The Ronstan ClearStart Race Timer is not a watch you would want to wear to the bar, but its oversized display is ideal for nailing the starting line on time, even if you forget your prescription sunglasses. The watch is a breeze to use with two modes: time and countdown. Just press the big red button to start the countdown (you can’t miss it), and a push of the sync button will drop the countdown to the next minute. The timer has the same alarms as the OS224, but the tone of the timer is slightly deeper. (Optimum Time manufactures the watch for Ronstan and offers a similar “big yellow” OS 315 timer.) You can silence the alarms if you want, and you can also program it for rolling starts or to start a timer afterwards. A low-battery warning ensures you’ll never miss a start.
Even though it’s huge, an elastic band pulls it tight to any size wrist. Plus you can rotate the display in its case to get a better viewing angle from your hiking straps; you can even mount it on your mast. $117, ronstan.com