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I bought this watch for a number of reasons: it looked stylish, the face did not appear to be garishly massive and I liked the way that the strap looked and would potentially match the kind of bracelets that I liked wearing at the time. Bought from Argos, I never saw the watch before I'd bought it, and only had the catalogue image to go by. While I can't remember what I paid for it at the time, it can now be bought for £18.99 from the same shop.
As pictured, the watch has a brown strap and brown face. To me, the watch face looks purple from the picture, which is misleading as the face is actually a fading in brown colour. Silver lines are placed where numbers would appear on the face, and match well with the silver second and minute hands. If laid flat, the strap is made up of about 2/3 thin bands and beads, with the other 1/3 being a solid part of strap with the notches. The solid part of strap is hidden in the picture, which is slightly misleading. When looking in the catalogue, it was my belief that the bands and beads made up all of the strap. This was what appealed mostly to me, as I wanted a watch that essentially looked like a bracelet. Despite being a little disappointed that the watch was not as I'd hoped, the solid part of the strap does not spoil the overall look of the watch.
The watch's strap measures in at just less than 2.5cm (just under 1") in width and about 23cm (just over 9") in length. This disappointed me when I first saw the watch after having bought it as I felt that the size of the strap was a bit chunky. I have (what I think is) a fairly small wrist, and because of this, when I do up the strap, I have to use the second of seven holes on the strap to get it tight enough on my wrist. However, having it at the second hole makes a chunk of the strap poke out at the side of the wrist when I'm wearing it, making it look... just plain scruffy. One solution to keep the extra flap of strap in place is that there is a moveable loop which can hold it down. However, the loop has to be on the side of my wrist in order to keep the excess strap down, which in turn rubs on the wrist bone, making it uncomfortable to wear. This is probably my own fault for not having been able to see the watch properly before buying.
I've had the watch for about two years, and time has begun to wear on the watch. For a start, one of the bands on the strap has broken, which makes it stick out awkwardly. To resolve this, I place the band behind the other bands and beaded bits of strap, which acts as a temporary solution for keeping it in place. However, I can see other bands beginning to look worn as well, and suspect it is only a matter of time before they partially break. The strap is made from what looks like leather (although is probably a fake alternative) and there are marks and fading on the strap from having been worn. Although these are not too obvious, they do make the watch look a little tired.
I have had the watch for about two years, and the watch itself has run well during that time. However, the strap could definitely have been designed better, as it is somewhat flimsy and the colour has faded somewhat, making it look quite worn. I wish that I had taken the time before buying to have asked to see the watch, as it would have actually helped to have given me a better idea of the size and design of the watch, rather than relying on the picture image. Overall, this is not a bad watch, but it is not the most comfortable one I have ever worn, nor has it proved to be particularly long lasting. For that reason, I would only award this watch 3* at most.