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You would've thought that a masculine brand name like Ben Sherman would be mastering the steel artistry of BBQ Sets, or perhaps you should see the name printed on the back of a dirty coal truck, next to handwritten smudge of a raconteur. 'If you fink this is dirty, you aint met my missus!' Indeed, on the contrary, Ben Sherman the brand is more at home in androgynous circles, where fashion matters, apparently. (Clears throat) Where glitz and glamour rule the quirky feminine hand gestures wave - where air kisses are frequently acted out on a superfluous greeting, a good eight inches away from ones cheek; three times - imitating a moving Polar Bear outside Santa's Grotto. On receiving my Ben Sherman watch I had the honour of opening the black shrunken coffin box it lived in prior to clinging onto my wrist for dear life. Inside the mini coffin sits a white plastic cloth; this was Ben Sherman's bed, aided with a dainty cushion, to help prop up the master of timekeeping Ben Sherman. On introduction, I found him posing, all curved up and erect, watch face gleaming and shiny, his glass eye glinted when daylight entered his vacant watch face. Sherman loves himself so much he incessantly has his hands circling his face; as if he's conducting a minute by minute caress, going clockwise. It's a timeless procedure. Even when I pull out his side knob and twist gently Sherman only then allows me full control of his hands - yes, its normal behaviour for all analogue watches while twiddling with their knobs. The process is the only time, I have full control of the time, for a short time - it takes about seven seconds to correct the time, from the time of getting Sherman's knob out, to popping it back in. Remember to put his knob back into its original position, otherwise his ticker will remain motionless and Sherman is then as good as useless. By hearing the satisfactory click of his knob, you'll know you've turned him on; thereafter he should perform, you would have thought. Sherman's leather strap has a wide enough girth to fit comfortably around my wrist, I tend to let him hang loose partly due to disliking watch strap marks which in the past embedded their body and soul into my left wrist, without thought of how it may look - hardly a fashion statement that'll catch on; especially when bathing by a turquoise pool on holiday. Watch out for the added burden of white strap marks as well; Sherman won't give you a timely reminder that the UV solar rays don't penetrate through his watch form, he'll be like you on his back baking at 220 C. One small detail that does concern me about Sherman's frame-work around his face is that oil base products such as sun lotion do have a tendency to tint his shiny metal gloss. Over the past eight months his complexion appears more copper in colour than previously. Splashes of acetone hasn't helped either, so the most exposed parts of his face looks distinctly like the colour of David Dickinson's facial varnish. Sherman wasn't as cheap as chips; he was a special Avon offer of 29.99 GBP originally fifty smackers. It was the 'Real Deal'. When it comes to studs, I'm not enamoured - Sherman has eight small studs set-out similar to dominos in style (four on each side) of his white face. Embossed on the leather is the letters 'F F P' and underneath it states '12 specification' and a code number of 'FFPA - FA - 234'. The code looks as if Sherman was in the forces of some kind, before being boxed off to my door. When asked? Sherman 'tutted' to himself, just like he always does. I'm not sure why Sherman has a dash fetish in-place of the digits?' All the numbers on his face are slightly raised elongated dashes, not dissimilar to car park tarmac lineage. This mysterious case of raised dashes on his face makes me ponder if Ben Sherman has a deformity. Why do manufacturers assume the consumer knows what numbers go where? Perhaps it was a fad that the fashion world had imposed on Ben Sherman's face - naturally deemed as too manly maybe, so had to be shimmied up, like a Julian Clarey. Sherman Does the Time Warp. With Sherman being a 'Quartz watch movement type', you may've believed Sherman could effectively tell me the time - sadly not - I don't trust him. I've found Sherman to have his knob out at the most inconvenient times, with his hands where they shouldn't be. The odd thing is his knob is quite stiff to pull up at the best of times; sometimes I have to get it up with my two front teeth - and apply the hands in the right place. Sherman maybe deformed and unreliable, although time hasn't come to warrant Sherman to a car boot sale yet. His hands generally are ten minutes ahead of schedule regardless the number of times I get his knob out, to correct his wayward hands. Another annoyance is his leather strap end tends to separate into two parts - a Ben Sherman manufacturing error, because several people have told me they had the same problem with their leather strap. Remarkably Sherman can go down as far as 50 metres underwater. I've not tried to test this theory, and I'm not likely to in due course either. Considering Sherman has major time lapses in doing timely duties, I hasten to bet Sherman is not as aquatic as his manufacturer makes out. They've claimed he can successfully tell the time - Time to make some itchy shirts Ben Sherman.
~ My Personal Experience ~ I bought this as a treat for myself as my old watch was looking a bit on the rusty, dirty old fashioned side. My previous watch was an Adidas watch and did me proud as it lasted for quite a long time. I discussed getting a new watch with my wife and she told me that I should go for something a bit more stylish and something that would look good on my wrist. So after much deliberation I decided to go with the Ben Sherman S505 which I believe is one of the nicest watches I have owned to date. I have even had one lovely comment stating that my watch is too nice for me (ha-ha). If you like modern, stylish and a bit of bling then you will love this watch. The watch itself has a nice silvery look with a leather strap to boot. I have owned my watch for around a year now and I have had no problems with the watch and does the job nicely. ~ Price & Shop ~ I originally bought my watch from Argos for around £40, and obviously there was no delivery charge. Now for those of you who buy online I have done a bit of research for you. You can find this watch on Amazon.co.uk for £39 and it delivers free to those of you who are lucky enough to live in the UK. You can also get gift wrapping if you wish to buy it as a present for someone. ~ When do I wear the watch? ~ I tend to wear my watch for pleasure purposes only, so that could be going out for a meal or for the cinema. I do not wear it to work as I believe it is a bit too stylish to be wearing to work; my old Casio does that job well. You could wear it too work depending on what you do and it does come with a leather strap so it won't get scratched or damaged that easily but I believe it having different watches for certain occasions. ~ Information about the watch ~ Brand: Ben Sherman (Well known) Material used excluding strap: Metal (Stainless Steel) Strap Material: Leather Strap Colour: Black Gender: Male only Watch Movement Type: Quartz Warranty: One year only Water Resistance: 50 Metres ~ To conclude...~ If you want stylish, sheik and you want someone to notice that you have a nice watch on then I would recommend this as I have had many nice comments about this watch. The ladies love the old leather and silver combination, and it doesn't always mean you cannot afford gold! The price is cheap considering its Ben Sherman, and will come in handy when you need to check what time it is (especially when you out down the pub!). The watch doesn't have numbers stating on the dials just markers, but if you're going to buy a watch then you need to know how to read time and the different ways it can be presented. I believe this would be a great present for Christmas or birthdays! ~ Rating ~ The looks test: 5/5 Reliability test: 5/5 Functionality test: 5/5 Overall Rating: 5/5