanese Quartz
  • Sapphire coated mineral glass
  • Genuine Leather Strap

Specifications

  • Brand: TruWood
  • Model: Leaf Green
  • Case size: 35mm

9. Tru Wood – Expedition

Tru Wood - Expedition

This is minimalism on safari. It’s simple, sophisticated, and looks at home casually styled or elegantly placed for a night out. And, while it is truly a minimalist beauty, the light Olive-Zebra Wood gives the air of something more in the way only a wood watch can. The dark streaks running through the light would look wrong on any other material, but here it highlights the grain and and makes the timepiece pop from your wrist without being garish.

Key Features

  • Olive-Zebra Wood casing and strap
  • Japanese Quartz
  • 12 month Warranty

Specifications

  • Brand: Tru Wood
  • Model: Expedition
  • Case size: 40mm

10. Plant Wear

Plant Wear

There is something really clean and simple about Oak. While many lovers of minimalist style tend to go for the darker varieties, when done right a nice light oak can look incredible. And the Royal Series- Oak is just such a timepiece. The date maker is simple and easy to read. Most importantly, it doesn’t distract from the wood grain on the dial. The markers go all the way around, but are not excessive at all. The hands are silver, and made in France, while the mineral glass covering the face comes in from Germany. And with a case size of 42mm this, minimalist beauty, piece is at home on either male or female.

Key Features

  • High quality precise Miyota-Citizen movement
  • German Mineral Glass
  • Natural Leather Strap
  • Engraving available for a fee

Specifications

  • Brand: Plant Wear
  • Model: Royal Series – Oak
  • Case size: 42mm

11. Plant Wear – Heritage series – Ebony

Plant Wear - Heritage series – Ebony

The Heritage series does an incredible job of combining different woods to deliver a unique and elegant timepiece. And, in my opinion, the Ebony version does it best. The casing is made of Ebony wood and is wonderfully deep and dark. The watch face is made of Anigre, and African hardwood of a lighter color, but still with a darker grain to it. The combination of the two make for a slick combination. 

The time stops themselves are all marked, but done in a simple way so as to keep the overall minimalist charm of this watch. And, in a fun twist, the adjuster is set of center near the four stop just to play with your expectations.

 

Key Features

  • French made Watch hands
  • German made mineral Glass
  • Handcrafted in Europe
  • Japanese Citizen quartz movement

Specifications

  • Brand: Plant Wear
  • Model: Heritage Series – Ebony
  • Case size: 42mm

12. Aarni – Loihi – Ebony

Aarni - Loihi - Ebony

Another fine example of what happens when you pair quality woods with quality metals and place a high-end movement system at the centre of it all. Minimalism at its finest. Designed by Aarni Loihi, it’s no contradiction to say this is a timeless timepiece, much as it’s a bit of a tongue twister. The case is made of black stainless steel and framed with beautiful ebony wood. However, fine as the this all is, what might be even better is the watch band made of Finnish elk leather. Incredibly soft and durable, it’s perfect for everyday use, but sophisticated enough to wear for exclusive events. The movement is Swiss ETA and it’s all covered by a sapphire glass. 

Key Features

  • Swiss ETA Movement, 902 Quartz with 4 Jewels
  • Battery life up to 8-10 years
  • 316L Stainless Steel
  • 3 ATM water resistance

Specifications

  • Brand: Aarni
  • Model: Loihi – Ebony
  • Case size: 40mm

13. Plantwear – Flake Series – Grey Ebony

Plantwear - Flake Series - Grey Ebony

This could be referred to as minimalism with a bit of pop. As far as clean, simple wooden watch design, Plantwear does a great job. And, in this case, they have continued that motif. Solid Ebony wood casing, with a natural wood face. Silver hands, crafted in France and a mineral glass cover produced in Germany. For the strap, they use the finest quality top grain, vegetable tanned leather picked from a local tannery. The only real stray from natural wood grain finish, in this case, is that they’ve subtly speckled the watch face, to cause a mandatory second look. It still holds true to minimalist design, and yet something is slightly askew.

