LIV Watches Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph Review

The Story Behind the Genesis X1

LIV Watches originally launched the Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph on Kickstarter, at the end of 2014. The goal of LIV was to bring a Swiss made chronograph under $600 to market. Were they successful? Well, the project was fully funded within 11 hours, and LIV managed to raise almost $200,000 in 4 weeks. The LIV Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph Kickstarter Project is the most backed Swiss Watch Project to date on Kickstarter.

The watch was created with “The LIV Man” in mind, someone who appreciates fine detail and his own sense of fashion not necessarily dictated by the big brands.

The company came up with their first watch design through a “Design Challenge” that they ran back in 2012, where they recruited and challenged designers to come up with watch designs suited to “The LIV Man” that would be able to retail at under $600. The winning design was the LIV Genesis X1 Watch.

Today, the Brooklyn-based company continues to establish itself as a “small, independent, boutique style brand with quality products.”

The LIV Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph Features

  • Movement Swiss Quartz Chronograph LIV Caliber 18
  • Case 316L Stainless Steel (coating depends on exact variation)
  • Case Size 45mm
  • Bezel 316L Stainless Steel (coating depends on exact variation)
  • Water Resistant Up to 300 m / 1000 ft
  • Case Back Screwed Down with Screws
  • Crystal Sapphire; Scratch Resistant
  • Dial Multi Layered; Three Dimensional
  • Crown Screwed Down

Product Reviews

There are product reviews on the LIV Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph Kickstarter comment section and on Amazon.

The LIV Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph Variations

The watch comes in 5 Main Variations: All Black, All Gray, Limited Edition, Steel and Rose Gold.

All Black


All Gray


Limited Edition


Rose Gold and Steel





25 thoughts on “LIV Watches Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph Review”

  1. Recently purchased the LIV Watches Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph. What can I say about this watch only that its an amazing timepiece. Definitely one of the best watch purchases I have had in a while. I’m always getting compliments when I wear it and its better in the flesh. I was original directed to the watch through the Kickstarter page from a friend of mine and after checking it out I was hooked. What’s not to like its a Swiss made timepiece and quite affordable. Its a combo – both stylish and sporty at the same time so definitely an all rounder.
    Highly recommend this watch – keep an eye out on Facebook for discounts.

  2. I purchased some months ago the LIV Watches Limited Edition Kickstarter Green with black Leather Alligator Pattern strap. I’m always getting compliments when I wear it, people love the combination of sportiness and style, and when I say the price… they all remain surprised! I highly recommend this watch! PS I am Italian, so I can say that this watch has passed also the -tough- test of Italian style! 🙂

  3. Proud owner of the Genesis X1 all black with orange numbers. For me, this watch ticks every box from style to comfort and not to mention affordability, it never looks out of place and it is beautifully put together. I’ve been a huge fan of this timepiece since the Kickstarter project began so I’m a little bias, check one out yourself and see!
    Follow @LivWatches and @DailyWatch on Instagram for the best offers and discounts. ⌚️

  4. I purchased my first LIV watch in the summer of this year. I had to go for the watch with a yellow strap. I had so many nice comments whilst wearing it !! So much so, I have now decided to buy another one ! I will call it my Winter watch. I am a serial watch collector and I love the quality of these watches and the design is excellent. I look forward to receiving my next watch and I cant wait to have it on my wrist !!

  5. An exceptionally beautiful watch. At this price the style and workmanship is almost unbelievable. Despite it being a big watch it does not feel clumsy or oversized. It fits comfortably, feels solid and looks outstanding.
    Chatted several times online with one of the owners, Esti, and the customer service is as good as the product. Very friendly, always willing to help and all questions answered and dealt with, within a few hours. I can’t thank them enough. A very happy customer.

  6. Finally got my LIV watch! I have been eyeing on it for the longest time. When i decided to make the purchase, i know its the best choice i have made. Its heavy and feels so sturdy like a luxury watch but at a modest price. I love the look of it with the orange stitches on the strap. Sporty and trendy! Most importantly, unisex! The package was not shabby at all- a great gift. I simply love it, and no regrets buying it.

