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Super Mario’s World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto

Super Mario's World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch Releases

This newest Mr. Jones Watches model pays homage to the world of Super Mario Bros. with a background directly inspired by the landscape video gamers first experienced in the mid-1980s with the Super Mario Bros. video game. On the original Nintendo Entertainment System console, Super Mario Bros. was probably the first video game that I personally ever played, and I find the inclusion of the Super Mario Bros. universe in this watch to be warmly nostalgic. Those familiar with Mr. Jones Watches will understand the company’s penchant toward weird and artistic timepieces, which justify themselves thanks to the brands relative affordability. With that said, even with a just-over-$200 price, the Mr. Jones Watches Sun and Moon Miyamoto is nevertheless part of a limited edition set.

The “Sun and Moon Miyamoto” name of the watch refers to Nintendo’s Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto who is one of the most influential game designers of all time. In addition to being the man behind Super Mario Bros., many know Miyamoto for his creation of Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda – among other important titles which are still very much a part of Nintendo’s game universe. What I don’t know is what Mr. Jones Watches relationship with Nintendo or Miyamoto is. This watch might not be enough to be something that merits a full license, but it’s close. That said, I am sure they have a deal in place, given that Mr. Miyamoto’s name is part of the watch and that it is printed on the caseback.

Super Mario's World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch Releases

Super Mario's World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch Releases

Super Mario's World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch Releases

The Mr. Jones Watches Sun and Moon Miyamoto is essentially a watch with a small dial for the minutes and seconds, along with a disk appearing in a window that makes one full rotation each 24 hours. This disc is how you read the hours. Mr. Jones Watches has produced a number of Sun and Moon watch variations with various themes, and the Miyamoto with its cartoon Super Mario Bros. world is the latest one – and many of them are, likewise, limited editions.

Reading the time takes some getting used to. The hour hand indicator is either the sun or the moon depending on whether you see the day or night portion of the disk on the dial. Twelve o’clock is still at the top of the dial, while the left side indicates 6am while the right side indicates 6pm. Thus, the idea is to track the movement of the sun or moon through the sky as an indicator of the hours, with the minutes and seconds being indicated in the small center dial below.

Super Mario's World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch Releases

Super Mario's World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch Releases

Unfortunately, the rest of the dial is bare. Though you might find that to be fortunate. I understand the desire for minimalism, but it might have been interesting to extend the theme just a bit. I like Mr. Jones Watches a lot in theory, but in many instances, there is just one or two little oddities about their models that prevents them from being a major hit.

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One thing about the case that Mr. Jones Watches uses for the Sun and Moon collection is that you might consider it rather small. The “skeletonized lug tonneau” case style in steel is nice, but it is only 37mm wide. I believe Mr. Jones Watches is trying to offer a “unisex” product that appeals to both men and women, but modern men’s watch tastes are a bit bigger. I’d say these cases need to be at least 39mm wide (or more). Why all the fuss about size? Especially when it comes to watches with art or pictures on the dials, I think that wearers should be able to comfortably view them.

Super Mario's World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch Releases

Super Mario's World In The Mr. Jones Watches Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch Releases

Another design element that I like is the different color used for each end of the strap. The day (Sun) section is represented by a light gray-colored leather strap while the night (Moon) section is represented by a blue-colored leather strap. There is also what appears to be pink stitching.

Mr. Jones Watches will produce just 100 pieces of the Mr. Jones Watches Sun and Moon Miyamoto watch. I have no doubt that at least that many Super Mario Bros. fans will gobble these up, given the unique design and affordable $220 price. I even like that you can choose the available limited edition number of the watch on their site. mrjoneswatches.com

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  • OBoy

    I was going back and forth on whether I could pull a watch like this off, although this:

    “There is also what appears to be pink stitching.”
    Pretty much sealed the deal that I almost certainly can’t. Still a very neat idea for a watch.

  • Ulysses31

    A very cute idea for fans of retro gaming.

  • IanE

    No question – Mr. Jones Watches are a lot of fun. I like seeing them, but I suspect one would tire of most of them rather quickly. The Memento Mori variety are perhaps the most timeless (sic!) and, if I did not already own too many watches, I would want one or two in my collection!
    I would love to see what they could do if they ever decided to move way upmarket!

