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      09.05.2014 10:25
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      Good value waterproof watch

      I had a previous incarnation of the Breo sports watch that I picked up for next to nothing and got good use out of before it gave up the ghost. I bought this one because I was going on holiday and I wanted a cheap and cheerful watch that was waterproof so that I could wear it to the beach and in the pool because I hate not being able to keep proper time on holiday and I don't want to use my phone or wear an expensive watch near water and sand.
      I bought the twist version of the Breo Roam instead of the normal one as I liked the fact that when it was on it looked a little bit chunkier and more substantial on my wrist than the normal one.
      The watch is made from rubber so it is very lightweight and very comfortable to wear on my wrist. The twist version wraps around your wrist so that instead of just being a single strap it ends up with several straps and this I think looks better on a mans wrist as it looks more substantial.
      The watch retails at 12 but I paid 6.99 for it which I thought was a really good price.
      Because it was so cheap I wasn't scared to wear it at the beach or in the pool as I am always nervous with things that claim to be waterproof as sometimes they aren't quite as sturdy as claimed and are ok for a light splashing but not for much else.
      Luckily that wasn't a problem with this watch and the water didn't effect it negatively at all. The watch can go to a depth of 5 metres which should sufice for most people.
      Because it is rubber it is very comfortable on my wrist and so lightweight too. It comes in a variety of different colours as well. I picked a lime green which is very bright and quite funky looking but you can also pick it up in much more muted colours too.
      It does look a bit cheap but then again I think that is part of its charm as it isn't pretending to be anything other than it is which is a cheap rubber watch. It is not only ideal for people to take on holidays like I did but also for wearing to the gym etc. I found that it kept great time and I really can't find much to fault it other than the fact it is a cheap rubber watch which may or may not put some people off. If you can look past the cheap look of the watch it is actually a pretty good one.

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      28.07.2013 20:32
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      OK but a little too cheap looking for me

      My mother in law brought me this watch a couple of years ago and not that I want to sound like I am ungrateful, I am not sure why. The main reason is she had brought me a new watch for my birthday just a couple of months earlier!

      The watch does have quite distinctive look about it and does 'stand out;' I think this is mainly due to the colour choices available. Mine was a really vibrant pink however these are also available in red, white, black, purple, green etc. Over the couple of years I had my watch; the colour didn't fade and still looked in excellent condition when it reached the end of its life.

      The watch doesn't have any kind of clasp and is just a bangle. The length of the watch is 17cm, which I did find a bit of a pain as I don't have the most delicate wrists and hands and it does need a bit of force to get on. The men's version is only 18cm long which doesn't seem a lot and although there is a bit of 'give' in the rubber, I do think there may be a few men that cannot wear this.

      The time is displayed by a LCD digital clock face, I find that the numbers are really clear and just a quick glance at the clock face meant I was able to establish the time. Down the side of the clock face is the product name in bold black writing.

      I'm not quite sure why this is classed as a sports watch as when I read the specifications of the watch, it is clear that this watch doesn't really operate as a sports watch as the only easy accessible functionality it has it telling the time and probably the fact that the material it is made from is a bit more durable and better under impact.

      The biggest problem I had with the watch is its inability to keep the correct time, even over a 24 hour period, the watch seems to loose about 5 to 10 minutes a day. Whilst this might not cause some people a problem, my days at work are built around meetings and tight schedules so if I am late for one meeting, this has a knock on effect for the rest of the day. Another reason I hate this is because I hate being late for anything, however, having said that, it is easy enough to adjust the time, its just annoying having to do so.

      The battery can easily be replaced if you have a screwdriver small enough to remove the back of the watch face but to be honest, when the battery finally packed up completely last year, I decided not to replace.

      According to Breo, the rubber material is actually called Tourmaline and the boast "Tourmaline is a naturally occurring mineral that is widely used as a semi-precious gemstone as it is believed to be linked to beneficial health effects such as increased concentration, natural detoxification of the body, improved sleep, relaxation and meditation, improved vitality and mood". I'll be honest, I didn't wear mine too much but when I did, I didn't notice a change in any of the above, even I had been wearing the watch for a couple of days.

