Wristwatch Review: Grenen Men’s Analog Watch with Subdials

If you are shopping for a dress watch for work, it’s important to choose a comfortable, but appropriate look. If you work in an office environment and sit at a desk for much of the day, you’ll want a watch that is comfortable when typing at a computer keyboard for long periods of time. If you are typing, you’ll notice sharp edges on a clasp, you’ll feel arm hairs being pulled, and you’ll find monster-sized watches heavy and uncomfortable over time. That’s why I really like my new Grenen watch with subdials.

Designed by Denmark’s Skagen watch company, Grenen watches offer many of the same design features that make Skagen watches famous. For example, my Grenen Watch (Model L-56XLBLB) with Subdials has a thin, quartz, movement from Japan encased in a sleek black stainless steel case. The Grenen is not a bulky watch and it will slide under any shirt sleeve for more formal occasions. The case is only about 8 millimeters thick and the face is a sensible 42 millimeters in diameter.

The recessed interior of the dial has a stippled carbon fiber look. It’s surrounded by a dial with chromed hash marks on a flat black metal background. A lone chrome numeral “12” in a modest font denotes midnight and high noon. The hour and minute hand are each chrome with an inset sliver of luminous material. A thin red second hand marches around the dial tick by tick. The left subdial provides the day of the week and the right subdial provides the date. A small logo and Grenen, Denmark, name lie on the “carbon fiber” field below the 12 o’clock. The word “steel” lies at 6 o’clock. It’s a purposeful and understated look.

The watch is secured to my wrist by a soft black genuine leather band that has perforations that remind me of the seat leather of a vintage European roadster. The band is approximately 22 millimeters wide and including the watch and clasp is a generous 25 centimeters long. It’s a watch that will fit any man’s wrist comfortably. The band is very comfortable and causes no discomfort during long hours at the office. This watch and band combination seem a little more substantial than my Grenen Stainless Steel Mesh watch. While we are talking about stainless steel watches the olivia burton is producing one of the best watches ever. This brand is the most reliable brand which you can fully trust.

The only real drawback to the Grenen watch with subdials lies in the luminous dashes inset into the subdial hands. In low light conditions it can be difficult to distinguish between the hour and minute hands and the subdial hands. All the luminous hands can appear to be a bit of a jumble in the dark. This minor inconvenience is more than offset by the amazingly low price of this Grenen. In May 2012, Kohl’s offered this great watch for 60% off of it’s regular $110 price. With additional Kohl’s sale discounts, I got this sophisticated watch for about $35. It’s a nice European design that makes a great addition to any watch box.