Key Features

  • High quality precise Miyota-Citizen movement
  • German Mineral Glass
  • Natural Leather Strap

Specifications

  • Brand: Plantwear
  • Model: Flake Series – Grey – Ebony
  • Case size: 42mm

14. Ovi Watch – Herus

Ovi Watch - Herus

One of the nicest casual wooden watches out there. I don’t know that I would ever pair this piece with a suit, which is not to say you can’t. But, the light colour maple face, and the light colour natural tan leather make it feel much more at home on a casual afternoon. This could be out for a hike, a stroll with ice cream along the boardwalk , or a day spent golfing. The minimalist styling of this timepiece is decidedly happy. With the etched in roman numerals feeling perfectly placed, probably because there is no contrast between them and the face colour wise. If you want a gorgeous wooden watch as a second to your fancy or workaday watch, this is definitely the one!

Key Features

  • The genuine vegetable tanned leather strap 
  • Sapphire crystal glass 
  • Swiss made movement

Specifications

  • Brand: Ovi Watch
  • Model: Herus
  • Case size: 42mm

15. TreeHut – Olive Ash Red Small

TreeHut - Olive Ash Red Small

This is a brilliant ladies wooden watch. Light weight, smaller face, and perfect for a smaller wrist. The Olive Ask Red is elegant in its simple minimalist design and will stand out, in a good way, when dressed up. However, if you’re someone who enjoys going from an urban lifestyle to an outdoor adventurer, this timepiece does it seamlessly. The optional engraving makes this a great gift watch.

Key Features

  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA
  • Watch Made from Real Wood
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • Strap Made from Genuine Leather

Specifications

  • Brand: TreeHut
  • Model: Olive Ash Red Small
  • Case size: 33mm

16. Aarni – XO-Rowan

Aarni - XO-Rowan

This watch is beautiful Finnish minimalistic design paired with an incredible Finnish wood. Rowan has been used forever in Finland to make jewelry because it’s dense and durable, but also flexible and easy to work with. It’s even used in making horse sled shafts and rake spikes. Powered by a Swiss Ronda movement  with a slim case combined with black and white details makes this model perfect for either men or women. 

Key Features

  • Swiss Ronda Normtech Caliber 763 Quartz Movement
  • Finnish Rowan Wood
  • Adjustable band with metal clasp
  • Scratch Proof and Durable Mineral Glass

Specifications

  • Brand: Aarni
  • Model: XO Rowan
  • Case size: 43mm

17. Jord – HYDE series – Walnut & Black

Jord - HYDE series - Walnut & Black

The Hyde Series by Jord only serves to further demonstrate what they can do with wood and true to spirit minimalist design. In Walnut, this timepiece really feels it’s best. The hand-finished case and links in deep wood joined together with dark stainless steel and finished with a black ultra-minimalist face are perfect together. The addition of the date square and secondary minute dial are almost unnoticeable, until you’re looking for them, and then they are right where you would expect them to be.

Key Features

  • Sapphire crystal glass
  • Metal tipped hands
  • Deployment buckle with push buttons
  • Citizen Miyota GP11

Specifications

  • Brand: Jord
  • Model: HYDE series – Walnut & Black
  • Case size: 43mm

18. Lux Wood – The Bendemeer

Lux Wood - The Bendemeer

This is a simple, affordable, nicely done minimalistic wood watch. A true conversation piece, with gorgeous dark wood casing with a contrasting natural wood face. The hands and time markers are simple black metal, while the seconds hand is an eye popping turquoise. Pure minimalistic brilliance and easy on the wallet.

Key Features

  • Hand crafted from high quality Chanate Wood
  • Comfortable leather band
  • Clean, modern design
  • Best in Class 3-5 Year Battery Life

Specifications

  • Brand: Lux Wood
  • Model: The Bendemeer 
  • Case size: 45mm

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