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5 Good and Durable Sport Watches for Men & Women 2013 - 2014

Updated on January 10, 2014
The Nixon The Unit Watch is a really cool cheap watch. This watch is under $100 and it has more functions than many watches that are several times it's price.
The Nixon The Unit Watch is a really cool cheap watch. This watch is under $100 and it has more functions than many watches that are several times it's price.

Getting a Watch that Lasts

I'm the type of person that has to have a watch on no matter what I'm doing. This is true for whether I'm working out, moving boxes, or even sleeping.

With all the strain I put on my watches it's a good idea to have an inexpensive sports watch that's durable enough to double as a sport watch for my get-up-and-go personality.

In this post I'll give you a few features to look for in a good sports watch and then give you a list comparing my 5 favorites in 2013 and 2014.

6 Things to Look For in a Good Sports Watch

For Runners and Marathoners

For Divers

For Other Sports

1. Numbers

While I'm pretty certain not everyone would agree with me, I think it's a good idea to have large numbers for your sports watch. This way I don't have to try to concentrate in order to easily see the time.

2. Buttons

Button location, in my opinion, is one of the more important things to look for in a sports watch. This is especially important if you use features like the timer for runs

3. H2O Resistance

Whether you swim or not water resistance is always a good idea with any sports watch. I've had several watches I've ruined over the years that we're just exposed to the elements far too long. I recommend at least 100 meters.

4. Lap and Split Times

If you do any kind of sports like running, riding, or swimming, having an option to keep your lap times and split times is very important. This helps you while you are training so you know what areas you need to do better on.

5. A Good Fit for Your Wrists

The fit of your watch is also extremely important. If you have small wrists you'll want to go with a smaller face. If you prefer a larger watch and have small wrists, then you might be surprised at how a medium-sized watch may fit the bill.

6. The Right Band

The good thing about watch bands, especially on sports watches, is that they can be easily replaced. So if you find that your watch band wears out or is not a good fit, shop around to find one that works for you better.

I personally prefer one that's rubber as they are comfortable, resist water, and extremely durable. That being said don't just assume that because a watch has a rubber strap that it's cheap. Many of today's higher-end models come with highly durable rubber bands.

Best Men and Women's Sport Watches for the Money 2013

Men's Sport Watches Under $300

1. Michael Kors Scout Watch

This Michael Kors Watches Scout is a very nice looking watch that my husband actually wears for casual use too.

It has a nice red silicone band and the watch face is housed in a stainless steel case. This is a chorographical watch with 60 second, 60 minute, and 24 hour sub dials.

2. Nixon Unit

The Stylish Very Functional Watch

For those that prefer digital, this Nixon The Unit Watch in Black makes a good choice since it comes in many different colors and has very easy to read numbers.

The face features the date and day of the week, 12 or 24 hour time of day, calendar, chronograph, alarm and light functions. It has a silicone band that is soft on the skin and easy to clean; however, for those looking to do rigorous activity you may want to get a more rugged band.

5 stars for Nixon Unit Watch

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Casio Women's BG6902-2 Baby G White Watch
Casio Women's BG6902-2 Baby G White Watch

Good Looking Sports Watches for Women

1. Casio Women’s Baby G White Watch

An inexpensive choice for ladies is this Casio Women’s BG6902-2 Baby G White Watch. While clean looking, it does get dirty pretty easily but the resin band is easy to clean.

You get a one second timer, 1-24 hour timekeeping, three alarms and a full calendar, as well as other handy features.

2. PUMA Women’s Hot Pink Digital Watch

Lightweight and Flexible Lady's Watch

I love the bright pink of this PUMA Women’s PU910541012 Hot Pink Digital Watch that comes with a handy heart monitor and chest strap included. It is water resistant up to 50 meters and has a very large display.

3. Michele Tahitian Jelly Bean Large Carousel

If you want something a bit classier, consider this Michele Tahitian Jelly Bean Large Carousel Black Watch. It is also only water resistant up to 50 meters.

It has a silicone band in black and has a stainless steel case. I love the Michele logo around the bezel of the watch for added style.

Additional Features in Sport Watches for Men & Women 2014

If you do any kind of consistent workout, or training, consider a watch that will transfer data to your computer.

This can help you track your progress quite easily. Watches like these usually come with wireless transfer capability or a USB cable that you can connect to a computer.

If you do a lot of different types of outdoor activities, characteristics which are helpful to determine climate is helpful.

For instance, this might include sunrise and sunset information, a thermometer, a barometer, and altimeter or even altitude memory. Watches like these are great for hikers, mountain bikers, or climbers, to name a few.

More features to look for in watches

Additional features should also be taken into consideration. If you ever involve yourself and outdoor sports where GPS tracking would be helpful, don't buy a watch with it because you will most likely pay more for it.

Many watches come with one or two alarms, a countdown timer, and some even include a workout memory. These are all basic features that I have enjoyed using over the years in my sports watches.

I do think that GPS enabled watches are becoming more popular. These often include data uploads, pace and distance alerts as well as giving you the option to customize your workouts while giving you interval training tools.

I also prefer watches with heart rate monitors because I have health issues and need to closely watch my heart rate.


What other sport watch recommendations do you have?

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