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    Fellow refs, I'm contemplating a Smart watch. But want one to use for reffing too. Any recommendations. While I'm a tight fisted Scotsman, I'm not adverse to paying a wee bit for a good quality product. Nothing silly costs that a pro might use, just something a step tracker, stop watch, maybe a couple of countdown timers. HR monitor not needed though.

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    I use the Ironman range from timex.

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    Despite the fact I am in the process of creating a ref watch app for the Apple Watch, I would say no to that, certainly not as your primary refereeing device (doesn’t respond that well in the pouring rain). That said, I do find it an excellent secondary, use the activity tracker as a time elapsed device, and a very basic scoring app to keep the running total (alongside my paper tally). My primary reffing watch is the Ref Scorer as it allows me to keep a penalty count.

    You could just as easily use a Garmin Device, or probably some of the Fitbit devices as an all rounder too, but IMO again not as a primary referee watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    I use the Ironman range from timex.
    I have never refereed a game in all my years without one of these on each wrist!!!

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    All sounds far too complicated for me.
    I have a watch for each wrist.
    One has a 40 minute timer that I can start and stop, the other is a watch that tells the time with a big face :-).
    If I cock up the complicated one, I always have the old school back up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctrainor View Post
    All sounds far too complicated for me.
    I have a watch for each wrist.
    One has a 40 minute timer that I can start and stop, the other is a watch that tells the time with a big face :-).
    If I cock up the complicated one, I always have the old school back up!
    That's what I have. Ironman counts down from 40 and I stop start it

    On the other hand a watch tells me it's half past three.

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    I used to have a smartwatch on one wrist to track steps and distance travelled etc, but used a basic stop watch on the other wrist.

    As others have said it pays to have two watches so if you cock up the stopwatch you can just see what the time is.
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    ALWAYS write down actual kick-off time for both halves on the score card; you WILL press the wrong button at some time in you refereeing career. (Ask me how I know).
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim White View Post
    ALWAYS write down actual kick-off time for both halves on the score card; you WILL press the wrong button at some time in you refereeing career. (Ask me how I know).
    Tim, was there a time that you pressed the wrong button on your watch?
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    My Current set up is 2 digital and analogue watches. One is worn facing "up" and I use it for the stopwatch for my halfs (i can still se the time with the hands, so if I forget to press a button I still know approx how long we've played). The other is worn face down, It gets used for the countdown timer for Yellow cards. I have a countdown timer on the "face up" watch too so I can have 2 separate Y/C going. I want have a step counter/GPS tracker in addition to this. I was thinking a SMART watch could tick all of the boxes (with the poss exception of multiple countdown timers).

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