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, although Our WWR30 Swan & Edgar discount code drops that to £130. This watch was provided free of charge for my review. Bear that in mind (along with the fact that affiliate discount codes get the referrer a percentage of any referred sales) when reading this – or any other – reviews of the brand.

At a glance

Swan & Edgar Complexity Automatic

£190 (£133 with code WWR30)
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). For those concerned about a no-name movement’s longevity, I must point out that the brand offers a five-year warranty. That’s generous by any account and shows that the brand has some confidence in its quality. 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 but it is about right for a 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 in the microbrand watch world for a while, then you might not 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. Overall, it’s a nice watch to wear at a manageable 80g and with just enough lug curvature for my 7.5-inch wrist.

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. I’ll make no further comparison between the brands – I did that in a recent Youtube video. 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 better quality control in a watch selling at £190.

Having said that, for £130, I have seen a lot worse, and you can always rely on that 5-year warranty if you buy a lemon – which you can’t do if you import a similar-looking watch from a Chinese seller. All in all, I think it’s the best looking out of all the Swan & Edgar watches I have reviewed.

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 – so I shall leave it there!

Swan & Edgar Complexity Automatic – Video Review

What I Liked

What I Didn’t like

  • It’s the best looking Swan & Edgar watch I have reviewed
  • With 30% off, the price of this watch is closer to what I think is a fair price for the specs on offer than other models I’ve seen from the brand
  • The watch is comfortable to wear
  • I would much prefer a sapphire to a mineral crystal
  • I had a few niggles with the finish on the dial
  • The brand name will definitely divide opinion

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 – although you won’t get a 5-year warranty.

For those reasons, it would be very easy for me to criticise this watch. However, for what it is – an alternative to a high-street watch aimed at someone who is not already a watch enthusiast and does not fancy navigating the auction sites or importing directly from China – it doesn’t do a bad job at all.

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Author: 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.

3 Replies to “Swan & Edgar Complexity Automatic Review

  1. Swan & Edgar use a modified RK5D automatic movement in some or maybe all of their watches I can’t find any info on this movement

    1. As far as I can tell it’s the same movement in every watch – and you’ll also find it in dozens of “Aliexpress watches” often marked as “calendar watch” – but I’ve never even been able to find a name, thanks for this!

  2. I think Gamages of London use this movement as well on their website they advertise the watches for £600-£650 which seems obscenely overpriced you can find the exact same watches on TJC shopping channel for £99 I am sure both brands are owned by the Fields family Swan & Edgar and Gamages of London would not disclose any information to me regarding the movement I got the info from a shopping channel

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