Polar Vantage M2 User Manual: Get Started > Watch faces

Watch faces

The watch faces tell you a lot more than just the time. You'll get the most timely and relevant information right on the watch face. Choose which watch faces you want to see in General settings. You can choose from Time, Daily activity, Cardio load status, Continuous HR tracking, Latest training sessions, Last night's sleep, Fitspark training guide, Weather and Weekly summary.

You can scroll through the watch faces with the UP and DOWN buttons and open more details with the OK button.

You can choose between analogue and digital display in Watch settings.


Time and date. You can customize the watch style and color.

Find out more in Watch settings.



The circle around the watch face and the percentage below the time and date show your progress towards your daily activity goal. The circle fills with a light blue color as you are active.

In addition, when opening the details, you can see the following details of your day’s accumulated activity:

  • Steps you've taken so far. The amount and type of body movements are registered and turned into an estimation of steps.
  • Active time tells you the cumulative time of body movements that benefit your health.
  • Calories you've burned through training, activity and BMR (Basal metabolic rate: the minimum metabolic activity required to maintain life).

For more information, see 24/7 Activity tracking.


Cardio Load Status

Cardio Load Status looks at the relation between your short term training load (Strain) and long term training load (Tolerance) and based on that tells you whether you are in a detraining, maintaining, productive or overreaching training load status.

In addition, when opening the details, you can see the numeric values for your Cardio Load Status, Strain and Tolerance, and also a verbal description of your Cardio load status.

  • The numeric value for your Cardio load status is Strain divided by Tolerance.
  • Strain shows you how much you have strained yourself with training lately. It shows your average daily cardio load from the past 7 days.
  • Tolerance describes how prepared you are to endure cardio training. It shows your average daily cardio load from the past 28 days.
  • Verbal description of your Cardio load status.

For more information, see Training Load Pro.


Heart rate

When using the Continuous Heart Rate feature your watch continuously measures your heart rate and displays it on the Heart rate watch face.

You can check your highest and lowest heart rate readings of the day and also view what your lowest heart rate reading of the previous night was. You can turn the Continuous Heart Rate feature on and off on your watch in Settings > General settings > Continuous HR tracking.

For more information, see Continuous Heart Rate feature.

If you're not using the Continuous Heart Rate feature, you can still quickly check your current heart rate without starting a training session. Just tighten your wristband, choose this watch face, press OK and the watch will display your current heart rate in a moment. Return to the Heart rate watch face by pressing BACK.


Latest training sessions

See the time passed since your latest training session and the sport of the session.

In addition, when opening the details, you can view the summaries of your training sessions from the last 14 days. Browse to the training session you want to view with UP/DOWN and press OK to open the summary. For more information, see Training summary.


Nightly Recharge

When you wake up you can see your Nightly Recharge status. Nightly Recharge status tells you how restorative your last night was. Nightly Recharge combines information on how well your autonomic nervous system (ANS) calmed down during the early hours of your sleep (ANS charge) and how well you slept (sleep charge).

The feature is off by default. Keeping the Continuous Heart Rate feature on in your watch will drain the battery quicker. Continuous heart rate tracking needs to be enabled for Nightly Recharge to function. If you want to save battery and still use Nightly Recharge, you can set the continuous heart rate tracking to be on only at night from your watch's settings.

For more information, see Nightly Recharge™ recovery measurement or Sleep Plus Stages™ sleep tracking.


FitSpark watch face

Your watch suggests the most suitable training targets for you based on your training history, fitness level and current recovery status. Press OK to see all the suggested training targets. Choose one of the suggested training targets to see detailed information about the training target.

For more information, see FitSpark daily training guide.



View the current day's hourly forecast straight from your wrist. Press OK to view more detailed weather information including for example wind speed, wind direction, humidity and chance of rain as well as tomorrow's 3-hour and the day after tomorrow's 6-hour forecast.

For more information, see Weather.


Weekly summary

View an overview of your training week. Your total training time for the week split into different training zones is illustrated on the display. Press OK to open more details. You’ll see distance, training sessions, total calories and time spent in each heart rate zone. In addition, you can view last week’s summary and details as well as any sessions planned for next week.

Scroll down and press OK to view more information about a single session.


Music controls

From the music controls watch face you can control music and media playing on your phone when not training. Press the OK button to see the previous/next and pause/play buttons. Switch to the previous or next song with the UP/DOWN buttons and pause with the OK button. Press the LIGHT button to access the volume control.

During training you can control music from the training display. For more information, see Music controls.


Your name

Time, date and your name is displayed.