Form and Function go hand in hand for the Match Race Watch II by Aquastar. Yes, the sleek stainless steel face and black synthetic band are sharp, but this watch isn't all about looks. It makes for a great companion on the race course with an easy to read digital display that showcases a large countdown timer, time of day as well as a unique 5 circle visual countdown aid. Every 30 seconds a half circle fades, giving you a quick grasp on the time remaining. Watch features a syncing function so that if you miss the 5, you can catch the 4. Double beep every minute and single beep for every second during the final ten seconds.
Stern Scoop: Product review of the Aquastar Match Race II Watch
- Each button corresponds to one function for ease of use
- Water resistant up to 50 to 100m
- Glass is mineral crystal with a thickness of 1.9mm
- Large countdown number height of 8mm
- Large countdown number height of 8mm
- Comfortable black synthetic band with double keeper
- The backing is engraved with time zones for all main maritime regions of the world
- Width: (41.5mm)
- Length: (47mm)
- Weight: (66g)
The Match Race II is one of the newer regatta timers that doesn't look like a 10-year old has designed it (looking around that seems to be the way of most sailor's watches).
Admittedly it's a digital watch, and I guess we all know how Douglas Adams devastated that concept completely.
But there are good reasons for using this particular sailor's watch:
- The looks
- The functionality of it
- The price
Right. First thing first; It's a sturdy looking clock with a front face really sending the right signals for the connoisseur:
Sporting the five 'moons' for the last five minutes count down known from the 70's stylish regatta clocks. It's SUCH a nice feature, and is at once historical (YAY!), yet displayed in digital (well...). I *LIKE* it. Especially as when you use the countdown feature, it will beep on every minute passed - something you won't get from the mechanical classics of the 70's and 80's.
Is it needed? No.
Will it act as a kind of 'secret handshake' for sailors? Probably!
Dominating the face is a second-by-second countdown, and the time (as in 24 hr clock - who on Earth would be so uncivilized not to prefer that?) is only taking up 5-10% of the face at the bottom of the screen.
It is, in other words, a clock very much dedicated to the sailor's 'rolling start countdown' - and yet that makes it so cool that you'd want to wear it every day.
And at €118 + shipping that is more than you can say about pretty much any other sailor's watch.
Four buttons has dedicated functions; select number of countdown minutes (15-1 - the last five will be indicated by the 'moons' and accompanied by beeps every time a minute is turned and secondly beeps on the last 10 seconds).
One does light, which only really works in dark (CLEVER!!), and doubles as clock setter, one does stop/start/reset, and the last sync-to-next-countdown-minute as any sailor loves and uses.
Double clicking is the thing, ensuring no accidental pushes, and in addition, the start/stop/reset has button protectors surrounding it.
It's a chunky bugger! It genuinely seems heavy on your hand and due to it's relatively chunky size it won't fit on my preferred place to put a watch; on the inner side of my wrist. And I'm not the smallest of naked apes...
Still, putting it where you'd expect clocks to go (top of your wrist) will do nicely and you will after a few weeks realize how your biceps has grown. I kid, of course, but this is only to tell you; don't buy this for kids (who might as well like one designed by a 10-year-old, after all).
I have the one with the leather strap which is outstanding quality.
You'd feel that you get a cheap, yet stylish watch here. €118 is no money for a watch anyway, and this is actually taking itself sufficiently serious to make it stand out, yet be stylish.
I love that the designer - rather than letting their son design the thing - has opted for a classic feature with the five 'moons'.
They are not necessary, but they just give the right feel of history.
Yes, they are not very detailed (will not gradually pass, but to 3,5 'moon' at 3:30 - 3:00, but they make all the difference, design-wise.
The beeps on the countdown may prove a problem, as it's in no way loud.
A few more dbs there would be nice, as your're likely not to have your eyes fixed on the fascia when doing the 'rolling start' - but the two indicators (countdown timer + moons) may just make up for that; a quick glimpse is all you need.
I *LOVE* that they'd not done the most 80's thing and put a ridiculous amount of 'water resistant to....' number of meters on, but stuck with 50.
Never had it submerged in salt water, but guess that's no biggie...
It's a serious watch, this.
Keen observers may ask what that interesting looking watch is, and then you get to tell all your tales...
- Design - not made by a kid - functionality, price, style
- a tad heavy
Pros - looks great, is thin, works great for racing with multiple classes and a 5 minute rolling sequence. I never use it for frostbiting ... does anyone bother with a timer for the 3 minute sequence?
Cons - you have to send it to Switzerland for service. From the US that costs almost as much as a new watch. I broke the crystal on bike trip in France. I brought it home to the states to send to Switzerland .... good lord! But the more annoying part was that when they serviced it, they didn't properly set one of the screws. It fell out within days. Can't get the screw anywhere. Doesn't affect the performance, but "empty screw hole on face" looks moderately disreputable. Oh, one other thing ... does it only have 24 hour time? Not really a problem if I were to stay in one time zone, but I don't. On a recent trip to Africa I nearly lost my mind trying to do the math.
- more than 2 year(s)