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I needed a new watch and after looking around at a lot of different ones I decided to buy this one. I am quite happy with my purchase.
Fossil is an American brand which is very well known for its watches. I have often looked at this brand before and I like it because they do quite a lot of different styles. They are also known for being good quality and reliable.
=== Strap ===
This watch has a black leather strap which is slightly textured. When I ordered it, the description didn't actually state whether the strap was real leather but it looked like it on the picture so I just hoped it would be, and I was pleased to see when it arrived that inside the strap the words "embossed genuine leather" are printed. I find that leather lasts much better than synthetic fake leather materials.
The strap is fastened by a buckle and has 8 holes so it is easy to adjust it to fit your wrist. The buckle is quite sturdy and has Fossil engraved on it. I find it very comfortable to wear and I can get it to fasten at just the right tightness so it doesn't slip around on my wrist.
=== Face ===
The face is fairly large and definitely quite a bit bigger than my old watch, however it doesn't look out of place as most watches around at the moment seem to have quite large faces and it doesn't really look bigger than most watches you will see in any jewellers window! The face has all the numbers on it from 1 to 12, rather than just dashes, making it extremely easy to read. It also has a second hand, which I find quite useful as I sometimes do mystery shopping and am supposed to time things like how long I waited in a queue, which is easier to do with a clear watch and a second hand! The bezel around the face is silver and set with small sparkly stones that look like diamonds. This seems to be quite a popular style on a lot of watches at the moment and I think it looks lovely.
In addition to the main time, the watch has a small dial at the bottom in the middle which shows the time on the 24 hour clock. I don't think this is completely necessary, as usually I would not be confused about whether it's 3 pm or 3 am! However, occasionally this could come in handy I suppose for any times when I have completely thrown out my sleeping schedule! The other two dials on the face are day of the week (left) and date (right). I do find these quite useful as sometimes I lose track of the date and it's handy to be able to just have a quick check on my watch. The only thing is that I will have to make sure to keep the date up to date, as obviously it won't know if there are 30 or 31 days in the month so I will have to adjust to take account of that.
=== Adjusting the time, day and date ===
There is a small instruction booklet which comes with the watch.
When I first got the watch I found it very easy to set the time and day, as you just pull out the stopper on the side and twist it, as with most watches. The day moves automatically with the time, so if it's only one hour out but pointing to the wrong day, you would have to twist it for one day and one hour to get it correct. This does take slightly longer than just setting the time but was still easy to do and didn't take that long.
Setting the date was a bit more difficult! The instructions told me to pull out the stopper slightly, to position 2 (where position 3 is to change the time). I could not manage to do this! It seemed that either the stopper was completely in, or fully out to change the time, and I couldn't get it to a position in between. I got a bit frustrated with it and just went into H Samuel the next time I went into the shopping centre (I had bought it from H Samuel online) and asked them to do it. The lady there did it no problem so obviously there is a knack to it and maybe it was just me who had difficulties!
=== Availability ===
As I said, I bought this from H Samuel. I paid £54.50 which I think was a real bargain. This was the cheapest watch out of all the ones I was considering, but it is really good quality and doesn't look cheap. Most Fossil watches normally cost more than this so I'm not sure how come it was so cheap. It is also worth mentioning that I got 12.5% cashback on this from H Samuel online via Quidco, which I was really pleased about!
This watch will probably be available from most Fossil stockists. You can get Fossil from most jewellers. The only one which I have noticed does not have it is Ernest Jones.
=== Presentation ===
This watch comes in a little Fossil tin. My tin was yellow with a green Fossil logo on it. The watch was very securely padded in there. The tin is handy to keep the watch stored in or just to use for general storage such as to put small bits of jewellery in there.
=== Warranty ===
This watch comes with a two year warranty which covers the watch movement, hands and dial and will provide a replacement if these break. It doesn't cover any accidents or negligence and it does not cover cosmetic things like scratches.
=== Overall ===
I am really happy with this watch as it looks nice and it is very clear to read. So far it has been reliable but obviously as I have only had it for a few weeks I can't comment on how reliable it will be over a long time, but I do trust the Fossil brand.