Jord Watch (Review and Giveaway)

“Watch.” Tick-Tock said, nodding. “Ay, a likely enough name for such; after all, what does a person want with a timepiece but to watch it once in a while?”

–Stephen King, The Wastelands


Has there been another time in history besides our own where so many things are rendered into anachronisms so quickly? Granted, the Victorians might come close (when was the last time you needed a shoe buttoner or a mustache cup, for example?), but we seem to be losing things very quickly. I mourn my Walkman, rotary phone, and even my CDs are looking a bit old school.

One thing that I’ve refused to let go of, however, is my watch. It’s not so much out of need, since, working in technology, it seems like the current time is provided by nearly every single surface around my office, my car, my home, but there’s something reassuring about my watch. It may seem like an affectation, but I find that there’s always that odd moment when I’m out at lunch and the cell is dead or back on the desk, or out for a walk, or in any of a countless number of other situations in which I still need to have the time close at hand.

Cindy gave me a Jord watch a few weeks ago. She was asked to write a review of it, but, being a men’s watch, she asked me if I’d review it instead.


I was skeptical of the thing, at first. It’s…wooden. It’s a wooden watch. What in heaven’s name do I want with a wooden watch? It’s also pretty large. As big as it is, you’d expect it to be one of those new-fangled interfaces to your smart phone (as if you didn’t have enough going on to drain the battery).

Turns out, there’s a lot to like about a wooden watch, and I haven’t taken it off (other than bed time and showers) since I first put it on.

The band was large enough to go round my ankle at first, however I was able to drop links quite easily using a pair of tiny flathead screwdrivers. I despise having to go to a jeweler’s to have a watch resized, so this was a big plus.

It’s also extremely lightweight. I’ve been wearing a steel watch for a long time; once I started wearing this one, my other feels like I’m putting on weights to go deep sea diving.

The band and body are carved from sandalwood. This makes it extremely pleasant to smell; this got me in trouble, though, the first time someone commented on it. “Smell my watch!” is one of those comments that will make people think you’re a bit of a pervert, and I don’t recommend it. Shame, that; the smell really is very pleasing.

And believe me when I tell you that people will comment on it. I wouldn’t recommend this watch to someone who’s not somewhat outgoing generally, because this thing is going to constantly break the ice for you, like it or not. It’s not quite as predictable a conversation piece as a puppy, or having six kids, for example, but it’s a close second.

I do have two small nits to pick, despite the fact that I wear this watch all the time. The numerals are mounted round the square edge of the face, which makes reading the hours between 1 and 2, 4 and 5, etc, very difficult. I’m getting somewhat used to it, but it’s very easy to find yourself an hour off occasionally. Also, I’m not sure who it was that thought a blue second hand would be easy to see against a green face, but this person surely has better eyes than I do. While I’m not color blind, I had the watch for a week before discovering that it even had a second hand.

These are trivial complaints, though, and are far outweighed by all of the positives. I’ve been pleased by the thing, and am very pleased to have it. You would be, too.

Buy: You can buy one of these beautiful, good-smelling watches at the Jord website.

Win: One Get Along Home reader will win a Delmar-green Jord watch. (Don’t let the word “green” throw you off. This watch goes with everything.)

How to enter: Just leave a comment. Have you ever seen a wooden watch? Or smelled one?

Details: This giveaway is open to anyone in the US. This giveaway will be open until midnight, June 4, 2014. The winner will be chosen by And the Winner Is… WordPress plugin. You can leave as many comments as you like, but only the first comment will be considered a valid entry. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If there is no response after 48 hours, I’ll have to choose another winner. Please use a valid email address in your comments so that I can contact you if you win! Please use one email address per entrant, per household, per IP address. The giveaway provider (not Get Along Home) will be responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!

Disclosure: We received a free watch to review. No other compensation has changed hands. Here’s your mommy/daddy blogger grain of salt.

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  • Michelle May 28, 2014, 7:22 am

    This would be a great Father’s Day present. :)

  • Rebecca Brandt
    Twitter: momsmustardseed
    May 28, 2014, 7:48 am

    I have never seen a wooden watch – but would love to! (never smelled one, either)

  • Alycia A May 28, 2014, 7:55 am

    This would be a wonderful birthday gift for my husband. Love the idea of a wooden watch!

  • Andrea May 28, 2014, 8:02 am

    My husband would LOVE this!

  • Heather May 28, 2014, 8:02 am

    That looks so cool! I think it is a watch that my husband might actually wear. I might have to go search for these to see them in person.

  • Jane Burnett May 28, 2014, 8:04 am

    Looks perfect for a woodworking husband!

  • Kimberly R May 28, 2014, 8:09 am

    I have never seen a wooden watch before. They look neat! I know my husband would love it because he loves watches :)

  • Shannon P May 28, 2014, 8:16 am

    I never even knew that wood watches existed, but I am intrigued! I think that this would be an amazing gift for the father of my 10 wonderful blessings!

