Problems with Garmin 610

garmin 610

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12/07/2012 at 20:54

Has anyone else had problems with the silver coating on the back of the watch rubbing off and uncovering the base metal and turning your wrist green?

I sent the watch back and receive a replacement, however the silver coating is rubbing off again after a month.

Also the replacement watch heart rate monitor reading is very high and the calorie counter doesnt work either.

I have sent Garmin an email concerning the above points.

I might change to the Garmin 910, but looks very bulky and cant see if it has an alarm so you can use as an everyday watch.



12/07/2012 at 22:16
So far no problems with mine. I have used it almost daily for about 6 months.The silver back is still in perfect condition
12/07/2012 at 22:20

The heart rate monitor problem is due to the static from your technical t-shirt/running vest.  Makes heart rate monitors go crazy.

I too had a problem with the calorie counter. Think it is related to the heart rate monitor problem as does not happen when I don't use the heart monitor.

No problems with back of watch.

13/07/2012 at 10:41

Garmin 910 is lovely - but not sure it has an alarm...

14/07/2012 at 17:40

I think I remember reading a gripe on another thread here about not being able to use the 910 as an everyday watch for some reason or other...

26/07/2012 at 14:56

Thanks for the comments.

Garmin sent a new heart monitor strap and its works perfect.  also sending the watch back for a second time for a replacement.



19/09/2012 at 22:29

My 610 is bubbling on the back - and I have the velcro fabric strap which covers the back specifically!!

Also being sent a new HRM strap as mine is now useless, even after a new battery etc...


20/09/2012 at 10:05

Just noticed that mine is now starting to go on the back (610) - starting to bubble under the coating. Mine is 9 months old with the original strap

20/09/2012 at 22:30
Mine went green a few weeks ago, it's way out of warranty now though as I got it on release. Wiped it off, not really a major issue for me now.
20/09/2012 at 22:46

Been through two 610's. Both died.  Now using a 910XT. Love it, but to use it as an everyday watch you'd need to remember to turn off the GPS (the 610 goes into watch mode automatically).

21/02/2013 at 15:50

I cant pair my new 610 with the hrm. After two days of trying its becoming very frustrating....any tips anyone?

21/02/2013 at 15:58

Its a hastle on the soft strap, but if pairing isn't happening, replacing the battery, or if it is new, taking the battery out for a few minutes has been recommeded in the past on the garmin boards.

21/02/2013 at 22:32

Mine started going green and rubbing off on my wrist about 9 months ago (bought on release) - I just started wiping it down with water after a run and now it's fine.


The straps - especially the soft ones have a short lifespan.  I now buy the Polar wearlink+ soft straps (cheaper) and trim the rubber round the press stud with a razor - works better than the Garmin.  Just make sure you rinse your strap in the shower after every run for a longer life (otherwise you may only get a coupld of months or so out of it).

21/02/2013 at 22:50

I contacted Garmin on the green back in about the 12th month of warranty. I received a brand new watch. My soft strap lasted about 13 months before it needed replacing. Also went with the Polar soft strap, and so far its been a lot better

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