Fossil JR1401 Review Nate Watch

Fossil JR1401 Review Nate Watch

My rating: 8.5/10. Very good watch. Oversized design.

Today I’m doing a Fossil JR1401 review. This Fossil watch is part of the Nate collection that focus on these brilliantly designed oversized watches with a brilliant mix of bold styles. Fossil has been creating quality timepieces since 1984 and continues to offer great value for money whilst keeping to their high design standards.

You’ll see from this detailed Fossil JR1401 review just how good this timepiece is and if it’s suitable for you.

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Fossil JR1401 Review

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Fossil JR1401 Technical specifications

I’m just quickly going to point out some of the main specifications for this JR1401 review. These are the features people like to get a quick grasp on before going into more detail.

  • Model Number: JR1401
  • Crystal Material: Mineral
  • Case Diameter: 50mm
  • Movement: Japanese Quartz
  • Extra Features: Date display / chronograph timekeeping
  • Water Resistance: 50m / 5 bar
  • Strap Material: Stainless steel


Fossil JR1401 Design And Build Quality

The JR1404 Nate edition watch is clearly a popular watch. A best seller on quite a few watches sites primarily due to its popular all-black design and oversized style. In recent years oversized watches have become very popular, as have all black watches, so a blend of the two was bound to go down well. Fossil are known for the high-quality watch builds and this is the exact quality you can expect from them. Below we’ll take a look at the different aspects of the watch in more detail.

JR1401 Dial

If you look closely at the dial of the JR1401 you’ll spot its interestingly designed textured matte black finish. I’m a big fan of textured dials so love to see this type of feature on a watch. It allows you to differentiate from the hands and Arabic style grey numerals much easier. I also really like how the chronograph dials are all neatly tucked together unlike other chronograph watches where they seem to try and take up as much space as possible.

There is also a handy date display featured on the dial and due to its white numerals is instantly recognisable which is a good touch.

jr1401 side profile

JR1401 Sizing

I mentioned in the intro that this watch from Fossil has an oversized style to it. Some people really love oversized watches, the bigger the better. But sadly they aren’t for everyone as some people with smaller wrists find they aren’t overly suitable for them, so this is worth keeping in mind. The casing diameter of this model is 50mm which definitely puts it in the extra large category. The thickness of the casing is 13mm so while it does have a fairly large profile it avoids being too chunky.

JR1401 Crystal

With a high-quality mineral glass crystal, this watch can withstand a fairly good level of scratching. Mineral glass is considered scratch resistant, whereas sapphire crystal which is more expensive is classed as scratch proof. At this price point, I’d say it’s fair to expect mineral glass in this watch as sapphire tends to come in more expensive watches.

Strap & Clasp

The strap features a single sided push button deployment clasp, which is a style I rather like myself. Like the rest of the watch it’s black ion plated giving it this cool finish. It’s made of stainless steel and has a width of 24mm that’s slightly larger than average but perfectly suited for the oversized dial design.

jr1401 caseback

Fossil JR1401 Water Resistance 

The Fossil JR1401 features a water resistance of 50m also known as 5 bar. Wikipedia classes 50m water resistance as ‘suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related work, and fishing.’

The thing with water resistance testing is that it’s done in a still environment with no added pressure. So 50m resistance doesn’t mean you can take it 50m deep. The very motion of moving your arm would increase the pressure forced upon a watch greatly from that that it would experience just submerged.

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The JR1401 Movement

This JR1401 watch features a Japanese Quartz movement. It’s fair to say that Quartz movements are fairly common, mainly due to their great accuracy and affordable cost. They work by synchronising a quartz crystal with an electronic oscillator. The electric current then causes the quartz to pulsate at a precise frequency which gives you this great accuracy for a modest price.

JR1401 Pros & Cons

For those of you who prefer to just check out a quick pros and cons list, here’s ours for this JR1401 review.


  • Popular oversized design
  • Accurate Japanese Quartz movement
  • Popular all black watch design
  • 50m water resistance suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related work, and fishing
  • Mineral glass offers you a good level of protection from scratches and knocks
  • Features chronograph timekeeping



  • Oversized watches such as this one aren’t always suitable for people with smaller wrists.
  • Some people may find this style of all black design on the dial hard to read, personally, I have no issue with it though.


A Final Word On The Fossil JR1401 review

If you love all black watches or oversized timepieces then this watch really could be ideal for you. Fossil make some really great quality timepieces and in my opinion, this offers very fair value for money. I just love the textured detailing on the dial and I’m a sucker for oversized watches so it’s great for someone like me.

Overall I quite enjoyed taking an in-depth look at this watch for the Fossil JR1401 review. Having taken a look at the design, build quality, features, materials, and pricing I gave this watch an 8.5/10 from us at The Watch Blog.

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Where To Buy The Fossil JR1401

This model is available from a few places online. Personally, I always stick to recommending retailers I’ve actually purchased from. Below you’ll find a link to the sales page for this watch on each of my recommended retailers websites. I’d suggest checking out all 3 to find the best value for money available to you.


Thanks For Reading

I hope you enjoyed having a read through of this extensive Fossil JR1401 review. As always let us know in the comments section below what you thought of this watch.