      Because this was a present, I wasn't sure of the exact price however it seems to retail now between £8 - £20 depending upon the retailer, Amazon seem to have the biggest range and they currently cost less than £10. Based on the build, quality and look of the watch, I personally wouldn't recommend paying anything more than £10 because its just not worth it.

      I will say that although I wasn't that keen on mine, Breo must be doing something right as there was a period that wherever I went, I spotted someone wearing one of them!

      Overall, the watch is OK but just not to my liking and due to the couple of niggles I had, it only gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.

      Thanks for reading.

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        23.07.2013 15:03
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        Comfy, easy wearing watch

        I wanted a watch that I could wear without bothering me, able to use while I wash up, garden and various cleaning jobs around the house. When I found the Breo Sport Roam 18 months ago, this seemed like the perfect option.

        It's not a watch I wear for nights out, but it's perfect for day to day wear with the lifestyle that I have.
        The watch has a rubbery feel to it, it's made from a material called tourmaline. This is meant to promote good sleep, concentration, natural detoxification, improved vitality and mood. I honestly don't know if I believe these claims, I haven't noticed a difference since I started wearing the watch. Just being a comfy watch is enough for me.

        The watch slips over the wrist and fits nicely round my wrist without feeling too tight. The display is digital and can be set by pressing in the little buttons on the back (I needed a pen to push them in to adjust mine). It was very straight forward to adjust to the correct time. It does also display the date if needed.

        The Breo Sport Roam comes in a variety of different sizes - from 14cm - 18cm according to your wrist size. The rubber does stretch a little to allow fitting over the hand. It also comes in a wide variety of colours. I selected purple, but there seem to be all colours of the rainbow including a glow in the dark version. I've never experienced any colour transference despite the bright colour and also no sweat under the watch, even in this rather hot weather we've been having. It's incredibly comfortable to wear, I hardly notice it's there.

        The display is LCD, it's powered by small watch batteries which were included. They can be changed if you have a very small screwdriver to access the panel at the back. So far the batteries have lasted the 18 months that I've owned the watch.

        The watch isn't designed to be deep sea waterproof - Breo state 'DigitalWater Resistance Depth: 1ATM', it puts up with going in the shower, washing up, cleaning the car and various other wet jobs around the house and it hasn't died yet.

        These watches can be purchased very cheaply in outdoor stores such as some branches of Millets or online on Ebay and Amazon. The prices vary from £7.99 - £18.99.

        Review may also appear on Ciao.

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          29.01.2013 16:27
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          Ok, for non water activities

          I wish I could come up with a concept that would take off and make me millions, unfortunately this hasn't happened yet and I don't really see it happening any time soon.

          One of these concepts is the Breo Sports watch. Such a clever idea, and I didn't think of it, overnight it is a booming success and it's so simple and appeals to the right audience, genius!! Someone else this appealed to was my daughter, a few of her friends had them and she wanted to be in with the crowd!!! So mother to the rescue again, I bought her a bright green one as that was her colour of choice that week, you can get this in many other colours so it does pander to many tastes, I paid £8 for it and it seemed well put together, I do believe you can get this watch for a higher and lower figure than what I paid. The strap is a soft rubber and not only is it comfortable; it doesn't irritate your wrist either. The watch came with an instruction booklet which lets you know how to change the date and time on the watch, there are little indent buttons on the back which when pressed in (with a pencil) allow you to change the digits. This is quite simple and straight forward.

          My daughter does a lot of swimming and because it is waterproof, I didn't think her wearing it to swim in would be a problem, unfortunately it was, the watch still worked but the screen was covered in and made reading it very difficult. We tried to dry it out but that just stopped the watch from working, I took it back and exchanged it for another one, unfortunately that also suffered with condensation so we took that back and left with another watch altogether.

