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COOL WATCH TO REPLACE MY YEARS OF TIMEX IRONMAN TRIATHALON WATCHES
on November 30, 2013
1/8/16 Latest Update to posts below:
The small loop that holds the excess band in place broke today. The watch isn't that old. I think after having it for a period of time I'm done with it.
Here are a few reasons:
1. The watch is very thick and won't allow me to wear long sleeve dress shirts over it. It is a nuisance.
2. The alarm isn't that loud.
3. The compass isn't that accurate and always needs adjusting.
I'll probably end up with another Ironman, but more like the original series. This one looked nice but didn't function that well.
7/29/14 Update to my previous review below:
As I've now had this watch for a time, I've noticed that the alarm is about 1/3 the loudness as an Ironman Triathlon's. I compare the two because the loud alarms that I've had on my Ironmans have been a real selling point for me. This Expedition watch has a weak alarm, but may also be part of the philosophy of this watch. It might be aimed at military types, who wouldn't want to unintentionally give up a position while in combat. Also, I've found the compass to be inaccurate, which is the second reason I bought this watch. I wouldn't use it for any type of serious navigation.
I'm replacing again, another Timex Ironman Triathlon with this new Expedition. I've continued to purchase the Ironman Triathlons for the last 25 years because they're just awesome! Those of you who have been through watches, know why the Ironman rocks. You love the interface and the loud alarm that the Ironman offers. Well, this one functions almost the same. It won't take but one time to figure out the functions because they are so similar to the Ironman.
One thing I have to get used to is the unimpressive view of the numbers. They are not as well lit up as an Ironman, probably because of the philosophy of use of this product, which might be aimed at those who are in the military who don't want a well lit watch to expose their position. Also, the watch displayed by Amazon showed green numbers, but actually they appear green only at a certain angle from the side. Otherwise they usually appear kind of grayish in color.
Secondly, the watch is a SHOCK style watch, so it is thicker. I wear a lot of dress shirts, and this thick guy won't allow my shirt to go over it very well.
I did hear complaints about the wrist band, but so far I'm liking mine.
I calibrated the compass and found it to work nicely. Which is the reason I decided to stray away from the Ironman series.
All in all, I think I'm hooked on this watch. It just looks nice too.