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Winter Sale — 10% Off Before Winter Is Over!

February 9, 2011

Hey, we love our customers and we also love sales.  So, guess what?  We’re mashing the two up and having another sale for our customers.  We’re taking 10% off our entire line of watches so that you can get that perfect watch before your spring training starts.  In fact, it’s not a bad idea to get a head start now.  Yeah, it’s cold, but it’ll make the spring training curve much shorter.  So get a watch today — at 10% off  mind you — before winter is over and the sale is gone.  Enter WINTER10 or ACTIVE10 at checkout.



ActiveWatches Profiled in Self Magazine

September 1, 2010

Yet another great endorsement from a great publication for a great website (in our humble opinion)!  This time the endorsement is from Self Magazine, the leading fitness magazine for females.  (Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, has an entire category devoted to watches specifically for women.  Who said GPS watches were just for the male athlete?!?!)  So check us out on page 134 of the magazine.  Hey, we’re identified as SELF editor’s’ fave — a distinction you can’t beat.  Sorry we can’t point you to an electronic version of the magazine page.  But trust the ActiveWatcher when he says it’s worth paying $3.99 to see an image of one or our Polar watches on the wrist of the very fit woman on page 76!

The ActiveWatcher

Recommended On-Line Watch Resources (other than the ActiveWatcher of course)

August 10, 2010

The ActiveWatcher isn’t narcissistic when it comes to watch blogs.  I may refer to myself in the third person, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other great blogs and websites out there about sports watches.  As much as the ActiveWatcher wishes it’s the only watch authority in town, the dawn of the information age changed all that — a bit of double-edged sword: we’re in business thanks to the Internet, but so are a ton of others.

With that said, the ActiveWatcher presents…(insert drum roll here)…its list of favorite watch websites and blogs, other than the ActiveWatcher of course (no bias there):

DC Rainmaker ( This blog is perhaps the next best thing to having the ActiveWatcher in your living room.  Don’t let his post about just recently getting engaged fool you.  The author is a hard-core triathlete and trust me when I say that this guy knows his s$*!   Just check out his reviews on almost every Garmin watch imaginable.  Perhaps the most in-depth and detailed reviews on the face of this Earth.  In addition to his reviews, he gives useful guidance on watch operation in his many articles on just about anything related to triathlons.  But if you’re looking for reviews for watches besides Garmin, this may not be best the place.  Nevertheless, the site gets four out of four sports watches in my book.

Running Watch Review ( Another good on-line source for watch reviews.  And unlike DC Rainmaker, this website’s breadth reaches beyond just Garmin watches, but includes Timex, Nike, and Polar.  Like other websites and blogs worth their salt, the Running Watch Review also provides useful articles on watches, whether it’s about how to use a watch or what to look for when buying a watch.  On the negative side, the watch reviews come off as a bit sterile, with nowhere near the amount of detail and experience reflected in DC Rainmaker’s reviews.

The Sports Watch Informant ( This site is cool not only because it uses “The” in front of its name like the ActiveWatcher, but also because it lives up to its name of informing watch connoisseurs on the latest developments in the sports watch industry.  Just check out the site and you’ll see articles and reviews on the some of the most cutting-edge watches and associated technology.  If I’m not mistaken, The Sports Watch Informant even broke the news on the Timex Global Trainer watch, the best thing since GPS technology and chocolate cookie dough.  One potential criticism is that the articles can be overly technical, although that’s great for the watch and tech geeks like the ActiveWatcher.  In addition, some of the reviews can come off as the latest advertisement from your local Ford dealer, but are nonetheless substantive and useful.

That’s it for now folks.  Let the ActiveWatcher know if you come across any other websites or blogs that are ActiveWatcher-worthy.

The ActiveWatcher

ActiveWatches Featured in Dallas and Orange County Modern Luxury Magazines

July 21, 2010

Hey, ActiveWatches is getting more face time!  Check us out in the June edition of Dallas and Orange County Modern Luxury Magazines.  According to the author, “throw in some great search features, good prices and easy-to-navigate shopping, and [ActiveWatches is] one of our new faves.”  Hey, we couldn’t have said it better.  So go to and get your watch today!!!

