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Lump
March 3rd, 2010, 09:40 AM
Was looking for recommendations on a good watch from swimming in. Mostly it will be for open water, but I may use it for pool workouts too. The biggest function would be just a stopwatch which most all have, but it would be nice for a countdown function (to signal every 10, 20 minutes, etc for OW training). A HR function would be nice too but I know then it gets to be a bit pricey. I would like to put a $150 cap on it and see what you all come up with.

I'm a bit of a watch collector (have bought and sold dozens) so I'm familiar with many of them. Try to stay away from large, bulky watches like "some" of the G-Shocks, etc.

Post pics and/or links as well if you have them handy!

BR KnuckleDragger
March 3rd, 2010, 11:30 AM
http://big-market.jp/image/MR2129a.jpg

Big enough to see...

BigNoodler
March 3rd, 2010, 11:42 AM
I love my cheap Timex 1440 Sports watch. Lasted through my 10K, 25K OW, and all the trainings associated with those swims. It's still ticking and I wear it daily during my pool practices. $20 @ Target. One reviewer claimed he/ she had a hard time setting the time and other items, but I had no issues at all. Instructions were clear to me.

If I wanted more functionality as you do, I'd have purchased one of these
http://www.timex.com/Sport-Ironman-Products-Products/b/2223481011?ie=UTF8&title=Sport%20%2B%20Ironman
I simply chose to spend my $$$'s on other things associated with travel OW swims as they can get pretty pricey.

I've gone through all different swimming watches since 2002 and I've found Timex to be the best bang for the buck.

aquageek
March 3rd, 2010, 12:07 PM
Hard to beat Timex for durability and price. I just got this one after 5 years on a previous model.

http://www.timex.com/Timex-Ironman-50-Lap-Full/dp/B000SZPZEI

preeder61
March 3rd, 2010, 03:47 PM
I have also bought and swam with a bunch of watches including ones specifically for swimming and keep going back to my old Nike Triax. Big numbers with lots of contrast and you can push the button under water without killing the watch

Amazon.com: Nike Triax Fury 100 Style Watch, Black/Light Graphite: Nike: Watches

Karen Duggan
March 3rd, 2010, 03:55 PM
Timex Ironman is the best.

I also like my Polar F90. It's a HR monitor and also shows calories burned. The only thing it doesn't do, unfortunately, is work as a stopwatch!

BigNoodler
March 3rd, 2010, 09:11 PM
I wrote off Polar watches when mine completely died after a couple of months. Not sure if it was just a fluke, but I never worry about that with Timex.

Allen Stark
March 3rd, 2010, 09:14 PM
I love the Timex Ironman!

lynnwa
March 3rd, 2010, 09:56 PM
I just ordered the Nike Triax from Amazon! I had a swimmers watch from Kiefer that I had trouble seeing the numbers...this one looks much easier to read - we'll see!

Lui
March 4th, 2010, 04:01 AM
Timex Ironman is the best.



Agree.
My first Timex lasted about 10 years(after that the strap accidentally broke but the watch still works), the second lasted 2 months(and then I forgot it in the shower of the pool) and now I have my third Timex.

Lump
March 5th, 2010, 08:38 AM
Hard to beat Timex for durability and price. I just got this one after 5 years on a previous model.

http://www.timex.com/Timex-Ironman-50-Lap-Full/dp/B000SZPZEI

Ordered one off Amazon yesterday for $44, thanks!

Chris Lowe
March 8th, 2010, 12:44 PM
I've tried a few others but always go back to the Ironman. Easy to set the countdown repeat function to your whatever your interval, not too big, lasts me 3+ years with heavy use.

Only complaints I've had are sometimes the straps would fail, and when I was bike racing, moving up from Cat IV to Cat III (ie, crashing a lot in criteriums), the hard points on the case would ding my hand at the base of the thumb. I've always worn my watchface on the inside of my wrist. I stopped wearing one, wrapped it on the bars, and stopped crashing so much, too.

