WATCH REVIEW: Slow-Watches "Slow Jo" - 24 Hour One Hand Watch - Watch Freeks


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Default WATCH REVIEW: Slow-Watches "Slow Jo" - 24 Hour One Hand Watch

Name of Reviewer: Mark (AKA andrema)

Watch Reviewed: "Slow Jo - 24 Hour One Hand Watch"

Watch was donated for review.

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Company Contact Information:

Slow-Watches

Website: https://www.slow-watches.com/
Email: jo@bslow.com
Skype: theslowwatch
Facebook: theslowwatch



"About" from the Company Website:

Evolve the way you think about time.

Slow watches were created to shift the way people read time. So rather than focusing on the second or the minute we have produced an instrument that measures the moment.

Slow does not describe a speed…. It’s a mindset that most of us somehow lost. As a result of our busy lifestyles, we often forget that we actually have a choice of how to live. The Slow watch (we named it Slow Jo) is a subtle reminder that time is the most precious thing we have so we should enjoy everything we do and stop chasing every minute.


In order to be a true symbol of this idea, the slow watch has only one hand that rotates once every 24 hours. It actually moves at half the speed of a normal watch, but allows you to see the progress of your entire day at a glance. This slow way of showing the time is made possible by using a Swiss precision GMT movement that actually has 4 hands and a date (the Ronda 505.24 Swiss Made), but to keep you focused we simply left out the other 3 hands.

Get out of the hamster wheel!
Focus your time on what you really love to do – go for a surf, hang out with friends and family, explore the world, work on something you’re passionate about.…all these simple pleasures that can be easy to forget. Of course, we realize most of us live in a world where it's unfortunately not always possible to do those things we love, but the slow mindset is here to help you to have fun in whatever you are doing. So no matter where you are slow Jo is made to be your long lasting companion on your journey in hectic modern times.

Check out the detailed photos and we’ll let the integrity of the case design speak for itself. Slow Jo’s innovative construction allows perfect symmetry on all axes and the raised extra hard glass creates a sweet vintage feel – simply an object of sophistication. That's why it only uses the highest quality materials and is manufactured in Switzerland by the guys who do Slow.

In accordance with the brand concept, purchasing a Slow watch should be a stress free experience. It should be simple and not cost a fortune…that’s why slow watches can only be ordered online and will be shipped directly from our factory in Switzerland to you without a middleman increasing the price.

Have a great time and be slow...



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Description of the watch concept from company website:

The watch has a Swiss Made Caliber 505.24H GMT movement that originally has 4 hands plus the date. We only use the one hand that shows the 24 hour time in order to create a true"Slow" watch that is reduced to only one necessary component. But we think it’s pretty cool to know that there actually is quite a complex movement happening inside of your watch.

The great thing is that the 24 hour dial allows you to see the entire day in one view. This fundamentally changes the way you look at your watch and it will give you a much better consciousness about the progression of your day. You will realize that the dial does not show a logo as we believe a great product does not need to show any visible branding to be recognized. A unique design language should do the job. The Slow logo only appears hidden on the back of the case


Sample Image from the company website:





Watch Specifications:

Case Material - 316 L stainless steel
Case Dimensions (mm) – 38.0 W x 42.5 H x 8.2 D
Dial color - Black
Movement - Ronda 505.24 (Swiss Made)
Weight of Watch (g) - 66.0
Crystal - Hardened K1 Mineral
Strap Material - Anthracite Canvas
Band width (mm) - 22
Water Resistance – 10 Bar / 10 ATM / 100 meters
Country of Origin - Switzerland
45 Month Battery Life


Price: $220


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"Slow Jo - 24 Hour One Hand Watch"



Packaging:

The packaging for this watch is quite innovative. The first thing that II immediately noticed was the box's texture, which is rubberized. This is very unique and speaks to Slow Watch's approach to design.

When you open the box, you are presented with the dial of the watch, which makes the entire package appear as if it were a desk clock. This is accomplished through the use of a molded, foam lined lid. The lid has an exact cutout of the watch’s case, which helps the case/dial stay secured and integrated into the packaging.


In addition to the watch, the packaging includes the usual product paperwork as well as a “micro spike” springbar tool. The tool is a great addition and made changing the watch’s straps very easy.