    If you are still thinking whether to buy it or not…. you are missing out on this great timepiece. BUY IT NOWWWW!!!

  7. I recently received the rose gold Liv watch. Being an avid collector, I was immediately impressed by the feel and weight of the watch. It looks way more expensive then it’s actual cost. The quality of materials is clearly very high and it seems to be very durable. It covers both the sports and professional spectrum of wear beautifully with its sophisticated crown and bezel along side of the rubber band. It feels comfortable and cool on my wrist.

  8. I am from Brazil and recently bought a LIV Watch. The delivery was made on schedule and I am very pleased with the watch.

    About the Design, is one of the prettiest I have!

  9. Let me start by saying that photos do not do justice to this watch. The quality of finish is impeccable for the price range and if it had a more familiar brand name it would sell in the 3k range easy if not more. I got it in rosegold color and I am in love. I can wear it casual with the silicon strap or dress up with the leather one and it fits both occasions just perfectly. It’s too early for me to tell about accuracy but I dont think I am loosing any seconds during the past week. If I have only one gripe with the genesis x1 it would be that it has no lume at night but other than that I am extremely happy with my purchase and I would support their brand if they added more watches to their line. A note to the amazing customer support I was given (Esti) for being just a delight and being with me from the begining up to after recieving my watch. I would offer her to marry me if she wasnt married lol. If you’re thinking about getting the watch i tell you just go for it and you’ll be happy.

  10. I received my watch a whole back but never got the chance to review it because life got in the way so here goes nothing! (please excuse my punctuation as this is no English class) First thing I noticed was presentation, it came nicely packaged so contents inside wouldn’t be damaged. Upon opening the the package the watch itself was contained in this elegant black clam shell box with padding on the inside. Examining the watch itself it feels and looks extremely well made and feels great on the wrist! All the tiny hands work and flow effortlessly with each other with no hiccups. Last but not least are the complements that I have recieved about it and where to buy. Over all I am very satisfied with this purchase and recommend it to everyone who’s looking for a quality watch.

    Thanks LIV team!

  11. I purchased my Liv in November 2015. I had few watches but since the purchase that is the only watch I wore. Their customer is superb with the shipping of product. Everyone asking about the watch. And when I tell them the price they all are surprised with the affordability of aa amazing product. You can’t beat it. Hurry up and get yours

  12. Received my watch today. It fits better than a glove and looks AMAZING. Just started wearing it this morning and have been asked twice about it.
    In person looks better than advertised.

  13. Being an avid collector of watches mostly mechanical I was hesitant to purchase this quartz watch but I was very happy when I received mine (limited edition with the green numerals and alligator strap). I get lots of compliments on the watch, its looks great on my wrist and keeps very good time. The strap is of high quality and I especially like the deployment clasp which gives it that high end look. Its only been a few weeks but so far I couldn’t be happier with this watch.

  14. I recived my watch about a weekend ago and it’s perfect! The styling and meterials are everything I asked for in a watch 🙂

  15. I was in the market for a new watch and saw a friend of mine wearing this and asked him where he got it as I had to have it! I have purchased this watch and not only does it look epic, the design and quality is excellent.

    It’s also great to see a company as unique as Liv and not another boring jeweller!

  16. Wow gorgeous timepiece and great review! Looks like this one is built quite robust, would love to get my hands on one to take a look!

  17. Above and beyond the interesting back-story and entrepreneurial spirit, the very personal customer-care and communication, or the on-the-money marketing and social media – there’s the watch itself.

    I went the straight black with orange highlights, leather strap and deployant buckle. The net result is an eye catching piece that looks and feels perfectly balanced, it’s very sturdy and a nice robust weight to hold while still being comfortable on my wrist.

    I wanted something with the Swiss roots – something reliable – but also with a splash of style – something that would stand out against other more conservative pieces. I’m elated with the purchase and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Though – have a look at the automatic version that’s about to be released… details are sparse as of mid January, but what I have seen looks very impressive.

