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I'm not particularly big on watches. I usually wear one so I can keep an eye in the time but I don't really see them as an accessory as such - not as I would a bracelet or necklace etc. Therefore, over the years I have owned several watches and these were usually cheaper versions from High Street stores. However, one watch that I own that has stood the test of time is a Storm watch given to me by friends for my 18th birthday (over 10 years ago now). So impressed was I with its quality that I bought my husband one for our first Christmas together many years ago too. We both still own and wear these watches now - which itself speaks volumes for the quality of them.
My watch is a slim silver watch with a lilac face which has a dome of glass over it. It has Storm engraved on the bracelet, which opens by compressing the catches on the side to release the lock and it can then be slid off. The face is quite small but perfectly easy to read without having to move my wrist nearer to my face. It is comfortable to wear and fits neatly to my wrist (even ten years and two children later!). My husband's watch is also a silver metal but much chunkier with a big blue face. The glass on his is flat and has scratched in a couple of places but this is the only sign of wear on his watch. Mine has a few scratches on the bracelet but this is not terribly noticeable.
I would say the watches are middle of the road in terms of price - mine was £55 all those years ago and my husband's was £150. As with all things, there are a range of watches for different prices but none that I would describe as 'cheap'. Affordable, yes but cheap, no. In terms of quality though, they are definitely worth the price, whatever you pay. It has certainly been our experience that these are durable and last very well - the metal bracelets have not tarnished or broken as previous watches we have owned have. The only problem that I have personally experienced, and this is down to the design of my particular watch, is that some jewellers have refused to change the battery in it owing to the dome shaped glass over the face which I understand can be tricky and could smash. I have always found someone to do it though and, failing that, you can always send it off to Storm direct to do this.
Overall, these are watches that I would definitely recommend and would buy again. They are great quality and last well. They also look good too and we have hand no issues with hands sticking or the clock hands slowing down, so they always keep the time well too.
When I wanted a new watch for Christmas last year, my boyfriend was unsure of what to get me. We spent hours going around the shops looking - nothing caught my eye. I wanted an eye catcher watch! Then we went to a Storm store - I was spoilt for choice! The colors, the styles. Fantastic! Eventually I decided to get a Bubble style Storm! A modern bracelet style strapping, with lilac face and a big bubble enclosing it! Loved it! After a couple of years, its a bit scratched - been caught on walls too often. I wouldn't buy a bubble style one again for that reason. Then the battery stopped a few days ago, so I am considering getting a new one, and have been looking about. Spoilt for choice again! Anyway, my main point to anyone considering buying a storm watch is that if you haven't looked on Storms official website, then I recommend you do. Address is as folows -www.storm-uk.co.uk From here you can look at Storm news, the Storm catalogue (watches, eyewear, clothing, bags), Limited edition watches, Enter a VIP area, and what I like is that you can change the look of the watches! Excellent site for all you storm fans!
I had a Storm Oceanic watch given to me as a gift for Christmas 2000 and 18 months on, I still love the look of the watch. I agree with many people that Storm make lovely looking watches without having to break the bank to own one. The one critisism I have about this watch is the battery life. The watch has a battery for the digital readout and a battery for the analogue operation, but Storm quote 2 years life expectancy from the batteries, but as far as the analogue battery is concerned, that estimate is way out, as they often last under a year, sometimes little more than 6 months. The light illumination feature is hardly ever used and the power for the light comes from the digital battery anyhow, which has only been changed once so far. The analogue however, is on it's 3rd battery in 18 months. I met another Oceanic owner at Storms London office when I last had a new analogue battery changed and he was there for the same thing. It's a lovely watch for £100, but the analogue battery will require regular 6 month replacement at around £4 per battery.
What an excellent service they provide! I was reluctant to have a local jeweller replace the battery in case they failed to reseal it properly (I wear it for sailing). I emailed Storm and they quoted £3.50 to check what needed doing - in case it wasn't the battery - and 2-3 weeks. I sent it registered post costing £3.80. And THREE working days later it returned by registered post and no further charge. How do they afford to do it - and so fast.