          If you never intend to go anywhere near water, then this watch is great and I would highly recommend it. Do not be fooled by the fact it says it is waterproof, in fact ignore that claim altogether, keep it as far away from any moisture and you have found the perfect watch, it's a good price, it is comfortable and easy to wear.

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            20.08.2012 12:24
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            Simple gimmicky watch

            The Breo sport watch is ideal for sports use for example if you are out surfing and want a vauge idea of how long you have been in the sea, but don't want to wear an expensive watch in case it falls off never to be seen again drifting around the bottom of the ocean.

            ----Functions---
            The functions of the watch are pretty limited. It tells the time as a good watch should. Other than that it can be swapped between 24h format and 12h format and thats it.

            ---use----
            The watch is waterproof to 5 Atmospheres (which I think is equivalent to 40m). So it's ideal for surfing, swimming and other watersports. It is very lightweight at 12g, so hardly noticeable on your wrist.

            For such a simple watch i find it quite stylish. I like the smooth look and the rubber feels comfortable around the wrist. It is a single size which is actually a little small for me and a bit too large on my girlfriends daughters wrist, so worth a quick try before you buy.

            The watch is available in a range of colours including the black one that I own, pink, light and dark blue, white and lime green.

            Setting the time and date is a bit tricky. There are a couple of buttons on the back, but you really need to read the instructions to work it out and it takes a bit of 'jabbing' with a screwdriver to press through the plastic and hit the buttons properly.

            ----Quality---
            The quality is fairly good. The rubber is well formed and the joints seem strong. I have found that after a bit of exposure to water and heat and the general environment, the rubber does warp a bit exposing part of the watch unit that is inseted into the plastic strap.

            ---Cost---
            The watch sells for about £12. Whilst I thought this was very reasonable I have since seen other brands selling for about £5 which are almost identical. In my view it is overpriced compared to the competitors asn doesn't offer anything extra.
            I do think that £5 is more appropriate as you could buy a dirt cheap casio for £12 which has more functions, just doesn't have the gimmick.
            Note that I have just spotted these for £3 on ebay...if these are original then definitley worth it.

            3 stars because it is an ideal product but overpriced.

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            28.07.2012 15:08

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            I was so thrilled when I first got this little watch because it was comfortable to wear and was supposedly water proof.The Good: I chose a back but they come in a variety of colours. I could pick up and carry young children with it hurting my wrists or scratching them. It was easy to get on and off and it went with whatever I was wearing. It was quite cheap at about £10.The bad: It was very tricky to set the time and it started going erratic after about three months. It wasn't that waterproof. The watch part popped out of the band and I lost it.So it was great idea and I loved wearing it but it didn't live up to its promise of being waterproof and it didn't keep time after a very short time and it fell apart.I would not recommend.

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            17.07.2012 10:36
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            loses time, not ideal for a watch then!

            I bought a Breo Roam watch about a year or so ago onboard a Ryanair flight. I'd forgotten to put one of my watches on, and I'm totally lost without a watch. I know that nowadays most people probably just use their phone to see what time it is, and I do this to a certain extent too, however I can't do this at work and the trip was a work related trip.

            I picked this up for just £10.00, which I thought was pretty reasonable. The Breo Roam watch came in black, white and a few neon colours such as lime green, cerise pink, a light blue and a dark blue. I chose the black as it will go with everything and it isn't too in your face, especially as I was going to be wearing it for work.

            It's an extremely slim and lightweight watch in a soft touch rubber, it's like a bangle style watch and it just slips over your wrist, the rubber does have a little bit of give in it so that it goes over your wrist easily enough. It's available in 3 sizes; small - 16cm, medium - 17cm, and large - 18cm. I chose the medium which seems an ok fit, maybe just slightly on the big side though as it moves around quite a bit when it's on my wrist.

