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ZIIIRO Saturn Watch Review and Giveaway

Jackson Chung 24-01-2013

ZIIIRO Saturn Watch Review and Giveaway ziiiro saturn watch reviewThe last time I reviewed a ZIIIRO watch 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. Read More , 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 brand new model called the ZIIIRO Saturn. Will it fill the void in me left by the ZIIIRO Celeste?


How will the ZIIIRO Saturn, a somewhat digitised version of the ZIIIRO Celeste, hold up against my expectations? Will I like this €179 watch as much, and be willing to recommend it as highly as I did its predecessor? We’ll just have to find out. We’re also giving this designer watch away, so read the review for more details on how you can be the one who wins it!

ZIIIRO takes the mundane act of time-telling onto a whole new level of excitement. And as you may have read in my review of the Celeste 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. Read More watch, its unique clock face design is not just pretty to look at, it’s also entertaining. It attracts quite a bit of attention from friends and random strangers. Even though the ZIIIRO Saturn is €30 dearer than the Celeste, it is slightly more subtle — which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your needs and preference.

The Saturn is available from ZIIIRO’s online shop and it comes in three colours. At the time of writing, the black model is unavailable but luckily for you, this is the one we’re reviewing.

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The reason for purchasing a geeky designer watch such as this is to enjoy its quirkiness. There’s no point in buying this watch only to be frustrated from deciphering it. Absolutely none — you’d be better off with a regular watch. Luckily though, the Saturn is quite accommodating in the sense that it is rather similar to any analogue watch in the way it tells time. The Saturn features an always-on monotone LCD which displays time in the form of propelling rings, without any other visible markings. The longer, outer rings indicate the hour, while each individual inner segment represents a minute. Interpreting the time needs a bit of practice, but it’s surprisingly easy to get used to. After wearing it for a day, it becomes rather natural. Unlike the Kisai Online LCD watch Tokyoflash Kisai Online LCD Watch Review and Giveaway Does this futuristic watch deserve a spot in your watch box? Does it look as good in person as it does online? Is the design practical and suitable for everyday use? Read More which I reviewed earlier, the Saturn’s LCD has awesome contrast, which makes it easy to read even under strong, direct sunlight. It also sports a handy electroluminescence backlight for night viewing — and I must add that the glow of the EL light is bright enough to be seen even during daytime.


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Like the Celeste, the ZIIIRO Saturn is very well constructed. Its 45mm case and strap are both made from stainless steel and feels very solid. Although the watch is supposedly unisex, it may not be suited for ladies simply because of how large the case is. The weight is distributed fairly evenly across the entire ensemble, assisted by the fact that the case is only 10.5mm thick, which is roughly the same thickness as your average luxury watch.

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The strap is identical to the one fitted on the Celeste — a stainless steel mesh design with an adjustable buckle and a hook-on clasp. Being adjustable, you’ll find it amazingly easy to reposition the buckle to fit your wrist without a visit to the watch shop, saving you both precious time and money. I haven’t had any issues with the mesh strap catching the fine hairs on my wrist. However, the mesh design has a tendency to trap water droplets, and therefore, takes a long time to dry after washing my hands. The watch is also waterproof up to 3 ATM, and is able to withstand perspiration, rain and washing but should not be worn while swimming.


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As you may have noticed, this is a digital watch; and as such, doesn’t feature a crown. Instead, the time is adjusted by pressing on two buttons on the back of the case. This is fine if you only need to set the time once, but for me, I travel quite a bit. It can get rather tedious having to search for something pointy to set the time with. In those cases, I’d much rather wear an analogue watch — digital isn’t always better.

