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Is your traditional watch starting to bore you? Do you want to confuse and/or amaze your friends with a watch that tells the time in a unique way? With a watch from TokyoFlash, you can do just that.

We have two geeky watches to look at – the $159 X Acetate White and the $139 Uzumaki. We’re going to see how unique and cool they are, and if they’re really worth buying. At the end of this review, you’ll be able to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of these watches!

About TokyoFlash

TokyoFlash makes an enormous array of watches to satisfy whatever styles and time displays that you could want. Just how enormous? At time of writing, they offer 44 different watch models, which includes both wristwatches as well as pocket watches. In any case, none of these styles are traditional in the least. There’s even one model that comes with a built-in breathalyzer if you’re the partying type. However, it’s important to note that these are simply regular watches with geeky designs. They are not smartwatches that are able to communicate with your smartphone, check messages, or browse Facebook.

In case you’ve forgotten, we reviewed Tokyoflash’s Kisai Online LCD watch Tokyoflash Kisai Online LCD Watch Review and Giveaway Tokyoflash Kisai Online LCD Watch Review and Giveaway A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the minimalist designer watch ZIIIRO Celeste and I absolutely fell in love with its geeky, quirky take on time. Today, I'll be looking at something similar from the... Read More early last year.

Competitors

Tokyoflash geeky watches have a few competitors, which is more than I thought there would be. For example, there is Phosphor, ZIIIRO (we reviewed their Celeste ZIIIRO Celeste Watch Review and Giveaway ZIIIRO Celeste Watch Review and Giveaway I'm not much of a watch person. Between 1995 and 2012, I've only owned two watches, and both of them were relatively nondescript, plain and unattractive. Recently though, my watch-wearing philosophy was completely overturned after... Read More and Saturn ZIIIRO Saturn Watch Review and Giveaway ZIIIRO Saturn Watch Review and Giveaway The last time I reviewed a ZIIIRO watch, I absolutely fell in love with it. To be honest, I nearly didn't want to part with it. Now, the designer watch company has just released a... Read More watches), and Nooka. While some offer more traditional designs, they’re all very unique and worth checking out. A good number of them are also cheaper, but TokyoFlash still gets the most points for uniqueness and style.

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Specifications

The X Acetate White comes with the following specifications:

  • Displays the time and date
  • 12/24 hour mode
  • Alarm mode
  • Unisex design for small and large wrists
  • USB rechargeable: unscrew & connect to your computer
  • USB cable and screw driver included
  • Light-up animation feature (can be turned off)
  • Acetate case, stainless steel case back
  • Adjustable acetate strap and stainless steel clasp
  • Minimum wrist size: 150 mm (approx.)
  • Maximum wrist size: 210 mm (approx.)
  • Case Dimensions: 38 mm x 40 mm x 11 mm
  • Weight: 75 grams
  • Water resistance: 3ATM
  • Battery: PL301517 USB rechargeable battery
  • English instructions
  • One year warranty

The Uzumaki comes with the following specifications:

  • Displays the time
  • Unisex design for small & large wrists
  • Conventional analog display
  • Electroluminescent (EL) backlight (for night time only)
  • Stainless steel case & clasp
  • Adjustable stainless steel strap
  • Minimum wrist size: 100 mm (approx.)
  • Maximum wrist size: 220 mm (approx.)
  • Case Dimensions: 36 mm x 44 mm x 14 mm
  • Weight: 140 grams
  • Water resistance: 3ATM
  • Batteries: 3 SR626SW standard watch batteries
  • English instructions
  • One year warranty

Packaging

The watches ship in little boxes that are predominantly filled with foam for protection. If appropriate, you’ll also get documentation and tools along with the watch, depending on the model that you buy. For example, the Uzumaki only shipped with documentation booklet, but the X Acetate White came with a documentation booklet, a small screwdriver, a USB cable, and a spare screw.

Design

These two watches have very interesting designs that are sure to turn some heads.

The X Acetate White has an LED display that doesn’t even come close to resembling a watch. The strap is made of “acetate” which feels more like hard plastic. At first I wasn’t sure if it was just the glossy paint that gave me this impression, but the low weight has me convinced.

The Uzumaki, on the other hand, does resemble a watch more closely, which becomes very apparent as soon as you want to set the time. The outer band displays the hours (at the start of the green area), and the inner band displays the minutes. The seconds are still represented by a normal watch hand. The strap on this one is definitely made of metal as advertised — the weight is noticeable when compared to the X Acetate White.