            The watch is a digital watch with the digital lcd display in a small rectangular display set into the rubber. The display has the hour at the top, a 'breo' logo in the middle which constantly flashes, and the minutes at the bottom. You can set the watch to display the time in either the 12 or 24 hour clock. It's easy enough to adjust the time with buttons underneath the watch face that you just depress with a pin or something similar. Talking about the time - this watch seems to actually lose time, I don't wear it that often as I don't think that it's the nicest watch that I own, however on the occasions when I have worn it I've always had to rest the time first as it's lost time between wears. It claims to have an extended 2 year battery life on the battery encased in the watch, and I've had my watch for only just less than a year. So I don't know if I've got a watch with a duff battery, or if it's a fault with the watch itself.

            It came with a 12 month guarantee and so maybe I should have returned it, but I couldn't be bothered for just a tenner! It looks quite sporty and cool, and I do quite like the look of it when paired with a casual outfit, however when I wear it now I'm always slightly dubious that it's telling me the correct time, and I must compare it with my phone at least half a dozen times a day, which then kinda defects the purpose of wearing a watch to tell the time!

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            13.03.2012 21:11
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            They're cheap and cheerful!

            The Breo Sport Roam watch is one of those bizarre fashion things that seems to appear from nowhere and take the world by storm. From never having heard of them to mega stars (well Rhianna and Lady Gaga anyway) wearing them seems to have happened over night. I bought one mainly for functionality rather than style and it does the job.

            The watch is available in twelve different colours plus a glow in the dark one. If I'd have known there was a glow in the dark one when I bought mine, I'd have got that because I love gimminky stuff like that. It is actually the strap that glows rather than the LCD display, so it really is just a gimmick rather than having any function. The one I bought is a neon pink one. There are a couple of the colours (such as yellow, green, orange and pink) which are available in normal and neon versions. Personally I think the neon ones are much nicer because the colours are far more striking, rather than being a bit plain.

            The watches are very simple. Made of a soft rubber, the strap makes them extremely comfortable - one of the reasons that they are popular amongst sporting types. This is helped by the fact that they only way 10 grams and the strap is only 5mm thick. They also boast a tourmaline centre. As far as I know tourmaline is a semi precious stone that has some kind of health benefits. I'm not entirely sure what they are but I can only imagine that it is doing wonderful things to me every time I wear the watch!

            They are water resistant up to 3m according to the official specs, but this is where I have my main issue. I haven't actually used mine in water so it is fine but I know that a lot of people have returned theirs because they got condensation in the display and / or stopped working. Many people said that they didn't even wear them in the water but in the shower and it still damaged them, so I'd recommend not using them in the sea, pool or in the shower. If you do by accident though, they come with a year's free warranty.

            Adjusting the watch is simple enough if a little fiddly. There are two little buttons on the back of the display panel that are a bit like reset buttons you get on things. You need a sharpish object to press them - the ball of a biro is ideal, a pin a little too sharp. The watch comes with a little instruction manual that tells you what order to press the buttons in order to change both the time and the date on the watch. The display permanently displays the time and date in digital form, making it ideal for youngsters.

            The Breo Roam watches come in four sizes: extra small (14cm), small (16cm), medium (17cm) and large (18cm). Large is probably only suitable for adult men because it is indeed large. I have a medium one, but to be honest I'd probably be better with a small one because I do have very small wrists. It really is something you need to try for yourself though because I have seen children needing a medium and adults wanting a small. If you do get a size slightly too big it's not a massive problem though because the watch stretches over your wrist to get it on and so it won't fall off.

            I don't think the Breo Roam is particularly attractive and I don't understand why it has become such a cult fashion item. Like I said earlier I got it for functionality rather than anything else. It is a handy watch to have on holiday because I can take it on the beach with me without being worried about it because it is fairly robust and not expensive to replace if it does get lost or damaged.

            I am lucky enough to be able to get things like this at airline prices, so I paid £10 for mine. This is probably a little bit less than they are available for in the shops, but in researching for this review, I discovered that they are now just £6 on the Breo official website (www.breo.com). To be honest this is a bargain, despite the issues I mentioned, and they are worth buying at this price. I think the reduction in price is down to the fact that there are newer models available now, including the Breo Roam Elite (which is slightly chunkier), but whatever the reason, it's worth grabbing a bargain direct from the site.