  • captaina16

    I like “funky” watches as conversation starters. My problem is there was no technical spec on this watch in the article. Two hundred dollars for a “fun” watch is a considerable price to pay. There are a lot of whimsical pieces out there for a lot less. If this was of better quality I might bite. About the size, I am an over two hundred pound male and I really appreciate the comfort a 37 mm watch provides in this world of heavy divers and other large and or massive pieces. Pink no problem for me. Real men can wear pink.

  • thornwood36

    Am actually speechless……………………………………..and not in a good way.

  • iamcalledryan

    Bananas!

  • I puked in my mouth a little.

  • Odd that only landscapes are used… a limitation of the ‘deal’ they have? Why would you purposely market a product against something as recognizable as Super Mario Bros. And not include an image of Mario or Yoshi or some princess being raped by a dragon turtle thing.

  • mrbst

    SuperStrapper so they wouldnt have to pay royalties? haha

  • mrbst

    MarkCarson like a bathroom scale

  • mrbst I’m not opposed to a well executed bathroom scale watch. For instance the de Bethune DB28: http://ablogtowatch.com/de-bethune-db28-digitale-watch/
    But a hard to read cartoon of a tiny watch with a girl’s strap does not do it for me. Maybe I’m not the target audience. Then again, I remember when Pong was new (and the earth was still flat). Cheers.

  • SantiagoT

    MarkCarson mrbst I am going to see the De Bethune people tomorrow and I’m going to tell them what you just said about the bathroom scale watch, I’m sure they will appreciate it :O)

    I actually happen to love that watch myself.

  • Grinnie Jax

    Huge fan of Donkey Kong Country and, actually, all works by Mr. Miyamoto. However the watch and its execution arent superb IMO. Still would be quite fun to own one.

  • SantiagoT MarkCarson mrbst While I’m not usually a fan of bathroom scale watches, the DB28 is soooo nice with its guilloche dial and fabulous bluing that I have to admit major watch lust for it. It’s one of those watches that once you have seen it in person (which I have as BaselWorld 2014) that resistance is futile. Wish I was going to see the De Bethune folks tomorrow too.

  • Hello all,

    Really enjoyed reading Ariel’s review of the watch, I honestly appreciate the feedback and thoughtful comments (I’m the Mr Jones of Mr Jones Watches).

    It’s also really interesting to hear the comments and the feedback from you all as well!

    I should clarify a misapprehension – we don’t have any kind of deal with Nintendo regarding this watch. My feeling (and understanding) is that we’re not in any way infringing their IP – I redrew the graphical landscape and it’s more homage to a landscape of our youths than copy. My intention certainly wasn’t to imply that we have any endorsement from them, nor from Mr Miyamoto. 
    The size of the watch is somewhat limited by the weigh of the disc-hand – the torque required is rather more than to drive a simple metal hand. We’re working on ways around this though and I’m hoping we’ll be able to produce a range in a larger sized case before too long.

    One of the things that’s not mentioned in the review is that this is one of the watches we’ve produced in London – we print the dials and hands, engrave the case backs and do the assembly here.

    Regarding the stitching and strap in general, we’re always happy to swap the band if people prefer a metal, or different colour leather from within our range – I realise that the pink isn’t for everyone!

    anyway thanks for sharing your thoughts, all grist to the mill for me!

    Crispin Jones

  • sigp226

    Not my cup of tea, but for the collector it might be the cat’s meow.

  • bichondaddy

    I’m guessing it’ll do well for the pre-teen girl who has outgrown her “Hello Kitty” stuff!!!

  • bichondaddy Yeah, but are they really Super Mario fans or will they draw a blank about the connection?

  • spiceballs

    Not a fan of the dial but that’s an attractive case/lugs & crown.

  • Already sold out according to the website.

  • mrbst

    havill so that means there will be a 2nd batch? OH NOES

  • SEGRANTS

    MarkCarson

  • egznyc

    Interesting. Whimsical. Definitely a little too young and/or “girlie” for me, personally. I do find the pink stitching very nice, however, and don’t have a problem with that. Whoever owns Super Mario Bros. intellectual property, however, might have a problem with Mr. Jones not seeking some kind of license to create this work derived from the game. But that’s not my concern ;-). The bezel seems a little wider than necessary, separate and apart from my personal issue with the style.