This is one Timex that should be at least held in your hand before purchasing. The reason can be gleened by simply reading through the hundreds of reviews. One reviewer says it is better than a Rolex the best watch they have ever had. Several others say it is horrible, impossible to read without using the indiglo and have sent it back. So it goes review after review, 5 stars, 2 stars, great, perfect watch, tough, durable, I can see it just fine, dim but it doesn't bother me. Then many who wonder why Timex would make such a watch display and go back to a regular digital model. I get that some people look at the stock listing picture but don't really understand what they are seeing and that is why everyone considering this watch should actually look at it in person before deciding if it is the right watch for them. The ironman features are similar if not identical throughout the line and present a multitude of options.
30-Lap Memory Recall
100-Hour Chronograph with Lap and Split Times
Customize Menu by Removing Unused Modes
On-Screen Prompts Make Setting Easy
Forward or Backward Setting
On-the-Fly Lap or Split Recall
24-hour countdown timer with: countdown/stop (CS) and countdown/repeat (CR)
15 preset occasions to set reminders
3 customizable alarms: daily/weekday/weekend/weekly options
3 time zone settings
Durable Resin Strap
Water-Resistant to 100 Meters
Top Pusher for Easy Operation
Durable and Lightweight Resin Case
As you can see it is jam packed with features. Features are not practical if getting to them or having to work through menu after menu becomes so daunting that the user simply gives up. Not so this Ironman where a particular feature can be toggled on or off so the user can make unused features dissappear from the mode screens so most used features are easy and faster to engage. Excellent user frendly design. I usually have problems with a moveable strap keeper loop moving around and off the strap it is supposed to be holding. Timex has solved this problem by a clever strap design that locates the keeper securely at the strap end. Those are some of the details that come from well thought out design and evolution of the ironman. Which brings us to the sticking point, the inverted display. Peronsally this writer favored the blackout, stealthy, black ops vib. Someone sitting next to me won't be able to snatch the time off my wrist nor will it be so obviously displayed. The biggest plus seen here is that of the way the indiglo works with the display. Instead of a big bright square of light with some dark digits this display lights through the digits leaving the background dark and retinas unsinged in the middle of the night.
The movement is from China as is the very comfortable strap the watch is assembled in the Philippines and the unique plastic packaging comes from Willemstad, Curacao.
Since it just arrived today I will wear it now for a couple weeks 24/7 and report back.
46 grams and overall nice size watch strap integrates into watch case giving a solid one piece visual.