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Inexpensive no-frills Timex Ironman
on March 22, 2014
Timex T5K520 Ironman
For nearly 20 years, I remember Timex Ironman watches being durable and inexpensive, not to mention thrifty with battery consumption. These aren’t always the flashiest watches, but the basic features (time, alarm, chronometer, timer) do the job well. These style of watches have long been replaced by GPS multi-sport watches in almost any athletic sport (cycling, running, swimming, ski biathlon, etc…) because of the shear amount of data they can collect and display. I recall seeing a ski biathlete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics using a Garmin Forerunner 910XT in vivid detail thanks to my OTA HDTV signal. The Timex Ironman is a very basic watch that can function as a stopwatch or timer, and has 3 available alarm settings.
The T5K520 caught my eye because of the olive drab green color. The watch uses a CR2025 Lithium coi cell battery, and is water resistant to 100 meters. The watch is lightweight, and much more compact than a Casio G Shock atomic/solar. However, the Timex band could use more ventilation.
Overall: 5/5 stars, inexpensive, tough, no-frills, and gets the job done. If you are looking for a watch to help you train, I recommend a GPS multi-sport watch from the Garmin Forerunner line. I’ve been using my Forerunner 305 for over 4 years and it has outlived my Magellan (froze in -15F weather) and Motorola Motoactv (glass touchscreen cracked).