Shinola which I'm sure most do since well your old 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24mm lugs straps are available on Shinola's website but can be costly
6 or 7mm thick?
Super Luminova hands and markers
Screw down crown
Screw in case back
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.