Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor Watch: It Takes a Licking…

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imageThis review looks at the Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor Watch.  Before that though, do you remember that old Timex saying, “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking?” And they showed people abusing their watches? In one, the waterproofness was tested by attaching the watch to a baton and having a dolphin swim around and jump for an audience. In another commercial, they ran the thing through a dishwasher. Even Mickey Mantle got in on the act and taped one to his baseball bat to prove the “shock proof” nature of a Timex. I honestly think they had an elephant step on one, but that might be my imagination. This company came up with some MAJOR torture tests. And at the end of every advertisement that darned Timex was still ticking… What does that say about durability? A lot… and people remember that.

Do You Believe?

I have no idea if a Timex watch could withstand any of those pretty nasty brutal tests. But they must have SOME confidence that their product could take some abuse and still work. This leads me to the Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor Watch. It’s made by a company known for making a product that can take on some hearty mistreatment and still work. So, it should be an ideal manufacturer for a product designed for an athlete, right?

Watch Specifications

  • This is listed in the title as Unisex, but the band is men’s length. I don’t know if there’s any gender confusion, but I think this just means it will fit both men and women.
  • The case is resin and the dial window is acrylic.
  • The display is LCD.
  • The band is made of resin.
  • Band and dial color are both gray.
  • The watch weighs 4.8 ounces and has quartz movement.

What Does It Do?

I bet you’re wondering what this Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor Watch actually does, right? Well, the product name gives a lot away, but let’s review the main features.

  • Heart rate monitor for both men and women
  • Chest strap heart monitor
  • Recovery heart rate timer
  • Tracks calories burned
  • 100 hour chronograph
  • 27 lap memory with average heart rate for each lap
  • 100 hour countdown timer
  • Water resistant to 50 meters (165 feet) – for swimming NOT diving
  • Two to three year battery life
  • Large display for ease of use
  • Alarm
  • Month/day/year/time display
  • Indiglo night light technology
  • Consumer replaceable monitor sensor batteries
  • Hands-free operation

Does it Take a Licking?

The best way to determine whether a product is really worth buying is to hear what others – who have actually used it – have to say about it. Will the Timex T5J031 take a licking and keep on ticking? The average rating for the Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor Watch is 4.1 out of 5 stars. Here’s what some of the users noticed:

Athletes who enjoyed using the Timex T5J031Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor were universally enthusiastic about the ease of setup and ability to use it immediately. They also appreciated the low price and Timex reputation. I guess they remember that slogan as well.

Unenthusiastic Users

You cannot please everyone. Some complaints were that the water resistance did not stand up to swimming; some complained that the instructions made no sense; some say the monitor simply stopped working after just a few months. Whether these dissatisfied customers approached Timex with their concerns is unclear. This also might be a good time to discuss water resistant vs. waterproof. Water resistant means that the product can resist some exposure to water but not completely. Waterproof, on the other hand, means that water cannot pass through and into the device. I would not swim with a water resistant watch, but a waterproof watch would likely be a fine choice.


The Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor Watch is offered through Amazon.com at a discount. It is currently in stock.

The Bottom Line

Most users agree that Timex still makes a watch that “takes a licking and keeps on ticking”… Of those who disagree, it is questionable as to whether they sought to use their warranty, return the product, expected things that were unrealistic, or investigated issues further. There are many heart rate monitors out there, and Timex is a long-time brand with a good reputation. They have a very comprehensive website for resource. If it has the features you are looking for, this may be the perfect fitness tool for you.

About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.