Orlo Watches, Lets Get Retro



Hello Watch People and welcome to another review. Today I present to you, The Bowen Steel Black ( Sounds like a Marvel character)  courtesy of Copenhagen Microbrand Orlo. Originally founded in 2016, but has been under the watchful eye of Kristian Bernt since 2019. 


Let's get into it starting as always with the case, now if your a fan of big thick watches, now might be the time to make a cup of tea, As the Bowen is a real slim Jim, with a diameter of 39mm and a thickness of just 9mm and wearing even smaller. The 39mm case is made from the old reliable brushed 316l stainless steel and features,  a hardened double-curved mineral crystal with Ar coating, Which to be fair given the watch's price point is pretty good. Along with 30meters of water resistance, and a snapback case back. To the right of the case you'll find the engraved push-pull crown, which comes in at a tiny 3.9mm, but due to its beveled finish is easy to get hold of.  

Moving to the all-important Motorsport-inspired dial, which blends in retro vibes to perfection. Available in three colorways, Green, Burgundy, and my personal Favorite Black. Along with diameters of 36mm, 39mm, and the Daddy 42mmm, Orlo has thought about the mass appeal here and it's great to see. The Dial of the Bowen Black features a black ring, with blue hour markers, adding a real retro look and feel against the white dial. Blue brushed stainless steel hands, move with ease along with the polish second hand, which doesn't miss a beat. All finished off with companies name at the 6 o clock position and their logo at 12 o clock. The watches Brown calfskin Rally comes in at 20mm tapering down to 17mm.

The Bowen is Powered with a maintenance-free, Miyota Quartz movement, meaning all you have to do, is unbox it, set the time, and change the battery two to three years later. 

Final Thoughts 

Firstly Let's take about what you get. Your Orlo watch comes, in brown cardboard box, with your watch, resting on its foam bed which holds the watch securely during transport. Along with a 2 year warranty and exceptional customer service. All for the tidy sum of $208

So what's missing, Firstly Lume, of any type would be appreciated here, there's none meaning when night falls, you cant see the dial at all. Also in a market were microbrands are popping up every couple of weeks, little things matter and the addition of an extra strap and polish cloth would be appreciated here. The strap feels to thick and takes away some of the watches streamlined appearance. Overall I feel Orlo have done a pretty good job here, once you change the strap the watch hugs your wrist and looks great on wrist. Feel Free to check them out here.