“ Brand: Lorus / Watch For: Men „
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From Argos at a bargain £17.75 and though listed with a fabric strap, its actually leather inside. It comes in an elegant watch box. It feels like a quality watch as soon as you put it on. The strap is large enough for big wrists, but if you have a thin scrawny frame and a wrist thats basically a twig like I do, then you will probably find it a bit loose even when using the last slot.
Its water resistent to 50 metres as well as being splash proof. The watchface is very large and clear to read and the best part is that it glows (hence the Lumibrite name) when it is dark or the lighting isn't full. Theres no glow buttons to press so it works every time you look at the watch.
It is comfortable enough to wear over long periods; I didn't find it to leave any mark on my wrist. Although if you do sweat a lot like me, then you might find the underside of the strap doesn't soak it up well enough.
Minor niggles I would say for what is a bargain price for a quality make such as Lorus. Simple, stylish watch that works every time whether its bright or dark.
I often find that the simplest of watch designs look the best - and this is arguably the case with the 'Lorus Gents Lumibrite Dial Military Style Watch' - yes, it has a longwinded title, but the watch itself is very simple.
Price, Availability & Features
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Costing £27.89 from amazon.co.uk, the Lorus is water resistant to 100 metres, meaning it's safe to wear whilst swimming or in the bath (or whilst swimming in the bath...!). In terms of its appearance, the watch has a large white face featuring black numbers and markers - this makes it especially good for those with limited eyesight, and is much easier to read than the watches which utilize a black face with white numbers. Darkness isn't a problem for the watch, as it has a Lumibrite face, which illuminates with a bright green glow (no batteries required) in dim conditions.
The Lorus has a very limited set of features - there's a small section which displays the day and the current date, but that's it - nothing else of note. The second hand moves around with a nice action, and setting the time is easily done via a pull out 'winder' on the watch's right hand side.
Build-Quality, Strap, and Battery
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The face of the watch is made from glass, and as a result is pretty scratch resistant. The surround is metal, and overall, the watch feels really well made and sturdy. That said, it's quite light-weight, and certainly won't make your wrist hurt after a day of wearing it. The strap is made from a dark grey fabric and is very hardwearing - it's comfortable to wear, which is always a bonus. In terms of the battery, it takes a small and flat watch button-cell which lasts a decent amount of time (a couple of years). When the battery does finally give up the ghost, it is pretty cheap to replace - jewellers will do it for a few quid.
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If it's a basic, reliable, and nice looking watch that you're after, then you won't go to far wrong with the Lorus Military Style Watch - it's sturdy, comes with a two year warranty, and most importantly it keeps good time - highly recommended.