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My 8 Month Test With Watch Gang

Author: Gerrund Pacia
Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Eight months ago, none of my friends would have called me a watch enthusiast or even a collector. That has changed a bit. 8 months ago I didn't know much about watches and I certainly didn't have a passion for them. My wife bought me two memberships to Watch Gang for my birthday. Why two? Because they had a $29 and $99 membership and she didn't know which one I'd like more. I'd heard of Watch Gang and I had even watched some of their giveaway videos but sort of chalked it up as a gimmick.

So what is Watch Gang? For $29 or $99, Watch Gang ships you a new mystery watch that you keep that is supposed to be worth more than you pay. It works a lot like other "____ of the month" clubs where you pay a membership fee and get products worth more than your fee because they can buy in bulk. Watch Gang is doing things a bit differently, though. They don't send everyone the same watch and as a membership bonus, they do a live Rolex and TAG giveaway every week. So to be clear, I am not renting the watch and I don't have to send it back. It's mine to sell or smash with a hammer - whatever I want.

I documented my experience each month and compared it to Watch Gang's guarantee. For $29 they promise a watch worth $50-$150. For the $99 membership, they promise a watch worth $150-$500. Obviously I love that my wife got this for me but I also thought that I'd probably not like most of the watches I am sent. Worst case, I figured I'd learn about watches and give them out as gifts if they didn't fit my style. I am documenting the watches I received, some details about it and the price I found it for online (along with any notes about my experience in that month). If you want to skip the details and just read the 8 month summary, click here. So here we go:

February 2017

--- $29 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Breed Alpha 2

This was my first watch from Watch Gang. I like the style just fine and I can definitely find times to wear it. It's sort of a sporty style. I was impressed that I received a Swiss watch in my $29 membership.

THE VALUE - $149 (5x membership value)

--- $99 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Air Blue Charlie World Time

I actually love this watch and it gets weekly wrist time. It's a military inspired pilot watch and it's truly beautiful. The value is solid. I'd never heard of Air Blue before so it's pretty cool that I got a watch I like so much that I never would have found without Watch Gang.

THE VALUE - $293 (3x membership value)

March 2017

--- $29 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Deportes Stainless Steel Mesh

Honestly, not a big fan of this one. I don't really love mesh bands. I gifted this watch to my brother and he loved it. I'm happy that it was worth 3x what I paid.

THE VALUE - $99.99 (3x membership value)

--- $99 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Boldr "Panda" Chronograph

Another homerun in the Watch Gang $99 membership. Aside from the design (which I LOVE), the value is amazing. $518 to buy this watch online. It uses a movement often found in TAG watches.

THE VALUE - $518 (5x membership value)

April 2017

--- $29 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Bernoulli Banshee

Not bad at all. I like the green on the bezel and the swirled dial is pretty cool. I might wear this a few times and then try to trade it. Again, the value is pretty good - 3x my cost.

THE VALUE - $99.99 (3x membership value)

--- $99 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Citizen Eco Drive Titanium

I've actually owned a couple Citizen watches so I am well aware of the brand. This is a very light weight watch because the case is made completely out of titanium. It's an eco-drive which means it's powered by light. Mine has a black ostrich leather strap. Value is pretty good at 2.5x what I paid.

THE VALUE - $243.75 (2.5x membership value)

May 2017

--- $29 Membership ---

THE WATCH - 32 Degrees Swiss Diver

VERY impressed with this one at the $29 level! This is a Swiss watch that will most certainly get a lot of wrist time. The lume on it is excellent; it glows very bright at night and underwater.

THE VALUE - $99.99 (3x membership value)

--- $99 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Egard Navita

I'd say this is the most unique watch I've received so far. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It has very good quality and I'm not complaining too much at receiving an almost $1,000 watch ($375 on sale) for my $99. I also like that this is an automatic watch which means it doesn't use a battery and winds itself as I wear it.

THE VALUE - $375 (3.75x membership value)

June 2017

--- $29 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Jet Set New York

I don't love gold, but I do actually like this watch. It goes with a few outfits and the whole reason for the club is to get a good value and discover watches I wouldn't have known about before. I think for those reasons, this is a solid watch. Great value at almost 6x what I paid.

THE VALUE - $173.37 (6x membership value)

--- $99 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Heritor Odysseus

I look at this watch in pictures and have to say it is strikingly more beautiful in person. This is my first skeleton watch (and another automatic) and it's a great dress watch for me to wear. Again, 6x value.

THE VALUE - $600 (6x membership value)

July 2017

--- $29 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Simplify 2800

I think it's pretty cool that this came with an extra band and a tool. I was able to swap the strap myself and I now basically have 2 watches for the price of one. And a tool to use on my other watches. I enjoy that I'm learning more about watches and how they work.

THE VALUE - $250 (8x membership value)

--- $99 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Tschuy-Vogt Centurion Swiss Chronograph

Don't get me started on the name. I don't know how to say it, but I do really like this one. It's another Swiss watch and it's heavy! The links in the band are solid and this feels like a very expensive piece.

THE VALUE - $199 (2x membership value)

August 2017

--- $29 Membership ---

THE WATCH - PureDial Square Legacy

Well... a square watch with a purple dial. Surprisingly I do actually wear this watch! It is a nice dress watch. I only wear it with a suit. The purple is very cool! It has what is called a "sunburst" dial and when the light hits it, wow! Thanks to Watch Gang for getting me to step out of my comfort zone! Even if I hated this, at $29 I'll just give it to a friend. Glad I like it though!

