The Brew Metric Automatic is the perfect watch for around £500

If you want a great everyday watch with some personality, the Brew Metric Automatic should be on your radar

The Brew Metric Automatic on a red background
(Image credit: Brew Watches)

While the best watches on the market are unquestionably stunning, most of them also pack a pretty chunky price tag. Let's face it, most of us don't have a spare six-figure sum knocking around to pick up a new timepiece, which can make the whole thing seem a bit out of reach.

Fortunately, the wonderful world of microbrands exists. These smaller manufacturers generally operate on similarly scarce production runs, but at much more affordable price points. The Brew Metric range epitomises this better than any other.

The steel variant has been the subject of rave reviews online, causing several drops to sell out in minutes. Since then, we've also seen a black PVD variant – which I happen to own – and a gold-toned option. Now, the brand have unveiled an automatic version.

Following the same design cues as the other Metric models, the watch fuses a steel case and bracelet with a black dial. Red accents adorn the indices and the seconds hand, while the Brew logo – a two-part coffee bean – is indented at the 12 o'clock position.

It's a 36mm case, too. That sounds quite small by modern standards, though the square design does make it wear a little larger in my experience. It's not a big watch, but if you're usually comfortable with 38-40mm cases, this will suit you just fine. The case sits just 10.75mm tall, too, which makes it really easy to wear. 

Inside, you'll find a Seiko NH35A movement. That's a really reliable movement which is found in lots of affordable automatic watches. The case back also features a small cut-out which allows you to view the movement within.

It's also worth taking a moment to talk about the bracelet on this range. It's a really genius design, and looks fabulous. If you're a fan of 80's inspired designs like the Tissot PRX 80 or the Christopher Ward The Twelve, you'll love this.

All of that is available for $525. That's a really great price for the watch you're getting. Just note, if you're buying from the UK, you'll have to pay import duty on top of that, as all of the models are shipped from the Brew office in New York.

The model is limited to just 500 units, with each one numbered on the case back. Shipments start from the 21st of August, but you can pick one up right now on the Brew Watches website

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.