Living with the ZIIIRO Saturn watch

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Overall impressions? I’m happy with the watch. I love the way it looks and feels on my wrist. I enjoy the fact that it’s something different, and catches the attention of the people around me. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for ZIIIRO’s customer support. You see, this particular watch has a minor flaw — it has a pretty large speck of dust in the case, just under the glass. It may not be visible in these photos, but trust me, it’s there. According to ZIIIRO’s Returns & Exchanges Policy, I’m entitled to an exchange if I’m unhappy with the purchase (which is the case) within 14 days of receiving the watch. The first part of the procedure is to obtain a Returns Number by contacting ZIIIRO’s customer support. I sent an email on 2 January 2013 but to my disappointment, I have yet to receive a response. The company’s live chat support is never attended to, regardless of the time of day. And there’s no other way of contacting them other than email or the contact form — the company doesn’t publish a physical address or telephone number, which I find to be really dodgy.


So while the quality of the watch is great, their customer support is dismal. After paying €179 for a watch, I expected a whole lot more. Come on, ZIIIRO. Buck up!

Should you buy the ZIIIRO Saturn watch?

Despite their nightmarish customer support, the watch itself is great (if there isn’t any dust in it). It’s well built. It’s beautiful, elegant and geeky at the same time. So I find no reason not to recommend it.

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  1. Dan Nguyen
    March 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    SO after receiving the watch, it is absolutely brilliant! I love it and it's so sleek and modern. The occasions I wear it to span from work to a fancy dinner and it just fits perfectly. Telling the time is a cinch after a few days and the strap stays on once it's placed into position. In addition to Jackson's review, I agree that if you're interested in this watch to go ahead and buy it! It's worth it. Thank you!!!!!!

  2. trololo
    February 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Exactly, who the f*ck is winner?! We have right to know! :(

  3. Mohamed IBRIHEN
    February 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    hello once again guys ... so who's the winner ?

    • Jackson Chung
      February 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      We will be selecting the winner shortly.

  4. andrew
    February 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    So, who is the winner? Please show us list of the winner, we want to know.

  5. fritz Richard
    February 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

    this watch is awesome! :D

  6. Murage Nderitu
    February 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I do really thank they are helpful

  7. Manik Kumar
    February 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Thxx hope i win...

  8. Kieran Colfer
    February 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Isn't that bad to get used to, have a similar "clock" as my iphone lockscreen.

  9. Mohamed IBRIHEN
    February 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    The giveaway will end in my anniversary date :3 hope that I'll win it it would be a super gift :P

  10. Aditi Dhiman
    February 3, 2013 at 11:42 am


  11. Nick Tefoglou
    February 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Great prize.

  12. Patrick Solis
    February 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    This watch looks awesome!

  13. Dandy Putra
    January 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    thanks for giveaway

  14. Dennis William Stickley
    January 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Need more well defined entry form, too confusing!

  15. Alexander
    January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Looks really nice! :P And i am in need of a new watch. So this would be awesome to have.

  16. Scott Hilderbran
    January 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Looks like an awesome watch with a wonderful design. Looks like a cool thing to look into.

  17. Donald Ajaps
    January 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    First timer on this site. Found my way here through a Google search and boy am I glad I did! :-D

    Great review. Watch looks great an' all. . . even looks transparent in the first screenshot, but I guess that's just a reflection from your face perhaps. And oh, lest I forget, I woulda loved it if you'd shown more screenshots related to time-telling - i.e. screenshots of the watch (dial) set at different times-of-day so we'd have better understanding of it. Nice one Jax!

  18. Safwan Khatri
    January 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    i will not win

  19. Patricia Lyles
    January 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    That is such a fantastic watch.

  20. Toni
    January 29, 2013 at 4:12 am

    My husband's birthday is February nine,
    I must get him a gift so he will not whine.
    This gorgeous watch would make me shine,
    And it would also cover his Valentine!!

  21. Ken Willie
    January 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    What a great prize!

  22. Wilson McArthur
    January 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Neat watch

  23. Gerwell Taroma
    January 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    man...i should be tired by now waiting for my time to win, but i know i shouldn't...i'm gonna win this one!

