JBW always impresses me with their attention to detail and craftsmanship. I own three of their models that have never given me any problems and they have always received many compliments. I recently purchased the Krypton and when I opened it my reaction was the same as it is every time that I open up a new JBW time piece, "wow". The watches are always packaged very nicely in a well constructed case and come with a plush pillow, authenticity card, instruction manual and warranty information.
When unwrapping the Krypton, the first thing that catches your eye is the mother of pearl face. None of the pictures on the internet properly capture the detail of this material but once you see it in person, it truly gives the watch a touch of elegance. The Swarovski baguette crystals are the next detail on the watch that truly give it some character. They are cut very nicely and are quite simple. The color pattern of the white and black crystals really help make this watch truly unique. The next detail is what JBW stands for, bling. The watch has small diamonds placed evenly around the bezel and on the black version of this watch they ever so gently catch the light to create a sparkle. This keeps the watch from looking tacky and finishes off the face very nicely. The links on the band are very basic and clean with a simple clasp.
Overall this watch is very well made and is a very nice fashion accessory. It is hard for me to say bad things about these time pieces as long as I find a price that I am happy with paying. One of the main reasons why JBW has such a bad reputation is that they mark up their prices very much on their own website so that they, and other retailers, can offer insane sale prices to encourage more people to buy them. The Krypton is listed as $1350.00 on JBW's website but the watch is not worth that price just based on the movement type and materials used. In saying this I'm not trying to say that the diamonds and crystals are cheap, nor that the moving parts are poorly constructed, but if you know a thing or two about watches then you know exactly why certain pieces cost more than others and what the true value of a watch should be. The one thing that I like about JBW is that they are always releasing codes for 30%-50% off on anything from their website. You can use these codes as many times as you'd like to purchase products directly from them. This to me appears to be an easy way for them to sell their watches for what they are truly worth while still helping other online retailers to cash in on their very clever marketing technique.
In doing some research I was able to discover that the Krypton did sell for $400.00 to $600.00 when it was in high demand and there are still some very reputable online watch retailers that sell it for this price today. The price on amazon is very competitive and I can assure you that you are getting a great deal. Many watch snobs will try and tell you that a JBW watch is only worth $50-$60 and this is mainly because they do not agree with the aggressive style or the movement parts. The ridiculous original price tag also rubs them wrong way because they are very well educated on what makes a watch tick. Unfortunately, they lack perspective and humility . If you take the time to do some research you will find a price that you are happy with paying. Once you receive the watch, you will see that it far exceeds any expectations that you may have had. My favorite JBW timepiece is my G4 and I was able to purchase this piece when it first came out for $250.00. This unit is very sleek and stylish and has now started going up in price.
I hope that this review has encouraged some of you to take a second look at a JBW timepiece when shopping for a watch that will compliment your style. These watches are not for watch snobs and even though they are very well made with Swiss and Japanese movements, they aren't quite on par with some of the higher end watches with quality movement parts that are actually worth $1300.00+. With that being said, there are many designer watches such as Gucci, Boss, Armani, etc that are also overpriced and being sold as fashion watches. Most of these watches contain basic quartz movements and also do not sit well with watch aficionados. Some of them are not even made as well as a JBW from the inside but don't let the person wearing one know that.