September 2nd, 2009

cranky hello kitty

never attribute to planned obsolescence what can adequately be explained by not giving a dwaddle

This is incredibly minor in the grand scheme of things.

I really love a particular wristwatch, the Timex Ironman Traditional 30-Lap Full-Size with resin strap, model number T5H591. It has 3 alarms, a 30-lap stopwatch, and a countdown timer. It costs about $30 on the evil Internet superstore that shall not be named.

What I don't love is that the watch band breaks after 15-18 months. I'm on my second one of these watches and the band just broke in the exact same place that the first band broke.

Replacement watch bands for this model are theoretically available, but hard to find. Standard replacement bands don't work because these bands are sculpted in a special shape. I had to Google for quite a while before I found them (the Timex web site is happy to sell you a whole new watch but doesn't admit to having replacement watch bands). They are available at REI.com, but they cost more than 1/3 the price of a whole new watch, and since Timex makes similar watches in slightly different shapes, I don't know that the model offered at REI would even fit. And I hate using the phone so I'm not going to be calling Timex or REI to ask about it.

So now I have a perfectly usable watch face but no wristwatch, and I can't decide whether to order a new one of the same watch or try a different brand of watch that I might not like as well.

Like I said, really minor.

ETA: I use this watch for tracking my swimming workouts.