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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
I bought my first Ironman more than 20 years ago. Since then I have replaced the watch each time the battery runs down, about every 4 or 5 years, because by then it is looking fairly worn (in particular, some DEET sprays can damage the finish). I have used it while swimming, sailing, snowshoeing, pouring concrete, gardening, and so on, in climates ranging from the humid tropics to the desert. Never any problems. I like the stainless steel band with its snap lock, rather than a buckle. It fits well, thanks to an easy pin adjustment, and I have never found it to be insecure. The firmware features have steadily improved over time, without getting too complicated or sacrificing durability, and I think that this watch is outstanding value.

Update: I downgraded the rating from 5 stars to 4, made up of 5 for the watch itself and 3 for the band. I had to shorten the band, and found that using the shorter positions on the snap clip made the fastener stick out and catch on things. So I had to remove two links. I have done this before with no problems, but the design now requires one to drive out the fasteners, which are very thin split pins. Reassembling the band, which requires aligning these pins and driving them home, is extremely difficult to do without damaging them. I consider myself pretty handy, but this really needs to be done by a jeweler. I wish I had been warned in advance by Timex tech support.

Second update, November 2014: Somewhat to my surprise, this watch died on me after only 3 years. Not battery trouble: the control buttons no longer worked, so I could not change time zones or adjust for daylight saving. As I scarcely use them, this seemed premature. It makes me think that someone who uses this watch for its intended purposes (lap timing, etc.) might experience early failure. Still, I'm keeping my rating at 4 stars - and I've just bought another Ironman as a replacement!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2009
I love this watch and the previous similar models.

Pros:
It keeps accurate time,
Looks good,
Is waterproof even in the shower, diving, or surfing,
Is light weight,
The Indiglo light is great,
The functions are easy to use,
You don't need the manual to figure it out, unlike Casio,
Stainless steel band looks great and lasts for years.
Band is easy to adjust compared to Casio.
The price is low so you can just buy a new one when the battery goes,
The battery lasts for years if you don't use the light or alarm too much,
I'm very active and hard on watches. As they say, it takes a linkin' and keeps on tickin'.

Cons:
The band is stainless steel but the silver color on the watch is just silver paint on plastic. It wears away by the time the battery fades. That's ok with me because I just buy a new watch anyway.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
I originally purchased a version of this watch about 6 years ago. I had the same band problems that some people reported - it kept coming undone at the pin. A jeweler replaced the Timex pin with one that was more rigid and I never had the problem again. However, after 6 years, the black plastic around the watch face peeled off. It was likely weakened by sun exposure and by me getting bug spray with Deet on it a few weeks after I first got it which had damaged the silver painted plastic bits and the watch face.

I recently re-purchased the latest version of this watch as I loved the original one so much. It has a slightly different design where the band attaches to the watch face. This seems to have resolved the problem of stress on the pin which made the band come off at that point. The watch has a slightly higher profile than I would like (>1cm). Also, unlike the original version, the Indiglo lights up the numbers rather than the whole face - this is actually quite a cool effect, but it makes the watch less useful as a light. The stainless steel band makes it quite stylish for an Ironman-type Timex while having all the useful chrono features. It can also display up to three different times, which is useful when travelling internationally or knowing the time where my family lives. Overall, it is a great watch with all the features I need and I would definitely recommend it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2010
I've been through three of these watches. The band is poorly design and they have an unusually small pin connection to the watch. The cheap plastic on the watch breaks at the connection. I love this watch but seem to have designed it to fall apart so you have to keep buying new ones. It's junk.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2012
This is an awesome watch. It is really light weight, and the face is very readable. If you can guarantee that you will never bump into anything, get it caught on anything, take it on and off too many times, or look at it funny, then the watch will work great.

That being said, the watch band is horrible. It will break off. I have had three of these. I liked the watch so much, I even considered trying to drill it and make my own pin. If you are not willing/able to do that, then you might as well not get the watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
I had previously purchased this version of watch 3 years ago and it was a very good work watch. This time the watch was the same but the band was very poor quality and felt "cheap". The band lasted 3 days and just broke while I was standing still (no activity).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2014
I really want to love this watch. It looks sharp and it has great features. In fact, I've had 4 of these watches because I've foolishly kept trying. After wearing it and loving it for a few months, the band breaks--in the same place on every one of these watches I've owned. It's impossible to fix. I took it to a jeweler I know and he fixed the first one for about half the original price of the watch. It broke a few weeks later on the same place but on the opposite side. I've not bothered trying to fix the others. If you want a disposable watch that will look great for a few months, then buy this watch. It you want something you can keep, look elsewhere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
This watch lasted through about two months of regular use/wear and tear, and then decidedly gave up after I took a bath. Somehow I must have ordered the Timex Princess model, which instead of being water resistant to 100m, is overwhelmed by about 6 inches of water in the bathtub. I expect quite a lot more from Timex, especially a stainless steel Ironman model. I've had better performance from a 5 dollar watch I got at Rite Aid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2013
Easy to remember how to SET. Large display and easy to read in bright sunlight. The display lights up fantastic at night. The metal band is attractive for a sports watch!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2012
I've tried 2 of these now. The watch broke off of the band in less than one day on both of them. On one I bumped my wrist on a counter the first day I had it. The band snapped out at the watch. The second one, the band broke from the watch while trying to set the time when I first got it just from the pressure of pressing the button. I have been wearing Ironman watches for 30 years now, I have never had any problems until now. They are no longer "Ironman" watches, they are just cheap garbage. They need to go back to one of the older style bands with the wide connection to the watch. The narrow plastic is worthless. I would recommend you avoid these at all costs.
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