“ Brand: Me To You / Type: Kids Watch „
I am a massive fan of Me to You Tatty Teddy and this watch was brought for me as a birthday present. It's an absolutely adorable watch and I really like it (even if it is aimed at a slightly younger audience!).
--- Price & Availability ---
This watch costs £14.95 from Amazon or £10 from Argos which is an absolute bargain considering it has lasted me 2 years now and looks a lot more expensive than it is.
--- The Look ---
It comes packaged in a nice plastic Me To You presentation box which is pale blue with a silver swirly pattern in one corner and Tatty Teddy in the other. The curved edges of the box are easy to unfold and the watch just slides out. There is also a manufacturers guarantee included.
The watch itself is really cute with a solid pale pink leather strap that has a silver stainless steel buckle and 7 holes so there is plenty of room for adjusting it. According to Amazon the length of the whole strap measures 21.3cm, when fastened on the tightest hole its 14.5cm and on the loosest hole its 18cm. The watch has a small patterned heart charm just under the clock face which is surrounded by pretty crystals around the edge. I don't normally notice the heart charm at all, although occasionally when I'm wearing certain materials it does have an annoying tendency to get caught. An image of Tatty Teddy on a pale pink background can be seen on the clock face with silver numbers and hands that are small but still easy to see.
--- Usage ---
The battery powered watch is quartz and, like pretty much every watch, has a silver knob at the side to adjust the time. It still keeps time really well and in the whole time I've had it I have only had to adjust it once. The thickness of the strap makes it really easy to do up and it always stays securely fastened. Given the price of the watch it has been extremely long lasting and shows only minor signs of wear such as a few lines and marks on the strap.
--- Summary ---
Overall I am thrilled with this watch. It is really pretty, cheap and great to wear for everyday use. I am impressed by how long it has lasted and it makes an ideal gift for both young and old.
Time has been an important aspect at home over the last few months as my youngest daughter has started to show an interest in learning to tell the time, and my eldest has finally cracked it and can now fully tell the time. To mark such an occasion (!), for Christmas I thought it would be appropriate to give each of my girls a watch. My youngest received her first watch, while my eldest received this Tatty Teddy watch to replace her more 'babyish' first watch.
I wanted a watch that wasn't too expensive as my daughter has a nasty habit of 'losing' things, so I was happy to find this Tatty Teddy watch in Argos for just under £10. She is getting to an age where she has started to take an interest in the Tatty Teddy range so I was happy with this choice, even if it had been led mainly by the price.
Coming in a nice presentation box, it does make a lovely gift and seemed a lot more special than something that £10 could buy. For her, you would have thought I had bought her a Tag Heuer and she was over the moon with it!
Measuring around 21cm, it could actually fit on an adults wrist, and my husband had to put an extra few holes in the strap to allow it to fit her. This is something that I normally have to do in my own watches though so I don't think this is a design flaw, more just our skinny little wrists!
The watch itself is quite subtle which I like. Usually I find that children's watches tend to have whichever endorsement plastered over every single bit of the watch including the strap, but this watch is much more subtle and 'grown up'. She really felt a big girl on Christmas Day when she received the watch, despite only actually being 6! The face of the watch has (as you would expect) a Tatty Teddy on a pink background and numbers on the face. The pink leather strap was a little tricky at first for her to manage to put on herself but after persevering and wearing the leather in a little, she can now manage to fasten the strap by herself. Something I was quite impressed with - I sometimes struggle to fasten my own watch!
The watch has minutes and hours and a seconds hand which was a novelty to her for an alarming amount of time! I can now show her how much time she is wasting when she is eating slowly, talking when she should be doing homework, dawdling.... (you get the idea!). The watch also has a nice little love heart charm which is fastened to the strap, a nice detail that my daughter loves.
All in all, a pretty decent watch for a child. It seems well made and the price can't be grumbled at at all.
My daughters watch is different to the one pictured but has the same name, I bought it from Amazon two months ago so think this is the updated version. It has got a pale pink leather look strap and the round face is edged with small cubic zircona gems. The face shows Tatty Teddy bending down to look at a flower. It is very feminine in design and right for little girls who like pink, a boy wouldn't want to wear it but there are blue strapped versions available too. The only numerals are 12, 3, 6 and 9 so this isn't a very good watch for young girls who haven't learnt to tell the time alone yet. The charm is a small Tatty Teddy holding a flower, this hangs on a thin chain with small diamond charms.
This watch is very accurate and that surprised me because it was quite cheap at £10. It doesn't lose or gain any time and this is important when you are teaching children to tell the time. It's a watch for children but I have got thin wrists so I wear it sometimes, the accuracy and smoothly sweeping third hand makes it a good watch for me to wear to work where I often have to time hair and skin treatments accurately.
The strap has a soft underside so feels nice against my skin, the loop where you tuck the excess strap is a bit rigid so it catches the little hairs on my arms sometimes. There are plenty of holes in the strap so you can adjust the strap dependent on the size of your wrists, the strap is quite wide but the buckle is thin and fiddly so my daughter can't do it up herself. The watch feels heavy on my wrist but does feel a bit restrictive to me because I am used to wearing looser bracelet watches.
WHAT I THINK
I think this is a beautiful watch for children and ladies who want to show off their young side. The pink strap doesn't not show dirty marks and the face of the watch hasn't scratched even after lots of use by me and my daughter. The time keeping is perfect and that is good for me, my daughters school will not let her wear this watch because it is too dressy and I can understand that with the pink and so many crystals.
The charm has started looking a bit dented around the edges because it dangles so loosely that my daughter knocks it a lot. It also gets caught in her sleeves and that frustrates her.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I brought the watch from Argos just before Christmas as a stocking filler for my 11 year old daughter, who was delighted to get a pink Tatty Teddy watch.
The watch comes in a nice Tatty Teddy presentation box which makes it easy to wrap.
I think the watch is marketed at young girls but it does fit comfortably around my wrist too as the strap measures 21.5cm long including the stainless steel buckle.
The face of the watch features a Tatty Teddy stood with his arms wide open as if preparing to give or receive a cuddle. The bear is grey on a pink background and stands out really well. The numbers on the face of the watch are in silver and despite being very small are quite easy to see. The watch has an hour, minute and second hand also in silver. The watch face is 2cm across including the bezel which claims to be stone set but is actually just patterned, highly polished stainless steel. It does look nice though; just don't expect any sparkly stones.
The watch strap is pink leather, it is very soft and moulds easily around the wrist causing no irritation. On the strap is a small heart charm, this is also patterned stainless steel and not stone-set. It is a nice touch and makes the watch look very girly. The strap is very easy to fasten and stays nice and secure. The strap is wearing well but I do think that the pink will start to rub off if the watch had heavy wear.
The watch movement is quartz analogue and is battery powered. To set the time just pull out the small knob on the right hand side and turn it clockwise till the hands are at the correct time, then push the knob back in and you are all set.
Like all 11 year olds my daughter was thrilled to bits to receive this as a stocking filler and wore it non stop for a few weeks, now the novelty has worn off I had to recover it from the bottom of the toy box to review it. I am glad the watch did not cost me much; I think paid £9.99 from Argos before Christmas. I have found a blue version of the watch on Amazon.co.uk for £16.14 and a white version in HSamuel for £19.99.
In conclusion I think this is a nice enough watch as a gift for a young girl or someone who is a Tatty Teddy fan but I don't expect it to be hard wearing as it feels quite delicate when I am handling it.
The watch is currently selling on amazon.co.uk for £13.95 with free delivery.
Thank you for reading.
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