Y'day some try-swimmer was wearing a pulse monitor, drove me crazy every time I would pass him with the intermittent beeping. Maybe the big watch he wears is the cause of his wicked dropped elbows?

flyingms2
July 28th, 2011, 07:00 AM
OK. I loved Timex (note the past tense). I had an Ironman that lasted over 5 years and finally died (the band finally wore through). So last year, I purchased a new one. In less than a few months (I don't remember), it fogged up (meaning water got inside, right?). So I exchanged it. That one lasted another six months, and, after living with it awhile (It still worked, but a few of the crystal displays never recovered, so I never knew what date it showed...), I finally exchanged THAT one last week.

I swam ten 25m laps with it yesterday, and when I got out of the pool, there were water DROPLETS in the display.

I find it hard to beleive that I've had 3 lemon Ironmans in a row. I don't understand how they are working so well for you all, when in the past year I"ve had THREE go sour on me.

I'm done with Timex. The only thing is, I REALLY want a watch I can wear during the day as well as take swimming with me. And other models (like the G-shocks) just seem so, well, clunky.

I keep wondering if Timex moved their manufacturing operation within the past few years to somewhere that has no quality control? This thing is supposed to be water resistant to 100m, and it can't even hack surface swimming....

I'm taking it back to Kohl's for store credit until I can find a suitable replacement, so if you all have any ideas, I'm looking for suggestions...

Thanks,
Jen

dmeschke
February 20th, 2012, 05:27 PM
Times Ironman Triathlete. Don't even remember how long I've had it and the only problem I've ever had is the cloth strap finally gave way so I just bought a replacement Kavu strap.

orca1946
February 21st, 2012, 12:53 PM
If G shock is too large ,then Timex or Nike. I would go with the Nike after reading the last post on timex problems.

knelson
February 21st, 2012, 02:09 PM
I recently chose a watch as a service award at work. It's the Freestyle Shark X 2.0, like this one: Amazon.com: Freestyle Men's FS84877 Shark X 2.0 Analog-Digital Watch: Shark: Watches

Anyone have any experience with this brand? I like the analog/digital combination, but it does make it hard to read the digital part if the hands get in the way. Haven't tried it in the water yet.

gobears
February 21st, 2012, 02:14 PM
OK. I loved Timex (note the past tense). I had an Ironman that lasted over 5 years and finally died (the band finally wore through). So last year, I purchased a new one. In less than a few months (I don't remember), it fogged up (meaning water got inside, right?). So I exchanged it. That one lasted another six months, and, after living with it awhile (It still worked, but a few of the crystal displays never recovered, so I never knew what date it showed...), I finally exchanged THAT one last week.

I swam ten 25m laps with it yesterday, and when I got out of the pool, there were water DROPLETS in the display.

I find it hard to beleive that I've had 3 lemon Ironmans in a row. I don't understand how they are working so well for you all, when in the past year I"ve had THREE go sour on me.

I'm done with Timex. The only thing is, I REALLY want a watch I can wear during the day as well as take swimming with me. And other models (like the G-shocks) just seem so, well, clunky.

I keep wondering if Timex moved their manufacturing operation within the past few years to somewhere that has no quality control? This thing is supposed to be water resistant to 100m, and it can't even hack surface swimming....

I'm taking it back to Kohl's for store credit until I can find a suitable replacement, so if you all have any ideas, I'm looking for suggestions...

Thanks,
Jen

I agree with Jen. I've had Timex Ironman watches for the last 20 years or more. Used to be I'd go through two or three watch straps before I'd have the actual watch have any issues (watches would last years). Over the last 3 years or so I've had at least 3 Timex Ironman watches with the exact same problem (condensation on the inside of the crystal). The rubber face pulls up and gaps and water gets in.

In fact, the last one I bought, I went ahead and paid the $5.00 for 24 months of replace/repair because I was pretty sure it wouldn't last two years. I bought this watch last July and just a couple of days ago I noticed water inside the face. So I will be sending it back to be replaced. And may start steering away from Timex. They clearly don't make them like they used to...

