LIV Genesis X1 Review

Hands on Watch Reviews Independent LIV

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After taking a closer look at the case, I determined that I hadn’t seen another watch company with this design. I looked over the Kickstarter campaign and asked some questions and confirmed that the case was actually designed specifically for LIV Watches. If there is another company out there with this exact case I am completely unaware, so a custom case makes the Genesis X1 even more appealing to me, especially under $600 USD. The crown and guard system is really one of the most appealing aspects of the Genesis X1. The size of the crown and pushers are really perfectly sized for the 45mm case with the screw down crown measuring a substantial 8.5mm x 5mm. A gasket system is utilized with the screw down crown allowing the Genesis X1 to be 1000 feet water resistant. The function pushers are also quite substantial at 7mm in diameter. The guards and housing surrounding the crowns are going to provide quite a bit of protection for the crown and hopefully increase durability with the pushers themselves. The orange accents are a nice touch as it adds a bit of flair and model design to the overall appearance of the watch model. The large orange function pusher reminds me of certain models from EDOX which I have always thought were quite appealing but in most cases thousand of dollars more in overall cost.

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Next, the Genesis X1 comes fitted with a large sapphire crystal, surrounded by a fixed bezel measuring a whopping 35mm in diameter. Many watch companies do not grasp the importance of having a sapphire crystal, especially those producing sports and dive watches. While mineral crystals will tend to be much more impact resistant, the sapphire crystal is going to protect from a much more likely problem, scratches. Awesome choice by LIV Watches to opt for the sapphire crystal over mineral. Again, keep in mind this is a prototype so ignore any dust and lint under the crystal, as I’m certain that will be checked prior to shipping of the production models.

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Beneath the sapphire crystal is another fantastic design feature of the Genesis X1 in a complex multi-layer dial or what many of us have come to know as a sandwich type dial. The dial layout is very clean and uncluttered for a chronograph, which is really hard to achieve sometimes. There is minimal branding and all fonts are perfect in size for the surface area available on the dial. The sub-dials are perfectly symmetrical. I feel the mixture of smooth matte black and a stamped glossy inner section add additional flair to the overall appearance of the Genesis X1. Another little detail, not overlooked by Chaz, is the use of applied hour markers. So many times this small detail is scrapped for painted markers, which is fine in some cases, but in my personal opinion, applied markers just make it seem like more thought and effort went into the design. One of the first things I noticed, which I thought could be a huge issue, was the small amounts of lume on both the markers and handset. Since the prototype was completed, the surface area on the markers and the handset will be increased for the upcoming production release. So for those lume freaks out there, I anticipate some satisfaction with this upgrade.

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Now let’s take a look at the case back. Instead of many typical case backs, which are threaded into the upper portion, LIV opted for a case back secured utilizing 6 flat head screws. The 6 screws I do not believe make the design better overall but rather just more detailed that a standard case back. The case back has various specification information etched around the perimeter and a large LIV logo in orange at the center, which corresponds with the orange accents, found elsewhere on the model. Since completing the video you will find at the end of this review, I have looked closer and it seems orange accents will be present on all the models so I anticipate the logo on the case back will also be orange on all the models as well. Beneath the case back is a highly respected Ronda 5040.D quartz chronograph, the 13 jewel, gold plated version, which falls in line with the goals of LIV to produce a Swiss Made chronograph with quality components. As one would expect, this quality Ronda movement has been highly accurate since the model has been in my possession.

Michael Wolfe has been a watch fan for years. Michael has been developing his watch review techniques over the past 4-5 years. His true passion involves reviewing dive watches in any price category, but also enjoys stepping out and reviewing other watch styles from time to time. Michael is developing a reputable following and solid reputation for the insight he provides through his reviews. When Michael isn't immersed in a watch review, his other interests include following college athletics and spending time with his family.

25 Comments

  1. cool looking watch !

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  2. So cool!!

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    • Thank you, we appreciate the feedback!

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  3. very cool

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  4. I just purchased this IP model with the orange numerals, the watch is simply gorgeous! Coolest watch in the price range (and substantially above the price range) you can buy.
    Love it!

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  5. I stumbled across LIV watches on Instagram and was instantly impressed by the design and (somewhat) reasonable price. I ordered a Genesis X1 and extra strap on a Thurs night from my iPhone and the site said ‘order placed’ or something to that effect. My Visa shows a charge pending but I never received any sort of confirmation email for my order….which you get from pretty much ANY online retailer these days. I got zip, nothing. No confirmation of order, no receipt, nothing.

    I emailed LIV on Friday asking for confirmation of order…no response. Monday rolls around and I’m thinking surely someone will get back to me today. Still, no email, order confirmation, tracking number, nothing. I call the LIV office on their phone number and no answer.

    LIV makes cool watches but they have a thing or two to learn about customer service. I’m sure they have a small group and maybe someone is on holidays but in 2015 it’s not acceptable for an online retailer to not have some sort of emailer in place to confirm orders, and issue a receipt. Maybe I’m too impatient but I expect immediate action from online retailers or I don’t use them again. The whole point of dealing with online companies is to A) get the best price, and B) because it should be quick and convenient.

    I’m hoping that someone at LIV gets back to me by end of tomorrow otherwise I will contact Visa to reverse the charge and I’ll buyt a different watch.

