“ Brand: Kahuna / Type: Ladies Watch „
Kahuna are my kind of watches as they are suitable for me to wear daily for work. I work with people with substance misuse and other issues and my dress code is casual so these watches just blend in and are perfect as they are not showy or blingy at all. My family know that I love these watches and I have had several bought for me as gifts which is great as I love to wear different watches.
I have had this lovely brown cuff watch for a few years now and have worn it often. I do like cuff watches as I prefer the feel of the leather on my skin and find them very comfortable to wear. This particular watch was a gift so I don't know how much it cost but I have looked online and they range from £19.95 to £34.95 so you do need to look round for the best price. It has a two year manufacturer guarantee which I think is average for this type of watch and it came in a soft padded pouch with a zip, but I just keep it in my jewellery box with my other watches.
The strap is a medium brown colour and the leather does feel soft on my skin. It has a pretty flower/leaf design which is laser etched into the strap and is a slightly lighter shade than the main colour. The face is attached by two small stitched pieces of leather. The strap measures about eight and a half inches and has seven holes so you can adjust it to your wrist size.
The face is square shaped and is brushed steel which blends nicely with the brown on the strap. The face is quite different as it is two shades of brown with a darker stripe running horizontally through the centre of the face. It has the numbers at three, six, nine and twelve with small markers for the rest of the numbers and it has the word Kahuna displayed and 50m which tells you that it is waterproof to 50 meters however I have not tried this out.
To change the time you pull out a small knob at the side and twist it to the correct time and then simply click it back in. I can't remember ever having to change the time and I am still on the original battery so it has never stopped for me to alter the time.
I love this Kahuna watch, it is easy and comfortable to wear and is a lovely casual but smart looking watch. It has not shown any signs of wear or tear and I have worn it a lot of times. I have never experienced any rubbing or irritation from the soft leather and I would definitely buy this watch or a similar watch again.
I don't wear watches very often but when I do I like them to be individual and hard wearing. I don't go in for the sparkly stones, my husband wanted to buy me a gold watch but I think that they look tacky; I prefer my watches to be nice looking but tough. Which is why the Kahuna range of watches caught my eye, they are distinctive, individual and hard wearing.
The watch I have got is the Kahuna Ladies brown Cuff Strap Watch AKUS-0029L, I brought it from Hinds the jewellers in October 2010 and it cost £34.99, it currently retails on amazon.co.uk for £19.29 + postage. Which I think is quite a bargain.
The watch comes in a padded zip up pouch, I suppose this adds to its tough look, but would not be very good to give as a gift, it would need swapping into a much nicer box to make a good gift. The watch comes with a two year guarantee that does not cover breakages through mishandling or accidental damage, normal wear and tear, the battery glass or strap. So it's a pretty useless guarantee.
The watch is very attractive to look at, with its brushed stainless steel buckle and case. The brown leather strap is very soft and comfortable and fits round the wrist with ease as it has seven holes for the buckle to go through. The length of the strap is 21cm, the first hole starts at 7cm from the centre of the watch and the last is 11cm. The leather is patterned with leaves and flowers, the pattern was very visible at first, but now the leather has aged it is not very easy to see unless you are looking for it.
As this is a cuff watch the watch face itself is sat on top of the strap and is attached with two leather straps. This is good if you are sensitive to the back of watches. The watch face is square and has an analogue display, the time is marked at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 points around the face and in-between them is a little silver peg for the missing numbers. The watch has a good sized hour and minute hand and a very thin second hand. On the watch face is written the brand name and a small 50m indicating that the watch is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters. In the lower right hand corner is a small brown flower in place of numbers 4 & 5. The background to the watch face is a slightly shiny brown with a darker brown stripe through the centre.
The time is easy to set. Just pull the dial out and twist it clockwise till it says the correct time, then click it back into place.
When the battery needs replacing it should be done by a professional as the watch face needs removing from the cuff and the watch back will need resealing to maintain its waterproofness.
I happily wore this watch day to day for over a year, then one day spotted that it had stopped working, I assume the battery needs replacing as there is no way I have been deeper than 50 meters in water. The only water action it saw was splashes from the pots and water fights last summer with the kids. The glass face of the watch has no scratches and the leather strap still has plenty of life left in it. The brushed steel case has a bit of weathering on it, little (for want of a better word) rusty speckles that I can only see when I look really closely. The watch has now been popped back into its not so fancy case until I get around to having the battery replaced.
Thank you for reading my review.
(This review is on ciao under the same username)