A $15 watch? I know what you’re thinking. Why would anyone bother placing a timepiece this cheap on the market? Who on earth can cram the production costs, the material expenses, the distribution, packaging, marketing, and so forth in $15? Well, you guessed it right – Chinese manufacturers can. Oulm can.
I see your brows are raised. Indeed, it’s not the most reputable watch brand, not by a long shot, but I think they’re worthy of our attention. Let’s have a look at their creations.
Specialists Since 1996
In 1996, a Hong Kong entrepreneur Mr Ou went ahead and founded Oulm, using a unique combination of words as the company’s first slogan – Dream Fly. Perhaps not the craftiest of phrases, sure, but the company specialized in a whole different area – production of incredibly cheap watches. And they’ve been doing it pretty well, in fact.
To date, Oulm claims to have exported their watches to over a hundred countries, where their unique vision of style and functionality was accepted wholeheartedly. I have a feeling something else attracted Oulm’s clientele to their production line. The price.
I mean we’re talking cost of a finer cocktail somewhere by the beach. Oulm lists some watches as low as $10! Overlooking the price, you’ll recognize Oulm watches by their large dials, low-quality leather straps, and ostentatious design. Seriously, though, some of the models look as if they’ve come out of outer space. But hey, tastes differ, and there’s a fine line between flashy and attractive.
Design and Features
It should be noted that there are models Oulm lists which really aren’t that ‘wild’. Provided you search for long enough, you should be able to find more acceptable watches, too. Most of the pieces will feature additional functions, which is rather nice. For example, Oulm 1140 has a thermometer and a compass tucked in the casing. Don’t expect top of the line accuracy when it comes to these, though.
Still, looking past the grotesque design some of these watches bluster, I can see why someone would go for it and make the purchase. First, it’s not like it’s going to deliver a heavy blow to your wallet. Secondly, if you have no issues with the design, you could actually end up with a watch you’ll enjoy wearing.
Moreover, the quartz movements which drive these pieces should provide decent reliability for at least several months, more than enough time for you to get bored with the watch. And the extra features, such as dual time zones, compass, thermometer, albeit prone to defects, will work as a great conversation starter and could even prove useful.
Make no mistake, for $15, Oulm will not be selling you a toy. If you browse through their Amazon listings, you will notice the watches rarely receive under three stars from their owners.
It seems as if the brand is picking up momentum, with a solid fanbase growing and discussions on forums sparking up every day. Low-priced watches coming at a price of a pasta skimmer are not a rarity on the market. Those which actually do their job and are worth your money, on the other hand, are.