“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.”
– Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It
Our Timex customer service team received an email from a man named Darrell, and his message contained exactly the kind of story we love to hear about.
“My friend and I were trout fishing the Caney Fork River in Tennessee today. I looked down, and in about 2 feet of water laid this watch. I picked it up and couldn’t believe it was still ticking — and right on time!
I was impressed, and just wanted you all to know that your watches do ‘take a licking and keep on ticking!’ I was going to clean it up, but decided I like the story too much yet.”
We like it too! We’ll be in touch with Darrell to expand on his story — watch out here on the Timex Blog as we compile more In the Field stories and interviews.
If you’re shopping for a watch today, you likely have hundreds of options to choose from — and that’s even after you’ve narrowed down important characteristics like case size and color. But one thing that can define a watch’s look, as well as how it wears on the wrist, is the way it attaches to your wrist. Do you want a steel bracelet? Do you want that with a fully brushed or fully polished finish, or something in between? Should your watch look sleek and modern or old-world and rugged? Depending on when and where you plan to wear the watch, your answer (and mileage) may vary.
Below is a guide outlining the different kinds of straps, bracelets and bands we offer on our watches at Timex, as well as a handful of options should you choose to go outside the fold. Happy strapping!
COMMON WATCH BRACELETS
The Oyster Bracelet
Technically the oyster bracelet, like a few other bracelet styles here, is a Rolex invention. But because of the 1947 design’s enormous versatility and its widespread use by practically every watchmaker in the world, the name has been co-opted by the industry at large, and now refers to any watch bracelet made after the original, no matter the brand.
This popular bracelet style is characterized by a sturdy-yet-comfortable three-link pattern, sometimes referred to as an H-link pattern depending on the watchmaker and exactly how the links are arranged. You’ll usually find oyster bracelets on dive and sport watches, and almost never on true dress watches. Some oyster bracelets taper from lug to clasp, and some remain at lug width all the way around.
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The Jubilee Bracelet
Another Rolex invention, created for the company’s 40th year in business — a 40th anniversary is commonly referred to as a “jubilee” celebration, hence the name. This style of bracelet has been applied to plenty of sport watches and casual styles throughout watchmaking, but it’s decidedly more refined in feel than an oyster bracelet. This bracelet style typically has five links across with smaller polished links down the middle, and tapers down a few millimeters in width from the lugs to the clasp.
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The Milanese Bracelet
Sometimes referred to as shark mesh, this woven style in stainless steel was invented in Milan and perfected in Germany over a hundred years ago. It’s now found across all watch categories, from casual and sporty to the most refined of dress watches. Milanese mesh is lightweight and breathable, making it an excellent option for wearing a watch in hot and humid weather, and it’s also known for being comfortable on the skin for extended wear.
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Most popular in the 1970s and ‘80s, woven-style bracelets in stainless steel are back again thanks to several retro-inspired Timex watches. Woven bracelets can take some getting used to, but once you’re in the club, it’s a type of bracelet that wears well all day long. These are lightweight, breathable and totally capable of handling sweat and water exposure, as long as the watch itself features a water resistance rating of 30 meters or more.
The following is quoted text from a story by Bilal Khan on A BLOG TO WATCH. To read the story and view more photos of Dr. Fauci sporting a Timex through the years, go here.
“Dr. Anthony Fauci holds a rarified and ephemeral position in the United States right now (March 24, 2020), as the nation’s leading authority in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing, we are all in some version of shelter-in-place, hoping social isolation can starve the virus. Fauci, an immunologist who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and was at the forefront of the fights against HIV/AIDS for (which he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom), SARS, MERS, Ebola, and now the coronavirus.
It also looks like he’s been a Timex guy for several decades now. It makes sense that he’d stick with an American brand that makes some of the most durable and reliable digital watches around. I’ve also noticed that he checks the time very, very frequently. In fact, with the rest of us in lockdown, he may be one of the few people in the country who needs to get somewhere on time so urgently you’d think the fate of the world depends on it (because it might).”
