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  • #21
    I’ve had this Fossil for ten years. Replaced the battery a few times. Wear it in the shower. I probably have worn it swimming a time or two. It isn’t especially helpful for doing timed trots and canters.
    The Evil Chem Prof

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    • #22
      I am now completely addicted to my Apple Watch. Rolex is collecting dust in my drawer unless I go somewhere fancy, which isn’t often.

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      • #23
        I am allergic to many metal bands, so I have settled on an Armitron sports watch. It looks decent, has many functions, is water resistant (have worn it to 80' depth scuba diving), and holds up to abuse. The band does crack eventually, though.

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        • #24
          I'd look through the latest smart watches from Samsung, Apple, and Garmin.

          I have a Garmin Vivoactive HR (I think) and I've had it for a few years now. It is so durable. It's been banged around, out in the dust and dirt, swam with, showered with, and whatever else, but it keeps going and the battery life is great. It is not so flattering, however. It's also a bit bulky on my rather petite wrists, and looks out of place when I dress anything beyond causual. Most people have gotten used to the look of smart watches, so I don't fret too much, but it's not an elegant piece. It's functional. The smart watch brands I mentioned above have since come out with newer models that may be more aesthetically appealing than mine.

          Being able to glance at the weather, text messages, or calls without taking out or keeping my phone directly on me is nice too.

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          • #25
            Put me in the camp of thinking you want an Apple watch or other similar smartwatch. I thought they were dumb...until I got one. It is indispensable for working around the farm and riding.
            Here Be Dragons: My blog about venturing beyond the lower levels as a dressage amateur.

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              #26
              Well, I ended up with a Fitbit. I may well upgrade to an Apple watch but, you know, baby steps. I am enjoying the activity tracking features, and I have to admit I really like the digital time display, which seems weird. It's not attractive, but I always have my phone with me so can use that to tell time if I don't want to wear a watch.

              I actually have a Rolex, but it's old enough that it is the small face version and I have trouble reading it with my 61 year old eyes. My daughter is currently using it. I previously had a Tag Heuer and liked it but it wasn't very durable for the price. At this point in my life I don't care enough to spend thousands of dollars on a watch.

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              • #27
                Haha I was going to say I have a tag heuer that's going on 15 yrs but can't read the face anymore without my glasses. So I have fit bit and love the giant time display I will prob upgrade to Samsung watch eventually.

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                • #28
                  I almost never wore a watch at home, but have just gotten an Apple Watch 4. So far I love it. I bought it because it has fall detection and I usually ride alone and I live alone. It has also guilted me into getting on my elliptical trainer to get those activity rings closed....... (it measures how active I am throughout the day, and counts steps......)

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                    #29
                    Originally posted by lorilu View Post
                    I almost never wore a watch at home, but have just gotten an Apple Watch 4. So far I love it. I bought it because it has fall detection and I usually ride alone and I live alone. It has also guilted me into getting on my elliptical trainer to get those activity rings closed....... (it measures how active I am throughout the day, and counts steps......)
                    It has fall detection? Tell me more. What does it do if you fall? I worry about riding alone at my farm, but it's often hard to get rides in if I wait for my husband to be here.

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                    • #30
                      I have a Baby G Shock:
                      https://www.amazon.com/s?k=baby+g+shock&ref=nb_sb_noss

                      I don't consider it ugly although I wouldn't say it's beautiful either. But it's tough and I can read the numbers with old eyes!
                      "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by stb View Post

                        It has fall detection? Tell me more. What does it do if you fall? I worry about riding alone at my farm, but it's often hard to get rides in if I wait for my husband to be here.
                        When someone at my barn fell off, it called 911.
                        The Evil Chem Prof

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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by stb View Post

                          It has fall detection? Tell me more. What does it do if you fall? I worry about riding alone at my farm, but it's often hard to get rides in if I wait for my husband to be here.
                          I am so glad someone mentioned this. I googled it and came up with this:
                          https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208944

                          As a person of advanced age, I think I may have to get an Apple watch!

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                          • #33
                            I have the $20 Walmart black rubber digital sport watch. I've never been able to make the stopwatch features work in the saddle but the digital seconds display is absolutely necessary for doing trot sets.

                            I've ended up wearing it to work because can't be bothered and all my proper ladies watches have worn out. Plus actually I really like the precision now

                            If I was going to spend any money on something for my wrist honestly I think the Apple watch or similar has to be the way to go.

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                            • #34
                              Those of you with the Apple watches, do you have the GPS only or GPS+Cellular?

                              I swear that if I end up doing timed rehab with my horse's latest injury (short version - he stepped on a rock; longer version - bone bruise plus irritated collateral ligaments plus something minor but strange going on with the DDFT) that I'm going to buy myself an Apple watch. Kind of lazy because I could just carry my phone and say "Hey Siri set timer for 2 minutes."
                              The Evil Chem Prof

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                                #35
                                So, after finding out about the fall detection feature I bought an Apple watch. Love it! I bought the GPS + cellular, but I'm not really sure the cellular is necessary. We will see, I guess. Thanks, lorilu, for letting me in on the watch features. I'm thinking this is going to be a game changer, since I will feel more comfortable riding when I am the only one home.

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