  24. Evelyn Corry
    January 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I love something quirky, so does the hubby. Don't think he'll mind the dust, but sounds like a fabulous watch. Shame about customer services. Liked and shared this post :)

  25. Mithun
    January 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    cool :)

  26. Daniel Simai
    January 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Awesome looking watch! Thanks for the giveaway! ;)

  27. Doru Pu?ca?
    January 27, 2013 at 6:37 am

    uhuuuuuuuuuuuuu I love that watch! :D

  28. rocky
    January 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I hope I win one :) so unique and futuristic please would love to have a clock

  29. Robert
    January 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Hello Jackson,

    thanks for reviewing! Regarding the customer support issues - It's not that we are dodgy or anything :D it's just that we're only 3 guys handling everything, so we're pretty busy often.
    Anyway, not making excuses - the brand is still young, and we're thankful for knowing what can be improved.

    Glad you like the watch!
    Cheers, Robert | ZIIIRO

    • Jackson Chung
      February 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Awesome. Thanks for dropping by, Robert.

  30. Alicia Bryan
    January 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    The look of the ZIIIRO is stunning. What a conversation piece. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Mark Alsisto
    January 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Nice modern looking watch that i must have for FREE. Couldn't afford it.. I want one please

  32. Carmen Lebron
    January 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    What a unique watch ..Would love to win this

  33. Taswir Haider
    January 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

    The watch is just awesome ! I want one so much!Truly a minimalist designer watch.

  34. Esteban López
    January 26, 2013 at 3:38 am

    What do you mean by "the quality of the watch is great"? It has DUST inside. The quality of the watch is terrible 'just' because of that.

  35. Mark Silos
    January 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    nice watch. nice giveaway

  36. jcvillasis
    January 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    must have watch! Thanks Ziiiro! Goodluck pips! :) You're the best Makeusof!

  37. Ravinder Putta
    January 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the review :)

  38. Michael
    January 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I really do need a new watch, and this one looks perfect. Still, I'm not terribly lucky at winning things, so ...

  39. Laurence Moore
    January 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I'd love to win this we'll have to wait and see

  40. Laurence Moore
    January 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I'd love to win this we will have to wait and see

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  42. Mohammad Wasiullah
    January 25, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for giveaway i hope i will win this watch i need one good watch

  43. SaapeXD MoHods
    January 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Awesome! Though I wouldnt win! hehe! :D

  44. Va Du
    January 25, 2013 at 5:37 am

    I really don't know what to make of all those hipster like products these days.Thanks.

  45. Patrick Aquilone
    January 25, 2013 at 5:22 am

    This watch looks awesome and my old faithful watch busted about a month ago. I hope I win because I would love to sport a watch like this.

    Thanks for the review and the giveaway!!

  46. Nimsrules
    January 25, 2013 at 4:52 am

    This is an absolute beauty. Will surely turn heads!

  47. ronald maneja
    January 25, 2013 at 4:00 am

    pre-ordered a saturn just after reading your ziiiro review last december and got it after one week. sorry to hear that you're having difficulty to contact them. The watch is well made and attention magnet to people because of its large display . I have gun-metal color which kinda looks a little minus so a black could be better though. and not ok for formal occassions. Reading the time will take some time but i like that fact that i can read time up to exact minutes but not recommended to look at it while driving since it will distract on attention on the road.

    • Jackson Chung
      February 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Nice! I'm glad I was able to convince you to get one. I loved the Celeste.

  48. Tunji Osunbade
    January 25, 2013 at 3:35 am

    This is good, another opportunity to win has com

  49. Deborah Herrick
    January 25, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Nice geeky looking watch!

  50. Keith Swartz
    January 25, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Saw a comment someone wrote: "I will win a giveaway someday.I hope." Hang in there brother! It'll be worth all the wait [and ALL the hope]!

  51. Julie Sharrow
    January 25, 2013 at 12:20 am

    That is one of the neatest watches I have seen. I would be ecstatic if I won that.

  52. Walter
    January 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you for this geek giveaway.

  53. Walter
    January 24, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway

  54. Andy Christian Loyola
    January 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Love the way this watch as it is. Total geek when you wear this one. :)

  55. James
    January 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    pretty neat, give me one!

  56. Fructuoso Estoque
    January 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    This website is exciting to browse. All articles are interesting.

  57. Fructuoso Estoque
    January 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I'm excited to participate in this competition. I desire to own the Saturn watch.

