Thursday, December 2, 2010

APS Staff Favorite Gear: Timex Ironman (Sailing) Watch

Although it’s helped me many times on the race course one of my favorite sailing items isn’t actually sailing specific, it’s my Timex Ironman Watch. So, it doesn’t have sailing specific features such as sync which doesn’t put it in the “sailing watch category”, but it has enough for me and this watch doesn’t leave my wrist and here are a few reasons why that is so.

On the water, the most important feature is the timer function and with the Ironman one can adjust the timer function to count down from any time down to the second. Mine is always pre-set to start at 5 minutes. I set it this way so that if I’m too busy packing a sail or cleaning up the cockpit to catch the five minute I can start the timer in three quick button presses. If you miss it all together you can quickly also change the starting point to be 4 minutes and catch the next horn. Further, you can also quickly set it to another random time to sync with another person on your boat. That is if you’re not so inclined to start your clock early at say 6 or 10 minutes relative to boats starting before you.

If you’re a PHRF sailor the Chrono function is great for clocking your time on boats crossing the line and to gauge how well (or poorly) you sailed. Another feature distance racers will appreciate is the dual alarms. It makes it convenient that you can set your alarm(s) in advance for your upcoming watches. For night watches you’ll also find the Indiglo, night light, lock convenient in that you can turn it on and not have to worry about the backlight turning off while you’re paging through the displayed data.

Sure, it doesn’t have large type or sync features like say the Gill watch, but it also doesn’t do as much damage to the wallet. For the price of this bad boy you get a whole lot of watch that will serve you well both on and off the race course. In short, I’ve had this watch for nearly four years and despite hardly ever taking it off it is still going strong.

5 comments:

  1. My husband and I both LOVE our Iron(wo)man watches. Awesome for sailing, but just as great for biking, running & swimming. Idiot proof buttons and very easy to change time - use timer - alarm and stop watch.

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  2. Does de countdown has a beep every minute when is running, then when you´re half a minute to go, 20 second, 10 seconds, 54321??? sorry about my routh english!
    greetings from Argentina
    Alejandro
    cocoycr@hotmail.com

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  3. Hi Coco, Greetings from Annapolis! The Timex doesn't do any sort of countdown. If you want those functions, it sounds like the Ronstan watches are your best choice: http://www.apsltd.com/c-4167-ronstansailingwatches.aspx

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  4. I really like my Ironman, but want something that looks a little better. I like the looks of the Ronstan Clear Start Regatta Watch, but have a question - Does the time function on the Ronstan watch display the time to the second and show the date like the Ironman? It looks like the Ronstan only shows time to the minute. To anticipate the race committee starting guns I keep track of the exact time to the second that they fire their guns.

    leholt@comcast.net

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  5. I LOVE my vintage Ironman watch. Splashed two, left one on a plane to a regatta (grrrr), have two more but they are well used and aging. They made one change that has me not upgrading. My old watches have start and stop on separate buttons on the face.
    Any opportunity to convince them to put the stop button back on the face, not on the side where my sailing gloves randomly shut down the sequence?

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