Some stopwatches can be set up to count down instead of up. An online stopwatch can easily accomplish such a task, and many wristwatches also offer the capability.
When selecting a watch, a customer should ask if the stopwatch can count down. If purchasing the watch from an online retailer, the website may provide this information in the item's product detail section. Several highly rated watches have the capability of counting down, including the Digital Sports Wristwatch SW3 and the Fastime SW6R Digital Sports. Some offer other features useful to athletes, such as a pulse checker, speed calculator and a pre-start countdown.