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Xetum Tyndall Watch Review

Xetum Tyndall Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Xetum gives us something new to look at - but it feels reassuringly familiar. This is part of the intent behind what Xetum calls "accessible modern design." I've seen plenty of modern "art" and wondered to myself, "even though I don't like this, should I? I am not sure. I feel like I am either too smart or too dumb for this." Xetum rejects this common confusion with a thoroughly modern line of watches that also seem to strike chords with what we believe a traditional watch should look like. Even if the Xetum designs aren't for you, it is easy to see how plenty of people can enjoy them.

Xetum is an infant brand at this time, founded by a guy who did his homework (I mean, he even asked me for my advice on prototypes!). Jeff Kuo, founder of Xetum, followed the path of many before him. Finding that his own passion for watches was so great, he wanted to make a living out of it. His path was to make his own brand. I can relate as my career took a similar course. Though rather than start a brand myself, I chose to be a conduit for sharing brands and watch information with all of you. Xetum is a San Francisco company. Based here in the Bay Area, Xetum's designs are influenced by the people and places in the area. A good example of this is the names of their first two models; the Stinson and the Tyndall. Named for Stinson Beach and Tyndall Park.

Xetum Tyndall Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Xetum Tyndall Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

According to Xetum, there are a few other core philosophies at work in the watches. Jeff didn't want to make a watch that was too big, but he wanted it to be substantial in size. It is true that while a 44mm case looks good on lots of people, for many others, it just doesn't work on their wrists. Therefore, he made his watches 40mm wide (in steel and water resistant to 100 meters), but thick off the wrists (actually not that thick in reality at 11mm). A thin bezel helps the dial look larger than it is, and the tallness of the watch helps add to the cool cylinder style of the case. There is also the unique lugless design that assists in emphasizing the shape of the watch. Even with this design, the straps are easy to replace if you desire (as some lugless watches have less than easy to work with strap or bracelet connection systems).

On my wrists, you can tell that the shape of the watch looks good, with a simple and satisfying execution. The leather strap will quickly shape to one's wrist making the presence of lugs not necessary. There is a double row of polished sections on the case sides that work to break up the look of a too simple case, while adding another designer twist to the look. This double polished row is repeated in theme on the screw-down hexagonal crown (that itself helps resist the watch case look too simple).

My opinion is that no good watch can get away with not being first and foremost a decent way of telling the time. You'd be surprised how many watches neglect this simple fact. As such, it makes me happy to report that Xetum watches are a definitive example of being easy to read. Both the lighter color and black dial versions of the Tyndall watch have highly contrasting hands, and hour and minute indicators. The dials are even easy to read with the watch on a desk or dresser from a few feet away. Xetum wanted to ensure that the dial design was straight forward and utilitarian, but without too stark a personality. This led to first ensuring that everything was placed in the right areas on the dial. The properly sized hour and minute hands follow respective rings on the dial, and all the necessary markers are on the face. The subsidiary seconds dial gives the watch a classic look, while the 24 hour scale helps suggest a military or "world" theme to the Tyndall design. Note the SuperLumiNova luminant applied on the hands and over the 12,3,6, and 9 o'clock hour markers. The case is covered by a flat sapphire crystal over a matte black dial. This helps reduce light reflection and glare for a very unobstructed view of the face in most conditions.

Xetum Tyndall Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Xetum Tyndall Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Even with a totally utilitarian look, the dial feels modern. It is clean in execution and almost totally symmetrical. Though Xetum plays with this concept by adding a single element to the dial to gently disrupt the symmetry with the "automatic" label referring to the movement. The choice of font on the dial for the numerals is interesting as it looks like a Courier New (noted for being very legible) and a military style font (noted or use on "important" technical instruments"). Lastly, all the best "simple style" watches have at least one additional color on monochromatic dials - often red. Here it is green, and the sole element displaying this color is the Xetum logo under 12 o'clock.

Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA high-grade 2895-2 automatic movement. Having this watch inside the Tyndall makes it one of the least expensive watches around to have this movement inside of it. The movement is visible through the uniquely shaped caseback window - and you can see the Xetum signed automatic rotor. The movement is done in an elaboree finish giving it some nice polish and surface textures. Part of the 2895 movement is a subsidiary seconds style seconds indicator and the date. Xetum went ahead and used a black date disc with white text on it, which I think was a smart move.

Xetum Tyndall Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Xetum Tyndall Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Xetum Tyndall Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Xetum opted for a steel butterfly deployment strap on the textured leather strap. On this black dial version of the watch, the black color with white stitching really compliments the dial tones nicely I think. On the deployment clasp is a deeply engraved Xetum logo. The leather straps are interesting as they have cork linings. A material known for its eco-friendly nature and it has a pretty good feel and texture to it.

Eco-friendliness is another core value of Xetum. The boxes that Xetum watches come in are made from rubber wood. This is wood from trees used to grown and collect natural rubber. Such wood is normally just burned after the trees are no longer useful for rubber harvesting, but can be collected for uses such as this. Xetum as a brand also engages in other eco-friend ventures, and you can visit their website to learn more about that. Speaking of the watch box, it comes in an interesting green tone and has a nice large cloth that arrives with the watch for cleaning.

