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Cadence Winston Review

By Cameron Martel


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About Cadence

Founded in 2002, Cadence produces watches in a variety of styles. Their mission is to deliver quality timepieces at reasonable prices, avoiding middle-men and instead focusing on distributing direct to their customer. They often mail out sale offers via their mailing list.

Cadence is known for their Reddit watches, as well as other fun watches. Recently, they have been offering a larger variety of styles and functions.


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Review Summary

The Winston is a completely adequate watch for its $40 price tag. Powered by a Miyota quartz movement, the Winston is a simple and minimalist timepiece. The stainless steel case/bracelet are ultra-lightweight.

Cadence Winston

Cadence Winston Technical Specifications

  • Model Number: Winston
  • MSRP: $40
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Alternate Models: Different color and complication combinations available
  • Movement: Quartz, Miyota 2035
  • Complications: n/a
  • Battery Life: Estimated  3 years
  • Water Resistance: 30m/100ft
  • Crystal Material: Mineral

Setting the Time

The Winston is manipulated via the crown.

How To set the time:

  • Pull crown to the furthest position (position 2). Turn the crown clockwise to set the time.

Cadence Winston

Cadence Winston Aesthetics & Design

Lacking any complications or designs on the face (aside from the brand name written just below the 12 o’clock marker), the Cadence Winston is as simple as a watch this size can get. It’s black on black on white colour scheme is simple and contemporary. Cadence saw the 42mm face as an opportunity to exercise a minimalist design.

The stainless steel bracelet looks cheap due to the sizable gaps between links. It doesn’t bring the entire watch down since the bracelet is concealed for the most part, but it’s a place to see where costs were cut.

The black steel appears to hold its color well, resisting scratches and wear marks fort he most part.

Cadence Winston Build Quality

One the first things you’ll notice about the Winston is how light it is. For an all-steel watch, the lightness is disheartening. However, it has resisted wear well and still looks new despite several months of semi-frequent use.

Crystal, Case, and Dial

The crystal and case on the Winston are kept simple. The dial is printed white on a brushed background and will require not maintenance long-term.

As mentioned, the watch is quite light but otherwise appears to be made fairly well.

Strap and Clasp

The stainless steel bracelet is flimsy, as is the deployment clasp. Both feel secure once closed, but there is quite a bit of side to side movement between links.

Cadence Winston

More About the Cadence Winston


The Miyota 2035 is a simple quartz movement. It is accurate to approximately +/- 15 seconds per month and has a battery life estimated at up to 4 years.

There isn’t much to say about the movement used inside the Winston: this is about as simple as a movement gets.

Value for Money

For $40 there are other watches I would personally opt for, but that’s not to say that the Winston isn’t a worthwhile purchase assuming it’s what you’re looking for. I find the minimalism a but much, as for not much more you can step up to a better looking Skagen or Timex Weekender.

Technically the Winston is a perfectly fine watch. It’s powered by a reliable and accurate movement and won’t fall apart the day after you buy it. This watch may not be heirloom quality, but you will still get a few good years of use out of it just the same.

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About Cameron Martel

If it ticks or tocks, I want it on my wrist. I'm a fan of all things that keep good time, and I can't resist a great looking watch. WYCA is my way of appreciating the engineering and artistry that goes into affordable watches. My favorite watch is my Jazzmaster Auto Chrono, and the watch I wear the most is my Weekender Chronograph. I currently have 33 watches in my collection. Learn more about WYCA's Editorial Process.

4 thoughts on “Cadence Winston Review”

  1. Do you realize all Cadence watches cost around 30/40$ and the 275 refers to the “style” of the watch?
    No one has ever paid 275$ for that watch and never will.
    A little bit of research before reviewing watches would be appreciated.

    • At the time of my review the Cadence website didn’t do a particularly good job articulating that the $275 listed price was referencing the “style” and not behaving similarly to other brands that tend to post a high MSRP and then “discount” the sale price (like what Stuhrling Original does, for example).

      Moreover, if I thought the listed price was the MSRP there’s a good probability that others did as well.

      Lastly, it’s clear that you have a certain level of acclimation with the brand that others may not have the benefit of. For that reason I feel confident in my review.

      Thanks for your feedback!


  2. A summary of my saga trying to deal with the incompetence that is the cadence watch company- hopefully it will serve as a warning.

    Bought 6 watches from them over a year ago. When they arrived one wasn’t working (the most expensive of course). Notified company immediately and then had to pay to ship it back to them. When told it was out of stock and would i like to wait for it, i said i would rather a refund but would wait if i had to… A year later and multiple multiple contacts since and i still have neither a replacement or a refund. Within 2 months, 2 more of the watches stopped working (which of course i am not stupid enough to pay to send back to them).

    The customer service is awful- email replies are always in broken english (despite claiming to be a USA based company) and they constantly say they will get back to you only for a month or so to pass before i have to send another email asking why i haven’t heard anything…

    The watches that have worked have been fine….. But it’s definitely not worth the hassle. Much better alternatives at the same price.


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