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    Anyone any experience of Timex Ironman Shock Resistant watches?

    Hi all
    I found a Timex retailer the other night and despite myself I was struck by a wave of nostalgia which prompted this post. I was shocked to see the new product range is full of enormous, silly watches, including a new, ludicrously big recreation of their classic, metal-banded original Indiglo digital. You know the one where you flip out the strap-catcher to adjust it? Almost tempted to get one of them for pure reminiscence' sake! I think most of us have a soft spot for Timex, and I have owned a couple in the past- I got rid of one very basic analog model due to it's inability to avoid looking drunken as it crazily stopped and started round the dial. I had an Ironman about 10 years ago and it seemed to be absolutely fine, but I gave it to a friend after a couple of days as he was smitten by it and I wasn't. But the new Ironmans seem to warrant at least further research. Please note, I am not expecting full-on G-Shock quality and durability. I'm just wondering whether the membership reckon Timex these days make a decent watch which won't fall apart after a couple of years. Or am I best to try another model (say the Expedition range, which would allow the aftermarket NATO option?) or just stay away from a brand which has had it's time and was never actually up to much in the first place.

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    Steve I used Timex Ironman triathlon watches from the early to mid 90's until just last year. I loved them and they were pretty tough. But IMO they are a disposable watch because every single one I have had stopped running after a battery change. If you want to buy one for nostalgia sake go for it but I believe Timex makes them to where you have to purchase a new one every couple or three years.

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    Re: Anyone any experience of Timex Ironman Shock Resistant watches?

    That is extremely worrying! Maybe I should get them to change the battery as soon as I have bought it, so the problem can be seen and I can get my money back. Surely they cannot be designed like this? I'd rather they were honest about it and gave me a totally sealed, 300m case with a ten year battery.

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    That is why I went to G Shocks. At first all I would buy was solar watches. Then once I changed the battery in a vintage G that I bought and saw that it continued to function properly, I didn't worry about buying a regular battery powered G Shock. I do still have a "soft spot" for Timex though and would pick one up in a heart beat if I thought it would last. I don't mean to bash them 'cause I love 'em but that is just my experience.

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    Re: Anyone any experience of Timex Ironman Shock Resistant watches?

    I don't doubt you. Just the wisdom of designing a watch like this. Did you change the battery yourself? I've heard there have been some isues in some Gs after battery changes. Needing a reset or something. Surely if you took it to a Timex AD and they changed the battery and you pointed out it was now dead, they'd have to do something?

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    Re: Anyone any experience of Timex Ironman Shock Resistant watches?

    I bought mine in 1995 or so and it is still running to this day, I changed the battery a month ago. Only problem is is that the hour hand is badly misaligned and will eventually be correct for a few days every other month. I got so mad at it that I threw it against the wall as hard as I could and it's still working and still wrong as ever in it's time keeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Steve View Post
    I don't doubt you. Just the wisdom of designing a watch like this. Did you change the battery yourself? I've heard there have been some isues in some Gs after battery changes. Needing a reset or something. Surely if you took it to a Timex AD and they changed the battery and you pointed out it was now dead, they'd have to do something?
    Some I changed myself and others I took to various AD and/or jewelry stores with great reputations. The Gs I changed myself. And yes you do reset the module but it's easy. I'm not saying that Timex purposely designed the watches that way but I have wondered. Look at the light bulb. One could be made to last and last but if they did that, we wouldn't ever need any more bulbs. Just saying...

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    Re: Anyone any experience of Timex Ironman Shock Resistant watches?

    To Hexnxonx, that is at least a little more re-assuring, though one reason why I don't buy watches online and have a bloody good look at the individual piece I am considering, including second hand sweep, before I buy now. I've even asked for another example to look at then bought that one instead.

    TO davehb2001, I believe you! Maybe I should stick to an analog model which has been assembled correctly.

    Might throw this out to the PF a try if no-one minds.

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    Re: Anyone any experience of Timex Ironman Shock Resistant watches?

    I have and have had dozens of them. Love them! To me, they are not up to G standards, but they are plentiful, available and less expensive usually.

    I have never had issues after a battery change.

    Great features, tough watches and well priced.
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    Re: Anyone any experience of Timex Ironman Shock Resistant watches?

    Phew!
    At least this issue is not endemic.
    I have to be honest, I do want to be able to justify buying one, but need more positive feedback as I don't want to get one just for the sake of it.
    More comments please!

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