The Mutewatch is made by the small Sweedish company Mutewatch.
Other colors in the Mutewatch line include charcoal grey, poppy red and special black version, Svart.
Mutewatch is a different kind of watch than most people are use to…….
First of all, the display of the watch is off by default, and requires either a touch or a movement of the hand to activate.
Second, the display of the watch is oriented in a 90 degree clockwise from traditional watches.
Third, the watch has a strong vibrating alarm/timer function and
finally, the watch has multiple LED lights to show the time through the rubber/plastic material, upgradable firmware option, water resistant design and a USB charging option.
What is the Mutewatch?
Well its not a watch that is aimed at competing with smart phone connected watches that alert you of everything your phone, and social network feel that you should know.
Rather its a watch that gets out of your way, but lets you set silent alerts, in order for you to control when you want to be interrupted.
The Mutewatch is a one piece rubber watch. The strap is closed by a “snap button” and the size is adjustable.
The watch looks like a solid piece and when you look at the display area there is really no indication that there is a display there, until the white LEDs light up when you flick your wrist or touch the display.
One thing to note that according to Mutewatch the watch fits wrists between 14 cm and 18,5 cm. I for example use the MW in the largest or second largest setting, but at the same time wearing a typical G-shock, I would have 5 more larger settings to choose from.
Something to keep in mind if you have large wrists.
There is a USB plug in the wristband to charge the watch and update firmware if the company updates the firmware.
The screen of the watch is a capacitive touch screen, which consists of 48 leds that form the numbers and letters and a LED in the middle (the Mutewatch logo)
The Mutewatch however does add quite a few very useful features, to this very differently looking watch.
The watch has a clock in the 24 hour format, five alarms with a vibrating alert , timer function with a vibrating alert , an ambient light sensor, motion detector.
The clock is activated either by rotating your wrist or touching the screen.
You are assisted by messages about what function you are using
You can swipe in either direction, you will always end back at the clock.
The watch has a timer function for counting downwards from up to 59:59.
The watch has an alarm feature, where you can set up to 5 alarms, and choose if they are repeating alarms or a one time alarm.
You can see the little “mw” Mutewatch logo here in the middle if you have an alarm or timer activated.
The ease of setting an alarm or timer is such that I have been using those features, more in the last weeks than in my entire life before that (on previous watches)
To cancel a timer or alarm, simply do a pinch motion and it disappears.
The screen is well readable in all situations I have used the watch, but I have not been able to try it out in direct sunlight.
There is an option to choose between a long or short vibrating alert.
Then you select a short or long alert it applies to both alarms and timer (countdown) alarms.
When the “long” alert goes off, three boxes will appear on the screen and you will need to press each one to dismiss the alarm, if not dismissed the vibrating alarm will continue for about one minute.
When the “short” alarm goes off the watch will generate two quick vibrations but no screen icon or indicator will be displayed.
I prefer using the longer alert, since I found that I sometimes missed the short vibration. I would prefer 4-6 vibrating bursts in the short mode so I would be sure not to miss the alert.
The longer setting was enough to wake me up in the morning, but I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the vibrating might not be enough to wake heavy sleepers.
The battery life of the watch is between 3 and 4 days, and I believe it takes about an hour, maybe two to charge the battery.
If you are still using a Nokia 5110 that you need to charge once a month, charging a watch might seem a big deal to you, but when you are like me charging the smartphone every single night, and a tablet computer every other night, frankly charging a watch really does not bother me.
There is a short extension USB cord included with the Mutewatch, and you can charge it by connecting it to your computer.
(I just connect mine to an iPhone charger and leave it in there to charge)
Future firmware updates ?
Mutewatch has not released any firmware updates yet, but they state that the firmware of the Mutewatch is upgradable.
Personally I would like to see a 60 minute stopwatch/timer, and an option to turn off the flick-motion sensor, so the watch would just turn on using direct touch, not a deal breaker, but something that could come in handy.
The Mutewatch is a very capable watch feature wise and the potential for future firmware updates is very promising as well. This watch is really different from most watches out there, but still looks really good and remains very useful and is comfortable to wear.
Very many people asked about this watch, and most comments were very favorable, and every single person was at least interested 🙂
The snap has opened a couple of times when I was taking my winter jacket off, since there is no additional safety on the strap other than the snap, but due to the light weight of the watch I am not too worried if it would end on the floor, but time will have to tell how the rubber/plastic material will hold up against scratches and such wear.
If you are interested there are a few videos on the Mutewatch webpage, demonstrating settings and other features of the watch.