Sorry about the pun, but really, do watch out. I bought a Storm watch back in January 2000, it is gorgeous, and I am very happy with it. The styling of this particular one is very sleek and stylish, and I am impressed that Storm produce a style of watch for everyone. Spending 53 quid on a watch is a lot of money for a student, and naturally, I looked after it very carefully, panicking when I was out clubbing and the like that I'd scratch it in a less "aware" state. All was well until about 13 months after I bought it. Unfortunately, 1 month out of the warranty period, the strap broke. It was clear that it the hook holding it to the watch face had bent. Fixing it seemed simple, so I returned to the shop in which I bought it. Being sympathetic to my problem, they called Storm, who quoted that it would cost me 20 quid to get it fixed, and would take up to 4 weeks to do so. Of all the watches I've had, this one is by far the most expensive, and also the first one I've had since I was a child, to break. You'd think that in paying more money for a watch, you'd be able to get it fixed more cheaply than nearly half the original price, so I'm not too impressed with Storm. Having said that, the watch is now back, and fixed, and I'm very happy with the job they've done. By the way, in reply to the comment, I must stress that Storm would be happy to repair any part of the watch (including the strap) within the warranty period, and within a week, so the shop assistant told me. I was unlucky that it was less than one month after this ran out, and cost me more money and time. They argue that it'll take longer to fix a watch which is out of warranty because they prioritise on those which are newer, and hence they have the relevant parts. Well, my watch is still in the shops now, so Storm must have the "relevant parts", which for me, was simply the right pair of pliers. It's interesting that they
speed up for non-paying customers, rather than those which are forking out way way too much for the repair. Comprendez?
I asked my parents for a watch for christmas and, though I originally started looking at Gucci, etc, I saw the range of storm watches in John Lewis' and needed one right away. Unlike most watches, you do not need to compromise between an everyday casual trendy watch or full on glamour and style as these watches are true all rounders. Alot of the watches come with coloured faces and these are the most recognisable storm watches, however, I am a bit of a co-ordination beast and wanted a style that would go with absolutely everything I wanted to wear. I was also looking for a style that I could wear everyday which would also look dressed up for going out(I hate having more than one watch and having to swap them to suit the occasion). The style I chose is in completly matt silver with no numbers or number markings and is a very interesting and stylish round face set in a rectangle. I've had this watch since December now and I've had no problems at all with it. It has not scratched, it has been ok in water, always been reliable and I've always taken pleasure from wearing it. It has also earned me compliments every now and again as it is really stylish and looks quite unusual. As far as I know (in Sheffield anyway) you can get them from Debenhams, John Lewis'and Argos. Also, if you are looking for a watch for a present, these watches come in a fantastic silver can like tin- a bit like the Jean Paul Gaultier packaging-which is also v.good.
Storm have really captured a niche in the watch market. By targeting an audience of people who can't afford a Rolex or a Gucci, but nevertheless don't want to spend their day with a cheap watch and unattractive watch, Storm have made quite a name for themselves in the 'must have' stakes. They have achieved this through the combination of reasonably priced watches, incorporating a range catering for male and female, conservative through to completely insane and all with Storm's unmistakable style factor. Their unusual stylish designs are often imitated but there just seems to be something missing. I have worn Storm watches for nearly six years now, and although I have had several, never have they been replaced due to breakage. Simply because a new design or coloured face was released which I had to have even more than the last one! My watches have never tarnished, the faces have scratched only minimally and the one I am wearing today even survived a drunken swim off the Turkish coast last year! If you are looking for reliability, affordability and style then you can't go wrong with a Storm. You can view their current range at http://www.storm-uk.co.uk. Now the only problem is which one to choose!
These stainless steel watches have been copied many times, but you still can’t beat a Storm watch for plain good looks. There are plenty of styles to choose from, some minimalist (I wear a watch with a numberless blue mirror behind the hands) to flash (such as one I saw where a button press flicks two clock faces out of a steel cover). I don’t know how practical some are, for example there’s one where you have to look in a flip-up mirror to read the reversed face, but they still look good. And of course you can always pick one to suit yourself, so if you don’t think you’ll be able to use one style comfortably you can always go for a different type. The links need to be removed or added by a retailer if your wrist changes size, but the metal is surprisingly comfortable and not cold (as somebody once asked me). The prices are good for a high-quality watch (you’ll be looking at about £50-£80, so definitely within most people’s range), so you could do far worse than consider a Storm watch.