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Timex: You have a problem!
on March 1, 2010
I have been using Timex Ironman watches for more than 20 years. I love them and never wear anything else.
I bought this one for two reasons:
1.) The display is big and easier to read during workouts than some of my other watches;
2.) I like new gadgets.
I took the watch for my first swim workout and during a 2,000 yard swim, the stopwatch randomly recorded a split 87 times. Sometimes, it would record a split every 5-10 seconds, for no reason.
I attribute this to either the tap screen being defective or there is a small leak in the watch, which will eventually destroy the watch.
Otherwise, the watch is just about like every other Ironman watch, though I really do like the large display and the tap-screen function is kind of cool and allows for mindless split recording in the middle of a workout or a race.
I have contacted the seller for a replacement and will post an update when I get a new one.
***MARCH 13, 2010 UPDATE***
I received my second watch from the seller. It too has the same flaw. As I told them in an email - Timex has a fundamental design flaw with the Tap Screen: Even at the highest tap setting, when you swim, unless you place your arm gently in the water on each swim stroke, it records that stroke as a tap i.e. a lap. Obviously, this is useless to a triathlete.
I actually live about 15 miles from Timex headquarters. It is a great company, with great people. Timex supports local races that I compete in and I have nothing bad to say about it as a company. I just can't believe that it would release a watch for TRIATHLETES that does not work in the water. It took me exactly five minutes each with two separate watches to determine that the tap screen technology is flawed. How did this product ever make it out of testing???
This is simply an unfortunate mistake by Timex.
If you are just running and/or biking, the watch may be OK. If you are a triathlete, avoid this watch like the plague. I just wish I could give it zero stars.
***MARCH 27, 2010 UPDATE***
The seller of this product - Clever Training - is great. They were very cooperative and after the second watch was returned, issued a full refund. I would definitely do business with them again. (Though I think Timex should reimburse me for the shipping charges to send back two of their defective watches.)