Pros: Features a chronograph and water resistant to 300 feet making it ideal for the gym.
Cons: No date function. Design appears to be "borrowed" from Ikepod, a high end Swiss company.
I love watches. One very esoteric brand is Ikepod, founded in Switzerland (aren't most good watch companies founded in Switzerland?) They are unique looking watches and start at around $3,000.00 to purchase. I got to try one on when I was in a very upscale Paris department store. Regrettably it was $4,000 more Euros than I had to spend during my vacation. (I did buy my Mom some perfume anyway)
Imagine my surprise a year after my trip when I saw a very similar looking watch in my local very middle class mall in a watch shop for everyman. There in the window was the Nike Oregon! It looks JUST LIKE AN IKEPOD HEMIPOD! Seriously, do a net search on Ikepod, and compare these two.
The Nike Oregon is a fun looking watch, and is about 1/25th of the price of the aforementioned Ikepod. Unlike the Ikepod, the Nike was manufactured in China and has a quartz movement. It has a rubber band (no, not a rubber band, a rubber watch band) stainless steel and aluminum body, and it is resistant to 100 meters (about 300 feet) under water. It has luminescent hands and markers on the outer rim of the face, so you can tell time in the dark. Arabic numbers are in a circle within the outer glowing marker circle. 3,6,9 and 12 are obscured by the smaller chrono function circles. On close examination of the finish and detail, it does not have the look of an expensive watch, but its quirky design may draw some attention. I doubt very many people would spot its similarity to the Swiss made Ikepod Hemipod watch. (not because it doesn't look like it, but because not that many people read Wristwatch Annual.)
This watch doesn't have many features, it tells the time, in analog, and it has a chronograph that is accurate to a 1/10th of a second. The hands are luminescent so they glow in the dark. There are four dials on the face of the watch for the chronograph and military time. They display 24 hour time, or hours for the chrono function, then the remaining dials display minutes, seconds and 1/10ths of a second in chronograph mode.
The chronograph function is easily operated with two buttons on the side of the watch case and is a good function to have on a gym watch. You can time your laps in the pool (since its water resistant), or how long you have been sitting on the exercise bike watching aerobics. The time is set by a button between the two chronograph buttons. (if you examine the photo of the watch, you can see what I mean)
Maybe its just me, but the second most useful thing on a watch face besides the time, is the date. I always look at my watch for the day's date. This watch has no date function.
When to Wear
This is a casual sports watch. Its cheap enough so you don't need to worry about damaging it, and its rubber strap and water resistance make it a good choice for swimming or going to the gym. Its unique design (well not so unique, when I consider its a dead ringer for an existing watch)gives it a sporty look, which is probably why Nike put its name on it. The watch is also pretty comfortable to wear, and the strap is secure.