I was bought this Watch as a birthday present last year, it is certainly not like anything I would have picked out and my initial reaction was a bit more 'oh ?' than 'oooooooooo!'. It wasn't that I didn't like it, it is just it is not very 'me' . Obviously to my very generous friend I said I loved it, and when we went out for my birthday drinks the next day I wore it and this is where our love started to blossom (me and the watch not my friend.)
What it looks like - If I had to describe the watch in one word it would be elegant, it is very dainty. It has a gold plated bracelet with a ivory colour face. The watch bracelet starts of wider at the face and then gets narrower as it reaches the clasp. The widest point is about 2 cm and the narrow strap is about 0.5 cm. The wide section of the bracelet are encrusted with three rows of five tiny gem stones that look like diamonds.
The face is about 2 cm in diameter. It doesn't have numbers it has little lines to represent each number. It has Sekonda in black between the 11 and 1. Instead of the twelve it has a tiny 'diamond' gem stone.
Wearing it - The bracelet has a clip close clasp, it was quite stiff at first but it soon loosens up with a few uses.
When I first put it on, it felt tiny compared to my usual chunky style of watch, but I was surprised to find it actually made my arm look a lot more slender. I know this will sound dramatic but I actually did feel more elegant and ladylike. I got so many positive comments about my watch that first night and I felt great wearing it.
I liked the fact that it was gold in colour so it matched my wedding ring which is the only ring I ever wear.
I started off keeping my watch for nights out or lunchtime meet ups mainly because I didn't want to ruin it but also because I thought it looked better with prettier and smarter outfits than jeans and a jumper. However within a month my new watch on the side became a full time occupant on my wrist and my chunky swatch was relegated to the bottom drawer.
The technical things to know - It is water resistant which means it is OK to get splashed by the rain etc but should not be immersed in water. The plating is PVD which means that the gold is penetrated into the metal so it shouldn't rub off. It is powered by battery.
Hard wearing ? looking at the watch you would think it would easily break, this is not the case and it is a tough cookie. After nearly seven months of almost continuous wear it has been bashed and dropped, trodden on and trapped in a door but there is not a scratch on it. All the gems are in place, The gold plating is perfect with no discolouration. The clock is ticking along nicely and there has never been any problem with it's time keeping.
Any problems - Well the only problem I have found is that I get the clasp caught on things which can sometimes cause it to open. I have always spotted it but I am conscious of loosing it in this way.
It is a Sekonda watch and is available in most good jewelers. I did a quick search and found the prices vary from between £30 and £60.
I would say it is worth every penny of this. It would suit so many people and a wide age range. If it doesn't look like your usual watch, perhaps you should still give it a try you might just love it like me.
Final words - A beautiful elegant watch, that I have grown to love.
Ladies Sekonda Watch 4384