“ Brand: ToyWatch / Watch / Type: Unisex „
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I count myself very lucky to have a (hopefully!) future sister in law who I consider a good friend of mine. After noticing that i didn't have a watch she came home with one of Selfridges Fluo Plasteramic Blue Toy Watches that she got for me.
These watches feature a quartz movement, plastic case and wrist strap, glow in the dark minute and hour hands along with markers every 5 minutes, date display and a mineral crystal scratch resistant window. They are also water resistant and are held closed by a deployment clasp.
Despite googling I have been unable to find exactly how many colour options are. However there are many different styles each with their own colour options and so there is likely to be a style and colour option that you'll like.
The strap on each watch is a collection of plastic links. As the watches are unisex you are likely to need to remove some to make the watch fit. This can either be done yourself if you're brave enough or a Selfridges store will do it for you.
These watches are very chunky which, to be honest, is the complete opposite of what I would have chosen for myself. I prefer finer, more delicate pieces of jewellery and watches. This is roughly 2cm wide around the strap and approximately 4.5cm wide across the face if the watch. That said, it has grown on me and whilst if I bought myself a watch I wouldn't go for this I don't dislike the chunkiness of it.
Setting the time is easy, you simply unscrew the winder then pull it out a little bit before turning the dial, setting the date is just as easy and a very similar process. You unscrew the dial and then turn before pulling. The dial only turns towards you and will not turn away from you. That said, although I do need to change the date if a month has less then 31 days I have never needed to set the time after the initial use as it keeps time very well.
The window to the face of the watch itself hasn't scratched despite being put through some rough treatment, however there is one tiny scratch on the magnified part of the face that allows me to see the date. This is barely noticeable though and doesn't affect my ability to see through it.
The clasp holds well, if anything a little too well as I've found it can take some force to get off. This isn't really a problem though as I'd rather it hold too well then not well enough. The water resistancy has also proved itself. I have worn this watch in torrential downpours and whilst washing up with no problems.
The glow in the dark hands and markers are a useful feature that I've found work relatively well. The markers themselves glow quite strongly and are visible throughout the night, the hands however can be difficult to make out. Given that they are thinner and I'm trying to see them at night I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and point out that this could be due to my eyes. I am short sighted but do have a lot more trouble seeing things when I'm tired even with contacts in.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
Toy watches are only available online or from Selfridges. Depending on the style you want they cost upwards of £85.
Despite having a very positive experience with my watch the price is causing me to hesitate to recommend it. I also think it's a bit too chunky to be worn with evening wear and so if you do have one then you'd probably need a second for nights out.
That said if the style appeals to you and you're not put off by the price these are good quality and I've experienced no problems with mine.
I wanted a big bright watch to replace an expensive dress watch for everyday and saw the Toy watches while on holiday in Italy. The choice of colours is great and for around £100 you get the build quality and reliability of one ten times that but in an everyday statement watch. I was initially worried that the chunkiness would look a little ridiculous on a fairly small female wrist but it looks suprisingly good. I waited longer than I was expecting as the toy watch factory apparantly shuts down over august so if you are buying from an online retailer around this time check whether they are selling you next seasons (ie you'll have to wait for september) or last seasons. THe latest models have a silver edge to the bezel which makes them look a lot more expensive than the plain chunky plastic event hough there is no actual difference in price. I chose a teal colour, which though it looked quite dark on all the online images turned out to be pretty bright. For a girls wrist the straps come up huge, to get them altered you need to go to a toy watch retailer (the only one i could find was selfridges) anywhere else will try to charge, and as the straps are so big (unisex) you probably will need to do this. The only fault I have found is that the raised date window scratched almost immediately, but from experience unless you have a very costly face this is unavoidable.
Overall a brilliant product, great fun, tought, and suprisingly looks pretty good with everything!