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Sports Watch Recommendations?(20 posts)

Sports Watch Recommendations?packyb
Oct 2, 2002 10:13 AM
I am looking to buy a higher end sport watch, a la the "Lance 3" watch by Nike. The features that I am most interested in are the altimeter, barometer, compass, stopwatch, water resistance. (Willing to sacrifice some features, but must have altimeter and stopwatch.)

Any suggestions of watches, and/or places to get a good deal?

Thanks.
Cartier Tank Francaise Chrono, very sporty on or off bike. (nm)onespeed
Oct 2, 2002 10:22 AM
Beg to differ...Blancpain 2100 Flyback all the way :) (nm)divve
Oct 2, 2002 10:36 AM
Very nice, but I duty bound to Cartier. (nm)onespeed
Oct 2, 2002 12:17 PM
That Cartier is as obnoxious as you areLazywriter
Oct 2, 2002 5:07 PM
You know that is not what the guy asked and Cartier is nice if you are a flaming Carl Lagerfeld type guy. I would hardly call that sporty btw. Expensive, yes. Guady, very much so.
Where did this come from? (nm)onespeed
Oct 2, 2002 5:43 PM
Sorry - Zenith El Primero Class 4 Chronograph (nm)terry b
Oct 2, 2002 12:57 PM
Not too shabby, but Zenith makes me think TV not luxury. (nm)onespeed
Oct 2, 2002 1:05 PM
My El Primero has really crappy reception. (nm)terry b
Oct 3, 2002 6:00 AM
Ahhh...is that why Rolex dropped their Calibre 13''' :) nmdivve
Oct 3, 2002 6:57 AM
re: Sports Watch Recommendations?pinarello
Oct 2, 2002 10:52 AM
Swiss Army Watch Startech 3000. Catapult
I have the Nike ACG Ascent CompassSuddha
Oct 2, 2002 10:53 AM
I have the above mentioned watch and love it. It is the same as the Lance 3 watch, but not with the titanium strap and other distingushing marks of that one. It takes a bit of getting used to, and I was frustrated at first when I found that I had to calibrate the altimeter regularly. But that is the nature of these types of devices, since they're based on air pressure and, let's face it, we don't spend our lives outside 24/7, where it can get accurate readings consistently.

I used this watch to climb two 14,000 mountains in the Rockies this summer and it performed admirably, accurate within 100 feet for each climb. It was helpful to know how quickly to ascend and match altitude to topo maps to place myself on the climb.

The ACG Ascent is pretty indestructible. I've bashed it numerous times with nary a scratch. Compass feature, stored data points, ski run timer, altitude, temp and time alarms and two time zones are nice features as well.

For cycling, it is a different story. The altimeter updates its reading every five minutes, so at biking speed, you could crest a hill and be down the other side before the watch even knows you went up the hill in the first place, so you won't get an accurate hill profile of your ride.

If cycling is your primary use for this type of watch, you might want to look at the Suunto line of watches. A friend has one and loves it. He has the model with the HR monitor as well. It updates the altimeter more frequently. It's a bit too huge for my taste, cos I like to wear my watch everyday and the Suunto looks a bit too Dick Tracy.

Makes for a great conversation piece at BBQ's too... "hey man, give us the weather forecast... what's the altitude?"

Have fun shopping for your new toy.
Suunto Advisor but dreaming of PANERAI gmt (nm)chuckjg
Oct 2, 2002 11:12 AM
re: Sports Watch Recommendations?hinaults dog
Oct 2, 2002 12:13 PM
If your getting into situations
where a compass, a barometer and
an altimeter are important- buy a
cyclecomputer and a breitling emergency
Why not just wear a high end Polar?ColnagoFE
Oct 2, 2002 12:20 PM
You get all those features plus a HRM--downloadable if you need it.
re: Sports Watch Recommendations?Lactate Junkie
Oct 2, 2002 2:55 PM
The comments about the Nike altimeter being useless for cycling are right on. The best units with everything you want compass/altimeters/barometer out there right now are Suunto, but they take a bit of work to figure out. If you want altimeter tied into a cycle computer, Specialized Speed Zone Pro is good. Cyclomaster has one but it is a bit weird to operate--designed by a german engineer not a cyclist. Polar S-710 is cool but expensive. You might also just want to think GPS.
re: Sports Watch Recommendations?DINOSAUR
Oct 2, 2002 4:29 PM
I'm kind of a watch collector, having 8-10 watches. Maybe I'm missing the boat, but it doens't make much sense to have a watch for all the stuff you want when most, if not all, the fucntions are available on cyclocomputers. I have a basic Vetta RT-88 wireless and for some reason I like wearing a watch on my wrist that displays in analog time. My favorite is a Swiss Army original with a nylon band. Think carefully about wearing an expensive watch while you ride, if you ever crash the watch might become tost. But this is coming from a guy who wears a Citizen diving watch with a depth meter and doesn't dive (hey, you never know).

I've found the best prices for watches on the internet, check ebay. I'm lusting over a Citizen Blue Angels pilots watch, just in case I ever learn how to fly. You know what they say about boys and their toys.....
I actually collect watches and haveLazywriter
Oct 2, 2002 5:21 PM
everything from Timex to Rolex and they all have their value is some way. I have the Nike Lance Limited Edition for over a year now and it performs well. The newer titanium on is nice, but exactly the same functionally.
Suntos are nice but really bulky for cycling IMO. I recently got a Casio Sea Pathfinder that has a barometer and thermometer. The Nike has been really accurate with the baraometer readings and temp. The compass is really cool too and on the mark for the most part.
I own mostly sporty watches with chronographs from the 30'and 40s to Omegas from 40s to the Moon Watch and a bunch of Hamiltons and Tags. I recently got this watch and aesthetically I like it as much as my Rolex or any watch I own. Really solid watch. I may get the new titanium Nike one myself or wait till my birthday.
Nike Lance 3: $240 orcoonass
Oct 2, 2002 5:03 PM
http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?productId=11972382&storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&langId=-1, if you think you really need a 'Buck Rogers' watch..
(FYI: Performance has the Cateye AT100 (Altimeter) for $45.)
Freestyle Altimeter watch.Juanmoretime
Oct 3, 2002 12:59 AM
I have one and really like it. I found it new on Ebay and paid $72 shipped. If go search around online, do a search on altimeter watch, ir rated very highest for accuracy among others that it was tested against including the Veritech.