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              02.02.2012 10:47
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              Good for the money

              I have a few Breo Sports watches that I use for both day-to-day wear and for when I am exercising. And it really is a great watch for both!

              They come in a wide selection of bright colours so you'll find one or more than one you'll like, and go from a XS to a XL size range in both Children's, Men's, and Women's versions. Each watch has 'ion' technology that is supposed to make you feel better by changing the ions around you body. Whether this works or not I cannot really judge. I can't say I feel better, or more balanced or happier with the watch on or off. I can't tell any difference.

              But the watches are fab. They are bright, with a decent sized LCD screen (roughly 1cm x 2cm) and a slim strap that's only ½ cm wide. The watch is ultra light and you'll hardly notice that you're wearing it!

              The Battery lasts forever (I haven't had to have a replacement in over 2 years) and the design of the watch means is robust whilst still being flexible!

              You have two buttons on the back of the watch that can change the date and time, but I find these temperamental. Sometimes they work and sometimes you just can't get to change the time which is aggravating. On 2 of the watches I own the time and date also seem to change randomly and at first I though I must be catching the buttons while I was wearing it but I have since noticed that they have changed when I haven't even been wearing it!!

              The watches are cheap and cheerful and you can normally get them for anywhere from £5 to £15. I have purchased one from Play.com at a barging price of £7.99 with free delivery so you can't complain there!

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              06.01.2012 18:18
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              A cool looking watch that is not reliable

              I bought the Breo Sport Roam watch on recommendation from my younger brother. He advised me it was what all the kids were wearing and in a desperate attempt to cling on to my youth and before my hair receded any further I jumped at the chance to feel young once more.

              The watch is a simple design made for both boys and girls. A small digital display sits in the middle of a connected strap mad of a cylinder of gel plastic. The strap is not adjustable and there are three available sizes: small 16cm, medium 17 cm, large 18 cm. The watch face is in a 12 hour format and is in clear bold numbers that is very easy to read (there is no 24 hr option). They are available in all kinds of colours from standard black and white to neon pink or green (I have the white one).

              I used to wear it a lot when jogging. It is very light weight and you don't notice it is there.

              I have had a couple of problems with the watch. The first one I owned broke after only a week. The strap snapped despite not being pulled or snagging on anything. On the new one I received I had no problems for a few months. They I noticed the watch would sometimes skip the odd hour or two and became completely unreliable. Despite this I still wear it on the odd occasion as a fashion accessory.

              I paid 10 pounds for the watch so did not expect the world. However; you can get one that is not made by Breo in Primark. This one looks identical but only costs 99p. As the Breo watch is badly made I would opt for the cheaper version.

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              Not recommended

              Having owned one of these watches for about three months (well I say one in fact it is two because the first one broke and this one is about to be returned for a refund) I can safely say that it is seriously flawed and would not recommend it.

              These Breo watches are very popular especially amongst the younger generation and this is probably due to the fact that they are very cheap, less than £10 in most cases and as a fashion item they come in lots of different colours, they are very light on the wrist,just like wearing a wrist band in fact and they simply tell the time using a simple digital display.

              There are however some significant faults. The first is the fact that they are a pain to adjust as you need a pen tip to activate the buttons on the back of the watch which is a very fiddly operation even for me ad I have very good manual dexterity. This is also a very real issue because both of the ones I have owned seem to loose time and are not very accurate as a result of this. They are also shoddily made, my first one split on the strap where it meets the watch housing and the second one also appears weak in this area. These two factors are why I'm about to seek a refund as in my opinion the watch is poorly made.

              They come in different sizes and it is important to get the right size as they are not adjustable. Having had a poor experience I would certainly not recommend these at all, they are just not worth the hassle.

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              27.08.2011 00:14
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              Whats the time then?

