Swan & Edgar Complexity Watch Review

Another month, another watch – the Swan & Edgar Complexity. How does it compare to the brand’s previous hit and miss offerings?

Swan & Edgar Complexity Automatic Review

No surprises when it comes to the presentation of the Swan & Edgar Complexity – it comes in the same box as all the other watches I’ve reviewed from the brand. A pretty decent box for the money, with a padded faux-leather top. It does the job and is as good as you would expect for the money – £190. This watch was provided free of charge for my review. Bear that in mind  when reading Swan and Edgar reviews.

At a glance

Swan & Edgar Complexity Automatic

Case size
Water Resistance
Not stated

Case and Movement

The Swan & Edgar Complexity has the same movement as all their other watches: an unnamed Chinese-built automatic movement with subdials for day, date and 24-hours (in this case fashioned as a pictorial day/night indicator). There’s also an open heart feature with an exposed and decorated balance bridge at the 6 o’clock position, if you like that sort of thing.

The case is just fine. It’s not the best-finished watch in the world and is about right for a High Street watch in the £100-£150 range. There are no obvious sharp edges, and I was surprised to see a decorated rotor. If you’re used to high street watches in this price range, you will not be disappointed. If you’ve been watching the microbrand watch world for a while, then you will be. The one thing I was definitely unhappy with is that Swan & Edgar use mineral crystals. Even at this price, I have become accustomed to scratchproof sapphire glass.

Dial and Hands

The dial is better than I expected for the money. I’d put it on a par with something like the Filipo Loreti Rome. Looking closer, there are a few areas where the finishing leaves a lot to be desired – such as the & in Swan & Edgar logo and the blue balance bridge screws. I expect much better quality control, even in a watch selling at £190.

Strap and Buckle / Bracelet and Clasp

The strap is a generic leather affair with a standard engraved tang buckle. I have little more to add other than it is not the worst strap I have ever seen fitted to a low-cost watch – but very far from the best. I’d replace it immediately if I bought this watch.

What I Liked

  • It’s the best looking Swan & Edgar watch I have reviewed

What I Didn’t like

  • I would much prefer a sapphire to a mineral crystal
  • Finishing is poor, especially on the dial
  • The brand name will put off any serious watch collector

Swan & Edgar Complexity Automatic – The WRUK Verdict

It’s a minefield reviewing Swan & Edgar watches as the brand attracts some real consternation from the watch community. If you’re already familiar with the microbrand watch world, there is nothing for you here – and if you are about to buy your first automatic watch, I could recommend lots of alternatives for a lower price. For example, AliExpress has hundreds of watches with this same movement from £40-£100. Unfortunately I can’t recommend this watch.

Buy a Swan & Edgar Complexity Automatic

If you want to buy a Swan and Edgar watch I’d recommend buying from a reputable seller like Amazon UK to take advantage of their customer service.

By Mike Richmond

Mike spends what little spare time he has writing for WRUK; and what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

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