Though they’re a bit late to the party, Timex’s first foray into the smartwatch sphere has been well worth the wait. The Timex Ironman R300 GPS Watch harnesses the company’s expertise at horology into a timepiece made for the modern world. The Ironman is appropriately named given the slew of features it provides to athletes, from the accurate phone-free GPS to health metrics tracking calories burned, heart-rate, and more. That vital data is accessible through the app Timex has built to sync the Ironman to each wearer’s smartphone. That connectivity provides notifications on SMS and calls, allowing you to get away from your smartphone to work out but all the while staying in the loop.
Health metrics, notifications, and time are vividly displayed on a touchscreen at the core of the smartwatch’s 41mm resin case. The Ironman is made to be pushed to the limits your workout pushes you to by being water-resistant at up to 50m with a battery life lasting 20 to 25 days, although the GPS lessens that timeframe after 20 hours of use. A soft silicone rubber strap echoes the athletic aesthetic of the smartwatch so it can withstand sweat, rain, and the elements. As if being designed to be subjected to strenuous workouts was enough, Timex added a Guided Coaching Activity Tracking feature to further athletic performance by providing quick access to work out plans. From form to function, the Ironman R300 checks every box when it comes to a smartwatch made for athletes.