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  • Those **** yellow Watches!

    Does anyopne have a viable alternative to those **** yellow watches? I don't mind the yellow, I don;t mind the strap, I don't even mind the fiddling required to change the batteries - what really p****s me off is their longevity - or lack of.
    On average, I have had to buy a new one every 12 months - and they don;t get a lot of use - maybe 8-10 events max (with just one horse).

    They get kept in their yellow plasic case, have never had a dunking (well, the only one that lasted did get a thorough drowining in a lake, no less...) - and they seem to stuff up just as you leave the start box! Even changing the batteries does not help.

    For a timepiece that closts more than a clock radio that also makes a fine cup of cofee, I would have thought that these watches would last a little bit longer. Surely soomeone has come up with a better eventing watch?

  • #2
    Haven't tried it but my daughters yellow watch fell apart on XC last summer...haven't replaced it yet but was thinking this might be a solution.
    http://www.whipwatch.net/
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    • #3
      I know what you mean. I pulled mine out today for the first time and it was dead. I had to borrow one to keep going from a kind stable neighbor. I should have checked it before leaving home but there are twenty zillion other things to do.

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      • #4
        I know some who just find a simple digital sports watch too
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        • #5
          someone on another thread mentioned a soccer watch. In poking around I found this which is significantly cheaper than the yellow watches. At ~$20 I wouldn't care if I had to replace every year

          http://www.mansionathletics.com/jumb...gle%20Products

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          • #6
            Huh, mine is 12 years old and still alive.... I have had to replace the battery a few times, but no other problems.
            where are we going, and why am I in this hand basket?

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            • #7
              We have 3 of them that are quite old now. Never a problem other than a new battery every year.

              Sorry that yours is having problems.

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              • #8
                I have an Ironman digital that I picked up at REI, replacement for a previous version of same that I apparently left in the parking field at Huntington last year. I can make it do everything the Big Yellow Watch does, and some other tricks as well (the interval timers, frex, are handy for conditioning sets). The model I got wasn't significantly cheaper than the Big Yellow Watch (well, except that I used my dividend, so they ended up paying me to take it off their hands), but you can find cheaper models/versions, and the watch I lost had held up much better than the BYW I'd previously had.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by raave05 View Post
                  someone on another thread mentioned a soccer watch. In poking around I found this which is significantly cheaper than the yellow watches. At ~$20 I wouldn't care if I had to replace every year

                  http://www.mansionathletics.com/jumb...gle%20Products
                  These are the watches I was going to recommend. The combined drivers discovered these a few years ago. I have both the yellow ones and these, and these last MUCH longer and have a cover for the battery.

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                  • #10
                    Do the soccer watches beep? We are still working on pacing and my hands are too full to look at a watch.

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                    • #11
                      I take my battery out after every show. They are really expensive and it take all of 2 seconds to take the watch apart!
                      No Worries!

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                      • #12
                        I use a Timex Ironman too, works great. You can even get them with a larger display.
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                        • #13
                          So all these other watches that people use, you can set them so that they beep at you every minute? That's the main feature that I want, and last time I replaced my battery, the beeping quit and never came back no matter how I oriented the battery.
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                          • #14
                            Timex expedition is super, too

                            The timex ironman can handle amazingly cruddy conditions. The timex expedition survives as my everyday with horses, puppy, and barn. You can immerse them in water and it doesn't matter. Or zapped with a hose. The silver color is starting to come off after 3 years of abuse. The velcro band needs to be replaced every year, usually after the summer. (I beat it up more without the long sleeves) The timer beep is LOUD.

                            The timex has survived much better and long than the G-shock.
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                            • #15
                              I'm a wannabe (meaning, I have a green bean and neither of us have done an event yet). I don't really "need" a watch right now for this specific purpose, but do need a tough watch to wear daily. I figure why not get one that will serve both purposes? So, what exactly does one look for in a watch? I'm going to likely get one of the Timex ones (yeah, I won't be wearing one of those ugly yellow ones on a daily basis, ha!).

                              I know this is a major newbie question, but I can't really determine exactly what features are really preferred (like not just the basic timing function). If someone could chime in here, I would be very grateful.
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                              • #16
                                Agreed, whicker, my last two were the Timex Expedition. Unfortunately for them, I also used them for work (snorkeling and SCUBA and excavating stream bottoms and mudholes included) so the beeper died on one, but after about eight years. The other one is about five years old and died a couple days ago. I confess I picked up the Ironman to try a prettier colour (LOL, I can't resist blue things that match our XC getup!) but hopefully it will be as tough or tougher as the Ex's were.

                                Fox, I only use the basic timer, but I'm sure you could set it up for intervals/splits, I saw that in the directions, but I never use it. It even has a calendar to remember birthdays, LOL.
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                                • #17
                                  Farm House Tack has the whip watches on sale for $45 if anyone was in the market for one! http://www.farmhousetack.com/servlet...imer%2C/Detail

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                                  • #18
                                    I've had my big yellow watch since my first novice event in 2007... I still haven't replaced the original battery! (And now that I say that I'm going to have to, lol.) I use it at shows several times a year and now that I'm aiming to run at the higher levels I've also started using it weekly for conditioning. Maybe the quality has gone down in recent years?

                                    My only problem with it is I can't figure out how to make it do anything more than just beep at me when the time is up?

                                    P.S. those soccer watches look awesome. And by awesome, I mean cheap (in a good way- who doesn't love saving money!?). If I had to replace my yellow watch I'd probably get one of those.

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