Each spring and fall at Timex we introduce new watches, unveiling entirely new collections as well as creating expansions and continuations of past releases.
For the spring of 2020 we’re adding a new element to the season: recognizing and honoring the women of Timex, and women everywhere, during International Women’s History Month.
Timex has always supported and empowered women through the company’s history, and we’re proud to highlight some of the amazing women who make our success possible.
CHRISTINE LOVELLO, PRODUCTION
“Since I joined Timex in 2007, I’ve grown, I’ve gained experience, I’ve learned so much. I’ve gotten to interact with different cultures all over the world. I have had so many opportunities that I couldn’t have had without this position.
GLENIS WONG, DESIGN
“We should all be feminists, fighting for every kind of equality. My advice to all the young women out there is to sit in when it’s tough, and try and accomplish as much as you can.”
ERIN COSTANTINI, HUMAN RESOURCES “I’ve learned in the last 15 years of my HR career to push through obstacles, and to push back professionally and respectfully without backing down. To me, We Don’t Stop means choosing the path that isn’t always easiest or straightest and figuring out how to do the right thing by an employee, a friend or my family.”
ANNIE SANTO, MARKETING
“ I have had the fortunate opportunity to travel the world and help build a global business. The colleagues I interact with everyday have also shaped who I am. It is true that women have had many obstacles throughout history, but it is the determination of strong women and the support for each other that will allow us to push through and not stop.”
When you shop for a great running watch, you might be startled by the high price tags on some GPS-equipped options. After all, the technology is impressive and that tech usually comes at a cost; it might be tempting to spend less and sacrifice GPS capability altogether, since for some runners, a simple digital wristwatch will do the trick.
Here at Timex, we don’t think you should have to make that compromise. That’s why we’ve developed something new: Timex Smart’s first smartwatch, the Timex Ironman R300 GPS. This sophisticated piece of gear expands our Ironman® collection and delivers the best value in GPS running watches today.
“Thirty-four years ago, Timex pioneered a digital watch with the Ironman name that became the bedrock for today’s wearables. Today we level the playing field with our first smartwatch,” says Shawn Cummings, Senior VP of Advanced Technology at Timex Group. “With the R300, we will deliver the best value GPS smartwatch in the market, unlocking opportunities for all levels of runners and providing them with the features they need the most.”
The R300 offers best-in-class battery life — each charge gives you 25 days in smartwatch mode and up 20 hours in GPS mode. It also provides continuous optical heart rate monitoring, and sophisticated features for runners like elevation change, average pace, current pace and, of course, distance and lap recording for each and every run. The watch itself is packed with practical features like 30 meters of water resistance, an impressively comfortable silicone strap and a bright, crisp display that’s readable at a glance.
On top of all these features, the R300 works with our Timex Smart platform — this allows not only workout and health data analysis but also mobile notifications and Bluetooth music controls. Timex Smart is also how you’ll manage downloaded workouts, allowing you to keep all the information coming and going in one central place — the mobile app.
No matter whether you’re just starting in your fitness journey or already training for your next marathon, if you take your running seriously the R300 is up for the task. And at just $120, you would be hard-pressed to get more for less.
For the budding watches enthusiast, or really anyone who owns multiple watches for multiple occasions, some sort of travel-friendly storage option is great to have. Sure, you could pack your watches inside running shoes or balled-up wool socks — who hasn’t done that? — but if you’re serious about keeping your favorite watch safe and sound, no matter the destination, it’s time to think about a watch pouch, roll or traveler’s case from Timex. Whether you need to keep extra watches on hand in your daily briefcase, your weekend-trip duffle or your long-haul suitcase, you’ll find options here to help your Timex take a licking and keep on ticking.
FOR KEEPING IT SIMPLE: THE ONE-WATCH TRAVEL CASE
Our leather single-watch pouch is lined with a soft microfiber fabric, making for scratch-proof way to transport your watch. This travel pouch fits nicely in a jacket pocket, as well as in any slip-pocket inside your duffle bag or suitcase. Available from Timex for $49.
