Product Type: Swatch Chronograph
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Rainbow on your Wrist
Swatch Color the Sky GS124
Member Name: square88
Swatch Color the Sky GS124
Advantages: Striking colourful appearance, lots of compliments, reliable timekeeping, comfortable and lightweigh
Disadvantages: Lasts up to 3 years-ish with daily wear - not a long-term timepiece!
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!
Summary: Very pleased with this watch - looks great, feels great, tells the time.
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