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I don't wear a watch every day, just about every gadget in my home tells me the time and I've just never been the sort of person to even think about going to the effort of putting a watch on in the morning. Sometimes though a watch is needed to finish an outfit off, I don't wear bracelets very often so a nice simple watch will balance out my jewellery and accessories. Nine times out of ten I'll pick this Swatch Chessboard watch out because for a relatively cheap watch it's surprisingly chic and attractive. It has a metal strap which features a classic black and white resin design, I think the strap has a retro look as the monochrome squares always remind me of the 60s. Not that I was around in the 60s but, y'know! The only thing I can't understand is why Swatch have given the watch a stainless steel linked strap and made it look very attractive, then spoiled it a bit with a plastic face casing. It's obviously plastic too, especially after wearing a few times as the plastic does turn duller over time and that makes it obvious that it's not the same good quality metal as the strap. The numbers on the face are silvered, not glow in the dark as it looks in the photograph. I'm glad about that because who wants their watch to glow these days, unless you're under ten! Not all numbers are on the face either, but this isn't a problem as the missing numbers are marked with a silvered dot which is visible even at a quick glance. This watch has never lost time, as I said I don't wear a watch very often and am always pleased to see the time is correct on this Chessboard watch even after it's been languishing in my jewellery box for months on end. I have owned it for nearly three years and have never had to change the battery so I don't know if it's fiddly to do or not, but then again it's a watch battery so is bound to be! The only problem I've had was one of the links working very loose, that was around 6 months after I bought the watch and to be fair Swatch did say they would fix it as it was still under guarantee. However I needed it for that night so ended up going and getting it tightened in the jewellers, but at least it was nice to know that Swatch would have been happy to honour their warranty. The resin which gives the black and white colour has stayed in good shape, there has been no wearing away of colour or chipping. This is good because it shows I made a good decision in purchasing this watch, but also bad because it shows up the dulling plastic face casing. £35.50 from Amazon.
This Swatch Chessboard LB160G is one of the oldest Swatch watches that I own as it came out in 2003 however I bought it in 2005 for about £25, today you will probably pay between £35 and £45 for it. It is a stylish ladies watch with some distinctive features which is one of the reasons that I like it, it is a femenine watch without being overly cutsey and is a watch that I would wear on an evening out. The bracelet is made from stainless steel and consists of alternatying baklck and white enamelled squares each with an opposing coloured tile in the square so there is a nice and stylish black and white thing going on. Unfortnately the watch itself has a plastic casing which sort of lets it down a bit, I think it would have been a lot more stylish to have had a metal case as well and would have justified the extra cost in my opinion, the plastic case is black in colour and the watch face is white, the four main numbers are in silver and are quite large block font numbers while the other five minute intervals denoted by small silver squares. The minute and hour hands are black in colour and sort of paddle shaped while the second hand is white to continue the colour theme of the strap. This is a nice design and I like the fact that the strap is rather attractive however it is let down a bit by the black plastic casing of the watch itself, still a nice clean design and a good watch which is now on its second battery and still going strong.