“ Brand: No Fear / Type: Slap watch „
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No Fear Slap Watch
On my trip back to Birmingham at the beginning of May I took full advantage of some retail therapy time and ended up in the Sports Direct store, among my many purchases was the No Fear Slap Watch.
The watch originally appealed to me because of the nice purple face and also because I was looking for a cheap watch to wear when I am in lessons to save me having to check the time on my phone as I think this is rather rude and I don't want my students thinking I am uninterested in them, so I thought a watch would be a more casual way of keeping an eye on the time. Due to my previous line of work in the print industry before I began teaching I had gradually stopped wearing watches as I was fed up of them getting destroyed with ink and chemicals so with this in mind I wanted something reasonably small as I wasn't used to wearing them.
The No Fear Slap Watch is available in 2 sizes, small and large. This review will cover the small version. There are a variety of colours available for both the straps and the watch faces including reds, yellows, blues and greens. The colour I have chosen is a pale blue strap with a lovely purple face. The face of the watch is analogue style and has a simple design of the hour and minute hands along with a small second hand as well. The face of the watch is numbered with 3, 6, 9 and 12 and has the No Fear logo across the centre.
The watch strap is designed in the same style as the kids bracelets or as they are also known, 'Slap Bands' which have a strip of thin metal covered by some material and you simply slap the bracelet onto your wrist to wrap it around. The watch strap works on the same principle as the slap bands and is made of the same thin metal strip but rather than being covered in material the strap is made of a rubbery coating which feels really nice and smooth to the touch.
The unique part of this watch is that you can remove the watch face completely from the strap which enables you to swap and change the colour combinations if you have a couple of the watches and fancy a change. I have to admit that I was a little concerned that this feature would mean the watch face would fall out and easily end up lost, however so far this hasn't been an issue for me.
Wearing the Slap Watch
I had owned this watch only a month when I actually stopped wearing it as I simply did't like how it felt. I found that when I first put the watch on it needed a slight adjustment to feel comfortable, this wasn't really a problem as I didn't expect it to be instantly comfortable, however after only a short time, I would say approximately an hour, the watch strap felt really horrible and the nice smooth rubber seemed to stick awkwardly to my wrist and it began to rub my skin. This happened on most of the days I wore the watch and I found it was worse when the weather was warm. Due to the rubbery strap I also found that my wrist became rather sweaty and uncomfortable.
Another bad point of the design for me was the slap strap, I often found that I was sitting playing with the strap and it distracts me from what I should be doing, I realised this when one of my students asked if my wrist was ok as I seemed irritated by my watch... Oops! I luckily managed to talk my way out of it and said it was irritating my skin!
Obviously the main purpose of a watch is to tell you the time accurately, sadly this watch seems incapable of this and I found that on average this watch some how managed to loose at least an hour. For some unknown reason it didn't seem to loose it gradually either, it happened mysteriously, almost overnight and at random. I kept a close eye on it to see if I could see it sticking at certain times, but I never noticed anything. The perfect example was actually at the time of writing this review as I looked at the watch the night before I originally wrote the review (back in June as I had to wait to add it to Dooyoo) and the time was correct, however when I picked it up to begin writing this review it was almost 2 hours slow!
Adjusting the time is easy, and a good job really as you need to do it quite often! You simply need to pop the watch face out of the strap and it has a dial on the side you can pull out and twist until the hands display the correct time. The face is quite easy to pop in and out of the strap.
I paid £4.99 for my No Fear Slap Watch in Sports Direct in Birmingham and in all honesty, if I was still in the UK when I realised how rubbish the watch was I would have taken this watch back and asked for a refund.
Would I Recommend?
Sadly due to the many reasons I have highlighted I cannot recommend this watch as it simply does not do as it is supposed to. I do still like the look of the watch and I can see how it may appeal to kids as a novelty item but don't expect them to tell you the correct time! Overall, I'm really disappointed with this watch, but it has provided me with the perfect excuse to spend more money on a quality watch and I now have a rather nice Baby G watch!
Thanks for reading :)