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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
Aug 20,2013 I lost the watch on an overseas trip, and promptly re-ordered the same watch when I returned.
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July 8, 2013 Editing my original review below from Nov 2012. The watch has been working just fine. I have no problem with "hair trigger" buttons. And so far the band has held up well. So - I strongly recommend this watch, particularly if you need the "weekly" alarm feature.
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I've had Timex digital watches for years now, because I like the styling and I need the Countdown Timer and Alarm features. This time I was particularly looking for a version that has the "Weekly" alarm feature, i.e. can be set for a specific day/time (e.g. every Wed at 11:30); this is in addition to the more standard "Daily, Weekdays, Weekends" alarm options. Many watches on the Timex website mistakenly indicate Weekly when you first look at the descriptions, but on the downloaded PDFs, they says only "Daily, Weekdays, Weekends", and not "Weekly". Some of these watches are similarly incorrectly advertised on Amazon, but I attribute the fault to Timex, not to Amazon. I actually bought one from Amazon and immediately returned it when I realized the Weekly alarm didn't exist (no probem; thanks Amazon). The only Timex I knew about with the "weekly" feature was another Ironman model T54281. I had owned this once before, but vowed not to buy it again because the band breaks within a short period and is not replaceable; this problem is noted in the many critical reviews on both the Timex and Amazon websites. I was getting discouraged, until somehow, after more web browsing, I found the T5K335, which does have the "weekly" feature (confirmed when I downloaded the PDF from the Timex website), as well as a band that appeared reasonably durable. So I ordered it from Amazon. After a few weeks, so far so good; but still hoping about the strap - seems better than the T5K335, but maybe not as durable as some other Timex watches. The band is "integrated", i.e. it goes all around the watch and is not replaceable. Why does Timex have to chose a seemingly less durable band for its "Weekly" alarm watches. For this reason I deduct 1 star.
The following sums up my experience:

The right Timex I wanted to seek
But my chances were seeming quite bleak
True, they all take a licking
And keep right on ticking
But few alarms chime once a week
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
Perviously I had owned the Timex Unisex T54281 Ironman Triathlon Sleek 5/1 Resin Strap Watch and I loved it. The only problem is that the strap began to break and you can't really buy replacement straps for it. Luckly my birthday was coming up so I sent my family a link to these three watches to pick from:
Timex Ironman Sleek 50-Lap Full-size Digital Men's watch #T5K335 (This watch)
Timex Men's T5K4959J Traditional 50-Lap Ironman Watch
Timex Unisex T54281 Ironman Triathlon Sleek 5/1 Resin Strap Watch (Watch I owned before)

My sister decided to get me the T5K335. I opened the box put it on my wrist and quickly discovered why I would need to return it. The buttons on the side of the watch get set off at a hair's trigger. For this to be an active watch, I can't have it switching modes on me willy-nilly.

Other than that, I'm sure it functions just like my old watch, but the issue with the buttons would drive me crazy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
I bought the previous version of this watch in 2008, that one lasted for 3 years, through vigorous use.
This version only lasted 15 months for me. Could timex have changed one of their suppliers for the rubber in the wristband?

Pros: every feature I want in a watch is great. Timers, chronos, alarms, button placement, all are exactly as desired.

Cons: the watchband is an integral part of the watch, and cannot be replaced. And this one cracked after 15 months of real use. Warranty is 12 months.
Caveats: I swim in pools, lakes, and sometimes oceans. I wear this in the kitchen, on the bike, on sunny hikes, while working in the yard or washing the car. I put it to hard use. It gets all sorts of stuff on it. I always wash it separately in the shower, as I did the previous watch, but it has touched all sorts of oils (from Canola to two-stroke) , alcohols (from Purell to Bourbon), and soaps (from fels-naptha to borax), so maybe that's reduced the longevity for me.
But the old one held up to that abuse longer than this one did.

