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Kenneth Cole KC2508 Review

By Cameron Martel


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About Kenneth Cole Watches

Kenneth Cole is well known in the world of fashion. Their watch lines feature quartz and automatic movements for both men and women. Very little information can be found regarding the types of movements used, so we recommend that you proceed with caution when buying a Kenneth Cole watch.

We classify Kenneth Cole watches as fashion watches.


Our reviews are based on our first-hand experience with the watch. All photos and media are created by us (unless otherwise credited). Learn more about how we review watches.

Review Summary

Proving that some stereotypes are well earned, the KC2508 is a disposable ladies automatic. Even with a bargain-basement price of $125, the entire watch is a total let down. It takes relatively attractive packaging, fills it with an unknown automatic movement, and then puts little care into anything else. Total junk.

Kenneth Cole KC2508

Kenneth Cole KC2508 Technical Specifications

  • Model Number: KC205
  • MSRP: $125
  • Case Diameter: 22mm
  • Alternate Models: Available here
  • Movement: Automatic, unknown origin
  • Complications: n/a
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 36 hours
  • Water Resistance: “99ft”
  • Crystal Material: Mineral

Setting the Time

Setting the KC2508 is simple because there are no day/date complications.

How To set the time:

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

Kenneth Cole KC2508

Kenneth Cole KC2508 Aesthetics & Design

Truthfully, I think the KC2508 is a fine looking watch. The dial looks great from nearly aany distance, and the open heard at 6/7 o’clock shows off the movement as it ticks away inside. Even the stones lining the bezel and lugs look nice.

The small size – 22mm and a tiny integrated strap – and relatively “safe” color choices make it easy to pair the KC2508 with just about anything.

The movement is exposed behind an exhibition window and is completely undecorated. The Kenneth Cole logo is printed on the window, but otherwise the entire back of the case is sparse. This isn’t a bad thing, as it really shows off the movement well.

Kenneth Cole KC2508

Kenneth Cole KC2508 Build Quality

Of course you have to expect compromises for a ladies automatic priced at $125, and the build quality is where they’ve chosen to make them. In two months the KC2508 had lost five of its crystals, leaving obvious black marks where a crystal used to be. The dial itself, simple as it is, has build quality deficiencies that are especially obvious when magnified.

Overall, the build quality of the KC2508 is very underwhelming.

Crystal, Case, and Dial

The case is stainless, and be warned- it scratches easily. After under two months of semi-frequent wear the case looks as if it’s been around the world. It has also lost several of the rhinestones that line the beszel and lugs.

The front and back crystals appear fine, which makes sense as they’re both slightly inset into the case.

Strap and Clasp

The dainty leather strap is uncomfortable, shows wear almost immediately, and is generally poor quality. The clasp is also a standard buckle, with easily-scratched steel as its finish.

Kenneth Cole KC2508

More About the Kenneth Cole KC2508


I  looked high and low for information on the movement used inside the KC2508 and came up with very little. My speculation is that it is a Chinese-manfuctured movement, and likely a knock off at that.

Popular opinion on social media also appears to be that it is a Chinese movement of unknown origin or quality.

Kenneth Cole KC2508

Value for Money

I think what frustrates me about this watch is that it could have been good if they had decided to put a bit more effort into it. This is the fundamental problem with fashion watches in general: they’re built to look a certain way, not function or last.

In the case of the KC2508, the value proposition should be strong: a $125 ladies automatic would be a good value. In this case, the Kc2508 shows little attention to reliability or durability. It loses stones despite light use; it shows any and all scratches; the strap is low quality and uncomfortable.

Don’t buy the KC2508 or any watch that is like it. If you want an automatic, invest a bit into a Seiko 5 – they come in ladies sizes – and know that you’ve purchased something that will last.

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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.

1 thought on “Kenneth Cole KC2508 Review”

  1. I bought this for my wife after you posted it in the latest purchase thread on beyond.ca and she adores it. She is a textbook “fashion watch” wearer and was a little apprehensive about wearing an auto since all her previous fashion watches were basically disposable (she rarely replaced the batteries when they ran out and would just toss them instead.) But having to wind and set every time is a good trade off for a fashion watch with a bit more sophistication and longevity.


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