Case and Crystal:

The case is made of 316L stainless steel and is perfectly symmetrical in shape. With the exception of the lug ends, the case’s proportions are exactly the same when viewed from all angles. I guess the best way that I can describe the design of the watch is that it has a mixture of art deco design with a vintage vibe.

The mineral crystal has a vintage look and sits slightly above the top of the watch’s case. This design works very well with the overall watch design.










The caseback of the watch is flat and held in place by eight screws. It has a brushed finish and the Slow Watches logo is engraved in the center. Unlike many brands, this is the only place on the watch where you will find the brand’s logo, which is often featured prominently placed on the dial.







The crown has the Slow logo engraved on its end. It is a nice size at 6.2 mm in diameter and easy to manipulate. When setting the time, it has a nice, smooth feel and has nice action.



Dial and Hand:

The black dial has a glossy black finish, with the Arabic 24 hour index painted in silver. The minute indices represent 15 minute increments, with each hour being broken down into four equal sections. Unlike many other brands, there is no other printing or decoration on the dial, not even "Swiss Made" is indicated on the dial. l. This was done intentionally by Slow, to emphasize the watch's "simple design”.



The lone hand has a matte silver finish. It has a wedge shape, which begins fairly thick and has a nice, sharp point at its end. The design is quite simple, but fits very well with the watch's concept and works nicely with the design of the dial.






How to tell the time on the "Slow Jo" watch:
Since single hand, 24 hour watches are not as common as a traditional three-hand or chronograph watch design, I figured it would be helpful to describe how to determine the time. For those who have been in the military or from a culture that utilizes the 24 hour this will be a refresher, but for those who haven’t, here is how it works:


Unlike standard time that runs on a 12-hour clock, a 24-hour clock does not divide the day into "a.m." and "p.m.". For ease of use, the dial of the watch should be split in half – 0 to 12 & 13 to 24:



The 0 through 12 indices represent the “a.m. portion” of the dial. Since there is really no difference between these and standard time, this should be very straight forward.

The 13 through 24 indices represent the “p.m. portion” of the dial. Basically, all that needs to be done to convert back to standard time is to subtract 12 hours from the time. For example, if the watch reads 1615, the standard time conversion would be 4:15 p.m. (1615 – 1200). Simple, right?

Here is an illustration to help drive the concept home:






At first, it may take a little time to get used to telling the time on a 24 hour dial. Eventually it will become easier and more instinctual, and only require a quick glance to tell the time. With this being said, this approach is certainly not as precise as a traditional 12-hour scale with minute hash marks. The time can only be approximately determined, which is perfectly acceptable in most situations.

For those who would like to learn more about the 24 hour scale and military time, here is a good link for more information: http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-from-24-Hour-to-12-Hour-Time


To assist its customers with learning how to utilize their products, Slow has provided the following examples on their website. The images display different times on the “Slow Jo” dial and the corresponding times:







Okay, those were simple. Here is an example of one that is not directly on a 15 minute index:




Straps:


The quality of grey canvas strap that is supplied with this model is actually quite nice and has has a nice, soft, leather backing. The grey tone and grey stitching works very well with the brushed case finish. The only branding on the strap is the "Slow" symbol that is imprinted/embossed into the leather backing.

The strap is well made, fairly supple and very comfortable on the wrist. This is often not the case with other canvas style straps, especially at this price point.











In addition to the grey canvas strap, we were provided with a black leather strap. If I were to say that this strap is soft, it would be an understatement. The leather strap melts on your wrist and is extremely comfortable to wear. In my opinion, the addition of the black leather makes the watch look a bit different and a bit more refined look.


Here are a few photos of the watch with the black leather strap as well as the strap itself:










The Slow buckle mimics the case design of the watch. It is made of 316L stainless steel and has an octagonal shape. The brushed finish of the buckle is very nice and its appearance works very well to complete the watch’s overall design.





Movement:


The "Slow Jo" utilizes a Ronda 505.24 Powertech quartz movement. This is a fairly widely used movement throughout the watch industry and their movements are typically pretty reliable workhorses.





