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Introducing The Oak & Oscar Olmsted 38 Field Watch

Introducing The Oak & Oscar Olmsted 38 Field Watch Watch Releases

The watch market is currently living through a golden age for microbrands. More boutique watchmakers have emerged in the past five years than ever before, tailoring themselves to nearly every conceivable niche, but very few have distinguished themselves as highly as Chicago-based Oak & Oscar. Since its founding in 2015, the brand has created six lines of distinctive timepieces, each sharing a strong unified design language. The latest addition to the lineup, the Olmsted 38, takes the signature Oak & Oscar look and simplifies the overall package while returning to the brand’s roots with an elemental field watch.

Introducing The Oak & Oscar Olmsted 38 Field Watch Watch Releases

Oak & Oscar’s first release, the Burnham, was also a field watch, but the Olmsted 38 exhibits a level of detail that shows clearly just how far the brand has come in the past four years. Named for conservationist Frederick Law Olmsted — the man responsible for New York’s Central Park and Jackson Park in Chicago, the Olmsted 38 is available in three dial colors: a warm charcoal gray, navy blue, and a clean, stark white.

Introducing The Oak & Oscar Olmsted 38 Field Watch Watch Releases

The 38-millimeter case of the Olmsted is foundational for a classic sports watch, with broad-shouldered lugs, a brushed smooth bezel, and 100 meters of water resistance for solid utility. The overall profile is a solid midsize at 10.8 millimeters-thick, offering some sporty presence on the wrist without feeling too chunky. Around back, a sapphire caseback window offers a view of the tried-and-true ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement topped with a custom rotor displaying the four stars of Oak & Oscar’s native Chicago.

Introducing The Oak & Oscar Olmsted 38 Field Watch Watch Releases

The dial of the Olmsted 38 takes Oak & Oscar’s hallmark design elements and combines them into a cleaner, simpler package than ever before. The classic Oak & Oscar all-numeral, two-tone sandwich dial makes an appearance here (featuring backlit numerals for both the charcoal gray and navy dial variants similar to what one might find on a classic Panerai, and rectangular lumed hour marks next to the chapter ring for the white-dialed variant), along with the brand’s ubiquitous tapered-baton handset and orange seconds hand. A date window at 6 o’clock is unobtrusive and maintains the balance of the dial. What gives the Olmsted 38 its own personality, however, are the details, like the splash of orange used in the outer minutes track for 15, 30, 45 and 60, and the rounded softness of stencil-style numerals that could otherwise feel aggressive and militant.

Introducing The Oak & Oscar Olmsted 38 Field Watch Watch Releases

Oak & Oscar offers the Olmsted 38 on a choice of either a brushed oyster-style bracelet or an American-made Horween leather strap in a rich tobacco-brown. Both choices are rugged, attractive, and fit the overall classic field aesthetic of the Olmsted 38 well. In addition, both strap options include an additional olive drab NATO strap on signed hardware.


Introducing The Oak & Oscar Olmsted 38 Field Watch Watch Releases

Overall, the Olmsted 38 stands as a refinement and streamlining of signature Oak & Oscar design principles, creating a clean, classic field watch with a dose of unique personality. The Oak & Oscar Olmsted 38 is available for purchase now on Oak & Oscar’s site, with shipping expected to begin in mid-December. The Olmsted 38 is also Oak & Oscar’s most affordable watch ever, with launch prices beginning at $1,375 on leather and $1,475 on bracelet. Full price after the initial launch period will rise to $1,475 and $1,575, respectively. For ordering information, visit


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  • Sheez Gagoo

    While having a decent movement, the Hall & Oates (I don’t bother with names anymore) suffers from a lack of originality, tinyness and a pricerange with a galaxy of better options. But good luck anyway.

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

      Oak & Oscar……. I can’t go for that…no can do.

  • Independent_George

    If anyone ever gets the chance to handle an Oak and Oscar, he should, because these are very well-made pieces. Whether the build quality justifies the “higher than average” price for a micro-brand, well, let’s say I believe it does (good movement, sandwich dial, terrific bracelet, Swiss assembly), but if you don’t, then fair enough.

    Also, if you are ever in Chicago, you should look up Chase (owner, contact through the website) and ask to come by and look at the watches, because even if you don’t like his watches, if he has the time, he might invite you to talk watches with him and drink delicious brown liquors.

    • PR

      Personally after handling them I felt Monta has more to offer.I don’t think Oak and Oscar feels like a 1.5-2k watch. At 1k I can see this being a good buy

      • Independent_George

        Monta has pages and pages of QC issues, as stated on the Forums. Again, to each his own.

        • PR

          QC issues and Fit/finish quality are not the same. Every brand has pages and pages of QC complaints it’s not unique. From a pure hold it in your hand and tell me which one is worth more perspective, I think Monta outshines O&O comfortably.

          • Independent_George

            I am happy you like your Monta. But I disagree because I have held both in my hand, and while Monta is a well made micro-brand, it does not comfortably outshine O&O. At a certain point, the difference almost solely on aesthetics. Again, to each his own. But if you want to get into a micro-brand pissing match, save it for WUS.

  • Jared

    not bad, honestly I want to see higher priced microbrands that actually put in extra effort into the watches…with all the classic players moving up market at a record pace we need some better choices in the sub $5K category

    screw this race to the bottom where the watches get shittier and shittier and more and more generic

    • ray h.

      and cost more and more and more…….

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I don’t think possible to produce a more boring looking watch. Nice to see a proper 7 for once.

  • SuperStrapper

    The watch is handsome, but shocking at this price. You can do a lot more with $1500.

  • India Whiskey Charlie

    Oh look, under $1500 and they went through the trouble of matching the date wheel background with each dial color… Bravo O&O!

  • DanW94

    Doesn’t give me a “field watch” vibe. More casual, almost dress(on bracelet) in nature as opposed to the more rugged looking field watch from Weiss who is another American microbrand and perhaps a stateside competitor for O & O in this genre.

  • Pricing is really ambitious because the German based Laco1925 squad watches (ETA 2824) + navy collection (Hand Winding ETA6498) all have MSRP US $1K in Malaysia

    • ray h.

      Excellent comparison. Laco for the win.

    • PR

      Right on point!

  • Mikita

    I am sorry, but Oak & Oscar sounds like a liquor product to my ears, not like a horological one. At the same time, I’m wearing my Bell & Ross happily. Weird me.

  • all74

    Nice looking, but $1400 is pretentious and unrealistic. $1200 will get you a Damasko, a much more technologically advanced watch. Price this at $800 and you’ve got a much better proposition.

  • SMB

    I think these look good. If I had one I could see it becoming my default watch. Not the one I would always pick first, but the one I would wear when I couldn’t decide. However, personally I would have the Laco Navy Ms Fox suggested, or the new Traska Summiteer instead.

  • eric veracruz

    It’s cool but the pricing is going to male this brand land at back pages. It’s not a Sinn,Archimede and even Ball. Somebody should do their homework before coming out with prices not fit for the quality of the brand

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