Features

Let’s get the simple one out of the way first — the Uzumaki. Honestly, it’s just a regular watch that has an interesting way of displaying time. You can still set it just the same way as a regular watch, and you won’t have much issue figuring out what the time is. Reading the time might not be quite as precise as a regular watch because there aren’t even any traditional clock face indications, but you’ll still get a decent approximation if you figure out where the three, six, nine and twelve o’clock positions are. If you’d like something simple yet cool, this is a great choice for you.

The far more interesting one, however, is the X Acetate White. For starters, it has a very unique way of telling time. It might be a bit confusing at first, but the documentation explains it all well. The watch is divided up into four areas — the top, bottom, left, and right. Each area displays a number. If you look really hard, you might be able to see it. There’s no fancy way of figuring the number out — the number is just contorted in a way where it can fit where the LEDs have been placed. The documentation will show you how each number will look like in each of the four areas, as each area isn’t completely identical. Once you figure out what numbers it’s trying to display, you can combine them to form the time. For example, if the top number is one, the bottom number is two, the left number is three, and the right number is four, then the current time is 12:34. That will always be the order — the numbers are the only thing that change.

There’s a bunch of things you can do to configure this watch. Not only can you set the time, but you can toggle between 12- and 24-hour modes, and even set an alarm and the date. To actually see the time, press the upper (big) button. To see the date, press the lower (small) button. To save battery, it will stop displaying the time/date 10 seconds after pressing either button. The documentation goes into greater detail on how to actually set the time, date, and alarm.

Another great thing about this model is that it comes with a rechargeable battery that you can charge using a special cable. One end is a regular USB connector, and the other end is a small power connector. To recharge the watch, you’ll need to remove the screw on the left side of the display using the provided screwdriver and then plug in the cable. According to TokyoFlash, charging from a laptop works fine, but the charging time will vary. An LED charging indicator located at the very bottom center of the display will blink while it’s charging, but it’ll stop when the battery level reaches 90%. It’s recommended to keep it plugged in for another 3.5 hours to ensure a full charge. I wasn’t able to determine how long the battery can last on the X Acetate White, because that highly depends on how often you check the time. In any case, I haven’t had to recharge it once while reviewing it.

Other Thoughts

While these are certainly cool and intriguing watches, I’m not entirely sure whether they’re worth the price. I can’t say that I’m a watch connoisseur, but I got my personal “fancy” watch (the Fossil Grant Chronograph Stainless Steel) for $125. While the Uzumaki is definitely cool, I don’t think it’s fancy enough for its $139 price tag. I find the X Acetate White’s price of $159 to be more reasonable because it can do a whole lot more. But still, it’s rather a lot to pay for a watch, especially since the strap isn’t made of metal.

Should You Buy The X Acetate White or Uzumaki?

Ultimately, I wouldn’t recommend these watches to anyone. The only people who would probably benefit the most from these watches are those who find that “traditional” fancy watches aren’t their thing. But then again, I’m sure that actual smartwatches would interest that group as well, and you can nab a Sony Smartwatch 2 Sony SmartWatch 2 Review and Giveaway Sony SmartWatch 2 Review and Giveaway There are plenty of smartwatches which you can get your hands on right now, so why should you consider the Sony SmartWatch 2? Read More for just $40 more than the X Acetate White (or even the same price as the Rogue Touch model) and do a heck of a lot more with it.

Our verdict of the TokyoFlash X Acetate:
MakeUseOf recommends: Don’t buy — for the price, they’re not as nice as one would hope.
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  1. Morrison
    May 3, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Old watches with the tiny QWERTY keyboard on them.

  2. ron frampton
    May 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Tokyo flash x

  3. thiagu
    May 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

    pebble

  4. Peter
    May 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

    TokyoFlash X Acetate White because its geekishly worth it. Thanks

  5. Shanaan Cameau
    May 1, 2014 at 1:03 am

    TokyoFlash Uzumaki

  6. Thomas Vase Jensen
    April 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    X Acetate White

  7. Lauren
    April 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I'd choose the watch that Ben 10 has.

  8. Mark P.
    April 30, 2014 at 4:26 am

    If I had to choose a geeky watch, I’d pick the Uzumaki

  9. Anthony
    April 30, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Flash X

  10. Abdelrahman El-Feky
    April 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    LG G watch

  11. Saad Ahmad
    April 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    X Acetate White is good

  12. professandobey
    April 29, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Moto 360, but these are good too. :D

  13. Simone
    April 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    a smartwatch (pebble I think)

  14. Edmund S
    April 27, 2014 at 7:54 am

    If I had to choose a geeky watch, I'd pick the Sony SmartWatch.

