Kahuna KUS-0103G Watch Review

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Brand: Kahuna

Case width: 44mm

Case depth: 13mm

Gender: Men’s

Case material: Stainless Steel

Water resistance: 50 metres

Movement: Japanese Quartz

MPN: KUS-0103G (link)

Price: £19.99 – £31.96 (RRP is £39.95)

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Kahuna is likely not a name you will consider when purchasing a new watch for a number of different reasons. For a start the company has very little recognition within the watch world and the watches tend to be sold in outlets that do not specialise in watches. The pricing is extremely low, right at the budget end, and so many will overlook them for that reason alone.

When buying a watch, the motivations tend to be emotional as well as practical and so watches in the budget area are often overlooked for this reason alone. However, the Kahuna KUS-0103G has more merit than you may expect at such a low price point.

It comes in an attractive circular box with three leather wristbands and in my case, I purchased it for less than £20. As I was looking for a wristband anyway this made for a decent experiment. I didn’t expect, however, to be so impressed with the watch after 2 weeks.

There is little doubt where the design inspiration for this particular Kahuna comes from and it becomes even more apparent when you look at some of the variations on offer. From the bezel to the face to the hands to the crown, there is without doubt ‘Rolex’ inspirations going on here.

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The thing is that it really does work here and it makes the watch look much more expensive than it is. Now, I am not someone who likes homage watches at all and believe that a decent £100 Seiko is a much better buy than any £100 homage. After all, you should be buying the watch for yourself and not for others to think it is something it is not. Having said that, there is still some attention to detail going on with this Kahuna and I do like wearing it for a number of different reasons.

It has proved to be deadly accurate, more so than my £300 Seiko or the Casios I own with just 1 second being lost in 14 days. With it being quartz, the other watches are only marginally worse, but it’s still a surprise to see a watch at this price remain so accurate.

The magnifier over the date window is somewhat pointless and does little to improve the legibility of the current date, and the lume lasts for about 20 seconds if you are lucky. With the bezel offering a highly cheap click when turned and a disturbing high-pitched echo when you tap, there are elements that really do highlight the budget nature of this watch, but these will only be noticeable to you.

At under £20 from some retailers, we can expect areas of poor quality, but it remains a real looker of a watch that offers much more personality than could reasonably be expected.

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Overall ratings

Build quality: 6/10

Accuracy: 9/10

Design: 8/10

Value for money: 8/10

Overall: 31/40

A surprisingly attractive watch which has proved to be deadly accurate after 2 week’s of testing. This is not a watch that you can expect to wear for many years, but it is a decent choice as a timepiece to wear when you want to protect your favourite watch. For the price, it really is good value for money.

PATCH: The Smart Strap For Your Analogue Watch

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Introducing Patch, a smart and stylish watch strap embedded with flexible electronics that turns your favourite timepiece into a smart wearable.

Patch is for anyone who treasures their traditional timepiece more than the huge variety of smartwatches out there, and yet do not want to be left behind when it comes to technological advancement… More at kickstarter.

I should like this, but I am far from convinced.

The Toymaker Who (Actually) Saved Christmas

Alfred Carlton Gilbert was told he had 15 minutes to convince the United States government not to cancel Christmas.

For hours, he paced the outer hall, awaiting his turn before the Council of National Defense. With him were the tools of his trade: toy submarines, air rifles, and colorful picture books. As government personnel walked by, Gilbert, bashful about his cache of kid things, tried hiding them behind a leather satchel… More at mental_floss.

A remarkable story.

The most coveted cartridge ever

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None of this would’ve happened had Jennifer Thompson not gone thriftin’. This was in April 2013, and she was browsing clothes and $1 DVDs at the Steele Creek Goodwill in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, when she noticed it behind the glass counter. The video game title sparked a memory, a Yahoo article about the rarest games in the world. Jennifer carefully drove her ’99 Honda Accord across the street to McDonald’s, just to use the restaurant’s Wi-Fi to make sure she hadn’t been wrong. She then crossed the street again and purchased the game for $8 from the $30 she had in her bank account, praying the clerk wouldn’t recognize what it was and stop her… More at ESPN.

Great story.