Watches are small, portable clocks that display the current time.
They may be worn on the wrist or hung from a watch clip. While
water-resistant watches, waterproof dive watches, and stopwatches have
been around for more than 70 years, it has been only during the last 50
years that these features have been combined into a single wristwatch,
giving rise to a whole new watch category — the sport watch.
Rather than being high fashion, dress watches, these sport watches are
often designed for ruggedness and casual comfort. Many of these watches
boast digital displays as well.
Instead of having bands of metal or leather, sport watches generally have
bands fashioned from man-made materials, such as nylon or plastic, which
resist sweat, water, and the elements. These watches are often
designed to be shock-resistant, so that they can take a lot of punishment
without breaking. In the past, athletes removed their watches before
participating in their sport, but with the availability of sport watches,
athletes can now exercise and keep track of the time and their activities.
Sport watches may also offer specialized functions tailored to individual
sports. For example, a sport watch may include stopwatch and alarm
features for timing races, or it may be waterproof to a specified depth
for diving use. Watches designed for fitness activities may feature
heart rate monitors, and hiking watches may offer compasses, altimeters,
and backlit displays. Some newer sport watches contain GPS units, a
good safety feature for outdoorsmen. Many golf watches are designed
to be hung with a clip from the golfer's belt or golf bag rather than worn
on a wrist.
Whatever your sport or outdoor activity, there is probably a sport watch designed
to fit your needs.
The informative references on SportWatches.us enable you to learn about the watchmaking
industry and research a broad range of sport watches offered by watch manufacturers
and specialty watchmakers.