The growing popularity of smartwatches has not removed the interest brokers may have made with a GPS running watch, because normally these devices have very advanced and specific features you will not find on the best military watch or timepiece.

It is also clear that no single GPS watch for running (and other sports) that is best for everyone. It depends on your needs and will often be somewhat complicated to find the best option.

Some are expensive, others are more affordable, most have GPS and a few have complete maps. We will also find a few that monitor heart rate and others that can even be used in swimming, cycling and sky.

The best watches for running

1. Magellan GPS Switch UP (Price: 129 euros)

Magellan GPS Switch UP

A multi-sport option at a very reasonable price. It includes a screen of 1.26 “, heart rate monitor, bike frames and can also plunge 50 meters.Its design is not your strong point (somewhat thicker), but its features are exceptional.

We will meet with an altimeter, barometer and GPS that will help us record the elevation, pace, distance and direction tracking. But its real strength is its ability to mount on the handlebars of the bicycle or submerging to 50 meters. It can be customized for any sport activity profiles 9 and vibration alerts (time, distance, speed, pace, calories, heart rate, cadence and power).

2. TomTom Runner – GPS Watch race (Price: 117 euros)

TomTom Runner - GPS Watch race

Dutch GPS giant has created a really simple and easy to use GPS clock. The screen of 1.37 “is easy to read, shows our statistics pace, distance, speed, and if we link to a heart monitor unlocks zone training and a function” Race “that allows you to compete in real time against your previous personal bests . The battery life could be better and the shape of the watch is not it very cool. You have to synchronize every two days to ensure the accuracy of GPS and is waterproof up to 50meters. It is a good choice for novice runners.

3. Garmin Forerunner 15 (Price: 126 euros)

Garmin Forerunner 15

Another all-terrain GPS sports watch that is designed as a fitness solution “all in one” instead of being a single clock running. The built-in GPS gives you the distance and pace and can connect a wide range of external sensors including heart rate monitors, sensors bicycle or foot measuring additional statistics such as the number of steps you’ve taken or calories. It is also water resistant to 50 meters. The battery life in GPS mode is 8 hours or five weeks in tracking mode activity. In addition, all data can be synchronized and controlled via smartphone applications and web Garmin Connect.

4. Polar M400 + H7 heart rate sensor (Price 180 euros)

polar M400

One of the best options in conjunction with the much more affordable than the V800 sensor Polar Polar H7 heart rate and. The Polar M400 measures the pace, distance and altitude through GPS built and is water resistant to 30 meters. It can be used for running, cycling, sky etc … Measure each training session and daily activity 24/7 and allows you to plan and analyze your training with the app and Flow Polar web service which means you can use it as a fitness bracelet. It has many functions motivation will give an estimate of when you’re going to end your career on the basis that current pace. The battery life is 8 hours (with GPS and heart rate sensor) and up to 24 days (activity log).

5. TomTom Runner Cardio (Price: 240 euros)

TomTom Runner Cardio

The Cardio Runner has a screen of 1.37 “and comes with an optical heart rate monitor included that works really well and, of course, with GPS. You have the possibility of interval training and you can compete against yourself. It is water resistant to 50 meters and the battery lasts about 8 hours. Against? The software collects data from the device, but the clock is exceptional. For triathletes there is a version Multisport swimming and cycling.

History of the clock

about 5,000 years ago, the clock was invented in the Far East and later, this was taken to Persia, Greece , the Egypt and later to Europe.

Our earliest ancestors only had day knowledge and night, completely ignoring the passage of time and its divisions.

It is known that began to observe the sun’s movements, the moon and the tides, so basing their chronology.

Sun and moon

Invented by the Babylonians, the first creation was called clock Sun (gnônom its operation consisted of a projected vertical rod from the center of a circular surface projecting a sun shade to indicate the time) and history records their appearance in Judea in 600 BC.

The castles and palaces of ancient Europe used up the clock fire (six candles marked 15 cm with identical thickness were divided with a scale and a whole lingered 24 hours at hemp ropes are consumed consisted of a rope with knots that burned at regular intervals).

clock As all these ways to mark the hours were not credible, the man sought new experimentations and innovations.

It arose in Egypt the clock water (hourglass), consisting of a container full of water with graded walls and a small hole into the water drop.