THE VALUE - $125 (4x membership value)

--- $99 Membership ---

THE WATCH - TW Steel Canteen

The TW Steel I received has a very nice blue dial with gold accents. It's a bit big for me, so I sold this on eBay for $205. Actually made a profit on my membership by doing that.

THE VALUE - $274.69 (2.7x membership value)

September 2017

--- $29 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Pulsar Classic Solar Powered

Pulsar is owned by Seiko which is one of the biggest watch companies in the world. I was surprised that Watch Gang was able to nail them down as a partner. No complaints at all about this one. I like it a lot and I wear it often!

THE VALUE - $78.37 (2.7x membership value)

--- $99 Membership ---

THE WATCH - Armand Basi "Pepsi Dial" Rocket

This is what I'm talking about! The colors, the automatic movement, the travel case, the extra strap - it's amazing! What a win! And worth $450!

THE VALUE - $450 (4.5x membership value)

8 Month Summary

Watches received: 16
Total cost of membership so far: $1,040
Total value of membership so far: $4,029.15
= 4x Membership Value on Average

I have to hand it to the folks at watchgang.com. I received this membership as a gift but was skeptical. Out of the 16 watches I received, I only hated 1 of them. I was on the fence about 4 others but I was able to gift them or sell them really easily. By April (month 3), I was itching to get my shipment! This feels like an addiction. They ship on the 16th of each month. It really feels like my birthday every month. What a gift! I've learned about watches and have drastically stepped up my wardrobe. I am going to keep my subscription going and I'll post another update at the 1 year mark!

98 Reviews
(Avg: 4.9 / 5)

I just received my first watch and it was way above my expectations highly recommend you will not be disappointed
January 20th, 2018

I joined Watch Gang 2 months ago and it's by far the most awesome gift I've given myself. For me I have a particular taste in watches. But the great part is you can trade among others in the group. But for me I've given them as gifts to my best friends. And they smile ear to ear to revive a $200-$300 watch from me unexpectedly. Greatest feeling in the world.
January 6th, 2018

Been a member for several months now and just upgraded to the platinum level but at any level the watches you get will be well worth the month spent. I'd also like to thank Nick who is part of customer support; outstanding job on the phone a few moments ago, this is why clients like me stay for the long term.
January 5th, 2018

I got my first watch today. The timing couldn’t be anymore perfect. Super fast delivery. And WOW!! What a great looking watch. I love it.
December 19th, 2017

I joined last month, I was a little sceptical at 1st. I joined the middle tier and my first watch retails for over $200 bucks. Its not my style but you can trade within the group. But so far I'm genuinely excited about this group. A great bunch of folks with excellent taste in time pieces. Shipping is always on time or early. Yeah I'm telling all my friends to join, especially once they ask about my fly watches I'm wearing at work. Thanks Watch Gang for keeping us excited and hopeful. You guys are truly doing some big thangs....best of luck!
December 16th, 2017

Watch Gang has yet to disappoint. I've been a member for 4 months now. Started in the Black tier and stepped up to the Platnium. Every watch I have received I have been beyond happy with. I just received a Tellus valued at 1,700€. The cheapest, identical, Tellus I found online was going for $1,400usd used. Enough said.
November 26th, 2017

Just got my first box and already love it!
November 25th, 2017

This site is the best I'm in the $29 club and my first watch was out of this world all my needs my taste everything I love about watches. ONISS was the first one a $299 value! I was stunned ! Wish I could post a picture or a video cause I was in shock that this club is true to its word . Thank you so much guys will be doing another member to next level of $99 can't wait ..
November 19th, 2017

I'm sure a couple of us or maybe all of us felt skeptical in joining watch gang, but I have to admit glad I did. Working on getting my 5th watch and like a kid in a candy store can't wait bring on the 5th watch. Thus far all the watches I received loved every one so far... watch gang keep up the good work. Excellent
November 4th, 2017

I start my 7th. month in nov. Have gotten Good service.I have nothing but praise for watchgang
October 28th, 2017

I just got my first watch,it was incredible!! Great service and on time, I would seriously recommend Watch Gang to anyone!!!
October 20th, 2017

I was given this as a birthday gift a couple months ago and it's been the best gift I could have received! I have recently upgraded to the platinum level and the watches are amazing! You get to set your preferences and they will do there best to match your next watch to your style. It's always a challenge to wait as the 16tg of each month gets closer, but it's all worth it in the end!
October 16th, 2017

I will have to say that i love it and I referred 5 friends.
September 26th, 2017

Just wanted to say that this was my first month at regular subscription. The watch I go was perfect to my taste. I've already upgraded to the Black Subscription. If you're hesitating, don't, it's totally worth it. And I just might win a Rolex or a Tag.
September 25th, 2017

Hurricane irma! Unfortunately, my delivery was a little late due to hurricane irma. I was ecstatic when I got my watch though. Praying to baby jesus for the rolex.
September 23rd, 2017


I am 100% behind this company. They have an amazing community of watch lovers and they truly care about their members. I'm getting nice, expensive watches for a super low membership fee.

Go to watchgang.com and sign up!

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