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I bought this watch a couple of years ago when I was still in school, as I thought it would be a fun way to brighten up my boring navy blue uniform. I was also in need of a good waterproof watch which was also good quality, so I had a look in the Swatch concession at Selfridges. I chose the model GS124 for women. It cost about £40 and you can now buy it on the Swatch website for £38 if you do some digging through the old products. I really liked the bright colourful design on this watch - a sort of painted horizontal rainbow, with white 'handwriting style' letters, and a translucent blue watch base and clip. The straps also have the painted rainbow effect. The watch is made out of a bendy plastic and is water resistant. I got a lot of compliments on the watch as its rather bright and eye catching, and it's really easy to look after, just wipe clean with a dry cloth or for tough stains simply use a baby wipe or slightly damp cloth. However, I found quite a few problems with the watch; the first one being it is very flimsy. Because it is made of plastic, it can break very easily, especially the clip on the watch. I left my watch on the floor once (not my smartest idea) and stood on the clip. The clip broke instantly and I had to get it fixed which cost me about £20. Not my idea of good quality. The second problem I found was that it pinches your skin where the hinges are, and this is painful! Because of the texture of the plastic, when it pinches your skin it doesn't always let go either, leaving marks on your wrist. The because the watch is made out of plastic, on hot days or simply when your body feels warm it can get very sweaty under there, and the watch will stick to you making your wrist feel very hot and uncomfortable. The design on the watch straps starts to peel off eventually too, making it look shabby and unkempt. This is not what I was expecting from Swatch at all, and this was very disappointing. Also, when it starts to peel, it does not stop, so you could probably peel the whole of the design off of one of the straps if you wanted to. The plastic also gets dirty and will start to look grubby, with the design fading over time too. All of these factors made me very hesitant about wearing the watch as it looked scruffy and grubby, and eventually I just stopped wearing it and bought a better watch from Juicy Couture. I also found that the ticking of the watch was VERY loud, and friends of mine who had Swatch watches also found their watches to be very loud and distracting. I could hear it all the time and when I went to bed I had to take the watch off as it was just too distracting. Very disappointed with this watch. Was expecting a lot more from such a well known brand, and did not think that it would be such a waste of money. Will not be buying anything from Swatch again. I know now that the more you pay for a watch, the better it tends to be.
I have several Swatch watches as I feel they are well made and stand up to a lot of wear and tear. I bought this one a few years ago at the airport as I wanted a watch I could wear on holiday and take into the water with me. Although these watches make no claims to be waterproof at depth I have been diving with them without any issues. Appearance Well if you are shy and retiring this watch probably isnt for you as it is cetainly eye- catching with its colourful stripes. As the stripes are not uniform and have a look of being painted on this makes it an atrractive casual watch. I found that having several colours on it meant it suited my summer holiday wardrobe very well. The other advantage of being quite bright is that it is relatively easy to spot if your mislay it somewhere. The last thing you want on the beach is a sand coloured watch! The strap is plastic but comfortable to wear. I have very small wrists but the smallest setting fits me well. The watch is sold as unisex but I would suggest trying it on for size if you are a man with large wrists to make sure it fits. The watch face is quite large in comparasion with typical ladies watches with a striped background and the numbers in white font with the 12, 3, 6 and 9 all being slightly larger than the other numbers. The hands are white with a second hand. The minute hand and hour hand both end with white circles with the minute hand having a blue dot as well. The bluckle and watch surrouns are both pale blue plastic. Use As I meantioned early this is a great watch for holidays as you can swim with it on with no problem and can even dive with it. Obviously if you do a lot of diving you should invest in a dive computer but is a novice or just doing your Padi course then this should be ok for you. I should add that this is just my own experience as the watch is sold as water resistant and not waterproof. The face is quite large so my only disadvantage with using it on holiday is that you can develop a tan line if you switch to a smaller dress watch for the evenings. Of course having a large watch face does make it easy to read. This might come in handy if you were glasses but dont have prescription sunglasses. Overall I have had this watch for a few years and it has been through some rough treatment with me and survived fairly well. Unlike other watches the buckle still works well and the strap hasnt fallen apart although there is some cracking now of the first thin layer of plastic that covers the watch strap. Despite this I would certainly recommend it as a good holiday watch. I cant recall what I paid for it although it was bought duty free however it currently retails in the swatch online shop for £38 which perhaps looks high for a plastic watch but it will last much better than cheaper alternatives.
