Product Type: Breo Sport Chronograph
Newest Review: ... 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 t... more
Breo Sport Roam
Member Name: wazza115
Breo Sport Roam
Advantages: Cheap and widely available
Disadvantages: Doesn't keep the time
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.
Summary: OK but a little too cheap looking for me
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