FOR A BIT OF VARIETY: THE TWO-WATCH ZIP CASE
With two recessed and padded slots as well as a padded flip-over divider, this sleek leather folio case provides a pile of protection without taking up all kinds of space. In fact, measuring just 7″ x 3.5″ x 2.4″, it takes up about as much space as the average laptop charger, and less than the average toiletries kit. If you often find yourself needing the option of a dress watch during the day and a casual watch for off-duty, look no further. Available from Timex for $79.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: THE FOUR-WATCH TRAVEL ROLL Got one watch for every occasion? If you’re the kind of person who travels with a dress watch, a casual watch, a sport watch and maybe even one more to spare, our Four-Watch Travel Roll has you covered. Made of rugged 16oz canvas with leather trim and a soft microfiber lining, this watch roll measures 9.75 x 10 inches when fully spread out. When you insert your four watches of choice and roll it up, however, the protective roll is no bigger than an eyeglass case or pair of thick socks. Available from Timex for $49.
FOR THE FREQUENT FLIER: THE TWO-WATCH FOLIO PASSPORT HOLDER Designed with the jet-setter in mind, this black leather zip case with a soft-touch lining and multiple pockets can stand in as a passport holder and even a wallet when you need to keep all your valuables in one easy-to-manage spot. Available from Timex for $69.
Military servicemen and women have long worn Timex watches for their reliability and simple, straightforward designs, and you can buy a whole range of military-influenced watches today that measure up to the task. Erich Gryszczuk bought himself a Timex field watch more than a decade ago, wearing it through the blazing deserts of Afghanistan and into the brutal cold of the Arctic Circle while serving in the US Military.
The watch kept on ticking through intensive training exercises, field maneuvers, wildly-varying extreme weather conditions and day-to-day regular use without missing one beat.
“I bought one of your Military watches at the US PX in Afghanistan in 2008 and it is still working today. I haven’t even changed the battery. I wore it all through Afghanistan and have worn it as far north as Resolute Bay (Nunavut).
Tough watch, thanks for a great product!”
For reference, when Erich says “as far north as Resolute Bay,” that’s pretty far north, and it’s an extremely cold place. Nunavut is roughly on the border between where tundra climate patterns transition into polar, on the same latitude as northern Greenland.
To get your hands on a watch as capable as the one Erich’s worn all over the world, head to our Military Collection. Whether you’re after something digital, all-metal or with a cloth strap and resin case, we have you covered — the travel plans, though, are all up to you.
With its sophisticated surfaces and tough exterior, stainless steel is a common metal in the watchmaking world. Many Timex® watches come with stainless-steel cases and bracelets, from classic silver to brushed metal finishes.
While a hardy material, stainless steel still requires love and care if you want to keep it looking fresh and bright. An important part of maintaining the look and function of your Timex is regular cleaning. Below, we discuss how to clean your stainless steel watch to maintain its polished shine and prevent damage to the bits inside.
Why does stainless steel require special care?
Over time, the polished look of a stainless-steel watch can begin to dull. The slight openings between the links of metal bracelets are also privy to settling dust and dirt, which can lead to wear or even corrosion. Even with water-resistant designs, stainless steel watches can be vulnerable to rust due to frequent swimming, saltwater exposure or even just frequent sweating.
If you do own a dive watch that’s used frequently in saltwater or even in freshwater lakes, it will need a bit of special care to make sure it stays clean, fresh and functional. Here’s a short video from the experts at Gear Patrol on how to maintain a dive watch:
Here’s how to clean your stainless-steel watch:
1. Wipe it down
Start by wiping down the watch with a soft cloth to remove initial layers of dirt, dust or grime. You can use paper towel for this, but a microfiber or chamois cloth is recommended. In a pinch, a clean dish towel or t-shirt hem will work just fine, but likely won’t remove as much grime as a finer, softer cloth.