Another quirky offering from Swatch, Color the Sky is a version of their "Originals" gents watch design - however, in my opinion these are pretty unisex. The face has a 34mm diameter, so isn't too chunky. According to their website, it was part of the 2004 Fall/Winter collection, but I got it in 2010 and it appears to still be available on their website, for £38. The watch has a flexible plastic strap, which is soft and free of scratchy edges, and a simple plastic buckle. There are plenty of holes in the strap, so it should accommodate most wrists, including children's. The casing and face are also plastic, transparent but tinted a turquoisey blue (as is the buckle). You can see some of the mechanism through the back, and there's a metal battery compartment cover. Helpfully, they've etched the battery type on the back too, to help when replacing them, though I haven't had to do that yet. There's also the usual knob on the side of the watch for changing the time. This model is listed as water resistant - usually that means it won't stand up to swimming or going in the shower What makes this watch special is its sheer colourfulness! The strap and face are covered in the same multicoloured pattern - it's not exactly a rainbow pattern, as the colours aren't in even bands in quite the right colour order. It looks a little like a watercolour painting, with unequal stripes of colour across the width. These include reds, deep pinks, oranges, turquoises, greens, and purple, repeating down the length of the watch. It's a beautiful effect, and I've had many compliments while wearing it! From a practical point of view, this watch works well - it's easy to read, with white numbering on the face (in a 'handwritten' font - it's still very clear though and a good size) and white hands, which stand out well on the vibrant background. I was pleased that this watch has a second hand, as it does come in handy on occasion. I have never had a problem with it running slow/fast - it's been very reliable. One thing I have noticed is that the ticking of the watch is fairly loud. I don't really notice this myself unless it's pressed right up against my ear, but others have commented on it when the room has been quiet! My watch is now looking rather worn; I've had it for about two and a half years, and I wear it every day - it's been subjected to quite a bit of wear and tear, and, as these Swatch watches are really designed as a fashion piece, it is showing its age. The face itself is fine, with just some minor scratching and scuffing - nothing obvious. As with Swatch watches I've had in the past, the strap is the part that has aged badly. First, the protective top layer of shiny plastic started to peel off, and I ended up pulling the rest off as it was getting annoying. This didn't damage the pattern underneath, but without that protective layer, the colour is now starting to wear off in places. However, it still looks great at a distance, and really no one is inspecting my wrist too closely. Overall, I'm really pleased with this watch. I've enjoyed wearing it, and the compliments I've been given! It's comfortable, very lightweight, and, as a daily watch-wearer, I don't really feel it on my wrist unless I'm thinking about it. There's still some wear left in it, and I think it will last at least until the three year mark without looking too bad - considering the price (I actually got mine for £30 - prices have since increased to £38) I'm happy with the length of wear. If you want a watch to last decades, though, I don't think a plastic watch is a good choice; for that, stick to metal with a glass/crystal face. This is obviously a fashion piece, and, honestly, as much as I love this one I will enjoy picking out my next Swatch!
This was an impulse buy of mine two years ago as I just couldnt resist the brightness of it! I was on holidays in Spain and they had a large Swatch shop in a massive department store and I was spoilt for choice. I had always wanted a Swatch watch but never found any I really loved so after trawling through racks of watches this "Color the Sky" caught my eye. The design really appealled to me because I was looking to buy a casual watch and this had fun written all over it! The cost of this watch was 25 euro which is actually cheaper than what it is on Amazon at the moment for 30 pounds. I think this is because I bought it directly from a Swatch store and there was a factory discount. So be sure to shop around. The watch has stripes running horizontilly down the straps and the face of the watch looks very playful as the white coloured numbers look as though a child has written them. Although I wouldnt say this is a childs watch as there is more of a playful character to it. Its not a watch I would wear day in and day out and I certainly wouldnt be seen wearing it at work but I do like to wear it at the weekends or when I'm on holidays. As soon as I put it on I feel more care free because I know work is another day! I have had this watch for two years now and when its not in use I do pull out the latch so the time stops and the battery doesnt waste. I havent ever had to change the battery and the time is always percise. It doesnt have any features really so it wouldnt be wise to depend on this as an alarm clock. I would recommend this watch especially as a gift because its a lovely watch although you probably wont wear this one everyday and for this reason you may not buy this for yourself. I needed a treat!
