sports watches

You may think that smartphones have taken over the functions of a good, old-fashioned sports watch. And, for some athletes, this may be true.

Smartphones can pretty much do it all these days: track workout stats, monitor your heart rate, provide motivational music, map your runs, and monitor everything from the distance you’ve cycled to the elevation you’ve climbed. On top of that, you can keep on top of your social media. What more could you ask for?

But don’t count out the sports watch just yet. Sports watches can offer things that smartphones would be hard-pressed to match, namely:

  • You wear them rather than carry them. Your hands are free to engage in sports where smartphones would be in the way.
  • Sports watches are built for punishment. They able to tolerate sweat, water, and extreme conditions where smartphones fail.
  • The stopwatch function is easier to use. No swiping screens; simply click on and click off.
  • They make great fashion statements. Argue as you may, this is still important.
    To prove our point, here are 10 of the best-selling sports watches and the reasons why we love them:

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Sports Watch

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Fitbit has become synonymous with fitness trackers, but now the company has decided to expand into a whole new market. Long rumored, we finally have the first Fitbit smartwatch, and it’s called the Ionic.

The company has combined its fitness know-how with the smarts of a variety of companies it’s bought – such as Pebble, which Fitbit acquired in 2016 – and brought it all together to add an impressive new wearable to its range.

Offering similar features to expensive alternatives such as the Apple Watch range and Wear OS watches, the Fitbit Ionic is a serious contender to be the smartwatch you choose to wear when you’re out running or hitting the gym.

Timex Ironman Triathlon 30

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The tried-and-true Timex Ironman Triathlon 30 is packed with features including their Indiglo night-light activation system which requires only a quick flick of the wrist for hands-free lighting.

Every version of the Ironman 30 Series comes equipped with a 24-hour countdown timer complete with stop and repeat functions. For added durability, the 30 Series watches are also water-resistant up to 330 feet.

Better yet, you can fully customize your watch with boldly colored resin and nylon straps. There is even a popular model equipped with a built-in heart rate monitor for fitness training.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch

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The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is a smartwatch with a 1.3 inch color touchscreen AMOLED display, compatible with Android and includes step counting, sleep tracking, calories burned. Its is compatible with smartphones, with inbuilt GPS, along-lasting battery life and hard-wearing resilience so it can withstand the elements and help you get where you want.

This products also allows you to recieve calls,texts and notifications. You can make the payments through Samsung Pay. Another feature is that it is water resistant, dust resistant.

Suunto Core Wrist-Top Computer Watch

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This is an extreme watch for the extreme sports enthusiast. The Suunto Core Wrist-Top Computer watch comes fully equipped with an altimeter, barometer, compass, and depth meter. It is able to measure and track up to 29,500 feet and even has a built-in weather trend indicator.

The sturdy, backlit watch features a dual-time chronograph and countdown timer. It is the perfect option for athletes who enjoy mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and extreme wilderness travel.

Epson E11E223052 ProSense 367 GPS Multisport Watch

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Developed by Epson, a leader in sensing technology, the stylish, easy-to-use ProSense 367 helps you train like a pro with accuracy and training features for athletes of all levels. Monitor your performance with RouteSense GPS and CardioSense heart rate technologies, which display key stats on our premium, sapphire-glass, EasyView display.

This sleek watch features the best GPS battery life in its class — up to 46 hours, and tracks running, swimming, cycling and other daily activities, automatically transmitting data to the intuitive Epson View App for analysis or goal tracking. You can even share data on social media or popular running apps like Runkeeper or Strava.

Tissot Men’s T0814209705703 T-Race Touch Aluminum Watch

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If you are looking for a sports buddy, this is it! The watch’s synthetic strap will offer ultimate comfort and will push you to go further thanks to its many tactile functions.

The watch will measure all your times and laps with its chronograph (add/split/lap) options and if you need a little boost, just look at how fast you have been going with the logbook, which records all your previous performances, with a simple touch of a fingertip on the screen. You won’t even get lost thanks to its compass.

Luminox 3001 Quartz Navy Seal Dive Watch

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Developed for the Navy SEAL’s, the Luminox 3001 meets the performance standards of all three branches of the armed forces. It is constructed of a lightweight fiberglass frame with a carbon molded case. The exterior stainless steel body is stylishly secured with stainless steel screws and polished to a bright sheen.

The double-gasket construction confers to a water-resistance of 20 ATM and 660 feet, making it perfect for recreational scuba diving. The Luminox 3001 is sturdy ?enough to withstand the abuse of extreme sports while still being stylish enough for daily use.

Garmin Fenix 5X

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Based on price tag alone, this one might be considered the Rolls Royce of sports watches. It certainly has a lot of features that live up to that claim, including a full-color GPS, routable cycling maps, and other outdoor navigation features. It also includes a three-axis compass, built-in gyroscope, and barometric altimeter.

Like many Fitbit-style fitness monitors, the Garmin FX has a performance widget that tracks your training status, training load, and key stats. However, unlike those monitors, the FX looks incredibly stylish and not like something you forgot to take off at the gym.

It’s a great watch for runners or cyclists who take their ?endurance sports seriously.