“ Brand: Constant / Type: Plastic fob watch „
I am a newly qualified nurse and in this profession a fob watch is a requirement to be 'bare below the elbows' and to prevent any injuries to others from a metal watch on the wrist. I have had a couple of the metal watches before which look very classy but with the focus upon hygiene I took notice of these new silicone type watches produced by Constant which are easier to clean and durable.
The watches came in the pack of two, one blue and one pink which is nice to mix up the colour depending on the day by popping the watch face out quite easily. This ability to pop the watch face out also allows the silicone to be washed in a washing machine along with the uniform so increases hygiene.
The watch attaches to the fabric by a traditional pin method. The watch face is easy to set up using the usual pin which is twisted to set the time required and is water resistant. The face is clear having a white background with black numbers and hands and is scratch resistant; all good features when in the healthcare profession.
The watches are great due to the flexibility and moulded case with no hard to clean areas. The watch comes with a battery and has the all important seconds hand required to take pulses and count respirations. More colours please Argos!! A winner for me at £7.99.
An upside down fob watch of the style worn by medical staff. The pack contains one watch face and two silicone fob cases in pink and blue. You push the watch face through the hole in the fob which takes seconds, the silicone is so flexible that you won't damage it by keeping changing over and the short pin is placed perfectly for you to comfortably attach the fob to your top. They are very light so won't pull at your clothing as the metal fob watches do. The silicone design means the fobs can be washed when you've taken the watch face off, this is a good design because it makes them more hygienic for nurses and doctors than the traditional metal fobs as there's no spaces for germs to hide and the advantage of being able to wash them in soapy water is important.
I wear a fob watch for work, not because I am medically trained but because I work as a mobile beautician and regularly need to time treatments for my clients. I used to use a little plastic clock but kept leaving it at peoples houses so decided to buy a fob watch because a wrist watch is too awkward when I have greasy hands that I've used skin or hair care products on. It doesn't matter if I get face cream or make up on the silicone fob as it will just wipe off and any stubborn marks will come off when you wash the fob. The time is easy to see on the watch face and if I position it high enough up on my top I can glance down and see the time without having to lift the fob up. Because it's light it won't pull my top out of place but when the heavier watch face is in place the fob is heavy enough to sit comfortably and hang down without swinging around as I move around.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
This watch doesn't keep perfect time over a period but because I use it more as a timer than to tell the time this isn't a problem for me. The watch face is scratch resistant and the fob being made of silicone gives the watch protection from bumps.
WHAT I THINK
These are a very good idea and perfect for me. I like that I can change between the pink and blue fob depending on my mood and also being able to wash them is a good thing when you have a job like mine that includes using lots of creams and coloured cosmetics. Over the course of 48 hours it will gain about 20 minutes and this could be a problem if you are on a tight schedule and need to keep a closer eye on the time than I have to. The hands move smoothly and the face is laid out so that you can see the time immediately without having to scrutinise is, the minutes and seconds are clearly marked and that helps with timing and also helps you to read the time quickly.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
In the profession i am currently in, i need a fob watch on a daily basis. I have had the metal ones, which work really well and look very pretty depending on the style chosen.
More recently with the press an individuals more more aware of cleanliness, health and safety and infection control, companies such as Contstant pictured above have introduced silicone/plastic fob watches that are said to be easier to clean and more durable.
I have to agree.
While the metal watches look professional, they harbour bacteria in the joins between the metal pieces, and also in the knobble that you change the time with.
I bought this 2 set of fob waches from argos for a very reasonable £8.99. I have used the blue one and am yet to try the pink. 2 cases are included in the set and 1 watch which pushes into the hole. These pin in the same way that an original fob watch would do, at the opposite end of the watch, a brooch like pin sits made of metal.
The watch face has a White dial, which makes it clear to see,especially when the numbers and dials are in black. The face has Scratch resistant glass, making it a durable watch, needed with the wear and tear of the healthcare profession. It is also water resistant, always handy if it ends up going through the washing machine because you have forgotten to take it off your clothing!!
The watches are made of silicane are a one piece, no no nooks and crannies for bacteria to sit. The material is very maleable and comfortable to wear providing you dont catch yourself with the pin putting it on!!
The face of the watch is stainless steel and light to the touch. It simply pops in and out of the silicone cases, thus making the whole contraption easy to clean.
When you buy the watch a battery comes already supplied, and i am yet to change it. It has been going for 6 months without a hitch, and for nurses it is great because it has a minute hand, important for counting pulse and respirations.
This set really is a lightweight, clean and funly alternative to the more classic fob watch.
My only gripe is that the colours are pre-chosen, blue and pink, that is it, and it would be nice to be able to choose your own, but at £4.45 each, i cannot complain, 5/5 for me!!