How to Choose a Sports Watch


If you’re a keen sports enthusiast, you’ll probably already appreciate the value of a good quality sports watch. If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, then a sports watch may be on your wish list. If that’s the case, just what exactly should you be looking for when you go to choose your sports watch?

Regardless of whether you’re looking to buy a completely new sports watch, or just require repairs to an existing watch or a new watch battery, Ilford, Chigwell and Woodford based sports enthusiasts can turn to EK Jewellers for help. Follow some simple pointers to find the perfect sports watch for your style and requirements.

Set your Budget

Sports watches start from as little as £40, but watches at this level will be quite basic without many features. Most sports enthusiasts will look to pay between £100 and £200 for a good quality sports watch. Of course, you can go all out – particularly if you’re a professional or semi-professional sportsperson – and pay up to £400 for a top of the range, high tech watch.

Set your Style

Sports watches don’t have to be unfashionable. Generally sports watches have large faces so that they’re easy to see as you’re running, cycling or training. Choose a watch which you can read easily at a glance, but which isn’t so big that it becomes cumbersome when playing, training or racing.

Most sports watches are made of hardened titanium or stainless steel to make them durable for play. Make sure that your watch’s band fits you snugly, and isn’t loose, so as to ensure that it doesn’t fall off or become caught on clothing or equipment.

Set your Features

Certain features, such as pace, distance and time, will almost always come as standard with any sports watch. You should think about the sports you play and how you wish to record and track your fitness in order to choose a watch with all of the additional features you may need. Think about:

  • Heart rate trackers.
  • Routes and up-loadable maps.
  • Ease of switching between sports, particularly if you compete regularly in multi-event sports such as triathlons.
  • Connectivity to computers and tables. Some sports watches even come with Wifi nowadays!
  • Battery life, as this can vary between 8 hours and 50 hours. For more advice on this and on any other type of new watch battery, Chigwell, Woodford and Ilford sports lovers can check with EK Jewellers.
  • A combination of the above, and whether the watch you choose has the right combination of features for your needs
By choosing the correct sports watch for your needs you’ll be able to learn about your individual abilities, and track the likes of heart rate, mile splits and map your route to help you maximise your potential.

If you’re looking for advice on a new sports watch, a new dress watch or indeed just require a change of band or a new watch battery, Woodford, Ilford and Chigwell based customers can get the advice of EK Jewellers. We stock a large range of watches, watch straps and watch batteries to suit every need. Why not pop in at the end of your morning training run or cycle?


Posted on by Ian Tubby.