              All my friends all of a sudden started wearing these cute colourful watches and i thought they were cool and wanted one. After searching around online i chose to buy one from Amazon uk.
              The breo roam sports watch cost £7.99 and comes in a huge range of colours to suit each persons tastes. I choose a white one as i figured it would go with just about everything i wear.

              Breo roam watch comes in a clear hard plastic case with instructions telling you how to set the time.
              It has an oblong led screen and the time is spilt in half , like the hour is at the top of the screen and directly underneath is the minutes. It can be set on the 12 or 24 hour clock whatever suites.

              Setting the time on the watch is fairly easy, on the reverse side of the screen is a little hole with a reset button, i used a paper clip end to push in but a biro pen tip works to and from there you set the watches time and hey presto.

              Breo roam sport watches are very lightweight and made from tourmaline and feels like soft rubber or silicone. The strap is round and slips on the wrist but fits snugly on and doesn't move or spin around. I have a medium sized wrist and it fits perfectly on me.

              I love the watch and having the white one i was surprised it stays clean. It is waterproof so i can wear it while doing the dishes ect which i find good because i have ruined so many watches doing dishes and water getting into the face etc.
              It fits nice and looks sporty. I find it easy to read the screen and tell the time, this does keep its timing so i'm pleased.
              A good cheap but stylish watch that's comfy to wear, i recommend the breo roam watch.

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              Not recommended

              The Breo Sport Roam is a unisex fashion watch that you can get for under a tenner, the whole idea is that it is a light weight simple watch with a very functional digital display. They certainly seem to have sold a lot especially amongst the younger population however my personal experience has been rather disappointing as the build quality is not very good and they are not that reliable as the first two that I had ended up being returned and while the third one has been going strong for the last four months I'm not convinced that it will last the year.

              The first two failed because of the build quality, both of them splitting at the point where the plastic strap meets the wider clock face. The third one has not had that problem but I'm not entirely happy with the accuracy of the time keeping as it seems to loose a few minutes every couple of weeks and setting the time in the first place was a pain so having to correct it every so often is a nuisance as well. This is because the time is adjusted using two small buttons on the back of the watch and to connect with these you need to use either a pen tip or a pin.

              There is no way to adjust the feel of the strap, you simply slide your hand in so if you are buying online you may want to try one on first in a shop because there are different sizes to choose from. The watches come in a huge range of colours and this is part of the appeal I guess, I have a purple one which is a bit different.

              On the plus side the display is easy to read especially when you are doing any sort of sporting activity however it is only a 12 hour display, there is no 24 hour option. The fact that it is also light weight makes it good for sport as well as you do not really notice it on your wrist.

              It is cheap but for me it has to many basic flaws around build quality and time keeping (pretty much a key function for a watch in most people's opinion) for me to recommend it. It will appeal to young people I guess but give me a Swatch any day of the week even if I have to pay five times more.

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                07.08.2011 22:26
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                Breo Roam - Fun to wear but tricky to set

                When I first noticed the Breo Roam watch it was by way of a tiny article on a page about sports clothing and equipment; two things about it appealed to me - the low price and the simple design. I bought one from the sports department of a local department store but Breo Roam watches can be bought from many high street and online retailers now. In Europe budget airline Easyjet even sells an orange version of the watch (as befits the airline's orange livery) along with the other in-flight items.

                I didn't find out until later that part of the watch is made from tourmaline which is said to have a number of health related benefits such as "Increased concentration, natural detoxification of the body, improved sleep, relaxation, Improved vitality and mood". I can't say that I noticed any of these advantages while or after wearing the Breo Roam, but neither can I say for certain that it's nonsense. What I would say is that many people do wear these watches it's very often for sporting or recreational activities which probably make them feel energised anyway.

