October 10, 2011

Oakley Gearbox Watch Review


Oakley Gearbox Watch Review
  With a watch name like Gearbox, the watch better be big and bold. Oakley did just that, a big, bold watch, that looks as great as the name sounds.
  The Oakley Gearbox (ref 10-064) is not for the faint of heart, it projects pure masculinity. This is W&R favorite white dialed watch in recent time. Many watch brands now a days ruin perfectly good designs by tagging the watches up with their brand name/logo all over the place or super sized on the dial. Not this time, Oakley nailed the overall design of dial by doing just the opposite. A big beautiful dial left virtually pristine except for a same colored logo hiding subtly at the 4:30 position. Well done. The dial evokes an almost ivory white color, with bold 3D looking indices and numerals. From the 12 o’clock to the 6 o’clock the hour markers are all raised. Where as from 7 o’clock to the 11 o’clock hour marker they are “inverted”. Then there is the in your face crown on the unconventional left side of the Gearbox. The crisp machined corners of the case and the oversized crown work very well together. The crown is also inspired by that of a gear, fitting for a watch called Gearbox. This serious watch is secured to the wrist by a special black rubber strap, with a stainless steel buckle. It should be noted at this price point Oakley could have easily cut corners and gone with mineral crystal. To the casual watch consumer who wants the Gearbox because it’s Oakley or cool, one should know that Oakley used sapphire crystal. All those scratches you have on your watches won’t happen with the Gearbox. Sapphire is extremely scratch resistant and matched by none. Once you go sapphire, it is very difficult to ever go back. Sapphire crystal is a must in W&R opinion, especially on daily wear watch.
  This is by far W&R favorite watch series by Oakley to date. Current available Gearbox variants are the white 10-064, black & tan 10-063, and the stealth black & red 10-062. Oakley also has a very cool Gearbox Special Edition in titanium, with black carbon fiber dial 10-042. If you are in the market of a unique well built watch, check out the Gearbox.

Pros - Unique, sapphire crystal, aesthetics, durability

Consideration - Obvious by now, the watch is large

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46.8mm
Case Back: Solid
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: White
Bracelet: Black Rubber
Movement: Quartz
Power Reserve: 60 months 
Strap Width: 26mm
Water Resistant: 100m

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