Shows heart rate on large and easy-to-read display

Helps improve your fitness with manual heart rate target zone

Displays a summary of your latest workout

Simple one-button start and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk

Safely exercise within your target zone

Records average and maximum heart rate

Suitable for swimming



  • FT1
  • FT1


  • Body measurement features
    • Manual target zone – bpm

      Manual target zone – bpm

      This feature enables you to define the target zone as you want and is suitable for your training. You can set the target zone for your training as beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (HRR%).

    • Polar OwnCode® (5kHz) – coded transmission

      Polar OwnCode® (5kHz) – coded transmission

      Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding prevents interference from other training computers.

    • HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm

      HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm

      You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.

    • Average and maximum heart rate of training
    • Heart rate – bpm

      Heart rate – bpm

      Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute or as percentage of your maximum heart rate. Heart rate can also be expressed as a percentage of your heart rate reserve, meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest). In Polar software or during strength training, heart rate can be displayed as a graphical trend.

  • Training features
    • HeartTouch – button-free operation of wrist unit

      HeartTouch – button-free operation of wrist unit

      When HeartTouch is on, different training information during training can be accessed without pressing buttons, for instance, when gloves make pressing buttons difficult, by bringing your training computer close to your transmitter.

  • Recording features
    • Training files (with summaries) – 1
  • Watch features
    • Backlight
    • Date and weekday indicator
    • Display text in English
    • Time of day (12/24 h)
    • Water resistant – 30m

In the box


FT1 is rated 2.9412 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from essentially a disposable unit Battery is not user replaceable. Once it goes out you have to ship it to them at your cost, then $27 to have it returned with new battery. Their excuse that it is about water resistance is odd as even a simple watch can be opened and remain water resistant
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does One Thing Well!!! I want my heart rate monitor to do just one thing and do it well...measure my heart rate! This does that very well. I don't need all sorts of special programs or settings, just like it simple. Suggest using conduction jell such as Bubump on HR sensor pads and this will solve consistency issues.
Date published: 2014-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable, simple design, and easy to use This watch is amazing for doing the thing it was designed to do - measure your heart rate. It tells you exercise duration, average heart rate, and max heart rate. That's all I needed. I haven't had any battery issues in the 3 years I've owned the watch - considering that it's only $70 I'd be ok even if it did stop working tomorrow. It's also dummy proof - it has one button and no complicated menu to get lost in. I also have a Garmin touchscreen GPS watch which is nice, but this wins on the functionality test any day of the week. If you need a watch that splits laps, stores a lot of data, or anything other than what I've previously described, I recommend you look at a different watch.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to start I bought this heart rate monitor just to watch my heart rate but it takes 5-10 minutes to get it started. I still haven't figured it out. The single button actually makes it harder to operate. Recommend spending more money for a watch that has multiple buttons.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK for what I need I've had mine for about three years. I didn't need anything fancy. I have a bike computer and all that - I just needed a heart rate monitor. It's simple to use, which I like, but I think the battery in the chest piece is beginning to peter out. It doesn't start detecting my heartbeat as readily as it did in the past. I will probably replace it with something that will communicate with my iPhone for MapMyRide.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple to use, does what I need it to Not sure what the complaints are. Watch is easy to use with one button, just read the manual. Battery doesn't last that long though and I did have to pay to have it replaced at Polar. But that's better than buying a new watch.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Spend the extra money I bought this to use in our clinic to monitor heart rates of my clients, you have to hold it right next to their chest to get it to switch from HR to how long they are exercising. I had a different model before, but it stopped working, so I bought this one. I will be returning it and getting the one with multiple buttons, much easier to use
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Read, easy to use, Basic I have an 8 year old Polar F1 that still works, but the transmitter belt has finally deteriorated (the plastic ends broke through). This FT1 is very similar, but the watch band looks suspect. I just received this, have used it two days and am concerned the "gel-rubber" band may not last. I will update over time. The one-button entries have a short learning curve and you won't regret the simplicity. After entering execute (start) you merely swipe your wrist past the chest sensor to toggle between heart rate, elapsed time and actual clock time. No buttons to push while working out! This is basic; no upload or tracking, but gives you right-now feedback of your workout intensity. The LARGE font is easy on these 60 YO eyes and preferable (to me) over the FT4/7 Polar's watch face and font size. The band is the only reason to not give it 5 stars.
Date published: 2015-06-19
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