Hands On Review – Fossil FS4735 Grant Brown Leather Watch
Movement Type: Quartz Chronograph
Case Size: 44mm
Case Thickness: 12mm
Strap Material: Genuine Leather
Water Resistant: 5 ATM
Fossil was founded in 1984 by Kosta Kartsotis, after his brother mentioned to him that there was large profits to be made importing moderately priced fashion watches from the far east. Fossil’s brands include a number of clothing and accessories lines as well as Michele Watch, Skagen, and Zodiac Watches.
Fossil has established itself as a leader in affordable watches that are stylish and easily purchased online or at your nearest mall.
When they first started, Fossil’s main product line was fashion watches with a retro look. That perfectly describes the Fossil FS4735 Grant Brown Leather watch.
Fossil Gives the Grant a Unique design
Right off the bat, I have to address the first thing I notice about this watch because I can’t stop looking at it. The numbers on the face are in roman numerals – which I really like – however the roman numeral for 9 is IX. Due to poor design the IX on this watch looks more like an IV. It was the first thing I noticed about this watch, and now it’s all my eye sees.
Imagine my surprise to find that apparently this was an intentional design characteristic. From the Fossil website:
Modeled after vintage clocks, our Roman numerals are uniquely designed to provide artistic balance to the dial. In order to create a sense of depth, we also layered the sub-eyes over the numerals, which gives them the effect of being cut off.
Personally, I don’t like this. I don’t like it at all. But if you can get past the cut-off look, then the vintage inspired dial is actually quite nice
Secondly, the common roman numeral for four is IV, however on this watch they have opted for IIII – which is odd.
Grant Goes for a Classic Look
The FS4735 Grant watch comes with a mix of brushed and polished pieces that, when combined with the leather strap, give it a classy look. The strap comes is an interchangeable 22mm strap, so if brown leather is not your thing, it’s easily swapped out.
It’s quartz chronograph movement has customers bouncing between reviews of longevity – “worked for over two years with no problems” – and inconsistency – “constantly having to reset the time.” For the price that is not overly unexpected.
Speaking of reviews online, the number one complaint I found was that this watch does not come with a date function. Instead Fossil opted for an almost entirely useless 24-hour subdial. A redesign that swaps the 24-hour subdial for a date window and shrinks the chronograph dial to allow the roman numerals to fit completely would make – in my opinion – this watch much better.
Additionally, users were critical of the hands being the same colour as the face making it difficult to tell time quickly.
Besides that, reviews are mostly positive. The watch carries a 76% 5 star rating on Amazon, with most reviewers saying it’s a classy looking watch, that is comfortable, versatile enough to wear with a variety of outfits and at a great price point.
Stands above comparable brands
Comparable to watches like
The Fossil FS4735 Grant Brown holds its own in both price and reviews. In fact, its classic look and price make it the most popular of the bunch.
While the Skagen, the Bulova and the Timex are all highly rated, users comments note a lack of quality in the craftsmanship of the Bulova and the Timex, with the a number of users noting the crown, and the crystal all breaking in a short amount of time.
In the end the Fossil FS4735 Grant Brown watch offers a classic design, with comparable reliability in this price range. If you can look past the odd, cut-off roman numerals, and are looking for an inexpensive, versatile watch, than this may be the watch for you.
Personally, I’d go for a watch with a more uniform design on the dial – consistency with the numbering and easy to see hands – and a date function instead of a 24 hour subdial.