The short answer is NO. Daniel Kleins has no whatsoever relation with the watch industry’s icon brand, Calvin Kleins. As for who’s better or worse, you’ll know soon enough!

The long answer entails detailed research on both companies and why they have similar names.

Whenever you hear Daniel Klein, it immediately rings the bell with the more popular Calvin Klein brand.

Some misunderstand them as companies owned by two brothers.

Others consider Daniel Klein a collaboration between Daniel Wellington and Calvin Klein.

Well, let me break it to you.

Neither of these cases is true.

YES, you read it right.

With all that being said, you might be wondering how on Earth, two well-known brands that are entirely unrelated have the same surnames (weird, right?).

To hunt for that answer, let’s dig deep into the differences and similarities between both brands.

Both Companies’ History & Background

The history of the Calvin Klein brand goes way back to 1968, when it was founded by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz. Interestingly, in 2002 it was bought by PVH, a fashion conglomerate.

Today, the company represents a global lifestyle brand that sets trends in American fashion.

Calvin Klein has numerous brands under its umbrella – CK Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear, and Calvin Klein Performance – all connected with providing minimal and appealing products to all worldwide consumers with a variety of needs.

Daniel Klein launched later in 1973, and today it has become a popular name around the globe. It was re-established as a group of companies in 1998.

Today, they are known for their affordable accessories such as; sunglasses, wallets, bracelets, and bags.

The brand has a motive of ‘Fashion for Everyone’, induced in their timepieces. Lately, the Indian community has embraced this brand quite well.

Branding and Similarities Between the Logos

You see, Calvin Klein’s name is based on the founder’s name, but what about Daniel Klein? Is it based on the name of its founder?

No one can guess the origin of this brand name. And this confusion leads to its association with other brands.

Being the older brand, Calvin Klein launched with a simple logo having brand name initials.

Daniel Klein may have ‘coincidently’ got a similar name, but I don’t understand how they established a logo that looks like a rip-off of Calvin Klein’s logo.

Unintentionally? I don’t think so.

Seeing the much similar logos, people often unknowingly associate both brands with each other.

Prices and Affordability

Calvin Klein is a luxury American brand, whereas Daniel Klein is Hong-Kong based, and their watches are known to be precisely like Chinese low-quality watches sold as some luxury watches.

As you would expect, Calvin Klein leans on the expensive side while Daniel Klein, comparatively, seems to be a more affordable option.

Some do consider Calvin Klein as way too expensive for a watch brand.

It depends on your preference. If you are not willing to compromise on the quality and standard, Calvin Klein is your brand.

And people looking for more inexpensive options might explore Daniel Klein.

Here’s a list of some of Daniel Klein’s peak-performance watches.

Build Quality of the Products

Being a high-end brand, Calvin Klein comes out with a crisp design and excellent quality.

Customers may complain about the high price range, but no one can ever doubt their build quality.

On the other hand, Daniel Klein has Chinese watches that are typically low-quality for the money.

Even if you are looking for a more affordable option, you might want to consider the other better alternatives in the market, priced at the same level and immensely superior in style and affordability.

Reliability and Durability

Daniel Klein watches use quartz movement and has their cases made up of stainless steel. Water-resistance is not great; so, those of you who think you can wear these while swimming or bathing, you really should not. Trust me.

We can say that the build quality is pretty average, which you would typically expect for these inexpensive options. All in all, they are just average in terms of durability, nothing over the top.

If we talk just about Calvin Klein watches, they are manufactured by the Swatch Group, and who isn’t proud of having the “Swiss made” emblem? Calvin Klein is.

Their timepieces have the swiss-made quartz movement and offer excellent quality, and are reviewed to be incredibly durable.

Other products of the Calvin Klein brand are also known to have quality just as good. Feel free to skim past this list of Calvin Klein’s Best-Seller Watches.

Final Thoughts:

Calvin Klein is older, larger, and more popular than Daniel Klein. And both of these brands have minor to no similarities other than having a common surname.

But who really wins the Daniel Klein vs Calvin Klein battle? It’s hard to answer, honestly.

On what basis do we contrast both? Quality of the products? Then Calvin Klein is sure the winner.

And if we compare the affordability factor, Daniel Klein takes the lead.

But, the reliability and overall ill repute of the Daniel Klein brand is something that would definitely concern us as consumers.

Yet, there are many people who have reviewed it as an ideal purchase and great experience. It just depends on your own preferences. I mean, you can not compare Gucci with Forever 21.

Now that you know all the similarities and differences leading to this misunderstanding among the people, you might wonder: Has Daniel Klein been brainwashing people with a brand name that is just a rip-off of the more popular Calvin Klein, or is it just a marketing strategy?

Well, that’s on you to decide.

I, personally, prefer originality over anything. I would not like to get a Forever 21’s jacket just to have a ripped-off Gucci design. So for me, Calvin Klein is the clear winner here.

In case your opinion differs from mine, just relay your thoughts on the topic down below in the comments.


Kristen Cavanaugh is a fashion author and blogger; she has been preparing fashion articles for different magazines over the years and apart from writing about contemporary fashion, Kristen also runs a clothing store that offers massive discounts on Name brands. She does agree that there is a big problem with how people dress, as people simply don’t know how to pair clothes to achieve the perfect look. According to Kristen putting on the right kinds of clothes will not only boost your confidence but will also enhance your personality, and for people to achieve the above they need information, the reason why she came up with the extensive and comprehensive excerpts on the different aspects as concerns fashion.