Price for the Xetum Tyndall watches is $1,395 each. For a small brand with a unique design and Swiss movements that is not a bad price. Xetum's Tyndall, as well as their Stinson watch (less expensive, using an automatic ETA 2824-2 automatic three-hand movement) have a fresh style that is getting a lot of people excited. Especially those who are searching for a neat looking, moderately sized watch that feels classic in character, but with a modern edge. Top choice for me would be this black dialed version of the Tyndall watch, though it also comes in an off-white tone.

Learn more or get one at Xetum here.

Thanks to Xetum for supplying the review unit, opinions are 100% independent.

About the Author

Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • Great review and thank for the so nice to view HD video! Xetum and certainly a brand with cool philosophy.

  • R. Smith

    Very nice watch. A bit different and a decent, practical size, though I wonder why so thick? Would look great on a bracelet.

  • Wow. Where can I buy? And how much Is this the proper place o ask?


    • Just got to the Xetum website to get one.

  • DDW

    This watch looks great! I’ve been waiting for something modern, clean and affordable without the Swiss pricing or snobbery!

  • Brian

    Is there a retailer carrying this where you can try it on?

  • What a lovely watch, if the £ strengthens against the $ it’s definitely on my shortlist for a new watch.

  • Arístoles Bermúdez Rivera

    Is this watch sold in Panama city, Panamá?
    How much is it cost?

  • Jim

    I purchased an off white Tyndall, light beige, in January. Love it! The diameter and thickness are well balanced on my wrist, 8 inches. The only recommendation would be to make the strap a bit longer and a bit wider. Truely unique in that prior to ordering the watch I had emailed customer service with a few questions. Within an hour or so I received a “call” back from the owner who was more than happy to chat about his timepieces. I know that it’s hard for some to purchase a watch without seeing/trying it on first but this one is worth the chance.

  • Alex

    Well, considering price and conservative appearance, the targeting buyers are not teenagers. Meaning with age you need reading glasses. Wander why date is that small…

    • Joe

      Hello Alex,

      I own a Tyndall and I can tell you that it is a very easy watch to read from even a few feet away. I don’t think aging eyes will have any problems reading the time. The date does blend in with the 24 hour scale on the Tyndall so if that is a concern the Stinson’s date is very easy to find on the dial.


  • Tim

    I like the simplicity and cleanliness of the Stinson, but most reviews seem to rave about the quality of the 2895-2 movement offered in the Tyndall.

    What are the differences between the 2824-2 and 2895-2 movements? Am I sacrificing quality or other aspects by choosing the Sinson with the 2824?

    • Joe

      Hello Tim,

      I’m not an expert but, from my understanding a difference between the two movements is size. The 2895 is not as thick as the 2824. In theory, a watch with a 2895 can be housed in a thinner case than a watch with a 2824. That’s not really a factor with the Tyndall and Stinson since both use the same case. The 2895 is considered to be a more accurate movement. I own a Tyndall and my two brothers own Stinsons and we haven’t noticed any difference in accuracy. All three watches are around -5 seconds per day after a little over a year of use. My brothers love their Stinsons for the simpler dial you mentioned while I prefer the 24 hour scale “world theme” dial that Ariel calls it. On that note my favorite day to wear the Tyndall is on the 15th of each month. The date is located where the 15 on the 24 hour scale would be and it looks more symmetrical when a 15 is there. In my opinion you can’t go wrong with either Xetum watch. They are highly versatile, very stylish watches that my family enjoys wearing. I hope this helps.


  • tresd

    The display back is very interesting and looks quite nice. I’d love to see this and the Bell & Ross BR02 in person. From the pictures, the B&R is one of my favorite contemporary designs.

  • eitan

    This watch look different and I would like to wearing it

  • DrAnesthesiaTX

    I love the puck clean design but at 40 mm it’s too small. 42 to 43 would have been a nice compromise. The back is unique and I like it. Tell xetum to make an XL case and they will move more units. I would love to add this to my collection but at 40mm and 11mm thick it’s a dress watch only wearer.

  • apadro

    I really like the looks of this watch!!!

  • apadro

    I really like this watch. Also like the Tissot Couturier (Automatic Chronograph with the C01.211 movement.

  • apadro

    I really like this watch. Also like the Tissot Couturier (Automatic Chronograph with the C01.211 movement.

  • AndreBraz

    Very intersting mix with retro x modern.

  • rjboyd

    I’t s a beautiful watch. I think it’s a little close in design to the Deiter Rams styled brAun analog watch that was recently re-released. That’s nothing new as people have been borrowing his designs for years but the addition of the automatic movement makes this attractive. I’m torn between pursuing the quartz movement original or this slightly more polished and larger automatic version.

  • Xetum’s fresh design and unique looks makes it an easily recommendable watch. It surely is on my short list. The design has the weird mix of sporty and dressy, lovely yet sturdy. Having one of the top quality Swiss workhorses makes it all the more desirable. Also, from what I understand, the designer is very personable and will take time to meet with buyers to discuss, maybe even send a personal note. They nailed all of the things I look for in a watchmaker.

    Along similar lines, a newcomer on the block is independent watchmaker KPM, also on the left-coast. They are releasing a new watch: Watch 001. I think it will have an impact as strong as Xetum has already built.