  58. Debra Brown
    January 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Very interesting article. Is there anything they can't make a watch do?

  59. Debra Brown
    January 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Very interesting article. Is there anything they can't make a watch do?

  60. Edward Bellair
    January 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Wear a watch and carry a phone? Not for me thanks. But good luck to someone.

  61. Bruce Helf
    January 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    This watch looks like an awesome work of art !...

  62. loonacy
    January 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I love the mesh band. It doesn't look cheap like plastic bands or like it will rip the hair out of my wrists like normal metal bands.

  63. Patsy Ashley
    January 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    What a really cool watch!!! How awesome would it be to have one???? Please and thank you!!!!

  64. Anita Lee
    January 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Cool watch, love the animated dial and mesh band.

  65. Carolyn Barnett
    January 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for all the giveaways! My husband would love this watch.I shared this giveaway on facebook as Carolyn Barnett and tweeted as @CarolynRBarnett and shared on google + as Carolyn Barnett.

  66. Steve Tanner
    January 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for a great review of a nice product. Didn't like the Kaisai but this looks good. Shame about the cust serv.

  67. Max
    January 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I want this watch, but at the current price, I don't want it.

  68. Louis Tremblay
    January 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I need one because I am always getting in trouble because I am always late.... Therefore the future of the universe depends on me winning...

  69. ion popa
    January 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Not really enchanted by this watch (maybe I'm sort of old-fashioned). Share this article anyway; maybe my younger friends...

  70. Mishaal Fatima
    January 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    i can never win anything i knw....
    i m nt so lucky

  71. Randy Thiesen
    January 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Very nice watch indeed.

  72. Marvz
    January 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Truly a minimalist designer watch. Very nice. Hope I win it!!! Thanks Jackson for the review and as always, giving everybody the chance to own one.

  73. David Holdaway
    January 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Awesome watch! I want one so much!

  74. Tanim Istiaque
    January 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    A bit pricey but cool watch no doubt

  75. Scott Macmillan
    January 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I will win a giveaway someday.I hope.

  76. Rayon Blend
    January 24, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Done .

  77. Ali HALAWI
    January 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I never win i want to WINN !!! Thank you for the great articles !

  78. Anonymous
    January 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Cool! Love to win it!

  79. Nancy B
    January 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Nice watch I would definitely give to one of my sons for their birthday!

  80. Leoner Gutierrez
    January 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Cool watch! Thank you!

  81. vineed gangadharan
    January 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Let me win this :P please

  82. ivan
    January 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm


  83. William Mariano
    January 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I would like to enter your sweepstakes but I do not use Facebook or any of those sites because every time I try them I find they strip my contacts list and email people or start sending me phony email contacts from others.

    • Jackson Chung
      February 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Then I would suggest signing up for our newsletter. We will provide you with the code for every giveaway: //

      You can also create an account in order to participate in our giveaways.

  84. Anonymous
    January 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Want want want...please!!

  85. Wolfgang Marcos
    January 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Nice giveaway!
    Tech stuff are always my favorite =]

  86. Christian Cutler
    January 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I just came upon makeuseof dot com this week and I'm enjoying the articles and reviews. The ZIIIRO Saturn watch review is excellent. Thanks!

  87. Xeon Shu
    January 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    This look much more awesome than the last one :D

  88. Jacques Knipe
    January 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Glad to see this competition is running again. Still hope to win this beautiful watch. Always check the time on my phone but with this watch on my arm I'll never take my phone out in public again...except when I answer a call.

  89. Vipul Jain
    January 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Wasn't a ZIIIRO giveaway recently posted? :o
    Anyways, still want one, but at this cost, would never buy one myself :|

  90. Ashwin Ramesh
    January 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Another Giveaway?! At this rate, I hope I win one :) Oh, I'm loving MakeUseOf. Brilliant!

    • Scott Hilderbran
      January 31, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Recently joined and I am totally surprised by the amount of awesome giveaways and rewards, it really does reward readers for being active.

      • Jackson Chung
        February 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Cheers, Scott. Positive comments like yours goes a long way.