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In each run two graduations correspond to the passage of 1 hour.

The water clock is released across Europe and Asia to the sixteenth century and the biggest problem was in the winter when it was very cold and the water was frozen.

old clockAnother type of watch often used was sand (hourglass). Also invented by the Egyptians, the operation consisted of two glass cones connected by a small hole regulating the sand passage placed on one party, marked given time. Then it was just turn the instrument and repeat the process, it came in the eighth century and was also widespread throughout Europe.

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The ancient Greeks believed that time were mythological deities symbolizing the parts of the day, the Babylonians and the Chinese were the first to divide the day hours only to this people, the day had 12 hours, each equivalent to two current time .

Were the Egyptians and the peoples of Western Asia who first divided the day into 24 hours.

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In Europe, centuries after the were created mechanical watches : the pendulum clock in 1370 and the windup clock in 1500.

The first watches mechanics only had pointers that marked the hours and these machines when properly regulated, had error more than a half hour a day.

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It originated in the religious orders that had needs regular times of prayer and worship.

The first watches mechanics did not show the time, made it sound. At first they were machines driven by weights that touched a bell at regular intervals.

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The monk called others to prayer ringing the tower bell.

Later, he rode up a larger machine that was in the tower, which was to ring the bell without the monk, and went on to announce the canonical uniform hours by St. Benedict in the sixth century in seven times: “Matins” (dawn / 4 strokes); the “prime time” (sunrise / 3 strokes); “Tertia Time” (midmorning / 2 strokes).

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These watches were subjected to calibration to monitor the variation of days throughout the year and different times of sunrise and sunset sunsets.

The English word “clock” Dutch drift “clojk” meaning bell turn in German is called “glocke”.

At the time of discovery has increased the importance of best balance bikes for man, on his journey into the unknown.

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The mechanical techniques of manufacturing clock were showing up, requiring more and more precision to split the time.

The sailors who used references in the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars and constellations, with the discovery of the oceans were forced to gear up for latitude and longitude.

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To measure the sun’s height needed to find the latitude was used to Bestilha adopted in the West in 1342. It was used by the Greeks (Dioptra) and the Arabs (Kamal) and the Portuguese used the quadrant and the astrolabe.

To arrive at a measurement of hours of a single 24-hour day machine was a gradual process based on improvements introduced in “sound clock” and use the “escape” of the machine (device regularly interrupts the fall of weights, as a switch that alternately contains and releases the machine force producing the “ticking” which became the voice of the time.

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The trend originated in the fourteenth century in that time took a universal and precise sense, abandoning the “seasonal hour” and prevailing “time equal.”

The first clock mechanic was manufactured in 1386 by Henry Vicky and was formed by two gears driven by ropes and weighed about 200 kilograms.

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From these were created the household. The towers and lookouts of Churches became towers watch where they sounded the same hours for religious services.

The watch was a former public service water supply.

The minute hand only later appear with the use of the pendulum.

old pocket watchIt was in 1582 that the scientist Galileo to observe the oscillation of a lamp in Pisa Cathedral, found the application of the pendulum in the manufacture of watch , than took the Dutchman Christian Huygens to make the first clock pendulum.

The introduction of the pendulum clocks did reduce the error of 15 minutes to about 10 seconds.

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This mechanism has been improved by Peter Heinlein, Nuremberg replacing the weight of a steel belt having the same function, allowing downsizing of the machines until it reaches the pocket watch.

This mechanism enabled a breakthrough in the history of watchmaking being gradually created new patents excellent engines like watch pocket registered by Louis Recordon in 1780 in London.


The watches became successively into works of art in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The palaces and residential rich sported watches wall, column and table, which in addition to indicate the hours served as decorative items.


In the nineteenth century, a Polish Count Antoine Patek joined the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe, creating a brand of watches that became known worldwide Patek Philipe and had the opportunity to have as customers Queen Victoria and Czar Nicholas II of Russia.

Considered a huge innovation in 1842 Patek Philippe factory created the keyless mechanism will give rope.

The emergence clock pulse only emerged in the twentieth century.

clockFirst in 1920 came through the American JWHorton and WA Morisson the first watch the World quartz and later the Englishman John Harwood noted the invention in 1924 and soon the new model outperformed the pocket.

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