Product Type: Breo Sport Chronograph
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Breo Sport Roam
Member Name: dkm1981
Breo Sport Roam
Advantages: Cheap, simple, functional
Disadvantages: Bit fiddly, not particularly water resistant
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.
Summary: They're cheap and cheerful!
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