Review of my Shinola Runwell 47mm

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Review of my Shinola Runwell 47mm

Post by abduksion » August 10th 2015, 10:35pm

I told Mort a few weeks back I'd do a review so here it goes. For those that don't know the brand
Shinola which I'm sure most do since well your old :lol: you know they (Shinola) use to be a shoe
polish company. The name today was brought back by the Bedrock watch company based
in Dallas Texas in 2011 or 2012? Like most who hear of a new watch company usually the
first reaction is OK how good can they be? How much will they cost etc. The first time I
saw and held a Shinola was in 2013 at a local jewelry store and that time I wasn't even
aware of the brand asked to look at it and I was blown away. I believe the store wanted
$850 for it? Anyways onto the pics.

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The case measures 47mm not to sure on thickness but would
guess 6 or 7mm thick? It has a shiny SS case made from US steel
but stamped in China.

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As you can see by the crappy side shot its not as thick as
some would think it uses a 24mm Rubber strap made in Staples
MN they tend to be very stiff at first but break in after time with
normal wear. These seem to be very made rubber straps unlike Nvicta's
rubber. So if I ever need or want to replace it with lets say a red or blue?
I can get one on Shinola's website.

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One of my favorite things is the dial which has this cool
vintage pocket watch look to it with Super Luminova
and a touch of orange accents like the lighting Bolt and
on the seconds hand. Its settle and not in your face.
It doesn't say Made in USA or Swiss movement back to that
in a minute.

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One of the coolest things about Shinola's are their casebacks
At first I thought the four little ball bearing looking things were
the actually case back to open it for batteries but you can see for
flat head screws. The cool thing about these watches is that the entire
watch is assembled by hand but the top of the watch goes on top of the
back instead of most traditional watches that have to be turn face down
and case back screws on. If I were going to get the battery change I'd would
need to tell the jeweler to make sure to gentle tap the back of it to get the
case out. I know this sounds confusing think of it like a Seiko Marine Master 300m.

In conclusion the Runwell is Shinola's flag ship model that comes in three sizes 36mm, 41mm and 47mm
shown here. Specs.

47MM
24mm lugs straps are available on Shinola's website but can be costly
6 or 7mm thick?
Super Luminova hands and markers
50M WR
Screw down crown
Screw in case back
Sapphire crystal
Natural rubber strap
Ronda 1069 quartz movement assembled in Detroit
with swiss parts hence why no movement or made in USA on dial

Some of argued and complained that Shinola is charging to much for a
quartz? Yes and no, I know I could of gotten a Hamilton for $500
but decided to give this brand a try. Shinola seems to be stepping up their
game with GMT's, Chronographs and Moon Phase models. Prices seem to
range in the $500-$1,600 price point like their Black Blizzard models.
Is this brand gonna be for everyone? No but those that like them seem
they can't let them go and those that do sell usually sell them for about
or around the same price they paid. My next Shinola will most likely be
the 44mm GMT Rambler.
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Re: Review of my Shinola Runwell 47mm

Post by biglove » August 11th 2015, 5:03am

The finish appears well done and it's nice to see the different size offerings for sure. I can't fathom 47mm and the name "Shinola" ruins it for me. The name brings me back to "The Jerk" when Naven's Dad shows him a pile of shit and a can of Shinola.

That being said, nice review and some decent photos that really showcase the case and its profile.

Love that the watch is that thin!

Appears to have a bit of soul after all!

I have owned quite a few Quartz watches; but, I still struggle with a price over $300 for a movement than can be bought for under $15.

I did truly love my Luminox Titanium Quartz; but, I only paid $260 for it 14 years ago. Of course that likely translates to about $400 today.

Ok, I can't say shit about a Quartz watch costing $500. Never mind.

Nice one, Kevin.
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Re: Review of my Shinola Runwell 47mm

Post by conjurer » August 11th 2015, 7:39am

Nice review, Kev! Shinola's doing some interesting things, and kudos to them for assembling in the USA--this, I'm sure, adds a great deal to the price.
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Re: Review of my Shinola Runwell 47mm

Post by abduksion » August 11th 2015, 11:52am

NorthCountry wrote:Nice watch Kev, if they ever do an automatic I'm in for one.
Good write up too. Have you tried it on a leather strap? Do they make models in the 40 to 43mm range?


If you want a Shinola but not that Runwell look at these. Their a little expensive if you don't mind the whole quartz thing.

http://www.shinola.com/shop/watches/men ... -1186.html

http://www.shinola.com/shop/watches/men ... mbler.html

http://www.shinola.com/shop/watches/men ... age/2.html

http://www.shinola.com/shop/watches/the ... s0193.html
biglove wrote:The finish appears well done and it's nice to see the different size offerings for sure. I can't fathom 47mm and the name "Shinola" ruins it for me. The name brings me back to "The Jerk" when Naven's Dad shows him a pile of shit and a can of Shinola.

That being said, nice review and some decent photos that really showcase the case and its profile.

Love that the watch is that thin!

Appears to have a bit of soul after all!

I have owned quite a few Quartz watches; but, I still struggle with a price over $300 for a movement than can be bought for under $15.

I did truly love my Luminox Titanium Quartz; but, I only paid $260 for it 14 years ago. Of course that likely translates to about $400 today.

Ok, I can't say shit about a Quartz watch costing $500. Never mind.

Nice one, Kevin.

First off thanks for the kind words now I'm not 100% sure how thick it is? But I know it can't be over 7mm thick?
conjurer wrote:Nice review, Kev! Shinola's doing some interesting things, and kudos to them for assembling in the USA--this, I'm sure, adds a great deal to the price.

Pretty much the place I brought mine from if the brand discounted was told no because I was buying into an American made product.
I remember reading an article that said Americans would rather spend the extra $ for something made in the US then having the same thing
made overseas for less money.
And thanks everyone for responding so far.
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Re: Review of my Shinola Runwell 47mm

Post by jason_recliner » August 11th 2015, 11:58am

Great looking watch, Kevin. The dial and subdial, in particular, are absolutely superb.

Thanks for the review - I didn't know much about this brand at all. I love that the strap is made in USA.
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Re: Review of my Shinola Runwell 47mm

Post by abduksion » August 11th 2015, 12:05pm

boscoe wrote:Tanks. Hate the name, but WTF


The name as grown on me a bit. Thanks by the way.
jason_recliner wrote:Great looking watch, Kevin. The dial and subdial, in particular, are absolutely superb.

Thanks for the review - I didn't know much about this brand at all. I love that the strap is made in USA.

That's no problem I'm sure I don't know much about them either. If you don't mind the strap saying Shinola
at the bottom you can pick one up on their website but keep in mind they tend to sell out fast.
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Re: Review of my Shinola Runwell 47mm

Post by abduksion » August 11th 2015, 8:44pm

mosc wrote:Congrats on a really nice watch. Good review. I like the clean, no bullshit look of that watch. Also, I like the lugs. Wear it in good health.


Thanks the lugs are cool.
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