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Watch Winner Follow-Up: Wryst Airborne FW3

Watch Winner Follow-Up: Wryst Airborne FW3 Giveaways

This is a follow-up review from Derique Y. in Singapore, winner of the Wryst Airborne FW3 Limited Edition watch giveaway on aBlogtoWatch in May.

I’ve been following aBlogtoWatch (formerly aBlogtoRead) for many years now, lapping up sweet images of watches that I could probably never afford, and half the time trying to imagine that hairy arm of Ariel’s is mine instead.

Every now and then, aBlogtoWatch will throw out a watch for someone to win. Participating was simple, commenting on the post and liking some pages. I once commented on a giveaway and just like every other lucky draw I’ve participated in, I always came out empty, little surprise. Then there were other giveaways that I never bothered with simply because I could not care less about those watches.. dull and bland with no ounce of uniqueness.

One day, along came a wildly designed watch from WRYST, in striking green and black. The case was unique; flared exoskeleton in DLC coating protecting the crown and pushers. I like big watches, and this one was a nice 45mm. What’s more, it’s limited to 75 pieces.

The question posted was whether you like your sport watches conservatively or wildly designed – with an example or two. Frankly, I couldn’t resist answering this as it hit an acupoint in my heart, whether or not there was a free watch to be won. My reply:


“Quite frankly it came to a point when I’m finding most watch designs boring, especially the case design where everyone seems to be so lazy and use what’s available. You have brands like Harry Winston with deliciously nice dials and faces and everything else, but just lacking in the case design. Why? Love how Linde Werdelin takes the effort to make the case and strap exciting. So yes, more brands should make their watches ‘wildly designed’.”

A month passed and then I received an email from Kristin saying that I was picked as the winner of this watch. Could hardly believe my eyes. Somewhere at the back of my head I kept linking it to those ‘Congratulations you won 10,000,000,000.00 and a Toyota Prius’ emails I’ve been getting. Of course I replied, and then Ariel replied congratulating me. I started believing.

Next day, WRYST contacted me and followed with posting a neat banner of the watch against the Singapore Marina Bay Sands backdrop with my name on it. Ok, it’s gotta be real now.

Watch Winner Follow-Up: Wryst Airborne FW3 Giveaways

Finally, the package came. I had to pick it up from the post office as no one was home the day before when it was delivered. Unboxing it was a delight, it came nicely packed in a brown box cushioning a well-made black watch box with the WRYST logo printed on top. The size of the box feels like it would hold something expensive, not a sub 1k watch. Very cool.

Watch Winner Follow-Up: Wryst Airborne FW3 Giveaways

If you think the watch looks good in the pictures, it looks even better in real life. I was pleasantly surprised with the weight. I like watches that have some weight to them. It’s not heavy, just solidly reminding you of its presence.

Love how the curved K1 mineral crystal with anti-reflective coating made the dial looked sharp at any angle. The wavy DLC coated case was really well made, WRYST really paid attention to fine details. I would think most other watchmakers would have just gone with a curved surface instead… on second thought, most other watchmakers wouldn’t have even come up with a case like that. I’ve always been a fan of Linde Werdelin’s Spidolite case, and this is just as unique! Furthermore, for some strange reason I wear my watches on my right hand even though I’m a right-hander, and the fact that the case extends over the crown and pushers made the watch look like it is a lefty!

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  • MarkCarson

    Really cool that the winner is so excited about the watch – whether he had one it or not. What a happy ending to a giveaway. I loved the $10 million and a Prius scam expectation – too funny.


      MarkCarson my emails have that effect on people 😛

  • Lesthepom

    Glad to see it went to someone who really likes it such a different watch is not to everyone’s taste but sounds like Derique will admire it for a long time to come I hope it is as fun to wear as it looks
    Well dun Derique enjoy

  • Ryan B

    Congratulations, this watch could not have found a better owner to wear it. Enjoy!

  • koningfelix

    Do we have to like all the Facebook pages, to get a chance?

    • Ulysses31

      koningfelix Yes.  You have to follow the instructions in the post.  You can always unlike after the contest is over I suppose.

      • Hacker4748

        Ulysses31 koningfelix Really? Without a Facebook account one’s post does not qualify to enter?

        • MarkCarson

          Hacker4748 No, you only have to post on aBlogToWattch (but have an email account registered or available so you can be nottified if you win). The rules ask that you also  visit the aBlogToWatch and the watch bran’s Facebook pages and ‘Like’ them. The typical rules in part read:

          Be a pal. If possible, Facebook like all or any of the following:

        • Hacker4748

          MarkCarson Well, having a Livefyre profile I hope I am reachable. Not sure where else I should enter my email address. The only other field is the newsletter subscription. As for liking the pages that must be optional since not everyone has a Facebook account.

        • MarkCarson

          Hacker4748 Yes, the the Facebook ‘Likes’ are optional but encouraged (assuming one has a FB account). Sort of returning the favor – as in, I like this watch well enough to want to win it, so I should  give ABTW and the watch brand a ‘Like’ to show my support. Cheers.

  • Ulysses31

    I’m glad he likes it.  I’m left-handed and wear my watch on the left; I don’t think it’s so unusual to wear your watch on the same side.  I’m slightly ambidextrous though so that might affect it.

    • Ryan B

      Ulysses31  being a leftie as well it’s reassuring I’m not the only one who does that

  • sixspeed

    MarkCarson Lesthepom Ryan B Ulysses31 Thank you guys! 🙂

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