  18. This watch is Awesome!!! It is a Great Quality Swiss Watch!!! It Looks Great Feels Great when you put it on and Comfortable to wear thru out the day!!! It is made of high quality materials and precision Swiss Movement!!! i would highly recommend this watch!!!

  19. I am from Singapore and bought the Genesis X1 Kickstarter Green LE with silicone strap. Overall purchasing experience from the LIV website was smooth and simple. Received my watch in 4 days by DHL. The watch came in a nice large sturdy box similar to many other premium watches such as Tag or IWC. Love the weight, design and build quality which was exceptional and definitely comparable if not superior to the other premium watches without having to pay sky high prices.
    The silicone strap length was also just long enough to fit my wrist and feels similar to Apple Watch silicone strap rather than the typical Casio G shock rubber strap. As I was looking for a nice chrono Quartz watch similar in quality like premium watches for daily wear rather than an automatic watch, the GX1 fits exactly what I was looking for. I did not want to wear a Citizen or Seiko or a Tissot.
    One complain is the watch is not readable at night as there is zero illuminescence on the hands and hour markers. I also should have purchased the leather strap as I can get a free silicone strap for submitting a picture on Instagram. This offer was not highlighted anywhere on the website.
    Overall. Love the watch and will definitely purchase other new models in the future especially if they have one for ladies in smaller size.

  20. I’m a watch-guy. I have had many of the “standards” such as Rolex, IWC, Breitling… But I was captivated by the The LIV Genesis X1 Swiss Chronograph, and just bough the yellow numerals and band. It’s really a fun timepiece, and while it’s an attention grabber, I thought it’d be a weekend only watch, but I found myself compelled to wear it to work on casual Fridays as well. I like the craftsmanship, the look, and the feel. It’s a new fave.

  21. Saw the watch my Facebook and click on the link and bought the watch after 1st time seeing it.

    Received the watch within 5 days after I bought it.

    Just love the size and colour and design of the watch I got.


  22. I’ve only had this watch for about a week now, and it is definitely a very nice watch, but this review also takes into consideration the customer service. The first thing you notice about the watch is the heft. It just feels like a well put together timepiece. I’ve seen some reviews calling it bulky and not necessarily a sports watch, but for me it was about this watch’s style. It is definitely a big watch, which is what I wanted. The chrono style is very nice and the colors look great together. So on to the customer service.

    I live in Chicago, and why would my building intercom work in the cold? This led to my shipment ending up being returned to the sender. I exchanged emails with two of the co-founders, received several phone calls from one of them and they helped me through my problem. How often do you get calls from the head of a company to try and sort out the delivery of their product? Anyway it gave me a very positive mindset when it comes to Liv and their product backs it up as well. I wish them continued success. Their automatic watch hit kickstarter recently as well and blew up! I’d say it’s worth it to join the Liv family by getting yourself a great looking watch.

  23. I was first seeing LIV watch via a link in FB. Really attractive as a good looking watch fan. It didn’t take me long to sponsor LIV GX-1A project in KS knowing about product design and the passion of the LIV team. That’s exactly leading me to purchase GX-1 chrono version. The deliver of my order to Thailand was just 3 days proving a good experience of logistic handling : ) The packaging and the watch look even better than what shown in social media. Clean and sturdy, good weight and impressive silicon strap. Mine is all black and orange numbers. Screw down Crown with orange stripe make it outstanding. I have been wearing it for couple of days now. Really think the right choice made for this one and the next one, GX-1A for me coming July : )

    Love: The overall Swiss watch design specially the crown, experiences deliver to Thailand, communication and quick decision made for issue encountered– impressive personal services.
    Can be better: more readable at the dark, chrono second dial (when not in use) block the LIV logo.

    Overall happy with the product and happier to see such a good design & idea delivered !

  24. I purchased one of these 4 months ago, real good quality watch. Always starts a conversation as people do not appear to be aware of the LIV brand but like the watch. Backed up by good service to, I had to call LIV when initially purchased and the help they gave over the phone was excellent. Looking forward to purchasing another soon.

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