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Searching for a birthday present for my wife I wanted (and I'm sure she did too) a watch with a simple and classic design, suitable for both everyday and evening/going-out wear. The clean and uncluttered Skagen design immediately stood out, and its Danish heritage gave the usual confidence of perceived Scandinavian quality. The face and hands can be easily read at a quick glance with no second-hand which does not appear as an omission from a design point of view, given the small diameter of the face.
Beyond the face design and finish the metal mesh strap was light and well made and the whole effect was of something that would not date quickly design-wise, and should continue working for many years. The time adjustment is positive and easy to use and finished off what looked like a high quality product at, especially after a bit of shopping around, an attractive price.
All went well until what I assumed was a failed battery, which seemed likely given the period elapsed since buying the watch.
Our local watch repairer opened up the watch, tested the battery and found it to be in rude health. The stoppage was unexplained but Plan A was to give the mechanism a clean, close it up again and hope for the best. The positive news out of this was that he told me the watch ran on a long-established and reliable (except on this occasion) Citizen movement.
This bit of unscheduled maintenance seems to have done the trick and the Skagen is back to telling the time accurately, as opposed to only being correct twice a day.
And it still looks good.
This is a really delicate watch that was bought for me around four years ago for my graduation. I am a bit of a floozy when it comes to watches and I like to have a different one for different occasions. This watch is perfect for dressing up or dressing down but as the stainless steel is susceptible to scratching I do not wear it for work and it only makes its head out of the drawer on special occasions.
==Price and availability==
I was bought this as a graduation gift by my dad but I believe it retails at £99.00. Amazon are stocking it at the minute and it is for sale for £60.00.
Starting with the watch face, I would describe it as slim and delicate. The hands are short and stubby though with only a minute and hour hand. I found the clock face really hard to read at first and still now if I leave it a while between wearing it, it takes me a while to work out how to read it again. The 12,3,6,9 numbers are numbered but the other numbers as just dashes. I find it hard to read because the hands are short and as there are less numbers, it takes a while to work out which direction the hand is pointing in. Perhaps it is just me! The straps are the best part of the watch and are made from chain linked stainless steel that is light and comfortable. The straps are slim and exceptionally light. To fasten the watch there is metal clasp that clicks into place, it is very secure and is well crafted to fit in well with the aesthetics of the piece. You can alter the size of the watch easily as the fastener slides down the strap. I prefer to wear it tightly fitting.
The watch looks beautiful, very subtle and chic and it was a wonderful present to get for the graduation. After four years, the watch straps are looking duller but they are not scratched much and if I was to give it a good polish, it would probably buff up nicely. The reason why I fell out with the watch and I don't wear it as often as I should is because the links in the chain nip on my arm hair. Every now and then I feel the watch pull on my delicate arm hair and it makes me wince! It doesn't do it often and if I have it super tight it doesn't do it as much. The stainless steel straps are delicate and do not bend. There is a certain amount of give in the fact that they will bend around you r wrist but you should avoid pushing on the metal or forcing the strap to bend as this will warp the metal and you will end up with a kink in the strap. I have a very small kink in the chain metal strap as I have really slim wrists so find that there is a long section of unused strap that can hang loose and get in the way. Over time, this has warped but as it's underneath it does not matter too much.
A very pretty, sophisticated watch with a few niggles but overall keeps good time and looks good.
Material of the casing: stainless steel / Product line: Slimline Steel / Skagen Uncluttered dial watch / Shimmer in silver / The signature mesh bands in stainless steel connect to a slim and shiny stainless steel case / The dial comes in white mother-of-pearl while the indicators and hands are silver-coloured / Bracelet Watches / Round dial / Stainless steel / Fold over clasp / 30 metres water resistant / 2 year guarantee / Quartz (Battery) / Analogue clocks.