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This is a brilliant little fob that I wear regularly. Fobs are the perfect watch for those that are not allowed to wear regular watches for hygiene reasons. I work part time in a care home these days so I could wear a regular watch if I wanted to but I still prefer the fob on my uniform as this is what I have always been used to. I was bought this quite a few years ago to replace my old fob watch that was put in the washing machine whilst still attached to my uniform! It is a lovely piece although I would be better with a cheaper alternative as I am frightfully forgetful and worried that I will forget to disengage it from my uniform and wash it again. ==Description== The fob watch is a well crafted piece, silver coloured and has a lovely chain attached to it. The face is very easy to read and looks pristine against the silver setting. It has an hour, minute and second hand which are really visible. The clock face is designed to be read upside down so you can just flip it up to read it. As a ward nurse timekeeping is important for recording times of checking pulses and blood pressure and you have to wear a fob watch as you are not allowed to have any jewellery on your hands. The shell of the watch is silver plated and it still looks really shiny. This watch is good little timekeeper and is fitted with a quartz movement. To attach the fob watch you just need to attach the small pin on your uniform and it hangs down. As it is not constantly rubbing on skin it is much more hygienic. The fob is light and does not pull down on the fabric of the uniform. The community nurse that visits the centre has a silicone fob watch which I imagine are all the range as you can get bright colours but I still prefer the classic designs. ==My Fob== I have always had fob watches whilst at work, it is just what I am used to. My last one was broken after forgetting to remove it from my washing machine. It did state that it was waterproof but I don't mean to put it to the test! This one is also supposed to be water proof but I think they mean splash resistant rather than waterproof. I certainly am remembering to remove it from my uniform afterwards! Overall this is a really smart little item and it perfect for any female that works on the health care profession. It is reliable and in all the time I have owned it, it has only needed one battery replacement. It is robust and good quality. ==Cost== This fob is made by Rotary and comes with their lifetime guarantee which is reflected in the price you pay. This will cost you around £50-£60 brand new and comes boxed so it makes a great gift. My husband bought this to replace my old one for me and it was a present. It looked really nice and very expensive so I was very impressed.
My darling husband decided it was high time I had a watch, as I have this nasty habit of breaking wrist watches just by wearing them on my wrist, this would prove a bit of a challenge. He was hard pressed to find a watch that I would not send haywire. I don't know why but something in my makeup just sends them into overdrive when I wear wristwatches, that and the added problem of my skin condition. So without much delay he hit the shops and came up with this little lovely which I just pin to my bodice and wear without problem. Brilliant. It is a Rotary watch with the usual mechanisms that most other watches have with one added bonus, I do not have to wear it on my wrist. Obviously these are generally worn by nurses and health care workers, which is why the clock and dials are upside down when worn, but is this a problem? well no actually it is not. I found it easy to use and lovely to wear with a stylish strap and attachment bar in silver it looked the part. You can get some fancier ones if you want, but I was always a very basic is best kind of girl and Hubby lord love him knew what I would appreciate more. The face is quite plain with normal numbers not roman numerals all around the outside of the dial there were little marks for the minutes and a second hand as well. A small button is at the side of it which is not for winding more as resetting the watch really. So once set you shouldn't need to touch it again until the clocks go forward or back. It keeps time well and I think looks nice no matter what I wore. The chain linking was pretty and made it look a bit special. Depending on where you go these style of watches go from a mere £15 Argos special to anything upward of £50 plus if you want a bespoke watch from a reputable jeweller. I think Gerry paid somewhere in the middle for mine and although price does not matter here the though is most definitely what counted. I have a skin condition which prevents wearing a normal watch and for some reason they always go mad when I place a watch close to my skin, so with this in mind he bought me this one. Thoughtful huh.
My parents very kindly bought me this very traditional style fob watch by Rotary when I started my nursing degree. It officially costs around £70 but is often available at a lower price both online and in high street jewellers, mine came from H Samuel. The 'strap' and casing are an attractive light silver colour although I don't think they are real silver! It doesn't mark or get greasy easily and stays looking bright. The watch face is white with very clear and easy to read black numbers and markings for the seconds, this is useful for student nurses as we often use the second hand for recording pulses, respiratory rates etc. The hour and minute hands have a glow in the dark strip that is handy for checking the time on night shifts! The watch also has a smaller system of numbering in red that is apparently to do with 'base 30 pulsation', I have to admit, I don't really understand what this is for and neither do any of the tutors or qualified nurses I've asked but if you do know what it is then I'm sure its a very useful feature on a fob watch! The 'strap' has an attractive 'link' design that's a bit unusual and stops the watch seeming old fashioned. The image above is of an older style but you can see the new design if you do a quick google search. A lot of nurses these days wear the plastic brightly coloured watches but I still think the more traditional silver ones are lovely, and I was very proud and excited the first time I pinned it to my bright white new uniform! The watch is water resistant and comes with a lifetime guarantee, it comes in a very nice, simple presentation box in which it sits on a little plump cushion. Its a great gift if you know a budding student nurse about to embark on life on the wards!