Watches mightn't be as common as they once were, but many people still rely on them. These watch of the month clubs show that you don't need to just pick one timepiece and stick with it. You can have much more variety than that.
Before we all had the option of the convenience of a personal timepiece, there were clocks, and before clocks, there were sundials. Sundials were the first invention that allowed humans to measure time and sundials were around long before humans recorded history.
Historians even speculate that sundial existed before language, though no one knows for sure. But what historians do know is that by 3,500 BCE sundials were part of the day to day life and were commonplace in China and Egypt. It wasn't until 600 BCE that the first metal sundial was invented.
Because sundials had numerous drawbacks, primarily being that they required the sun and second that they were not easily transported, other methods for measuring time were needed. Over the years, a variety of ways were used, such as:
- Candles that burned at a specific rate
- Water clocks
- Pulleys and counterweight mechanisms
In 1594 that Galileo came up with a pendulum, though it wasn't until 1657 someone used this invention to make a clock. However, in 1505 a German locksmith came up with the first portable clock, which soon gained the name “watch” since it was used by sailors to measure the time of each of their “watch” duties. Though it didn't tell time as today's watches do, it instead took the place of the hourglass to measure time in four-hour increments.
By 1675 the pocket watch, which measures a full 12 hours at a time, was invented and soon gained in popularity, becoming a common sight and fashionable accessory.
It wasn't until close to 200 years later that the first wristwatch was invented, which we know withstood the test of time, and the watch is still worn by millions every day. Though the popularity of watches began to wane due to the cell phone, many still wear watches for fashion and functionality, which is why there are the watch of the month clubs.
And, for those who are fashion forwards, there are other interesting clubs to try out too, like ones that ship out shirts or socks to you each month. Or, what about something completely different, like a cocktail club or a cigar club?
Watch Of The Month Clubs
- Watch Gang
- Monthly Watch Box
- Wrist Mafia
- Watch Of The Month Club
Watch Gang is a watch subscription company that also has an online store. The online store sells a variety of watches and watch boxes. There are three watch of the month club options:
- Original Tier Plan – Stylish and Fashionable for $49.99. Watches have a retail value of up to $150.
- Black Tier Plan – Affordable Luxury for $99. Watches have a retail value of up to $500.
- Platinum Tier Plan – Super Luxury for $299.99. Watches have a retail value of up to $1,500.
Each of the plans is available month-to-month, every three months, or on-demand. Once you choose your watch plan, your first watch will ship within three days, then on the 16th of each coming month.
After signing up for your watch of the month club subscription, you will receive an email with shipping details, including tracking information. For subscriptions, a monthly email is sent for every box. All shipments within the US are charged a flat shipping rate of $9.82. Shipping outside of the country is available at a shipping upcharge.
Once you sign up for your watch membership with the Watch Gang, you will start earning points. These points can be used:
- For a spin on the wheel to win a watch
- Towards the cost of your membership
- On flash sale items
In addition to earning points through purchases, you can choose to buy additional points too.
Monthly Watch Box
Monthly Watch Box carries a variety of name brand watches at varying price levels. The brands found at the Monthly Watch Box are popular names such as Timex, Casio, and Seiko, as opposed to boutique brands.
The Monthly Watch Box is a subscription-based company only and does not offer individual watch sales. All of the watches in their watch box club are brand new and are handpicked quality brands.
There are four plans to choose from:
- Starter Watch Plan for $29. Includes brands like Timex, Seiko, and Casio.
- Basic Watch Plan for $49. Includes higher-end options from brands like Timex, Seiko, and Casio.
- Advanced Watch Plan for $99. Includes higher-end options and brands like G-Shock, Timex, and Seiko.
- G-Shock Elite for $149. Includes only G-Shock watches.
All watch subscriptions are month-to-month and can be canceled anytime. Renewal occurs on the first of the month. All customers purchasing a watch of the month club subscription must be at least 18 years old or older.
Watches are sent out between the 15th -25th of each month. It is essential to get your order placed no later than the 9th if you want that month's watch selection. All watches in the clubs are pre-selected, and the Monthly Watch Box does not accept returns or exchanges. However, because these watches are new, they are covered under the manufacturer's warranty.
Wrist Mafia is a watch of the month club company that offers three different watch subscription choices:
- Month-to-month for $29
- 3-month prepay for $87
- 6-month prepay for $174
Each of the watches sent has a retail value of $100 or more, but you only pay $29. However, if you choose to purchase an individual watch outside of their watch club, the prices do vary, starting at $39.99. The cost of shipping is calculated at checkout.
Like many watch clubs, all of the watches are preselected, but unlike many watch subscriptions, if you do not like the style of watch any given month, you may choose to exchange it for one of the previous month's options.
Watches are shipped out the first of each month. To qualify for the upcoming month's watch, you should sign up by the 15th. However, if you do not order by the deadline, you can email them and they will work to get you that month's watch choice. Watch Mafia backs all of their sales with their 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Watches are available for international shipping to select countries outside of the US, check their website for details.
WRISTBABE is a watch subscription company that focuses on women's watch styles. The watches found at WRISTBABE are not just smaller versions of men's watches; instead, they are stylishly designed with women in mind.
The selection found at WRISTBABE will match a variety of outfits and styles while also being fashionable, functional, and unique. The folks at WRISTBABE also take the quality of their watches seriously, so you never have to worry about getting a cheap watch.
The timepieces offered will hold-up to daily wear and tear, perfect for any busy lifestyle. And though the watches found at WRISTBABE are trendy as well as durable, they are also affordable.
WRISTBABE offers watches for individual sale as well as a monthly subscription. There are three monthly subscription choices:
- Watch & Bracelet Subscription for $36.99 + Free shipping
- Watch Subscription for $29.99 + Free shipping in the US
- Bracelet Subscription for $12.99
All of their subscriptions are month-to-month and can be canceled or paused at anytime. WRISTBABE does their best to ensure they choose the right watch or bracelet for you. However, if you don't like your selection, WRISTBABE does allow for returns. They also note your account with your preferences to help ensure a better watch choice in the coming months.
The subscription boxes are sent out on the 4th of the month and renew on the 11th. And you will never receive a duplicate watch or bracelet.
Watch Of The Month Club
Watch Of The Month Club's mission is to offer the quality name brand watches at wholesale prices. For example, they price their watches between $25 to $200, but you get a watch with a retail value between $100 to $500. Some of the brands included in their different plans include Breed, Morphic, HERITOR, and Reign.
The watch brands included your watch of the month club options depends on which plan you choose. There are four watch of the month club subscription options:
- Starter Watch Plan for $25. Includes brands like Timex, Seiko, and Casio.
- Baron Watch Plan. Most watches in plan carry a retail value between $100-$150.
- Month-to-month for $50/month
- 3-month prepay for $144 total
- 6-month prepay for $270 total
- Viscount Watch Plan. Most watches in plan carry a retail value between $150-$300.
- Month-to-month for $99.95/month
- 3-month prepay for $293.85 total
- 6-month prepay for $575.70 total
- Duke Watch Plan. Most watches in plan carry a retail value between $300-$600.
- Month-to-month for $199.95/month
- 3-month prepay for $585.00 total
- 6-month prepay for $1,145.70 total
Orders for watch subscriptions go out between the 15th-25th of each month, so it's essential to get your order placed no later than the 9th if you want to receive that month's watch. Watches included in all of the plans are preselected and are not available for returns or exchanges. However, all watches come with an official manufacturer's warranty.