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REVIEW: Swatch Touch

Posted on 07 September 2012 by Patrick Kansa

 

The last time we looked at a model from Swatch, we focused in on a more subdued three-hander.  Today, we’ll have one that’s rather a different piece altogther.

How different?  How about a curved digital display, controlled by a touch screen, all set in a camouflage case and strap?  The Swatch Touch line is relatively new, introduced in about the last year or so. The specific sample we have on hand is the SURB105.  Regardless of the model you select, you’ll have a watch with the following specs:

  • Alarm
  • Backlight
  • Chronograph
  • Dual timer
  • Dual timezones
  • Digital quartz movement powered by a CR1632 battery
  • Silicone strap
  • Plastic case (52.6mm x 39mm x 11.9mm)
  • 100m water resistance rating

All of this adds up to a rather lightweight and compact watch that has a ton of functionality hiding under that legible screen.  All of the functions are controlled by a fairly responsive touch screen.  I will say, me trying to describe how the touch screen works will be futile.  Instead, I’ll refer you to their manual.

Suffice to say, its pretty easy to work through learning the functions.  There are two difficulties you may run into.  First, the touch function can be a little sensitive, meaning you may flip past the function you wanted to get into it.  Second, the crystal is highly reflective (and curved) – so you’ll want to be careful of the glare.

Easy battery swap here!

Those all aside, it’s a good bit of kit.  The alarm is reasonably loud, and the backlight is one of the best I’ve seen to date on a digital display – the large numerals probably assist in that regard.  At an MSRP of $140 (Swatch Store), the watch is interesting.  When the price drops down closer to $100 (As I found on Amazon), it becomes a very tempting option – and that’s in a variety of color schemes.

Of course, if you like the camouflage that we showed here, you’ll want to keep an eye on these pages – you just might be able to get it for the low, low price of free.

 

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