I don't wear a watch all that often because they irritate my wrist but over the years I've collected a few that I've had as presents and my fave and the one I wear the most (if you can say a watch I wear about 4 times a year is the most!!! lol) is this Color The Sky watch from Swatch. I don't know how cheap you can get it for because mine was a present about 4 years ago but having a look about online shows you can get one for about £30.00. You know what I'd have never guessed it was that expensive actually because if I come to buy myself a watch I don't think I'd spend more than a tenner! This one has got a very bright stripey strap, the strap is plastic but it must be well ventilated because it doesn't make my wrist sweat even when I wear it in the hot weather. The brightness of it means it's a perfect watch for when I'm wearing my bright clothes in the summer. The strap is actually a bit wider than it looks in the photo Dooyoo have got up so the colours stand out really nice. The face is stripey as well but the colours they've used for that aren't quite as bright, they're not dull or anything like that it's just that by using colours that aren't in your face bright it helps the hands of the watch to stand out properly. It's easy to set the watch using the little dial and the hands move nice and smoothly with no jerky movements. This watch has always kept brilliant time and has never lost or gained a minute for me..... apart from when it's stopped that is and that's my fault not the watches! The hands of the watch are very easy to see, they are plain white so stand out nice against the background and the numbers on the watch are white too so you can see straight away the time without having to strain your eyes. If the numbers had been in any other colour I don't think they would show up as good and that would make telling the time a bit more awkward sometimes... and no it's not that I can't tell the time it's just that all these stripes and colours would confuse the eye I think if Swatch had baffled the face of the watch with multi coloured numbers! This is a lovely watch and even though I don't wear it all that often I'm glad I've got it in my jewellery box to put on when I do fancy wearing it. It's easy to accessorise this watch with whatever you're wearing because of all the different colours and the strap is just the right length so that if you've got skinny wrists like me there isn't a long length flapping about, but if you've got big wrists you'll still be able to do it up because the holes in the strap go all the way to the end. Recommended!!!
Over the years I have built up a bit of a collection of Swatch watches, nothing too extensive but I do tend to buy at least one watch a year as a minimum and quite often get them given to me as presents, they are a very collectable item and some of them are only produced as limited editions to enhance their collectability and also to help maintain their brand image. Colour the Sky is one of my favourite Swatch watches to wear during the summer as it is a bright and colourful watch with a band that is a mass of colour a bit like a rainbow on your wrist. It is a plastic wrist strap with lots of shades of red, green and turquoise on it as well as orange. The face of the watch also has this blended colour to it and the numbers are in white so that they stand out. The threee hands are also white in colour. The watch is hard wearing and the battery life is pretty good, on average about two to three years before it needs replacing, it is meant to be waterproof but I have never tested it out in the pool to see if it is. I find this to be a bright and attractive Swatch and one that I wear fairly often, like all plastic Swatches the achilles heel is the strap which you do have to be careful with however so far this one has not needed replacing. This particular Swatch is one of the cheaper ones and retails for around the £30 mark.
I have owned a Swatch watch since I was a teenager, and that's a long time ago, let me tell you! I would not be without one. They are extremely hard wearing and long lasting - not to mention fun and funky! My last Swatch watch gave up the ghost on me last year. It kept perfect time for ages, went through numerous battery changes without hiccup, then finally decided it didn't like being taken on a plane. Everytime I travelled abroad it would stop the minute I took off and start again sometime after landing. Weird. So I eventually decided I would need to retire it and find something new. I searched for ages for the perfect Swatch. Up until then I had always opted for the child's size watch, having very small wrists. But all the children's sized ones around at the moment are very definately 'children's designs. Then I found 'colour the sky' and decided to be grown up and have this one. I love it! Although it still looks a little big on my wrist I am getting used to the size. The watch has a strap made of plastic with rainbow coloured stripes that aren't uniform and have different shades of red and green. It is very flexible and very comfortable to wear. This is the least durable part of the Swatch watch, however, as I have sometimes needed to replace the strap, but the watch itself rarely goes wrong (the exception being as stated above). This design continues on to the face of the watch. The numbers on the face are quite large and white, so they can be seen very easily. The font of the numbers is quite funky too, as the numbers are also not uniform but look more like they have been written there by hand. The numbers 12, 3, 6 and 9 are slightly bigger than the others. The hands are white also and each hand has a circle at the end of it. There is a second hand which ticks as it moves on it's jerky path around the watch. This ticking is the only slightly annoying feature of the watch. I don't hear it when I'm wearing the watch but it is really noticable when I take it off of an evening and put it down on a table. I usually end up flinging it somewhere so I can't hear it. The face of the watch and it's mechanisms are encased in plastic, thus making it completely waterproof. This is one of the main reasons I love Swatch watches. I have worn them in the swimming pool and in the sea and have never had any problems with them. This is a great watch and I'm glad I bought it. If you are considering one, then shop around the Internet. In the shops, duty free shops and abroad they retail at about £40, I paid £30 for mine.
The fact that these watches are pretty hard to find at knock-down prices is testament to how good they actually are. Many many years ago my wife bought a classic black swatch and it is still without fault. So, when my daughter needed a watch for school, it was off to our nearest Swatch shop. There are always plenty to choose from, but we chose this Color the Sky version because not only does it look really groovy, but also has a very clear face, so is very easy to read. The colours are very vibrant, with a translucent overlay on the outside of the strap to protect the design. The face has nice white numbers on the same style background. The cover on the face also seems very tough. Not sure how easy it would be to scratch, but it feels as though it would take a few knocks. The strap also has a good size range. My daughter is 12 with skinny wrists and it goes down really small, so would probably be suitable from around 9 years upwards. Great styling here, not many features, but for a plain simple good looking watch you can't go wrong.