Timex OVA

I always say that you should pick the right watch for the job. And if the job at hand is running or speeding walking, the Timex OVA (Optimal Viewing Angle) looks like it could be the right watch.

First of all, if you’re looking for a heart rate monitor, you won’t find one in the Timex OVA (check out the Suunto n3i or the Nike HRM Triax Inspire instead). But if you’re looking for a comfortable, simple, and inexpensive watch to wear on your long runs or walks, then the Timex OVA might be one to consider. The primary feature of the Timex OVA is that it is designed to ride on the side of your wrist as opposed to the top which puts the watch into your natural line of site while running. Additionally, the large digital numbers are slanted to further improve the viewing angle, and the band is lightweight and breathable.

Full list of features :

  • Optimal viewing angle (hence the name). Even the digits are slightly slanted for better readability.
  • Flexible and breathable plastic band.
  • Large, easily accessible button below the face for operating the timing functions.
  • Stopwatch with 75 laps, best lap, and average lap time.
  • Two interval timers.
  • Repeat countdown timer.
  • Three daily alarms.
  • Water-resistant to 100 meters (about 330 feet).

I usually run with a Nike Triax or a Casio G-Shock GW-300, but I might have to give the Timex OVA a go one of these days. Retail is $70, which means you should be able to pick one up for substantially less.

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