As a follow up of our review of the TW Steel RF1 TW 680 Chrono, today we will look at the TW622, an excellent example of TW Steel design philosophy. Bold, oversized and styled with a purpose. The TW 622 is part of the Icon collection that highlights a large flat case with an aviation style dial and strap, and is finished with an oversized crown.
- Miyota 2415 Quartz movement
- 45x15mm 316L stainless steel case.
- Mineral Crystal
- 50m WR
- Black Leather Strap
- Available in 50mm size
- MSRP: $225
The TW 622 is has a nice sharp case with crisp numerals and bar style hands. The quartz movement is entry level, but that is the point of the Icon line up – it’s an entry point to the TW Steel family. Likely designed to combat upper crust Fossil or Nixon, it is well built and earns the TW Steel name. The TW 622 is very large. See the video for a wrist shot on my 7.5 inch wrist. The overall effect is enhanced by the large crown and slim bezel. The crown is a typical two stage system that does not screw down (hence the 50m water resistance) but features a quick set date.
The case is large so the lugs are short and blocky. They look very nice and the inclusion of an aviation style leather strap matches up well with the case and overall aesthetic. The large numerals and hands are painted with luminous paint, but they do not glow brightly or for a long time. My only real complaint with the watch is a measure of cost cutting, a mineral crystal. It would be great to see a sapphire crystal on a watch in the price range. It’s not expected, but it would set it apart from its peers.
The TW Steel TW 622 is a large, quartz powered boutique time piece that offers a lot for the $225 price tag. Sure, it’s just a quartz, but that makes it a great daily wearer, and it’s not overpriced given the competition. TW Steel has a host of nicely designed styles on display on their website. So whether you go with the TW 680 CEO F1 or the Icon TW 622, we can’t imagine a bad choice.
We would like to thank TW Steel for providing a review sample.
By James Stacey