2. Dip the watch in warm soapy water
First it’s important to note that you want lukewarm water, not hot or steaming water. And here’s why: temperature fluctuations can cause the gaskets that keep water out to expand or contract, potentially allowing water to penetrate the watch itself and damage the delicate components inside. Even the most robust and water-resistant dive watches can fail after an evening in the hot tub or sauna, and most watch manufacturers recommend against showering with your watch on your wrist because of the exposure to water above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
So to clean your watch, fill up a sink basin or clean bowl with lukewarm water. A short soak and some gentle wiping with a cloth should remove most grime from your watch. If not, you can add a drop of antibacterial dish soap to the water. Dish soap is formulated to dissolve grease, which is why it works to remove oils and debris from stainless steel. If the watch is not water-resistant, be careful to dip only the strap in the water — you wouldn’t want to damage a watch by trying to clean it.
3. Gently scrub the stainless-steel bracelet
Use a damp, clean toothbrush to get into the crevices of the stainless-steel bracelet. Be mindful of how much pressure you apply, as a heavy hand can cause unwanted scratches.
4. Rinse with warm water
Dip the bracelet in warm water or run it under the sink to rinse away the soap. Leaving soap residue on the steel can cause it to tarnish and look dull, while a proper rinse will help preserve the fresh brushed or polished surfaces like new.
5. Dry with a soft cloth
Pat the watch dry with a bath towel, or use a hair dryer on a low-heat setting to quickly dry in between the links. If you wear the watch immediately after you clean and rinse it, your body heat will help get rid of water between bracelet links and in other little nooks and crannies.
6. Add sparkle and shine
Spray glass cleaner on a soft cloth, and wipe down the watch face, case and bracelet to refresh the shine. If the cleaning is overdue, you can get deeper into the bracelet and its crevices by dipping the soft brush in glass cleaner and gently scrubbing the bracelet. If you’re comfortable removing the bracelet, you can remove it from the case and soak it in glass cleaner for about 15 minutes, and then rinse with clean water. Make sure to wipe it clean with a soft cloth when you’re finished.
How often should you clean your stainless-steel watch?
If you wear your watch every day, give it a deep clean once a month. The most meticulous watch wearers will wipe down their timepieces daily. Just like washing your face and brushing your teeth before bed, your watch can benefit from a quick clean. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the inside of the band, plus the back and front of the case. This will help remove any excess moisture or lotion that rubbed off your skin and onto the watch throughout the day. Regular maintenance and care for your watch will make your monthly deep cleaning even easier.
Every once in a while, it’s also worth taking your watch in for a professional service and cleaning. An expert can polish away scratches that your toothbrush can’t. A jeweler can also perform regular tune-ups, including gasket replacement to maintain water resistance, to ensure your timepiece is in solid working order.
Heddels is a style and fashion blog that focuses primarily on menswear, especially denim and rugged workwear. Starting as a denim-only blog in 2011, the site has built up a following that’s admittedly niche but very devoted and engaged, covering everything from product news to fashion developments and culturally-significant changes in the textile and clothing industries. Because of Timex’s rich history and presence in the Americana landscape, Heddels contributor Albert Muzquiz dove deep into our story and came up with this great write-up that we’re proud to see being shared around the internet.
“Timex is undoubtedly one of the best-known watchmakers of our time and certainly the most famous watch brand based right here in the United States. The history of Timex isn’t a linear affair, it’s a hard-scrabble tale of survival in corporate America. Timex hasn’t defined the way we see watches or tell time, but rather morphed to stay ahead of public interest and in so doing, introduced many a nascent watch fan to the wide world of horology.”
Today Timex releases a highly-anticipated new watch in the M79 Automatic, a new timepiece that draws direct inspiration from the Q Timex 1979 Reissue and packs a self-winding movement in its slightly-upsized case.
That’s right — this new watch is a true automatic, drawing its power from a 21-jewel movement that features a day and date display. Housed in a 40mm case (for reference, the Q Timex 1979 Reissue sits at 38mm in diameter), the M79 riffs on the retro style of its forbears but ups the ante with a display case back, a new color scheme and a unidirectional ratcheting bezel. If our Q Reissue was close but not quite close enough to what you wanted before, this new release should be enough to take you the distance.