Timex Stop Watch (Charcoal) T5K49177
- Daily alarms with 5-minute backup; 3-mode 24-hour countdown timer
- 24-hour chronograph with pace, speed, and stroke rate calculation
- Water resistant to 50 meters
- Indiglo night-light with night-mode feature
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Timex|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Case diameter||6.5 centimeters|
|Case Thickness||21 millimeters|
|Band width||1 millimeters|
|Special features||lap-timer, timer|
|Water resistant depth||50 meters|
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Then there is the Timex web site, the timer is out of stock and they have no pdf of the instructions, so beware, do not lose your rice paper.
In addition there is supposed to be a light to better see the display. I can see the little blue light on the right center but frankly I cannot see that it produces anything worth using. One must use this out in the open on a track, or in my case I moves it very carefully over lab glassware.
In my opinion this has great complexity but poor human factors interface. Just having a simple clear function would be of great help.
Lots of PROs. Here are some exceptional ones:
- A lot of features. A lot. Also, a lot of shortcuts if you're willing to get to know your stopwatch.
- Keeps record of, and shows lots of types of statistics.
- Dual timers, each having multiple modes. This allows (for example) timing penalty minutes for two skaters at once, without having to do math.
- If you do know math, it can be set to time, and then display, things like a skater's lap/overall MPH when trying to perform the 25 laps [EDIT: Now 27 laps] in 5 minutes requirement.
- Power-save modes for a longer-lasting battery.
- The back-light. From other reviews, I see I am not the only one who bought one whose back-light simply didn't work. Seems to be a not uncommon manufacturing defect with this model.
- The Instructions: They're small, there's no easily available PDF [EDIT: See the end of this review for links to instruction PDFs], and not all of the functionality (tips and tricks) are described (all basic modes are described, though).
- Not for light users. You can't just hand it to someone else and trust that they won't go into a mode they can't get out of. It is usable, but there really are so many features that sharing your watch with another ref or volunteer could get them lost and confused if you don't take the time to familiarize them with the user interface, first.
- On my first one, one button had to be pushed extra-firmly if you wanted to be sure the click had registered. That is, the positive-feedback click was not a sure indicator that it had been activated, so I had to look at the stopwatch (take my eyes off the track) to be sure, or consciously push very deliberately.
I'd recommend this stopwatch to feature-heavy users willing to know their stopwatch. I would not recommend this stopwatch as a beginner's stopwatch.
EDIT, 2014-09-01: I still love this stopwatch. A couple of things have updated, including my assessment.
Instructions: An astute commenter noted, there is a PDF of the instructions out at:
Also, I have updated that PDF with extra notes (viewable once you download the PDF) at:
[EDIT 2016-01-20: These links seem dead. I'll try to make them available again.]
Continuous Timing: There are times when you want to instantly (or nearly instantly) reset your stopwatch to zero. For instance, if you have a game clock continuously running, and you want to start a new jam in roller derby.
On a regular stopwatch, you hit STOP, then hit RESET, then hit START. Probably takes about half of a second.
On this stopwatch, you must hold the LAP/RESET button down for at least two seconds in order to zero the stopwatch. That can be annoying to users who are used to simple stopwatches. You hold it down until it resets (exactly two seconds), and then hit START.
However, for roller derby at least, there is a work-around, which is probably better than its simple stopwatch ("Chrono") function: Use the configurable "Timer" (countdown) function, instead. The dual timers let you get creative in how you time and track, and can be more accurate than the simple stopwatch.
- Very nice design and great build quality;
- the size: it can easily fit in the palm of the hand;
- when setting any mode, you can increase or decrease the value in question. Say you want to adjust the minutes to 40. If you keep the button Start/Stop pressed and you exceed 40, you can press the Lap/reset button to step back to your desired value. This is really important and time saving feature when it comes to setting anything;
- the Power Save and Power Down modes to prolong the battery life is simply very practical.
- Dual time;
- two timers (multiple modes);
- two alarms;
Oh yeah, and the chronograph :)
I really recommend it for both professionals and amateurs.
The countdown timer is great...it has 2 cdt which can be used individually or together (link them together)
The audio signal is loud and clear
Has EL backlight
Rugged look that is also water/sweat proof