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RONSTAN
Clear Start™ Sailing Watch

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$84.95

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Product Description

With a display size of 1/2" (only slightly smaller than the Race Timer), the Sailing Watch can be quickly viewed without taking your hand off the helm and its smooth edges won’t catch on lines in the heat of battle. Racing modes include SYNC function to resynchronize with starter’s time and ISAF 5-4-1-0, Match Racing and user-set sequence options with sound signals. Standard features include 12/24 hour formats, date, daily alarm and chronograph. Water-resistant to 50m (approx. 165') and shock-resistant. Luminescent backlighting. Flexible Red/Black polyurethane housing and band with stainless steel back and buckle. One-year warranty.

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RonstanClear Start Sailing Watch
 
3.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (13)
  • Water resistant (13)
  • Accurate (11)
  • Stylish (6)
  • Well built / quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (11), Athletic (10), Classic style (4), High end shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Overall solid and useful all around watch

About to buy another watch for a good friend as a Holiday gift but figured I would give my experience with mine over the last 2 years. The watch took some getting used to...Read complete review

About to buy another watch for a good friend as a Holiday gift but figured I would give my experience with mine over the last 2 years. The watch took some getting used to as its a bit different than I was used to so it forced me to read the instructions. However after taking the time to read it wasn't bad too bad and has served me well. At first I was a little taken back about the fact you could only sync up but after probably close to 100 starts using this watch that hasn't been much of an issue since its rare to hit start too early. However there has been numerous times I have been involved in other things and missed the " prep gun" by a few seconds and was able to sync at the prep signal. Also having the ability to count up after the countdown is nice if sailing in handicap races(IRC or PHRF time on time) so you know how long the race lasted to help calculate your finish time. Yes it would be nice to have a 3 min. dinghy start option but if you read the included instruction on how to use the minute function you can make it work, just takes a few extra clicks. So while not perfect you can make it work. Also really like how the watch incorporates a beep function for the final countdown. As it is a nice reference when you are busy with other functions right before the start of the race, i.e trimming or other sail controls.

One last note on durability... Besides sailing I am lucky enough to teach skiing on weekends during the weekend(the only way I can afford the sport). Last winter I used this watch to make sure my classes were on time. Having a watch that can deal with temps from 90 to 0 degrees while in the rain or picking up little guys in the snow is pretty clutch.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Another challenge

Break out your magnifying glass as the directions use a font so small they are a little hard to read.

I was really hoping watch came with a pre-set dinghy start...Read complete review

Break out your magnifying glass as the directions use a font so small they are a little hard to read.

I was really hoping watch came with a pre-set dinghy start time of 3 minutes, it does not. Still trying to see if I can customize it for something so basic. It's a Ronstan for god sakes this is should been an obvious feature what were they thinking. Even the Ollie box comes with a 3 minute start sequence for just this purpose.

I am also curious what makes a watch designer put the watch illumination light buttun between 2 other buttons making it very easy to press one of the other buttons in the dark often re-setting the watch to display something other than the time.

I am undecided if I would recommend this watch to a friend.

Reviewed by 15 customers

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5.0

Great watch for racers.

By Bob

from Newport Beach CA

About Me Athletic

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Comfortable
  • Water Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

      My sons sales on the high school team and this watch is perfect for what they do.

       
      5.0

      Great watch

      By Roger

      from Maine

      About Me Athletic

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Comfortable
      • Quality Construction
      • Stylish
      • Water Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

          I love this watch , find Ronstan website very easy to access for info, watch is easy to use and understand. I primarily use it as a start watch, but also use when cruising. I had a gill last watch and much prefer the Ronstan. I've found it very durable, and like the size of the display.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great and reliable

          By Nordic guy

          from buzzards bay

          About Me Athletic, Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Comfortable
          • Water Resistant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

            This watch is exactly what I needed. It's easy to start and re-sync the count down, the strap is solid and comfortable to use, and the read out is clear with the big numbers. I have scratched the glass but I would't expect anything else at this price point.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Great watch

            By Silver F

            from Noosa, Australia

            About Me Athletic, Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Comfortable
            • no catch points
            • Water Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

              Great watch, easy to read and change time when changing time zones. No sharp points to catch/damage on kite lines.....

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              Perfect sailing watch, great buy

              By Mimi

              from Strawberry, CA

              About Me Athletic, Classic, Practical

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Highly visible
              • Quality Construction
              • Water Resistant

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sailing

                Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

                Highly visible display. Great price. Easy to use. Comfortable for all wrist sizes. Quality product even when used in rough conditions. Stylish. Best sailing watch I've had.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Best sailing watch I have ever owned

                By Bob

                from San Francisco

                About Me Athletic, High End Shopper, Modern, Practical

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Comfortable
                • Quality Construction
                • Water Resistant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Race watch
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

                  Best sailing watch I have ever used. Big easy to read digits, good audible sounds, count down and up

                   
                  5.0

                  I own three: black, red & stainless.

                  By Sailor

                  from Gulfcoast

                  About Me Classic, Practical

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Quality Construction
                  • Stylish
                  • Water Resistant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Sailboat Racing
                    • Sailing

                    Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

                    I love these watches & have owned them for several years. I wear the stainless steel everyday and the plastic models for racing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Best sailing watch I have ever owned

                    By Mike

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Athletic, High End Shopper, Modern, Practical

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Comfortable
                    • Quality Construction
                    • Water Resistant

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

                    Great for starts. Big easy to read digits. I like the audible signals. The best sailing watch I have ever owned

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Overall solid and useful all around watch

                    By Michael

                    from Bristol, RI

                    About Me Classic, Practical

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Comfortable
                    • Stylish
                    • Water Resistant

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Work

                      Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

                      About to buy another watch for a good friend as a Holiday gift but figured I would give my experience with mine over the last 2 years. The watch took some getting used to as its a bit different than I was used to so it forced me to read the instructions. However after taking the time to read it wasn't bad too bad and has served me well. At first I was a little taken back about the fact you could only sync up but after probably close to 100 starts using this watch that hasn't been much of an issue since its rare to hit start too early. However there has been numerous times I have been involved in other things and missed the " prep gun" by a few seconds and was able to sync at the prep signal. Also having the ability to count up after the countdown is nice if sailing in handicap races(IRC or PHRF time on time) so you know how long the race lasted to help calculate your finish time. Yes it would be nice to have a 3 min. dinghy start option but if you read the included instruction on how to use the minute function you can make it work, just takes a few extra clicks. So while not perfect you can make it work. Also really like how the watch incorporates a beep function for the final countdown. As it is a nice reference when you are busy with other functions right before the start of the race, i.e trimming or other sail controls.

                      One last note on durability... Besides sailing I am lucky enough to teach skiing on weekends during the weekend(the only way I can afford the sport). Last winter I used this watch to make sure my classes were on time. Having a watch that can deal with temps from 90 to 0 degrees while in the rain or picking up little guys in the snow is pretty clutch.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Just what I needed for racing

                      By Foredeck guy

                      from Marion Ma

                      About Me Athletic, Practical

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Water Resistant

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Clear Start Sailing Watch:

                          I'm very happy with this as a timer. Big enough to read, but not too big to get in the way. Have one to my daughter, and she loves it too

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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