A wrist watch that only tells the time is not something that a gadgeteer would probably take much notice of – right? Of course I’m right That’s why I want to show you the 20.20 Sport Digital Watch from iBeam. This watch tells the time and a whole lot more.
I reviewed an iBeam watch several years ago and thought it was a pretty nice timepiece. I’m glad to tell you that they’ve updated that original watch to be more sporty, less expensive and with more features.
The 20.20 is available with Black and Clear watch bands and two sizes: Medium and Large. Both versions of this watch have the same features – but I’ll be photographing the Large sized version for this review.
The face of this digital watch is large, with easily visible Black segments on a light background. The time of day is in the center, with the seconds counting down above it. Below the time is the day of the week and date.
One feature of this watch is the ability to view dual times. In this mode, the 2nd time is displayed at the bottom. This is great for travelers.
Other display modes include a stopwatch and a countdown timer. The 20.20 watch also has the ability to set 4 different daily alarms.
The watch has a built in LED flash light that is surprisingly bright. What I like best about this feature is that you don’t have to hold the button in to shine the beam. You just press it once and it will stay lit for 30 seconds before it automatically shuts off.
It’s definitely bright enough to find your way around in a dark house or to read a map in a dark car.
There’s also a pop-up 3x magnifying lens.
If you have 40+ year old eyes like I do, a magnifying lens can come in handy once in awhile!
There’s even a removable compass built into the wrist strap. I am not sure I’d trust the compass to help me find my way out of the woods though as the compass in the Large sized watch didn’t display correctly. The one in the Medium watch did seem accurate though.
The 20.20 is water resistant up to 150 ft.
The 20.20 has an EL backlight that shows the time in bright Blue and the date (or dual time) in Green for 5 seconds when you press the button. The only annoyance is that when you press the backlight button (or any button for that matter), the watch beeps. I would like the ability to turn off button beeps.
The watch movement takes a standard quartz battery that lasts 3-5 years. The flashlight takes two batteries that last 2.5 years. That is based on using the light 4x a day for 20 seconds. The light bulb itself lasts 70K hours. The Medium size version uses CR1616 battery and the Large version uses CR2016. If you register the watch with iBeam, you’ll receive free batteries for the life of the watch (you will have to pay $6.50 shipping and handling if you send the watch to iBeam for a battery replacement though).
The 20.20 Sport digital watches from iBeam feels rugged enough to withstand everyday wear and tear. They are relatively inexpensive watches with a nice set of unique features. I especially like the dual time and built-in LED flashlight.
You can find iBeam watches at REI.