Timex Altimeter WS4 Watch Review
Executive Summary: The Timex altimeter is a terrific outdoor watch for not a whole lot of money.
Features: altimeter, compass, thermometer, barometric pressure – plus, all of the common watch functions like time, calendar, and countdown timer
Price: approximately $ 140
More Detailed Discussion:
The Timex Company is a world leader in digital wristwatch technology. They’ve been around as Timex Corporation since 1960 and have truly dominated the market in the 1950s as well, especially in America. It used to be called US Time Corporation, so you’d expect them to have their act together making a digital product like this.
I have taken their watches down on scuba dives and never missed a beat. These are extremely durable watches and perform way better than the claims they make in their product literature.
Here are the features of the WS4: time, alarms, stopwatch, thermometer, barometer, altimeter, compass, and recording of the reading so that you have some weather predicting capability.
The Timex altimeter watch also has backlighting witches quite pleasant. They call there’s “Indiglo” and it works quite well. For night use it is extremely easy to see and differentiate the digital characters.
Even though the Timex watch with altimeter function is quite easy to get used to, I recommend that you take some time and read the owner’s manual. Simply because you want to fully understand how the watch works and how it gets data. This will be very helpful in the words and you’re encountering different climatic conditions. You don’t have to be an expert but it will be very helpful if your least familiar with how all these pieces operate.
A couple more interesting points for your consideration: the watch face is a mineral crystal, it is protective to a depth of 50 m, there is both metric and English readouts available, it has a very easily replaceable and easy to find CR 2430 battery.
Also, the size of the altimeter watch helps its readability – the case is quite large at 50 mm wide and 40 mm tall. It is a paltry 16 mm deep – quiet thin for a watch with this much data logging capability. The strap is a big old 30 mm thick though.
The watch comes in six different colors – black, white, orange, blue, silver, and yellow.
Personal note: I’ve used Timex products for the last 20 years and never had a problem. That’s NEVER had a problem. These are extremely reliable watches and you will not go wrong buying the Timex altimeter watch.
The only downside I know of is the battery. Even though it is an easy to replace battery, it doesn’t let you know when it’s about to fail and it fails very quickly. That means, you can be on the words and not realize that you’re about to lose power and your watch completely die on you. Therefore with something as critical it’s a good idea to carry a backup battery spare battery.
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