Top 5 Swim Watches & Swim Trackers
Swimmers are lucky in their choice of watches these days. Today’s swim watches aren’t merely resistant to water for long periods of time, but can measure laps and strokes, swim efficiency, calories burned, and even detect the style of stroke you’re using. A good swim watch can be like having a personal trainer on your wrist. But which one to choose? Here we take a look at five of the best.
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This top-range swim watch is so light and sleek, you’ll barely notice it in the water until you need it.
With a simple touch of a button, the watch keeps track of your distance, pace, strokes per minute, lengths, time, and efficiency.
Its advanced features allow you to log timed drills or intervals and six exterior buttons permit quick and easy access to its functions. The large bright digital screen is easy to read, even underwater.
As a timepiece, it offers 12 or 24 hour time display, dual time zone, the day and date, plus a daily alarm.
The watch is operated with a coin cell battery that you can easily replace yourself. Water resistant up to 50 meters, it’s a gem among swim watches.
A water-resistant smart watch?
Yes, it exists. The ultrathin Garmin Vivoactive is a GPS watch and activity tracker that has built-in apps for a variety of sports, including swimming, running, cycling, and even golfing.
For swimming, you just tap on the swim app, choose your pool size, and select the swim metrics you want measured. With auto-length accelerometer-based technology, the watch tracks interval distance and pace, calories burned, stroke count and session averages, and more.
It does not, however, measure open water swimming. Thanks to its sunlight-readable, high-resolution color touchscreen, the watch screen is easy to read both in and outside of the water.
The lithium ion battery remains charged up to 10 hours using GPS or 3 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode. This lightweight watch is ideal for multi-sport athletes.
The sporty Swimovate PoolMate2 is one of the few swim watches that tracks both pool and open water swimming.
This watch is probably best-known for its ability to accurately count laps in the pool, but it also accurate measures sets, strokes, distance, speed, calories burned, time and swim efficiency.
In open water mode, you must first make a swim calibration lap of a known distance, and the watch will then use this information to count strokes, distance, speed, efficiency, duration, sets, and calories burned.
For both pool and open water mode, it stores the stats of up to 50 sessions in its memory, including individual sets and total session data. The watch offers large 24-hour time display on its crystal glass face and has an alarm.
Note that in pool mode, it is only suitable for use in pools over 18 meters (59 feet).
For men who seek a handsome everyday watch that’s also suitable for swimming and diving, this handsome watch by Stuhrling could be just the one.
This analog display timepiece is a fully functional diver’s watch with a unidirectional bezel that makes it easy to measure the length of your swim.
The black dial has luminous sword-style hands and rectangular hour markers, and is protected by a shatter-proof crystal window.
It also features a molded rubber, hypo-allergenic band with a stainless steel buckle closure. Powered by Japanese quartz movement, the watch is water resistant to 660 feet.
This all-around sport watch by Casio is outstanding value for the quality.
Made of black resin, the quartz-powered timepiece features a digital display with 12 or 24-hour format, the day, date and month, and a 1/100 second stopwatch, perfect for timing your swim or a set.
It also has an LED light with afterglow and a multi-function alarm with a snooze button. A 10-year battery life means you’ll almost never have to worry about replacing it.
While it’s hardly the most elaborate of swim watches, it’s water-resistant up to 330 feet, making it ideal for the casual, recreational swimmer.