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Kahuna K1M-3006L

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Brand: Kahuna / Gender: Women / Style: Rip Strap Watch

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      09.08.2012 12:00
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      A brilliant watch - surf and skate style and klutz proof too!

      I have owned a couple of Kahuna watches over the years as I really like the style of them which is quite funky and 'surf/skate' looking, with interesting colours, a velcro strap and chunky face. This is my most recent one and I have owned it for about five years, I bought it from Argos (who always tend to stock the latest ranges) and it cost me £29.99 - I notice that you can pick these watches up on Amazon these days for more competitive prices than this and it is worth shopping around.

      Personally I actually think £29.99 is a very good price for such a sturdy watch, one of the reasons I like Kahuna watches is that they are idiot proof - by which I mean a klutz like me who drops them and frequently bangs them on things can rest easy that it can withstand less than delicate treatment. This one is lilac and grey with a silver dial around the outside of the face, there is a date window within the face and three hands - minutes, hours and seconds.

      You can manually change the time with the pull out button on the side of the face (although I always find this quite fiddly myself) and you have to wind it forward to ensure the calendar remains accurate as it is a rotating 31 days so when a month has less than that you will need to amend it, this is not an issue for me though. I have never had any timekeeping issues with this watch except when it stopped dead when the battery died, aside from that it keeps very accurate time.

      This watch claims to be water resistant up to a depth of 100m (or should that be 'down to a depth'?) but I have never tested this, personally I would never wear a watch whilst swimming anyway so it matters not to me.

      The velcro straps are very sturdy and despite pretty much daily wear over the years mine are still going strong. I have had to have the battery changed once but that is all - I had to take it to a watch specialist on the high street as it has such tiny screws to get the back off.

      All round this is a great watch and I like the fact that it is not too girly whilst still being clearly feminine - this style suits me down to the ground and no doubt when this watch finally gives up the ghost I will replace like for like with another Kahuna watch!

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      05.04.2011 11:57
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      Excellent, attractive 'active / outdoor' watch

      The Kahuna watch is a 'surf' type item, with the usual rip-stip Velcro strap and waterproof casing. In a world where you can pay effectively whatever you like for a surf company logo-branded timepiece, Kahuna watches definitely register in the lower price-range market bracket; a ladies Kahuna watch will generally cost £30 to £40, with the men's models perhaps £10 to £20 more than that. This model - which is dated 2000 in the product sheet that accompanies the watch on amazon.co.uk, currently sells for about £23.

      I've found this particular watch attractive and so far, fairly reliable item. Bought new, it comes with a two year warranty (but as I got mine 'reconditioned new' off Ebay for a tenner, I guess the warrant will be invalid on that). It's a simple analogue watch, which doesn't show numbers on the face - the positions of these just being indicated by triangular symbols. What it does have however are dots of fluorescent paint on the hour and minute and second hands, and in the places the clock-face numbers would be (Unfortunately these don't glow in the dark very effectively I find, so it's not much use in the middle of the night). There is an inset date register that runs to 31 days irrespective of the month so this isn't much practical use unless you update it religiously, as it needs to be adjusted at the end of any months that have fewer than 31 days in them - and frankly, who can be bothered to do that? It does give you a ball-park figure for the day of the month, in terms of 'early', 'mid-month' or 'late', however.

      The casing for the watch part is made of matte-silver looking brushed stainless steel, with a 'rotating bezel' round the face in shiny steel. This has the usual points north notation on it and corresponding degrees of the compass - I don't know what rotating bezels are actually for, but this one clicks round quite nicely when you turn it. The face is pale metallic lilac and the watchstrap, made of plastic-layered Velcro, is lilac and grey, to match this. The strap is of the thinner sort, and is about 2cm across; rather than being a 'rip on and off' type strap, it's the type of Velcro watch strap where you have to thread the long part through a metal loop and double it back on itself before fastening it, which sound like it should be too fiddly to bother with, but is actually very easy to do in practice - and I'm a person who's generally all thumbs and has zero patience with this sort of thing, so if I can do it, anyone can.

      Incidentally, while I hate lilac as a concept / on principle, despite the colour I still think this is a nice-looking watch.

      It's a nice, well-made watch with a pleasant amount of weight to it (at 200g all in) despite the small (ladies') size; it's been effectively waterproof through days out at the beach and at the swimming pool and so on so far. Notionally the product spec says it'll be waterproof down to 100m depth but honestly, as my ears start to 'pop' painfully down the bottom of the deep end of the swimming pool, I can't say I'll be testing that feature in the field myself.

      The only slight drawback I've found with the watch - and it is a very minor one - is that the pull out knob that you use to adjust the time and date is tricky to operate as it's difficult to tell which position it's clicked into (the first pull-out position adjusts the date, the full pull-out, which is easy to use does the hands adjustment).

      I'd definitely buy this watch for a tenner or even £20 again!

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