  15. Sam K
    April 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    X Acetate White

  16. Johnna Rhodus
    April 25, 2014 at 4:32 am

    If I had to choose a smartwatch I'd choose the Kisai!

  17. Adly A
    April 24, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Uzumaki as I like old-fashion sense in watches

  18. Milos D
    April 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

    If I had to choose a geeky watch I’d pick the Uzumaki.

  19. Prajwal
    April 24, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I will choose X Acetate White

  20. PIETRO PIASENTE
    April 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    The LG G watch is a good one

  21. Leoner Gutierrez
    April 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Uzumaki

  22. Zulfiqar A
    April 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Both!

  23. Mehul B
    April 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Tokyo Flash X

  24. Francesco Fiorino
    April 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    The LG G watch is a good one

  25. Bill
    April 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Definitely the Flash X

  26. Ryan W
    April 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I prefer the style of the Uzumaki.

  27. Joseph G
    April 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I'd definitely go with the X Acetate White. The face of the watch has a lovely cyberpunk feel to it. Gorgeous.

  28. Debbie
    April 23, 2014 at 10:47 am

    If I had to choose a geeky watch I'd pick the X Acetate White,because the face of the watch looks complex, and doesn't look like a watch, only a geek would appreciate.

  29. Syed Hasan
    April 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I would go for the Moto 360

  30. DAN J
    April 23, 2014 at 5:57 am

    The Doctor's Fob Watch (Doctor Who).

  31. Wesley Files
    April 23, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Of these, the X Acetate White. Of all watches, give me the LG G watch.

  32. Mark M
    April 23, 2014 at 1:46 am

    If I had to choose a geeky watch, I'd pick the TokyoFlash X cause it just looks "way-out-there" and geeky, like only the kinds with the row of pens in the top pocket along with the pocket protector could actually read...kinda' like how only them could actually read a slide rule...lol

  33. Anne F
    April 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    X-acetate, my geeky grandson would love it!

  34. Stephanie
    April 22, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Definitely the X Acetate White, I want it!

  35. Larry
    April 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    that best told the time, at least to the second, and has bee shown to be accurate over several months. Whatever else it may be able to do, if it cannot provide accurate time, what good it it?

  36. ?Ubomír Š
    April 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Uzumaki

  37. Denis K
    April 22, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Tokyo Flash X

  38. Travis Faulkner
    April 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    X Acetate. I think it looks cooler and I like the white

  39. Lauren
    April 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Definitely the Tokyo X. It looks way fancier.

  40. Dan K
    April 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    uzumaki :D

  41. Nathanael
    April 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    If I had to choose a geeky watch it would be neither of these, but out of these I think the TokyoFlash is the clear winner. It has so much style, so much confusion, looks like a smart watch and even charges via USB. This is a dream come true for a geek like me.

  42. Vladislav G
    April 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Kisai X Acetate White

  43. Arie W
    April 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Kisai Rogue Touch LED Watch, that one is geeky allright; fossil men is cool, but i don't think it's geeky, manly maybe.

  44. moorandro
    April 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Tokyo Flash X because of it's style and everything of it

  45. Csanad SZOVERFI
    April 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Any of them...they both look cool

  46. Bienvenido C. Masaluñga Jr.
    April 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Tokyo Flash X. Very beautiful! ?

  47. Kyle S
    April 22, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Moto 360

  48. Junil M
    April 22, 2014 at 4:56 am

    android wear or motorola 360

  49. Lee T
    April 22, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Both are unique but the I'd pick the X Acetate White.

  50. Mark Hansen
    April 22, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Uzumaki, definitely.
    Black metal: 2 points.
    White plastic: -2 points.
    These are of course more on the vanity side of things, but a watch now a days is more an accessory than a tool to watch the time. I do find the TokyoFlash X's way of displaying time interesting, but it doesn't outweigh everything else.

  51. Aaron
    April 22, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Pebble or the Gear

  52. JeffC
    April 22, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Uzumaki

  53. Timothy C
    April 22, 2014 at 2:34 am

    If I had to pick a geeky watch, I'd pick the Uzumaki. The watch face seems very similar to the design of the stopwatch/timer on Windows 8, which I love. It looks nice, and its easy to tell the time too.

  54. Vic L
    April 22, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I will pick the Uzumaki

  55. Dan D
    April 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    TokyoFlash. I really like being able to flash people.