Overall, I love it, but I wish I could replace the band!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
My husband loves these watches but the band is always breaking so we just get him a new one. It seems to do well otherwise...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2015
Because this watch has now gotten me through my first Ironman journey, I will give it the 5 stars that has been long overdue. I bought the watch (blue strap version with white-on-black split button) two years ago after becoming more serious about running and then catching the triathlon bug. I picked it out at Academy because it was on sale for under $30 in the check-out line and looked great in passing, being aerodynamically smooth and different compared to most of the other blocky designs (I had actually just returned a blocky blue Timex IM model with the velcro strap at Walmart before deciding about this one). I liked the larger and legible face, and the checkered bezel pattern is classy, reminding me of the carbon fiber on exotic cars. It did great through my first Ironman 70.3 in Galveston, which is a 1.2 mile open water ocean swim. Never had problems with the watch falling off, and the band has done well in spite of the salt water. I did scratch the face deeply on a steel bike stand in the race transition, but buffed most of it out pretty easily with tooth paste after. In the past year since then, it has kept faithful time for my tight work schedule, quietly born the Ironman reminder in business meetings where others flashed their Rolexes and Tags, provided ample memory space for countless swim and running training splits, and served as a favorite loaner watch of my young son's for the timer function to finish his math homework on time. I did replace the battery by myself after about two years - very simple four screws on the back. The Indiglo light came back on brighter than before and the seal went back on just great with no condensation throughout my subsequent swim training and rough summer activities with the kids. Two weeks ago, during Ironman Texas North American Championships I wore this watch on my right wrist as a back-up, with my Suunto Ambit 2S on the left for primary GPS/HRM/pace. (Before the race, this watch even helped to hide my race band under it for two days from my parents because I didn't want them to worry.) This Timex watch again did great through 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of hot Texas biking, and, most importantly, helped me beat the cut-off times during the dark run hours when the GPS watch was running out and the Indiglo showed the rest of the way. It has proven its worth compared to watches many times its price, and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
My last running watch was a timex iron man tap lap, unfortunately that was not as water proof as I was lead to believe, it was also a little large for my liking and I often accidentally pressed the side buttons on it when my hand was flexed up. This watch is the perfect size, simple to use, and very affordable. I like to run, swim, shower, and live in my running watches, they are essential for be at work (I am a lifeguard) and this one is wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2014
This is my 5th or 6th Ironman over the past 20 years. Obviously I like the brand and the style. What I especially like about this one are the three alarms and the thinner profile. It's by no means a thin watch, but it does live up to the "sleek" name. Shirt sleeves slide over it better than some of the other Ironman styles that I've owned.

I do not use the interval timers, just the stopwatch function (great for timing a steak on the grill). There are three alarms. I set one to wake me on weekdays, then use the others to remind me of specific events during the day.

A common weakness on Ironman watches is the band. This band does not appear to be replaceable, but it seems sturdier than some of the other Ironman styles that I've owned.

I do like the slightly larger numbers on the watch face, which makes it easier to read without glasses. The Indiglo feature is very bright and stays on for a couple of seconds after you press the button.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
Great product, low cost. If band breaks like what previous purchasers have said then I'll buy another. Perfect for swimming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2014
Similar to a lot of the other Ironman watches, which I've owned several of. My last one was significantly cheaper (can't bring the model number to mind) and died about 3 weeks after purchase. I took it to a watch store and the guy who looked at it had no clue as to the cause of death.

Anyways, so far, this one does just about everything I want in a basic watch. Easy to read display, buttons work well, pretty easy to use overall. I haven't been wearing a watch for quite a while, so I have a few hot spots where it's a bit uncomfortable. But I'm expecting that to go away over time (as it has in my experience).

Since it's such a basic watch, I can't say a whole lot about it, but I will say that I think my favorite part about it is the appearance. Looks pretty good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
Nice watch; face looks good. Doesn't look cheap and the band works well. Easy to use; and comfortable to wear.
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