When Boldr announced their Journey chronographs several months ago, they were met with a lot of excitement and positive press. This led their kickstarter to be highly successful, bringing in over four times their goal at just over $100k. The reason for the success was simple, they designed a very attractive watch with a style that would appeal to both seasoned watch enthusiasts and newcomers and a price tag that was hard to argue with. Featuring a Seiko VK64 Meca-quartz movement and a massive domed mineral crystal, the Journey has a modest price tag of $259.
But a low price is not impressive if the quality is low too, so I was excited by the opportunity to try this watch out. We were sent the PVD version, named the ‘Wasp’ due to yellow highlights. And I can say without hesitation that the fit and finish of this watch punches above its weight. Taking it out of the simple but sleek packaging it arrives in, the watch has an immediate feel of quality. It looks refined, clean and well executed. There’s something very, and I mean this in a good way, effortless about it, like its the thousandth watch of a company many times Boldr’s size… not the second watch of a micro-brand. If you told me Timex or another “big” brand made it, I wouldn’t be surprised… or maybe I would as it actually surpasses that quality.