When it comes to low-priced watches that just work, Timex is king of the heap. They have been producing watches for as long as watches were on wrists and they have evolved with the times. You might know the classic Timex Weekender, but today we are looking at the more modern and sporty Ironman series.
Their Ironman series is a great example of bullet proof (ok, waterproof) watches that help you train both on and off land, and can take a beating as well. Not only that, even if they do break at some point in their (or your) life, they are easy and cheap to replace.
The big question most people have though is: which Timex Ironman watch is best for me?
Well, in this post I will answer that question by breaking down the best models and showing you exactly what they can and can’t do, as well as their waterproof-ness and other handy information.
Timex Men’s Ironman Classic 30
This is the classic Ironman watch from Timex, literally!
Not many bells and whistles on this watch, but with a 30 lap memory, stopwatch, 100m (330ft) water resistance (so good for swimming) and an easy to read display that also lights up in the dark (indiglo), there is not much else you need to ask for.
If you want even more lap memory, keep reading, as the next models up their game a little on this. But, this is a solid, low-cost training watch that can also go with you in the water!
And, there are a range of straps, colors and sizes to help get the exact style you are looking for.
Timex Ironman Sleek 50-Lap Full-size
If you want a little more memory (50 laps) or just a slightly more refined looking watch, this Ironman is a good choice. Less bulky on the face, with a sleek silicon fade-resistant strap and a nice and obvious orange start/stop button, this watch looks more like a polar watch to me.
In terms of features, it is more or less than same as the classic above, but it has the added bonus of an interval timer too.
There are also 13 funky color combinations in case the boring black shown here does not suit your style.
Timex Men’s Ironman Classic 100
Another classic model with a few more functions to whet your apetite, the Classic 100 has 100 lap memory as well as a few more whistles: 5 alarms, 2 time-zones (great for travelers) and 9 interval timers. This is the watch for those that want a little more control and reminders for their training.
The rest of the specs are similar to the Classic 30 with 100 (330ft) water resistance, indiglo backlighting and a large easy to read face. It is also 44mm wide, so quite large on the hand. So, if you have a small wrist, you might be better with the Sleek above, or a 38mm Classic 30.
Timex Full-Size Ironman Shock 30
This is the Ironman watch for you if you want serious protection. With ISO approved shock resistance and 200m (660ft) water resistance, this watch is built to take it.
It also comes with the standard countdown timer, 30 lap memory and basic alarms. It is no frills on features, but it makes up for it with the bulletproof-ness of it all.
The only minor downside many reviewers have is with the strap. Apparently there is a nub on the excess strap that gets in the way, but it is easily solved with a sharp knife. Check out the Amazon reviews and you will see what I mean. But otherwise, people seem to love this watch!
Timex Full-Size Ironman Road Trainer Heart Rate Monitor
Taking this to another level is the Road Trainer Ironman which comes complete with heart rate monitor!
Yes, it has 50 lap memory with the countdown timer and 100m (330ft) water resistance, but it’s the heart rate features that make it stand out:
Timex Ironman Sleek 150 Tap Screen
What makes this Ironman model stand out is the TapScreen. It is super easy to read and change the modes and settings with a tap of the screen. People love how easy it is to use.
It also comes with all the other features you expect including 100m water resistance, 150 lap memory (the most of any other model) and additionally a hydration alert (handy if you forget to drink) and a target pacer.
Which Timex Ironman Watch Should You Buy?
Timex produce an insane amount of Ironman watches, so I know it is hard to choose the perfect one.
So, with that in mind, below are a few recommendations to help you make a quick and easy choice.
Price: The Ironman Classic 30 is the simplest and cheapest of the bunch, but still has enough options to get you out there and training in a flash!
Most Features: The Ironman Classic 100 ups the game alot with a huge range of features including 2 time zones, 100 lap memory, 5 alarms and a few other things you will love.
Heart Rate: If measuring your heart rate, recovery, calories burned and so on is your wish, then the Ironman Road Trainer is the model for you.
Most Robust: if shock proof and waterproof are most important, the Ironman Shock 30 is just the ticket.
No matter which way you go, TImex Ironman watches are a great starting point for anyone wanting a training watch without the high price tag of some other brands.