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Watch faces

The Vantage V 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, including your activity status, Cardio Load status, your heart rate and latest training sessions. You can swipe left or right, or scroll through the watch faces with the UP and DOWN buttons and open more details by pressing the display or with the OK button.

Note that the watch faces and their contents cannot be edited.

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


Basic watch face with time and date.



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. When recovery feedback is set on and enough data is available, you'll see your daily training recommendation instead of your Cardio load status on the watch face.

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.


Enter the menu by pressing BACK and browse through the menu by pressing UP or DOWN. Confirm selections with the OK button, and return with the BACK button.

Start training

From here, you can start your training sessions. Press OK to enter the pre-training mode and browse to the sport profile you want to use.

You can also enter the pre-training mode by pressing and holding OK in the time view.

See Start a training session for detailed instructions.

Serene guided breathing exercise

First, choose Serene and then choose Start exercise to start the breathing exercise.

For more information, see Serene™ guided breathing exercise.

Strava Live Segments

Strava live segments

View information about the Strava segments synced to watch. If you haven’t connected your Flow account with a Strava account or haven’t synced any segments to your watch, you can also find guidance here.

For more information see Strava live segments.


In Timers you'll find a stopwatch and countdown timer.


To start the stopwatch, press OK. To add a lap, press OK. To pause the stopwatch, press BACK.

Countdown Timer

You can set the countdown timer to count down from a preset time. Choose Set Timer, and set the countdown time, and press OK to confirm. When completed, choose Start and press OK to start the countdown timer.

The countdown timer is added to the basic watch face with time and date.

At the end of the countdown, the watch notifies you by vibrating. Press OK to restart the timer, or press BACK to cancel and return to the time view.

During training you can use interval timer and countdown timer. Add the timer views to training views in the sport profile settings in Flow and sync the settings to your watch. For more information on using timers during training, see During training.


In Tests you'll find Orthostatic test and Fitness test:

Orthostatic test

You can take the Orthostatic test (H10 heart rate sensor needed), view your latest results compared to your average and reset the test period.

See Orthostatic test for detailed instructions.

Fitness Test

Measure your fitness level easily with wrist-based heart rate while you lie down and relax.

For more information, see Fitness Test with wrist-based heart rate.



You can edit the following settings on your watch:

In addition to the settings available on your watch, you can edit Sport Profiles in the Polar Flow web service and app. Customize your watch with your favorite sports and the information you want to follow during your training sessions. See Sport Profiles in Flow for more information.