  • jennifer hoskins May 28, 2014, 8:35 am

    I haven’t seen nor smelled a wooden watch. Even if I saw someone wearing one they may have been weirded out if I asked to smell their wrist. That probably wouldn’t have stopped me from asking just so I could be known as the weird chick. ;) I would love yo win this. :)

  • Katherine S. May 28, 2014, 8:40 am

    I’ve never seen these before! What an amazing idea!

  • Andrea B May 28, 2014, 8:46 am

    I’ve never seen a wooden watch. Smelling one…sounds strange!

  • Lindsay May 28, 2014, 9:04 am

    Love this! What a neat watch.

  • Ashley
    Twitter: oliveonandon
    May 28, 2014, 9:26 am

    I really like the look of the wood! I wonder if this would be a watch Chris would wear since it wouldn’t feel as heavy.. I want to smell one!

  • melissa carneado May 28, 2014, 10:32 am

    I would love to win this for my husband. He really needs a new watch.

  • Amy S May 28, 2014, 10:55 am

    My husband loves woodworking– I think he’d be thrilled to have one of these!

  • shelli May 28, 2014, 11:14 am

    The photos are beautiful. Too bad we can’t smell the sandalwood through the screen!

  • Jessica W May 28, 2014, 11:20 am

    Would love to win this for my sweet husband. What a wonderful Father’s Day present!

  • MomOfFour May 28, 2014, 11:23 am

    Wow! I like it and I can think of a couple of dads who this would look great on!

  • Keira May 28, 2014, 11:30 am

    My husband LOVES watches and would be very intrigued by a wooden watch. I don’t think he has ever seen one, and I certainly have not. Awesome giveaway!!

  • Nikki May 28, 2014, 11:43 am

    I would love to win this watch…for my husband, that is. ;) I’ve never smelled a watch, but now you have me wanting to.

  • Sande May 28, 2014, 12:32 pm

    I have never seen a wooden watch before. They look really nice. My husband would love this!

  • Valerie May 28, 2014, 12:53 pm

    My husband would love this! He loves watches.

  • Jucinda Willoughby May 28, 2014, 2:07 pm

    Never seen a wooden watch!

  • Susie May 28, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Wow – what a great watch! I know someone who would LOVE it :-)

  • Julie May 28, 2014, 2:38 pm

    I love this watch! I’ve never seen a wooden watch, let alone smelled one, but I’m sure my husband would love it too.

  • cheryl Stoeser May 28, 2014, 3:29 pm

    This sounds so interesting. I have never heard of, seen, or even thought of a watch made of wood.

  • Lisa Stein May 28, 2014, 3:44 pm

    Never seen or heard of a wooden watch !

  • Sharon Fuller May 28, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Wow! That’s a pretty cool looking watch. I have never seen nor heard of a wooden watch. If I won, I wouldn’t have to buy a father’s day gift, so that’s pretty awesome.

  • Sherry May 28, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Never heard of a wooden watch, seen one, or smelled one…but what an intriguing item!

  • Hailey White May 28, 2014, 9:57 pm

    Never smelled a watch before…..

  • Kimberly D May 29, 2014, 12:07 am

    This watch is so unique! I have never heard of a wooden watch or smelled a watch… I do love the smell of sandalwood though, so I’d be smelling my husband’s wrist all the time if he had it on. Thank you for the cool giveaway!

  • Sarah May 29, 2014, 3:17 pm

    First wooden watch I’ve ever seen. Awesome!

  • Kate K May 29, 2014, 3:19 pm

    I’ve seen them and have always been fascinated by wooden watches. My husband could really use one and with money being tight, it’d be a great Father’s Day/pre-deployment gift.

  • heidi May 29, 2014, 10:21 pm

    Yes! For either my husband, or one of my 6 sons :)

  • Kath May 30, 2014, 12:34 pm

    I think DH would like that! It would be a great Fathers’ Day gift.

  • manda June 2, 2014, 10:12 am

    I have not seen one… but love to win one for my hubby.

  • hedgehogi June 3, 2014, 12:05 am

    I have not seen or touched one in person. I would love to win one for my husband!

    alholm.co at gmail dot com

  • Sarah Hayes June 4, 2014, 1:23 am

    ive never seen one but would love to own one. they look great

  • Kira sauce do June 4, 2014, 9:33 am

    Ooh how cool! My dad is a huge watch collector, but he doesn’t have a wooden watch. It ‘wood’ be awesome to ‘watch’ him open this as a Father’s Day gift.

    Hehe.

  • Kim O June 4, 2014, 4:07 pm

    You guys are too funny :) What an awesome watch!

  • Joelle June 4, 2014, 5:59 pm

    I have never seen one in person but I have seen them online. Very, very unique! My husband would love it! :-)

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