About a year ago, on the 22th of December 2004, I posted about the official Kobold Forum at WatchUseek.com. Since April this year, the forum isn’t ‘official’ anymore. This means that the forum still exists, but not with the official support of Mike Kobold. I couldn’t find an explanation for this anywhere, but this has probably something to do with image and the aim for a higher-segment in the market. At least, this is the impression I got from the reactions on my former post on the Kobold Forum.

Anyway, besides Paneristi, there seems to be Koboldi. According to the Kobold marketing machine, James ‘Tony Soprano’ Gandolfini is among them.

Picture by Elizabeth Cacatian, moderator at WatchUseek

The pictured model is $3850 (in Titanium with bracelet) or $2450 (in Steel with bracelet).

The official Kobold Watch website ships these watches directly to the customer. Also, they have a load of merchandise (including shirts, straps, bracelets, buckles, advertisements(paying for these?) etc.) for sale on their website. At least the Koboldi are getting served a bit better than the Paneristi when it comes to merchandise. Paneristi have to scrape it of eBay.

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  • Bas

    It doesn’t happen too often on fratellowatches, but I like this watch! I haven’t seen watches with a “good” dial in a long time, but this is certainly one of them. Many watches with date are badly executed, that’s why I love watches without date like this one.

    It makes me cry to see Omega clutter all their new “speedmasters” with that silly date window at 6 o’clock. It’s really a discrace to the Speedmaster’s heritage. Omega should look at how the Sinn EZM.1 and the Zenith El Primero solve this problem

    I also like the pic of Tony Soprano with the watch, it suits him better than the baroque gold crap he wears in the series 🙂 There’s also an impressive list of kobold “fans” on their site:


    Gandolfini is obviously on their payroll, but I can’t imagine Bill Clinton and Michael Jackson being on it. However, it does make me wonder what part of the price goes to the Kobold “fans” on this list 🙂

  • Robert-Jan

    Hmm. Although the dial is good. The bezel is way too thick imo.