If Swiss precision at affordable prices is what you are up to, look no further as Wenger Swiss military watch is the best you will find. Unlike the majority of Swiss made watches, Wenger thrives to dress its customers’ wrists with affordable prices. For a relatively young watch brand, Wenger has shown to the world of watches that they have what it takes to excel in this industry. Wenger watches are Swiss made and affordable, two words that you don’t encounter frequently in one sentence. For that particular reason, and due to the quality of their watches, we fully recommend Wenger as a timepiece that is worth having on your wrist.
Brief History of Wenger Watches
The relatively young watch manufacturer entered the watchmaking business in 1988, approximately a century after being known as a Swiss company. See, Wenger roots date since 1893, when the company was initially founded as a cutlery fabric. A contract with the Swiss Army in 1900 helped Wenger become the second biggest industrial supplier of cutlery products in Switzerland. In the following years, the contract was split in half with Victorinox and both companies are to this day known for the iconic Swiss Army Knife. With the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the air traveling security regulations increased and problems arose for Wenger. Their pocket knives were not being allowed to be carried on board and this was all it took for Wenger to enter a crisis period.
With the sales number dropping, Wenger was in front of bankruptcy. It is thanks to Victorinox, Wenger’s competitor, that Wenger watches still exist. Victorinox acquired Wenger in 2005 but allowed them to continue to maintain their brand name and products. The Swiss army knife is now advertised only under the name of Victorinox and as for the watches, Wenger owns full rights as a separate brand.
Best Wenger Watches
- Wenger Seaforce Chrono
- Attitude Automatic Wenger Watch
- Wenger Urban Classic
- Roadster Black Night Chrono
- Urban Metropolitan Wenger Chrono
- City Classic Wenger Watch
- Avenue Wenger 35mm Watch
- Attitude Wenger Field Watch
Wenger Seaforce Chrono
Starting our Wenger watch review with Seaforce Chrono. As the name suggests, Seaforce Chrono is a water resistant watch that features a chronograph function. The watch is built with functionality in mind as it also features a unidirectional rotating bezel to help divers keep track of the elapsed time underwater. In terms of durability, this Wenger watch has robust stainless steel construction and is water resistant up to 200 meters. It can be the perfect companion for water-based sports like swimming, diving, surfing, and much more. Further features include a date window positioned at 6 o’clock, luminous hands and markers, and 3 years international warranty for additional peace of mind.
Attitude Automatic Wenger Watch
If automatic watches are what fits your requirements then have a look at this Wenger watch. Attitude Automatic is a limited edition watch from Wenger with only 1393 pieces manufactured. The model we picked boasts a charming retro design with a sporty flavor. Its cream white dial houses a date window perfectly set at the 3 o’clock position and black Arabic numerals. You will find the minute markers in the outer rim, with luminous indices pointing every 5 minutes. A genuine brown leather strap keeps the timepiece attached to your wrist. Further features include an exhibition case back, 100 meters of water resistance, and a Swiss made mechanical automatic movement with 25 jewels.
Wenger Urban Classic
Made for the urban jungle, Wenger Urban Classic is a Swiss made watch that will adorn your wrist with its classic touch. Designed with minimalism in mind, Wenger Urban Classic is simple and lightweight. With 51.9 grams of net weight, you will forget you have it on your wrist. The silver-cut markers, as well as the watch hands, are treated with SuperLuminova material. The 40mm stainless steel case houses a Swiss made quartz analog movement, responsible for the accuracy of the hands and the function of a date display. It is 100 meters water resistant, however, swimming or showering with the watch can cause irreversible damages to your precious Wenger.
Roadster Black Night Chrono
Designed with functionality in mind, this badass durable Wenger watch is built to last as much as you can. Roadster Black Night Chrono is made to help you beat your personal best, being your companion on dry land and underwater as well. Its chronograph, tachymeter, and robust construction along with the Swiss precision, are delivered to you for approx. $400. Not to forget about the diver bezel and SuperLuminova coated numerals, hands, and markers. The design is not so bad either. The timepiece reflects a sporty look, courtesy of the chronograph subdials and the red&black color splash. Further features include a date window at 4 o’clock, a genuine leather strap, and 100 meters of water resistance. The watch is suitable for daily use, showering, swimming, but not for recreational diving purposes.
