Shinola Brakeman Watch Review: Discontinued or still manufactured?

The Shinola watches were once worn by American politicians and presidents, such as Bill Clinton and Barak Obama, in the 2010s. But after a while, they got heavily criticized for using imported movements and not being completely original and “Made in US”. But are Shinola watches good in this era? Today we are going to review the discontinued chronograph watches made by this company… The Shinola Brakeman.

The Shinola Brakeman watch is named after the American brakemen with dangerous rail transport jobs. Most Shinola watches’ names are in honor of people, buildings, events, and things that had played a part in the making of the United States, and the Shinola Brakeman Chrono watch is no exception.

 So, stay with us at Saatsaz Watch, and we hope you enjoy our Shinola Brakeman review. Let’s begin, shall we?

Shinola Brakeman Review

The Shinola Brakeman is one of the best choices for classic American style lovers. This timepiece offers a variety of straps, and that’s why people find it easy to buy what matches their style. It comes in two different sizes: 40mm and 46mm. Shinola Brakeman 46mm watch catches the eye of everyone with its black dial and Quartz movement. 


Featuring water resistance up to 100 meters, Shinola Brakeman watches are built to last. The brown leather strap suits its cream dial, and the black strap perfectly matches the dark look of its black dial. This watch features a date indicator and Super-LumiNova hands, which makes it easy to read at night.

Classic-looking watches designs hold the beauty of simplicity. One of the reasons people turn to this brand is its simple but beautiful look that can be harmonized with a classic outfit.


The Shinola Brakeman case comes in rose gold, gold, and even black. It delivers a durable stainless steel case, fixed bezel, and body. The laser-etched serial number on the case back helps to identify the timepiece.


This chronograph timepiece holds a good quality running system and is hand-assembled from a Swiss Argonite 5030 quartz movement and more Swiss and U.S.A. components.


Do you like swimming with your watch on? Shinola Brakeman features a comfortable screw-down crown and is water resistant up to 100 meters / 330 feet, which makes it suitable for bathing and swimming but not diving. And let’s not forget about the sapphire crystal that keeps the dial almost impervious to scratches.


The strap of Shinola Brakeman gives the timepiece the classic American look, Delivering Either stainless steel bracelet or straps with different materials and colors Made in the USA.

Shinola Brakeman watch review
Review of the Shinola Brakeman watch

Overall, Shinola watches are carefully examined to ensure the quality of the craft is of the highest caliber. Watch assemblers experience training through the company’s Swiss partner, Ronda AG, which also delivers the movement parts for Shinola watches.

By the way, the Shinola Brakeman watch also comes in a 40mm round case size and Swiss Argonite 705 movement variations.

Shinola Brakeman Pros and Cons

Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of this timepiece in order to have a better look.


      • High-quality features
      • Classic look
      • Decent movement


      • Expensive
      • Discontinued
      • Not entirely made in the US

Shinola Brakeman Watch Price

Unfortunately, the Shinola Brakeman watch is currently discontinued, and the price of this timepiece varies between $600 to $750, depending on the watch’s condition, rarity, and color at authorized retailers, but it is considered expensive. Regardless of its high-quality features, the Shinola watches come at a relatively high price, that is what they are criticized for.


Is the Shinola Brakeman Chronograph watch worth it?

Shinola Brakeman is considered a high-quality timepiece, but the price doesn’t satisfy the customers. This watch’s buyers are mostly American because they want to support the domestic production of their country, support the local economy, and reduce transportation.

So, yes, the Shinola Brakeman watch has a higher price than the other hand-assembled watches. Still, this watch has features such as high-quality Swiss movement, Sapphire glass, decent water resistance, and more that other watches don’t offer in this price range.

Is the Shinola Brakeman watch series discontinued?

Yes, as we mentioned before, Shinola Brakeman watches are unfortunately discontinued meaning they are no longer available through their respective retailers.



In this article, we reviewed the Shinola Brakeman watch and discussed its design, movement, case, durability, and strap. Each brand and timepiece has its own unique strong points and one of Shinola Brakemans is its classic look that catches the eye of every vintage lover. Despite its expensive price, this watch offers good-quality features such as comfortable screw-down crown, and sapphire crystal. 

Thank you! For staying with us on this article about Shinola Brakeman watches. We hope you enjoyed it. The Saatsaz Watch team is honored to provide you with the information you need about watches whenever possible. Your thoughts and opinions are greatly welcomed. What do you think about Shinola Brakeman? Share your answers with us in the comment section.


Is Shinola Brakeman watch water resistant?

Yes, it is. The Shinola Brakeman watch has decent water resistance up to 100 meters/160 feet, which is suitable for bathing and swimming, but not diving.

Is Shinola Brakeman watch good?

Compared to other hand-assembled watches, the Shinola Brakeman has a higher price. But the Brakeman features a sapphire crystal and a Swiss-made quartz movement with chronograph, which makes it a better than the other watches in its price range.

How to do Shinola Brakeman battery replacement?

Shinola company stated that any Shinola watch has a lifetime warranty for battery replacement, cleanups, and repairs; so, you can take your watch there. But if you want to replace the battery on your own, check the watch manual that is in the wooden box.

Are Shinola watches Made in USA?

Yes, but not entirely. Shinola is an American watch making brand that manufactures most of their watch parts… but not all of them. Shinola mostly uses high quality Swiss movements which are hand-assembled in Detroit. So, Shinola watches are made in USA, but have some imported components in them.

How much are Shinola watches?

Shinola watches come in a diverse but relatively low price range. On the official Shinola watches website, the Shinola men’s watch prices are from $395 to $2995.
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