  56. Va D
    April 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    TokyoFlash Naruto Uzumaki, dattebayo!

  57. Julian
    April 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    TokyoFlash X Acetate White

  58. Jo-Anne Pfoh
    April 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I would pick a Uzumaki

  59. Andrew
    April 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I'd pick the Uzamaki.

  60. Alexey Petrov
    April 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Tokyo Flash X

  61. noeli
    April 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Uzumaki

  62. Howell
    April 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    X Acetate White

  63. Isaac C
    April 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I would pick pebble

  64. Victor O
    April 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    the great uzumaki

  65. Mukola Obizuyk
    April 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I would choose the Uzumaki.

  66. Maarten D
    April 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Pebble ftw!

  67. Bogdan
    April 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    uzumaki

  68. Gaurav Bhargava
    April 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I would take TokyoFlash in a tokyo-beat.

  69. zaid Merchant
    April 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Would like to try out this watch!

  70. Igor S
    April 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

    pebble

  71. Jonathan S
    April 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

    ...Uzumaki.

  72. Eric R
    April 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Gear Fit

  73. Nicholas S
    April 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

    pebble.

  74. Tejash C
    April 21, 2014 at 8:34 am

    If I had to choose a geeky watch, I’d choose the Uzumaki!

  75. MC
    April 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

    If I had to choose a geeky watch, I'd pick the X Acetate White.

  76. jarvis j
    April 21, 2014 at 5:47 am

    the great uzumaki

  77. Kim M
    April 21, 2014 at 4:17 am

    I would pick the X Acetate White

  78. Brady W
    April 21, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I would choose the Uzumaki.

  79. paulie
    April 21, 2014 at 1:31 am

    ill pick the X Acetate White

  80. Keith W
    April 20, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Probably the Pebble

  81. ira
    April 20, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Uzumaki, the better looking one

  82. Stanthur H
    April 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    If I had to choose a geeky watch, i'd choose the Uzumaki.

  83. al
    April 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    UZUMAKI, even though it has fewer features; looks better.

  84. Silverfox
    April 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Maybe it's because I can't sign in. I am usually logged in automatically, but today, I can't login.

  85. silverfox
    April 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I think the acetate band is a plus. Metal bands causes rashes for me and this watch also has a stainless steel back and stainless steel metal clasp. So, I know I can wear it.

  86. silverfox
    April 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Contest widget doesn't work for me. I tried disabling adblocker and privacy browser, but still does not accept my click or double click.

    • JeffC
      April 20, 2014 at 3:10 am

      Same for me too!

  87. MPaula
    April 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Haven't been able to enter contest yet but will keep trying. I would prefer the acetate watch as it is weirder!
    I inherited a clock in the shape of a dog. The time is determined by where each eye is in the socket.

  88. DarFar
    April 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    The X Acetate White for me please! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these treasures.

  89. paul
    April 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Sony Smartwatch 2

  90. Saumyakanta Sahoo
    April 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    If I had to buy a geeky watch, I’d buy the Uzumaki because I like its style.

  91. Daniel
    April 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I usually don't wear watches...unless I get them free from makeuseof.

  92. Jonas E
    April 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    to be honest, I'm not sure... but of those that were reviewed, I'd pick the Uzumaki

  93. Madhur Tewani
    April 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    i would pick TokyoFlash Acetate or TokyoFlash Rorschach EPaper Watch

  94. Van O
    April 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Acetate White for me.

  95. Alfred Chan
    April 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I would pick TokyoFlash X Acetate White. :)

  96. Lori B
    April 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I would choose the Uzumaki, it’s different and I like it

  97. Eric M
    April 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    If I had to buy a geeky watch, I'd buy the Uzumaki because I like it better.

  98. Rob
    April 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I'd probably go with the Pebble. I don't know much about the space.

  99. Nero T
    April 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I'd pick the ZIIIRO Eclipse or the Kisai Optical Illusion LCD Watch (http://www.tokyoflash.com/en/watches/kisai/optical_illusion/)

  100. Matt S
    April 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Samsung gear

  101. Beh H
    April 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Anything should be okay :)

  102. Debbie Bashford
    April 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I would choose The Uzumaki, it's funky and I like the metal band

  103. Nikhil N
    April 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    If I had to choose a geeky watch, I’d choose the Kisai or pebble .

  104. Anthony R
    April 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Uzumaki

  105. MarkTGT
    April 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    For me it would be the Uzumaki. Start a conversation.

  106. FFabian
    April 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Acetate White or a Pebble ;-)

  107. Mihir C
    April 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    If I had to choose a geeky watch, I'd pick the ZIIIRO!

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