Specifications:

Calibre: 505.24H (Powertech)

Type: Analog quartz movement

Jewels: 1 - nickel plated

Accuracy: -10/+ 20 Seconds/Month

Diameter (mm): 23.90

Height (mm): 3.00

Battery Life: 45 Months

Other: Date, 24 hours by hand, GMT function


Below is a diagram of the movement's functions, as originally designed. This has been modified by Slow to include only the 24 hour complication.







Slow put together this nice YouTube video that demostrates how to set the time on the "Slow Jo" watch:





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Wrist Shots:

For reference purposes, my wrist is 7.25 inches.


The watch measures 38mm in diameter and 42.5mm in length (lug to lug). With the watch's square case shape, the watch wears larger than the dimensions would suggest. It wears very comfortably on the wrist and will fit nicely on most wrist sizes. I was very pleased with the overall appearance of the watch on my wrist. It has nice proportions and has a nice look/feel on the wrist.




With its short lug-to-lug length and flat caseback, the watch sits very nicely on the wrist. It is fairly light and seems to disappear after wearing it for a while.






Since the overall dimensions of this watch would be considered by some to be a "unisex" size, I have provided a few wrist shots below on a woman's wrist. In addition, I swapped the watch onto the black leather strap to give you an idea for what it looks like. For reference purposes, the wrist in the photos below is 6.15 inches in diameter.






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Overall impression and final thoughts:


It is rare that I review a watch and not have any critical comments. Well, this is one of those occasions!



Initially, I was going to mention the size and how it may be too small for some. But then I reconsidered how it would fit at, say, 40mm wide or 42mm wide. In my opinion, a larger case size would have resulted in a watch that overpowered the wrist as well as contrast with Slow's approach of keeping it simple. With that being said, I feel the size is just right for most wrist sizes.



To summarize my final assessment of this watch -- The "Slow Jo" watch is a fantastic design, which is excellently executed and is offered at a great value. For the fairly modest sales price of $220, the consumer is treated to a very nice, good quality watch.



Well done guys, keep it up!



Thanks for reading ~ Mark
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Excellent review and and pictures Mark.
I actually like the case shape of this watch and the look, and the canvas strap, but 1 hand watches are not for me at all.
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Interesting- not sure about it. Dial seems rather plain and sparse....like it's not busy or interesting enough! But then again this is a SLOW watch!
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Mark,
I enjoyed the great review and photos. I like it.
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Well done Mark. Great pics and info.
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nice write up and photos, Mark. i like it. nice to see something done with design in mind, instead of the same derivative stuff i seem to only see anymore
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Thanks everyone!
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Very unique watch. I like the case shape.
Great review as always.
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Awesome review!!!! Great pictures. Its a very interesting design. I like it but i wonder since you can not see the seconds hand and the minutes had how will you set time accurately on this watch?
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Great Review. That is a pretty cool 1 hander.
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Great review Mark. At first I didn't care for it. By the end of your review I fell in love with it. I understand your comments about the size! But I wish it was just a tad bit bigger.

Cool piece.
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Awesome review!!!! Great pictures. Its a very interesting design. I like it but i wonder since you can not see the seconds hand and the minutes had how will you set time accurately on this watch?
Other than in 15 minute increments, telling the exact time isn't really possible on this watch. You can tell the approximate time, but not exact.
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I've been very interested in single hand watches for quite a while. Kudos to Slow for keeping the watch face clean. However, the case shape just doesn't work for me.

BTW... some very nice photography on their Facebook site.
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Excellent review. Really neat watch too. Thanks!
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the review is great
the pictures are amazing

any watch you cant actually tell time on is not for me.
I have never been a 1 hand watch fan

But totally enjoyed reading the review. Thank you !
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the review is great
the pictures are amazing

any watch you cant actually tell time on is not for me.
I have never been a 1 hand watch fan

But totally enjoyed reading the review. Thank you !
I agree. I came back and read this and looked at it again. Case is cool. but a watch to tell approximate time, just doesn't make sense to me.
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Awesome review and pics Mark. Not my cup of tea but if you are looking for a 1 hander it looks pretty cool.
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Thanks everyone! It really is a great watch and a great value.
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Cool Mark !!! Can see why it was hard finding anything not to like about this Slow. The way they matched such a unique design with a unique way of telling time was fantastic. On top of that it honestly seems really well made, and looks very comfortable as well. Pretty amazing sir.

Excellent review Mark !!! Thanks for doing it.
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