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    • So….I thought I should follow uo on my last post. Yesterday I got an email from LIV saying their office had been closed for 10 days and that for some reason the auto-emailer didn’t work when my order was first placed. Then this morning I also got a phone call from LIV assuring me the watch is shipping today. All in all I am happy with how they dealt with the situation but I suggested to them that if aa small office is completely shut down for a period they should have some sort of notification on their website.
      Looking for ward to getting my watch!

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      • Glad to hear all worked out well! Send us some pics when you get your Genesis X1

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      • I had the same. Exactly the same. Several emails, conversations with my credit card company, etc and only now have I got a response. I contacted America in the end as I was not making much progress via Born.com. The watches are being shipped in the next few days and I hope then someone will contact me asking for my address. Very concerning that none of the basics for online retailing are being applied to the business model. Peter

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        • @Peter – I’m sorry about the experience you had as well, regarding our communication, we have put processes in place to ensure that there are systems in place when our office is closed. Regarding your experience with Born.com, that is completely out of our control (it is being run by Born.com) but we are working with them to try to expedite everything. Either way we appreciate the feedback!

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        • @Peter – Just to clarify regarding Born, they did promise that the watches would be delivered in October… and they will make sure that you get the watch by the end of October! So in that regard they are on track!

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    • @WatchGuy – We do apologize for this experience and we appreciate your feedback. We have put processes in place to ensure this will not happen again! Would love it if you could post your thoughts on the watch on this thread!

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  6. When i discovered kickstarter i really want to find something new and exclusive, but ive never imagined i can buy such an amazing watch. Then when the project was funded i have problems with my credit card, because of my country, then after a few emails the livTeam send me a promotional code for buy my watch at the original kickstarter price, i cant believe that, they really care about my issue and help with a solution.

    The watch itself is a masterpiece, with an incredible packaging and great build quality. The unique style of every detail definitely make the difference, and the price also is a big deal.

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  7. I came across the LIV watch via Instagram and loved the look and design, jumped and read more about how it started and connected even more with the brand. I loved the idea of its inception. I ended up at the time taking the plunge and purchasing a watch I’ve seen only on photos which is not something I usually do.

    When it arrived, the first thing I was impressed with is the looks and make quality. I have few high end 4k+ brands and this watch was up there with the quality, build and looks.

    I’ve had few people complement the look and ask about it, the story about how it stated is always a nice thing to add to the conversation.

    It’s now about 4 months since my purchase and so far really happy with watch, great quality, unique looks and definitely one to add to the anyone’s collection.

    I have few raw pics of the watch on Instagram, look up sam.farid.

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  8. When my hubby first came across LIV watch, it was via IG. Seeing how he was going ooh and aah over it, so I decided to surprise him with one. Though it took quite a while to reach us but the wait was all worth it.

    It is one of his better looking watches in his collection, striking orange on black. He is considering the limited editions soon i guess.

    Definitely a watch that he recommends to his friends.

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  9. I first saw the watch on instagram and a few days later ordered direct form LIV. Unfortunately due to Portuguese customs I had way too many problems to import the watch but Esti of LIV was always helpful and eventually no thanks to Portuguese customs I got the watch. The look and feel of the watch is very good considering it’s price and it has some nice features that you would normally only get on more exclusive devices. My favorite watch is actually the Panerai but the LIV stands beside it well and I’m wearing it more than my Panerai’s at the moment..… I am a very happy owner !

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  10. Happy to update since my last post. Contact with LIV (Esti) who put my mind at rest. He played point on getting the watch to me and I could not be more pleased with his communication and the quality of the watch itself. It oozes quality – aesthetically and build quality. A lovely piece. Well done, chaps.

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  11. Hi All, I have the same situation with LIV watches – NO confirmation e-mail, NO order status… Contacted Liv watch via e-mail, nice lady promised to organize quick shipment and delivery, but almost a week has passed and nothing changed. I do understand that it’s busy time now, but just let your Customers know whether watches will be shipped or the order should be cancelled. I am waiting for 1 more day and cancel the payment…. Very sorry that can’t receive this very nice watches(

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    • @Alex – Just saw this post, not sure what happened, we do answer customers right away. Did you sort everything out?

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  12. Awesome watches! I recently received the Limited Edition Kickstarter Green! Best watch I’ve ever owned and I have many others including high end Tag’s. Can’t wait to get my next one!

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  13. @LIVWatches if I buy a watch through kickstarter, when will I receive the watch? The estimated shipping is August, is that accurate? Thanks.

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    • @Bill Byrne -Just saw your comment, looks like you sorted this out in the meantime :).

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  14. “I see the future!…. Soon, every one who appreciates beauty and art is going to own one of these watches”

    I like it when some one takes the extra step to construct something well… like for example… It looks like they have really dedicated time and ingenuity in making these LIV watches a work of art.

    Every single detail on the watch is perfect, including the Swiss Movement and its sweeping motion of the ‘Second Hand’, (I am referring to the Automatic series GX1-A), of which I already own two of them.

    One of the rules I LIV by is: “If you want something well done, then do it your self”.

    Well!… It seems like the owner of the company, him/her self, is making these watches; they are beautiful, elegant, sporty and sturdy looking… In other words: they are, definitely, well done.

    Sincerely:

    Mr. Wilson.

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