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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
An ideal watch for an active person
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!