While I’m sure that Armitron is a brand many are familiar with, I’m guessing that many of you have not taken a very close look at what they have on offer.  So, over the next few days, we’re going to help to rectify that for you, and give you a sampling of their products.

First up?  One of their analog-digital sport models, the 20-4589ORGY (yes, that is indeed the suffix on the model number).  Like any good sport watch, this one offers a lot of functionality:

  • 49mm resin case
  • Luminous hands & orange sweep with luminous tip
  • EL-backlit LCD
  • Alarm, chronograph, lap, 2nd time zone, countdown, military time
  • Water-resistant to 330 feet (100 M)

So, as you can see, it’s got a full complement of things that you’d expect.  At 49mm, this is not a small watch, by any means.  Courtesy of the resin case, however, it’s extremely light, and didn’t seem overly large.

When setting the watch functions, I ran into a peculiarity.  On most digital watches, you can use one pusher to advance a value (say, the minutes), and another to reduce the value.  In the case of this watch, however, you can only do an advance, which seemed a bit odd, but perhaps that bit of logic was cut out to keep the price down.

Lume only

As I was setting the various times and date, I came to a realization. You can track two time zones on the digital displays (in 12 or 24 hour time), and the analog display is set independently as well – meaning you could actually track three times if you really wanted to.  A neat “extra”, if you will.

Lume + EL Backlight

So, when it comes to resin-encased sport watches, this is a decent option.  While the chrome wasn’t to my tastes for this segment, it does offer something that breaks from the G-shock mold, and has a good wrist presence.  And hey, at under $35 on Amazon?  Not one you’ll mind if it takes a few dings while exercising or camping.

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