View Full Version : Swimming watches

November 16th, 2007, 02:06 PM
Anyone have suggestions as to the best swimming watches? I don't want anything really complicated; don't need a digital, but I do want it well lit, and a good indiglo light for use at night. Also, prefer fabric band vs. rubber.

November 16th, 2007, 05:50 PM
Timex makes a zillion variations of the Ironman series. I suggest going to a store and trying a few on. My Ironman has a 50 split memory (useful at meets), and a repeating interval timer, useful occasionally when I don't have a pace clock. It has one big button on top to start/stop the stopwatch. Only drawback is that occasionally I hit it when I streamline right hand over left.

I would not want a fabric band because I typically wear my watch after I'm out of the pool and I want it dry.

You can often find very good deals on Timex Ironman watches on ebay.

November 17th, 2007, 02:14 PM
I've always used an Iron-man and work in the water nearly every day. I love it. A lot of functions and easy to use.

Allen Stark
November 17th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Yes,Timex Ironman:banana:.I also agree about plastic watch bands.The fabric ones stay wet and get smelly with everyday swims:(.

November 18th, 2007, 08:34 AM
I know that you said that you didn't want anything complicated but I swim with a heart rate monitor watch (Polar). The chest strap usually lasts about 4-6 months before the chlorine destroys it. It's a bit big and clunky but you get use to it.

By the way, are you planning on using the watch all the time or just when swimming?