REVIEW: Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady Watch

I've had the ever ubiquitous Michael Kors watch for almost two years and have been itching for a black banded watch. A black leather watch is classic, while my gold MK Small Layton watch works best with casual or trendier outfits.

Michael Kors
Style Number: MK-5531
Description: "Etched tachymeter encircles a slick chronograph watch sporting sparkling indexes on the tonal dial. A dual-finished polish lends elegant texture to both case and bracelet." [Quoted from Nordstrom.com]
Retail Price: Approx. $220 USD

Other features:
- date function
- water resistant to 100 metres
- stainless steel/Swarovski crystals/mineral crystal
- available in gold & silver
- also available in "Chronograph" style w/roman numerals and no crystals

Likes: I like the oversized "boyfriend" fit that works with many of my outfits. The little box for the date is always appreciated because I find myself looking at that more than my iPhone. I also like the ticking seconds hand - something I never thought I would notice until I bought my DW watch (below). Another thing I like about this watch is the ease of putting it on. There's no need to fiddle around your wrist because the watch snaps on easily.

Dislikes: The watch can get heavy and it's also thick, making it harder for me to add other arm accessories. The sizing is a little awkward even after my boyfriend removed three links for me. Although it was a comfortable fit, the watch still spun around making it a constant hassle to read the time. I asked him to remove one more link and now it's a snug fit, which can get tight at times, especially during warmer temperatures. I do, however, prefer the tighter fit so that the watch isn't able to spin around.

I don't see the Small Layton for sale anymore, but you can buy Michael Kors watches at the following online retailers:
Nordstrom (where I bought it) | ASOS | Bloomingdale's | Shopbop | Revolve (first time orders receive 30% off)

There are currently five listings on eBay for the Small Layton watch, but please be careful and buy at your own risk.


Daniel Wellington
Even though a small watch face would be more ideal as I enter the professional world, I couldn't help but fall in love with Daniel Wellington's Sheffield Lady Watch. The case is only 2mm smaller than my MK watch, but features a more simple design and a classic white face. I was never really keen on rose gold anything and ordered this hardware by accident. When I wore the watch, the hardware grew on me and my boyfriend told me I should keep it.

Style: Black leather band; eggshell white clock face; rosegold hardware
Retail Price: $199 USD ($210 CAD)

Other features:
- water resistant to 29 metres
- stainless steel/Swarovski crystals/mineral crystal
- available in a variety of different straps* as well as hardware in gold, rose gold, or silver
* The Classic Sheffield is the name for the black strap; other straps have different names.

Likes: I love the classic look and the lightness of the DW watch. The watch is very simple to read and the face isn't so busy like my MK watch. Reading the time should be easy and straightforward, which is exactly what the Classic Sheffield watch offers. Even though the watch comes in men's and women's versions, I'd pretty much consider it unisex as, besides the sizing, they look nearly identical. I love that Daniel Wellington offers a variety of watch straps so we can never get tired of wearing it.

Dislikes: The watch band is too loose on me and I would have to either get a new hole punched or buy a completely different strap. This is a common problem for me with adult watches, so I wasn't expecting it to fit on the spot. The watch is also lacking a date box, but I'm just being nit picky because that would defeat the purpose of its simple design. DW watches are lacking a smaller faced watch. If they made one now, I'd buy it instantly!

Where to Buy: Daniel Wellington (use code JESSYDUST for 15% off and free shipping worldwide)

I'd love to know...
Which of the two watches above would you wear? And what timepiece is currently on your wrist?
 

11 comments

  1. great review, Jessy. I currently don't wear watches but I have an old Seiko one that I wear at times. Please update us on the strap situation because like you, I have a tiny wrist.

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    1. I contacted the DW team and they recommend going to a watch place to get extra holes punched. I'll update everyone on the situation once I do it. : )

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  2. I'm really glad your boyfriend convinced you to keep the Daniel Wellington watch. Even though the rose gold can be a little hard to pair with some outfits, it does add a nice feminine touch to it!

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    1. It's hard to pair with my existing jewelry pieces, but I actually like wearing the watch alone. Thanks Dianne!

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  3. I loveeee my DW watch! I just happened to sell my MK watch too haha :) x

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  4. The DW is so classic and beautiful! I love seeing watches on others, but I would probably never get one of my own because I know I'd always forget to wear it! I'll live vicariously through you instead, :).

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  5. love the DW watch!! :) if the strap doesn't work out, you could always try the kate spade metro watch :) it fits small wrists!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Anhie! I'll keep the Kate Spade watch in mind. : )

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  7. Since you had the MK for a while, has it rusted at all? Thanks!

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    1. The colour has rubbed off a tiny bit where sweat & water made contact, but no rust anywhere else.

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