Daniel Steiger Watches Review
The purpose of Daniel Steiger watches, so their manufacturer says, is to introduce “affordable luxury” into the marketplace. Swiss-made watches can be very expensive, and there’s almost no limit to how much money you can spend on a wristwatch if you so desire.
The company knows this, but they’re interested in giving you an attractive, reliable timepiece that looks like it costs a great deal more than it actually does.
That being the case, they make a variety of attractive watches with Swiss movements, all at prices that aren’t going to put you in the poorhouse.
Read on for the full Daniel Steiger watches review.
Watches for this brand are made by Timepieces International, a company based in Florida, USA.
The build quality is good, though not spectacular. Then again, they’re aiming for a moderate price point, and not one where you’d expect 300 meters of water resistance or screw-down crowns.
You’ll get stainless steel cases (gold plated ones, in many cases) made from 316L grade stainless steel. Bracelets are either stainless steel or ceramic, though other models have rubber or leather straps.
The company uses mineral crystal to protect the watch face, which is adequate, though not as hard and scratch-resistant as the much-harder (and much more expensive) sapphire crystal.
Water resistance is modest, with most models rated at 10 meters or so. That means that it’s OK to get them wet, but that swimming or diving are not recommended.
Most models feature a mixture of either quartz electronic or automatic mechanical movements, reportedly sourced from Swiss manufacturers. Both have their advantages, though quartz movements allow manufacturers to include additional features and complications without having to increase the price dramatically.
It’s easier, for example, to include a day/date complication in a quartz-powered watch than it is to include one in a mechanical watch, as creating a mechanical device to track the day and the date is quite hard to do, especially if you want it to fit in a wristwatch case.
On the other hand, such features are readily available in off-the-shelf electronic movements available from a number of suppliers.
Swiss-made movements, be they mechanical or quartz, have a reputation for being both accurate and reliable.
You won’t find much technical innovation here, as they’re targeting a modest price point. There are some interesting design features in the product line, however.
Models include watches with unusual shapes, day/date complications, chronograph complications, hybrid digital/analog displays, and more. One interesting watch, the Navigator Compass, includes a dual-time zone display and a magnetic compass on the watch face.
Styling is all over the map. There are lots of chronographs, a number of time-only timepieces, models for both men and women, bold colors, and a few odd shapes in the product line.
You won’t find any genuine precious metals (their gold watches are plated) or gemstones in the product line; that’s due to the fact that they’re striving for “affordable luxury,” and want to keep their timepieces at a price that people will actually pay.
Still, there are some interesting features, including one model (available in both men’s and women’s models) that includes a 1 gram gold bar embedded in the watch face.
Another interesting piece, the Marble Mesh watch, has a face cut from a thin slice of actual marble, which means that every one of them will be visually unique.
There are several hundred different models in the company’s lineup, with a bewildering variety of styles and colors. You’re very likely to find one that you like.
As most of the models feature a quartz electronic movement inside, maintenance will be minimal. Those watches are battery powered, and you will need to replace the battery every three to five years.
You should also store your watches in a cool, dry place, and keep them away from extremes of temperature. If you buy Daniel Steiger watches with a mechanical movement, you should have them examined by a jeweler every five years or so to ensure that they’re running smoothly and that the watertight seal remains intact.
The warranty offered with the purchase is better than average; they guarantee the watch movement for five years from the date of purchase against defects in materials and craftsmanship.
The industry standard is two years, so this is a substantially better warranty than what one ordinarily receives when purchasing a watch. In fact, some very expensive brand only include a two year warranty, putting Daniel Steiger watches in a small club of companies that offer more.
The prices are quite reasonable, as designer watch brands go. Even though the company offers hundreds of different models, a wide variety of features, and a better than average warranty, the pricing is moderate.
The models we’ve seen range in price from a low of about $50 to a high of about $600, which makes them very affordable compared to other models with Swiss movements.
We’re not aware of any brick and mortar stores that sell the brand, though they might be available at a few department stores.
We have seen them for sale at a number of online retailers, and that’s where we’d suggest that you do your shopping. Online shopping offers numerous advantages, including competitive pricing. That’s where you’ll have your best chance to buy discount Daniel Steiger watches.
If you’re looking for a watch brand that offers a varied selection of styles, a good selection of models for both men and women, and a lot of features, all at an affordable price, you might want to consider this brand.
Their build quality is adequate, their pricing is affordable, and their warranty is better than most.
While the styling of Daniel Steiger watches may not suit everyone, we think most people will find something in the product line that they like.