Product Type: Breo Sport Chronograph
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Breo Sport Roam
Member Name: JJJJ
Breo Sport Roam
Date: 16/02/11, updated on 16/02/11 (122 review reads)
Advantages: Good for sports wear, comfortable, cheap
Disadvantages: None that i've come across, although others have cited the easily breaking strap
I've noticed in recent years that men's watches are getting larger and larger - in fact it seems that the chunkier the face, the more fashionable it is. The problem with chunky watches however, is the fact that they're not especially sports friendly - a huge metal object on your wrist can be positively dangerous on the football pitch, squash court, or in the swimming pool. However, not all modern watches are massive - the slim-line Breo Roam is a cheap rubber number which can be worn during your favourite energetic pastime. Costing £9.99 from www.breo.com, and £7.99 from amazon.co.uk, the watch won the 2008 'Good Design Award'.
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The face of the Roam is simply a small rectangular LCD, with the hour displayed on the top line, and the minutes shown underneath. The numbers are easy to read in the daylight, but there's no illumination for night time use. Setting the watch is fairly easy (even with the Chinese manual that I was accidentally supplied with), and is done via two indented buttons of the watch's rear - that said, you'll need a pin or compass point to do so.
A watch which will improve your health?
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Part of the Roam is constructed from a naturally occurring mineral know as tourmaline. This substance is claimed to feature health benefits including; "Increased concentration, natural detoxification of the body, improved sleep, relaxation, Improved vitality and mood". To be honest, I haven't experienced any of the above since I've owned the watch, although seeing as i'm no scientist, I have no right to dismiss the claims.
In terms of putting the watch on, there's no method of opening and closing the strap - you simply slide it over your hand and onto your wrist. Once on, the Roam is comfortable to wear, and I've found myself keeping it on during the night. The Roam is nice and light at only ten grams, and water resistant to ten metres. I've worn the watch both in the bath and in the swimming pool, and to date it has survived to tell the tale.
A question of variety
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The Roam comes in a number of bright colours, and is available in three different strap sizes. The 16cm variety is the children's model, 17cm is the women's, whilst 18cm is the men's size - the actual look of the watch is the same for all three, so it's certainly of a unisex design. Due to its elastic nature, the watch is supposed to be close fitting to the wrist - and if you have fairly thin wrists, it's probably best to opt for one size smaller. Therefore, most women would get away with wearing the children's size, and many men could fit into the women's.
The good, the bad, and the ugly...
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If you're looking for a Breo Roam watch on amazon - you'll notice that the watch has mixed reviews - some of these refer to the fact that the Roam doesn't keep good time, whilst others suggest that the silicon strap can break quite easily. I can only speak from my personal experience of the product, and say that a) it hasn't lost or gained any time since I've owned it, and b) the strap still feels secure. My advice would be to make sure that you keep your receipt, as if you do encounter any problems, then you'll be happy to know that the watch comes with a one year warranty.
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The Breo Roam is a cool little watch which is cheap to buy and comfortable to wear. I particularly like the fact that it's so simple - the display just shows the time, and there's a band colour to suit all personalities. For all its good points, It is obvious that there ARE issues with the Roam range - the amount of negative reviews on amazon haven't appeared for no reason! I personally think there may have been a few bad batches of these watches in circulation which have tarred the name of the product as a whole.
Summary: A very cheap and cool watch
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