                The design of the Breo Roam is beautifully simple. It's essentially a small oblong LCD screen - the hour is shown on the top line and the minutes underneath - and set into a rubber bangle; you simply slip the watch on over your hand, there's no strap or buckle to tighten it so you need to choose the right size. There are three sizes which Breo have simply classified as child, woman and man; however, since the design remains the same and the watches are available in the same colours no matter what the size, nobody would know if a man wore a watch that is intended to be for a woman, and a woman with very slim arms might think it best to wear a childrens' watch for a better fit. So long as you pick the right size it tends not to move around much during wear.

                While this is a simple and stylish little watch that appears to offer good value, I've found a number of problems with it. The first is in setting the time when you first buy the watch; this is done by using an object with a defined point (but not something sharp according to Breo) to press to little holes on the reverse of the LCD display. I found this fiddly and frustrating and passed the job to someone else in the end. There's a miniscule instruction booklet for which the text is in Chinese but the diagrams should suffice (for anyone with a bit of patience).

                So you have the time set, what then? Well there are issues with time keeping and I'm not the only reviewer of these watches to comment on this. After a week or so I noticed that although the time was moving forwards, it did appear to be losing time now and then and had to be reset. It would work again for a while, then it would have to be reset once more. In frustration I put the watch away, annoyed because I liked the watch but not so bothered I wanted to go to the trouble of sending it back to Breo. The watch was under warranty for 12 months but I decided that for the low purchase price I couldn't be bothered enought to sort it all out. Several months later while tidying I came across the watch, reset it and started to wear it and since then it has not presented any timekeeping issues. I'm wondering whether this was a fault with a number of batches at the time as friends who have bought one of these watches since then have not had any similar complaints.

                The soft touch rubber of the bangle can be cleaned but gradually does become slightly discoloured and after a while it'll not become really clean. If you are wearing black sleeves the dye can transfer and doesn't come off the rubber. The brighter colours of Breo Roam watches don't seem to do this but do look a little tired after a while. I bought hot pink but you can buy one of these watches in lots of bright bold colours, including ranges of garish neons and pretty pastels.

                Another problem I find is that I can't alsways clearly discern the LCD display. When cycling this is a problem as I want to be able to see the numbers at a glance. In addition the LCD has not light so you can't see it in poor light.

                But what of the advantages? Well , when it works it's pretty good. It's light and you don't need to buy new straps for it. My other watch has a fabric strap wth a velcro fastening which regularly needs a scrub as it tends to smell after sea swimming and lots of cycling. It's water resistant to ten metres which is quite enough for recreational use. You can shower in it without a problem but Breo do warn against longer exposure to warm water.

                Fianlly there's the appealing price. If you buy from the Breo website you'll pay full price (around £10) but you can get cheaper prices by shopping around. Amazon and Ebay are good places to start and prices bottom out around £6

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                  As basic and cheap as they come, perfect for sporting activities

                  I was looking to get a sports watch that i didnt mind getting scuffed and knocked around a bit.

                  Coming across the Breo i thought it could be perfect, at £7 i wouldn't need to worry about it getting damaged and it did everthing i wanted, telling me what time it is.

                  As a sports watch the major things i like about it is the low weight and thin strap. Standard watches with thick plastic, leather or velcro straps make you sweat and before long the watch gets an odour that can't be shifted. Being such a thin cylindrical strap means very little of the rubber comes into contact with the skin.

                  Being unadjustable i was worried the fit wouldnt work but with 3 sizes you are likely to find something that will be a good fit for you and the friction from the rubber stops it moving around too much. I barely notice it's there when using it which is a great thing for me.

                  I have found that the face does scratch quite easily but considering it gets scratched against rocks quite often i can't really complain or think of a material that could perform better given the circumstances. The rubber strap means that if you knock it you don't get a big pointy watch digging into your wrist.

                  I wasnt too bothered about the design aspect of it but it seems they are also being worn as fashion watches. They come in a range of colours, all very vivid (excluding black). A friends orange one has faded considerably around the face to a bit of an ugly yellow colour.

                  Another owner did say theirs skips forward in time every few hours which i've heared is not an uncommon issue so not a foolproof design just yet but if you get one that works well its a great watch if you need something cheap and lightweight.

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