Urban Metropolitan Wenger Chrono
Metropolitan Wenger Chrono is another Wenger watch made to dress the wrists of the urban watch lover. The dial is where the manufacturer spent their time the most as it features a unique and sleek design that ensures to attract attention. The Swiss made quartz movement of the watch is fitted in a 44mm stainless steel case, polished like a mirror. On the dial, you will find the chronograph subdials, along with a date window positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock. The hands and minute markers are coated with luminous material, to ensure enhanced nighttime readability.
City Classic Wenger Watch
City Classic is the lowest priced Wenger watch and it looks as good not to say better than the rest of the more expensive ones. And if by any chance you are a fan of minimalist watches, this timepiece is worth considering. Wenger is world known for delivering affordable luxury and City Classic is here to confirm. For approx. $100 you can get your Swiss made watch that if maintained properly will last for ages. The model we picked comes with a blue sunburst dial, a stainless steel case, and a genuine black leather strap. The perfectly aligned silver-cut hour markers and a date window positioned at 3 o’clock are what you will see from the scratch-resistant sapphire coated mineral crystal. As always, the watch comes with three years of international warranty, just to remind you you are dealing with Swiss quality.
Avenue Wenger 35mm Watch
The 35mm watch from Wenger’s Avenue collection is made to adorn those tiny wrists. It features a cream white dial with Arabic numerals and markers aligned perfectly. The hands and markers of the watch are SuperLuminova coated to increase legibility at nighttime. The watch comes with a sapphire coated mineral crystal, that is both: durable and resistant to scratches. Further features include a stainless steel case and bracelet, 100 meters of water resistance, and a Swiss made analog quartz movement. The Swiss precision along with the clean lines of this Wenger watch has a price tag that many would call groundbreaking. Price the last time I checked: $150
Attitude Wenger Field Watch
For the last Wenger watch review comes Attitude Field watch. It is an irresistible Swiss made timepiece that I personally would love to have on my wrist. It would fit perfectly with both: formal as well as casual attire. The watch is functional as much as it is attractive. It comes with a 12-24 hour format and a day & date window at the 3 o’clock position. The hands, hour markers, and numerals are all luminous coated to help you keep track of time even during nighttime. A Swiss made analog quartz movement is fitted in a 42mm stainless steel case. As if it wasn’t enough, the watch comes with a sapphire-coated mineral crystal, 100 meters of water resistance, and a state-of-the-art green nylon strap.
Are Wenger watches worth the price?
For an automatic Swiss made chronograph watch you will have to look elsewhere as Wenger goes along with quartz. The Swiss manufacturer counts more than 148 quartz analog models and only 4 with automatic movements. The lowest priced Wenger watches belong to City Active and City Classic collections. And if by any chance you are a fan of minimalist watches, these collections are where you should look for. As for the accuracy, movements are incorporated by Swiss manufacturers like ETA or Ronda. Sure, to keep the prices low, some parts are sourced from China or other places in the ACAP region. However, the majority of components on a Wenger watch are from local recourses, the only way to go if you want to keep that Swiss made protected label.
In short, the price-quality ratio of Wenger watches is groundbreaking. You will find the same accuracy and sustainability in other watch brands like Casio and Timex, however, when compared with its Swiss patriots, Wenger is one of a kind. When it comes to durability, the watches are built to last as much as you can. They also come with 3 years of manufacturer’s international warranty, “for additional peace of mind”. In our consideration, if a Wenger watch is properly maintained and serviced, it will last for decades.
In terms of resale value, different pawn shops, watch dealers or watch enthusiasts will pay different prices. One thing is for sure, the resale value of Wenger watches is low. Factors like brand recognition and lack of heritage make it an entry-level Swiss made watch. Still worthwhile!