The last timeÂ we looked at a model from Swatch, we focused in on a more subdued three-hander. Â Today, we’ll have one that’s rather a different piece altogther.
How different? Â How about a curved digital display, controlled by a touch screen, all set in aÂ camouflageÂ case and strap? Â The Swatch TouchÂ line is relatively new, introduced in about the last year or so. The specific sample we have on hand is theÂ SURB105. Â Regardless of the model you select, you’ll have a watch with the following specs:
- 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. Â All of the functions are controlled by a fairly responsive touch screen. Â I will say, me trying to describe how the touch screen works will be futile. Â Instead, I’ll refer you to theirÂ manual.
Suffice to say, its pretty easy to work through learning the functions. Â There are two difficulties you may run into. Â First, the touch function can be a little sensitive, meaning you may flip past the function you wanted to get into it. Â Second, the crystal is highly reflective (and curved) – so you’ll want to be careful of the glare.
Those all aside, it’s a good bit of kit. Â 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. Â At an MSRP of $140 (Swatch Store), the watch is interesting. Â When the price drops down closer to $100 (As I found onÂ 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.