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Alternative to the "big yellow" eventing watch

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  • Alternative to the "big yellow" eventing watch

    I just wanted to share a review. Instead of dropping the almost $100 on the traditional big yellow event watch, I found an oversized watch from Champion on Amazon for $32. It's about the same size as the event watch. It has both countdown and traditional stopwatch features. In the countdown, it beeps for a few seconds when you hit zero and starts counting back up. It's pretty easy to set and has made it through 2 events so far. Seems like a good budget friendly option.


  • #2
    Does it beep every minute? I find I really hear that beep and it keeps my mental clock running on course...
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      Originally posted by asterix View Post
      Does it beep every minute? I find I really hear that beep and it keeps my mental clock running on course...
      It doesn't beep every minute. I think the "big yellow" watch only beeps every minute in regular stopwatch mode and not on countdown mode? I know it beeps with one minute left in countdown mode though. I guess those eventing specific features are what you pay the extra money for! I only compete through training right now though, so time usually isn't as much as an issue as it is for the upper levels.


      • #4
        I'm just starting out and will attempt first BN this year, if all goes well maybe Novice next year. Nice to know there is a cheaper alternative out there. Besides I don't like yellow all that much.


        • #5
          Or you can get the Timex Ironman which a lot of us use, cheap and comes in colours! I think you can set it to do minute beeps, but I don't know how. I just use the timer and set it to optimum time.
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          • #6
            I have both the big yellow watches and a couple of these. These are way nicer as it is VERY easy to change the battery.........

            In case you are wondering why I have so many I combine drive. We go out with 4 watches for the marathon LOL


            • #7

              You can get the Optimum Time watch from here for $73 including shipping from the UK.


              • #8
                If you look at watches on the Bit of Britain website they've got another type of eventing watch that comes in around $40 I believe.


                • #9
                  I use this watch, which is about $15:

                  It has up to 10 intervals on the timer, so I set it to one minute intervals and it beeps every minute. Usually I'll set the first interval for 1min 50 seconds and each subsequent one at 1 min. When they count down from 10 seconds, I'll start the stopwatch, so that way it beeps on each minute marker.
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                  • #10
                    I bought a runner's watch. It cost me about £10, it's waterproof and easy to use.
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                    • #11
                      I used to have a stopwatch on a band - it didn't do anything other than count up once I hit the button, but it was very simple and easy to use. The buttons were big enough to hit while moving and wearing gloves, and I could easily read the numbers while zooming along.

                      I now have the BYW and I really do like it. It's got BIG numbers, it beeps at me when I want it to (or not if I don't) and it's really easy to program. It was definitely one of those things I could live without for a long time because it was expensive but I got it as a Christmas present and it does make life easier.

                      The other watches' buttons are smaller and harder to manipulate with gloves/bouncing ponies.