Sports watches are wristwatches that are constructed to resist damage from intense sports activity. These watches are often waterproof, can resist a certain amount of heat intensity, and generally are made of either rubber or plastic. Sports watches can be analog or digital in display, and often have extra sport-inspired features.
Sport watches are generally very bulky, and have a bright colored design. They can have digital or analog displays, and often have secondary functions (like stopwatch and timer) that are intended to aid the user in whatever sport they decide to use the watch while doing.
There are several different types of sports watches. They can be broken down into the following broad categories: general purpose, specialty and multi-use.
General purpose sports watches are the most generic of sports watches and have very basic features like hard plastic casing and a stopwatch mode. These watches are generally intended for general purpose use, and have minimal extra functions.
Specialty sports watches are targeted towards specific different sports. For instance, a sports watch targeted towards scuba divers will have special features like depth display and pressure resistance.
Multi-use watches are intended for serious sports enthusiasts who need a multitude of features. These all-inclusive watches normally have very detailed feature lists and as a result, are very expensive.
The features in sports watches vary widely according to the type of watch. Common features that are standard in sports watches include weatherproof design, stopwatch functionality and shatterproof faces. Some premium features include GPS functionality, pedometers, extra-resilient design and PC sync functionality.
When looking at different sports watches, it is very important to consider the likely use of the sports watch. If you need a watch that that you are going to wear while scuba diving, then it is good to check different watches for pressure sensitivity and water resistance. However, if you want a sports watch suitable for hiking, look for a watch with a built-in pedometer or GPS system. Some watches claim to be all-encompassing, but these watches can have unnecessary features which you may find yourself paying for and not actually using.
Many people may think that just because sports watches need to have special durability features, they cannot be fashionable as well. However, many designer labels like Gucci and Chanel have designer sports watch lines that are intended for the more fashion-conscious watch wearer.