KatieK
February 23rd, 2012, 09:49 AM
I agree with Jen. I've had Timex Ironman watches for the last 20 years or more. Used to be I'd go through two or three watch straps before I'd have the actual watch have any issues (watches would last years). Over the last 3 years or so I've had at least 3 Timex Ironman watches with the exact same problem (condensation on the inside of the crystal). The rubber face pulls up and gaps and water gets in.

In fact, the last one I bought, I went ahead and paid the $5.00 for 24 months of replace/repair because I was pretty sure it wouldn't last two years. I bought this watch last July and just a couple of days ago I noticed water inside the face. So I will be sending it back to be replaced. And may start steering away from Timex. They clearly don't make them like they used to...
That's been my experience too.

I avoided the SwimSense for a long time because it's bulky and ugly, and it's not useful in open water. I broke down and bought a used one a couple weeks ago (well under the $150 you mentioned), and I LOVE that thing. Love it.

It has a stopwatch function, so it's as good in OW as my waterlogged Timex. I love the automatic setting for timing intervals. With a normal stopwatch, I have to either use the pace clock and remember my times (not likely) or inflate my times by the time it takes to hit start and stop.

Swimosaur
February 24th, 2012, 10:26 AM
(Again, I say!) I've had a very positive experience with the SportCount Chrono 100. I use it exclusively for pool swimming; not at all for open water. From this admittedly narrower perspective, it has several advantages, including,

One-handed operation. No awkwardness stopping the watch (*).
Times recorded to the 1/100th.
Remembers up to 100 times: Good for interval sets.
Sufficiently visible display.
Accurate timing of 25 sprints. Next best thing to a deck coach.
(*) With further experience, I now time to the touch on short axis strokes, but time to the feet on long axis strokes. This spares me the trouble of trying to touch the wall and stop the clock with the same hand.

I posted two pictures of the watch here.

TabithaD
February 24th, 2012, 05:00 PM
I've had an IronMan and liked it. I actually like dive watches for wearing mostly on the water but would like something that can count my laps and work as a stopwatch. Has anyone tried the Speedo watches where you can tap the top of the watch after each lap? I think something like that would be cool. I guess a heart rate one would require a heart rate band around your chest wouldn't it?
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PhailinMurphy
February 24th, 2012, 10:43 PM
Hard to beat Timex for durability and price. I just got this one after 5 years on a previous model.

http://www.timex.com/Timex-Ironman-50-Lap-Full/dp/B000SZPZEI

Yeah. Ive seen the watch. This one is also good and not bulky.

http://www.timex.com/Timex-Originals-Dive-Style/dp/B005ELMH7O

JWAJack
February 27th, 2012, 06:53 PM
Has anyone tried the Speedo watches where you can tap the top of the watch after each lap? I think something like that would be cool.

I received one for my birthday in 2010. The strap lasted for almost a year and Speedo did not have a replacement strap and at first told me to buy a new watch. :bitching: I figured out how to make a replacement strap (using a goggle strap -- they have an odd attachment) and the watch lasted a few more months until it go stuck on one lap. It's still stuck there.

I bought the Finis Swimsense and have been using it for two months and really like it. It's pretty accurate in manual mode (you push a button at the end of each set and restart with the next one) and it's cool to have your data recorded and uploadable. I only wish it would also enable recording of kick sets, though I just use the chrono/lap function to track the sets.

arthur
March 1st, 2012, 02:18 AM
I received one for my birthday in 2010. The strap lasted for almost a year and Speedo did not have a replacement strap and at first told me to buy a new watch. :bitching: I figured out how to make a replacement strap (using a goggle strap -- they have an odd attachment) and the watch lasted a few more months until it go stuck on one lap. It's still stuck there.

I bought the Finis Swimsense and have been using it for two months and really like it. It's pretty accurate in manual mode (you push a button at the end of each set and restart with the next one) and it's cool to have your data recorded and uploadable. I only wish it would also enable recording of kick sets, though I just use the chrono/lap function to track the sets.
goswim posted a video ad/review of the swimsense watch today:
FINIS Swimsense® Stroke Monitor - YouTube