The ActiveWatcher

Runners World “How-To” Videos on GPS Watches

June 22, 2010

Runners World magazine recently produced a line of short web videos on how to use the new Garmin 110 GPS watch.  Although we don’t yet carry that watch (and we will soon), the videos are equally helpful for learning how to use other types of GPS watches.  Click here to view the videos.   As you’ll see, GPS watches these days are simple and easy-to-use.  So pick one up from today.

The ActiveWatcher

Barack Obama’s Other (Sports) Watch

June 10, 2010

The ActiveWatcher can’t resist the urge to comment on our U.S. President.  Don’t worry – we’re not turning The ActiveWatcher into a politics blog.  Rather, consistent with The ActiveWatcher’s unrelenting fanaticism with sports and active watches, we’re about to engage in a point-counterpoint about Mr. Barack Obama’s…..drum roll please…sports watch.  Yes, I know that was obvious to you, so save your breathe.

Much have been written by horologists (to the non-geeks out there, that’s the nerd term for those, like the ActiveWatcher, who have a passion for timekeeping devices) about Mr. President’s Tag-Heuer (not bad for a former community activist) and his more recent uber-limited edition U.S. Secret Service watch manufactured by Jorg Gray (it’s not that expensive; it reportedly costs about $300 in the Secret Service Store, wherever that’s located).

But the Head of Watch Style is cool enough to use…another drum roll please…wait for it…a sports watch during his off time.  You may have noticed it, like The ActiveWatcher did, during recent Presidential press briefings in Louisiana regarding the BP oil spill.  Take a look a look at the photos below.

For all those who are now snoring, behold the classic horologist riddle: Which sports watch is Mr. President wearing?  As expert as the ActiveWatcher is, we just haven’t been able to get close enough to the President to answer the question.  And unbelievably, our calls to the White Press Secretary have yet to be returned.  We’re crossing our fingers.

A meticulous forensic investigation (i.e., by simply looking at the images below), the ActiveWatcher has concluded that the sports watch the President has been wearing is an early version of the Nike Oregon.  (It is not a Timex as some has reported.)  Exhibit A: the round, silver bezel.  Exhibit B: the extension of the round bezel out of one corner of the watch face is a unique characteristic of some of the older versions of the Oregon.  Just compare the watch above with the Nike Oregon below.

But The ActiveWatcher isn’t too ashamed to admit that it hasn’t been able to find an identical match.  So it welcomes the ActiveWatches community to add its two cents.  Anyone that identifies the correct watch, and provides substantial evidence, will receive a generous watch discount from ActiveWatches.  Just e-mail your findings to

The ActiveWatcher

Swiss Army vs. Wenger…Let the Games Begin

April 15, 2010

The ActiveWatcher has finally decided to weigh-in on the age-old battle between two Swiss companies: Victorinox and Wenger.  For the record, both originally supplied knives to the Swiss Army.  And both long ago decided to parlay their expertise and brand strength into watches.  Not a bad move.  Each now have one of the most recognized watch brands in the world.

Victorinox is perhaps the company that most people identify as the “Swiss Army” brand.  Heck, even the ActiveWatches website refers to the Victorinox brand as “Swiss Army.”  But for the record, Wenger is also a manufacturer of authentic swiss knives and watches.  And another fact for the record: Victorinox now owns Wenger, although the two operate as separate companies.  So the debate may still rage on.  Especially because clear, yet subtle, distinctions exist between the two brands.

Victorinox watches have a reputation for durability and reliability.  And the company no doubt continues to manufacture watches that will last an eternity.  Are you hiking Everest this summer?  Then a Victorinox is your go-to watch.  And the icing on the cake: they’ve got great functions and look sophisticated.  But for those with an affinity for technology and fashion, Swiss Army may leave you hanging.  Another downside: Victorinox watches are all solely analog.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Hey, if you’re a traditionalist like The ActiveWatcher, all of the characteristics that make Victorinox watches one of the best in world are a perfect recipe for a favorite timepiece.

Cue the Wenger watches.  They fill the void left open by Victorinox.  Take a look at any Wenger watch an you can see that Wenger dedicates a lot of resources to the appearance of its watches.  Many are colorful, sharp, and simply fashionable.  And they’ve also taken a leap towards the new millennium by incorporating digital technology into their analog watches.  Case in point: Wenger’s new Nomad, an analog-digital hybrid watch with a compass feature.

Of course, there’s no right answer here; it comes down to personal preference.  So see for yourslf which watch brand you prefer by visiting

The ActiveWatcher