Introducing Our Timex x YMC MK1™ Watch

Front angle shot of YMC x Timex Watch Collaboration

YMC’s Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins have joined forces with Timex to elevate one of our standard-bearing tool watches with their own streetwise sensibilities. Originally designed for military use, the MK1™ watch has been updated here to suit the modern man with an accurate quartz movement, maintaining the lightweight 36mm resin case and highly-legible dial that first made the watch so perfect for timekeeping in the field.

“I have always believed that you have to look back to move forward,” Moss says of YMC, which he co-founded in 1995. “We felt honored to collaborate with Timex; it made total sense, they have so much history but have still successfully remained a timeless product. These watches are beyond trends.”

Front angle shot of YMC x Timex Watch Collaboration

Timex’s co-branding with YMC is displayed proudly at the center of the watch dial, as well as on the case back with YMC’s illustrated tiger emblem and bold logo printing inside the monochromatic slip-through strap. 

Top of of YMC x Timex Watch collaboration in special commemorative box

This limited-edition watch comes in YMC’s exclusive Burnt Rubber Brown, and ships in custom packaging that features special YMC graphic details.

Available at YMC  https://www.youmustcreate.com/ymc-x-timex/ and select retailers globally.

THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE AMERICAN-MADE

Map of United States with watch components overlaying the map

Today we celebrate what it means to be American—a celebration of the diverse people, cultures and landscapes all coming together as the building blocks for our country. At Timex, specifically, we’re reflecting on what it means for us to be American watchmakers and how we celebrate our heritage.

When asked about what this project has meant to him, our watch technician, Leonard Provenzano III, said, “It’s as simple as having a sense of pride. While making this watch, I feel pride in knowing that this is an American-made watch.”

Image of United States with various watch components overlayed on map

In 1854, we disrupted an industry—taking traditional European clockmaking and layering in American industrial ingenuity. We democratized timekeeping and, over the years, we kept innovating. Our watches went under water as part of our Timex Torture tests on live television, were shot into space, raced across the finish line and also provided a whole new way to tell time in the dark with the introduction of our INDIGLO® backlight.

Always striving to be innovators in the art of timekeeping, we wanted to get back to our roots. When we decided to create our American Documents® Collection, we knew it was important to embrace what it meant to be all-American watchmakers.

This meant sourcing American materials and working with American craftsmen from all over the country. In addition to providing us with the materials needed to create our American Documents Collection, we had the opportunity to learn more about these American workers and the pride that goes into their crafts—from sourcing metals to finishing glass components to creating the leather straps and everything in between.

Each part of our American Documents watch is made in America using American materials and a high-quality Swiss movement. And, perhaps most importantly, everything created starts with talented Americans who shared their craft with us.

We started with a first in modern American watchmaking, creating a drop-forged case to maintain the grain and strength of the American-sourced stainless-steel. It is then complemented by its hand-polished top ring and stainless-steel crown with a brass crown insert that honors our 1854 roots in Waterbury, Connecticut—The Brass City.

Photograph on tall, brick clock tower located in Waterbury, CT

The stitched leather strap is made by American craftsmen using American hides from S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Red Wing, Minnesota—a company that has been in near-continuous operation for 147 years. The double-layer strap is carefully stitched around a solid buckle and naturally shapes itself to your wrist.

Traditional watchmaking meets modern technology with our Gorilla® Glass 3 NDR (Native Damage Resistance). The scratch and impact-resistant crystal, sourced from Rhode Island, is cut by a precision optics maker using the same process used to create telescopes!

Completing the watch is our commemorative case back coin. Stamped from US-sourced brass and plated with Aged Waterbury Brass to match the color of our original timepieces, the case back coin is hand-polished before completing the watch and shipping it off in an indigenous solid cherry wood case that has been carefully made by hand.

Image of American Documents packaging.  White Sleeve, wooden case closed, wooden case open with American Documents watch inside

It’s not enough to create our American Documents watch using American-sourced materials. This collection comes together at our Timex headquarters in Middlebury, Connecticut—just a few miles away from the location of our original factory in Waterbury.

Up close view of Black Strap/White Dial American Documents watch with watchmaking tools around it.

So, again, today we celebrate. We celebrate the freedom to innovate and create and for all of the watchmakers who paved the way. But, mostly, we celebrate all of the people who helped bring us to this moment and our great country built by the innovators and creators who inspire us every day.

Happy 4th of July!

View from beneath the American Documents watch shows the commemorative gold coin backing

DISCOVER MORE OF THE AMERICA WE LOVE:

As we set out to find the perfect materials for our first American-made watch in decades, we traveled throughout the United States with photographer Bryan Schutmaat to capture some of the incredible landscapes of our country. The diverse landscapes and cultures helped inspire us, and we hope they inspire you too.

Follow along on our journey with Bryan on Instagram. And show us how you wear your American Documents watch by tagging@timex and using#timex or#TimexAmericanDocuments!

FOR THE WOMAN WHO’S GIVEN YOU EVERYTHING: MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Every year, we struggle to find the perfect gift for mom. She’s not difficult to shop for; it’s just hard to find anything that can match all she’s done for us over the years. (Let’s admit that moms are basically superheroes.)

Because Mom’s style is completely unique, the solution is getting her something thoughtful and well-crafted.

HER ANTHEM IS “INDEPENDENT WOMEN”

Your mom’s catchphrase is, “I’ve got this.” There was never a leaky faucet, science fair project or giant work presentation that she couldn’t handle. You need a gift that is just as strong and resilient as the woman you’re lucky enough to call “Mom.”

Our Waterbury Women’s collection was inspired by the fierce women who worked in our first factory back in 1854. Paving the way for women in the workplace, these women helped craft timepieces that helped disrupt a 300-year-old industry. Honoring 165 years of heritage and commitment to craftsmanship, our Waterbury Women’s collection reflects the beauty and strength within.

Gold Tone Waterbury Women's watch with white face dial

WATCH: Waterbury Women’s 34mm

A CLASSIC GIFT FOR MOM

There’s something that’s true about moms: They’re the person that keeps us out of trouble, shares our secrets and seemed genuinely excited about that macaroni necklace we gave her for Mother’s Day. (To moms everywhere: We’re so sorry about that one.) So let’s step it up this year with a timeless gift that’s definitely perfect for every awesome mom.

Help Mom put her best look forward with our Transcend collection. We put a spin on “back to basics” with a watch that is well-suited for every occasion and every mom. We found several ways to rock the ultra-thin case—from understated grey tones with subtle crystal details to watches with a mother-of-pearl dial.

Grey strap and white face dial Transcend watch

WATCH: Transcend 38mm

BECAUSE YOUR MOM IS ALWAYS IN VOGUE

Your mom is always the first to jump on the latest trends, and has even been known to start a few of her own. She’s fashionable, yet sensible. Basically, she’s your style icon.

Whether your mom prefers minimalist chic or leans towards glamour, our Milano collection is a reliable wardrobe staple as trusted as a favorite pair of jeans. A classic gift that is as practical as it is stylish, Mom can dress our Milano collection up or keep it casual with its simple dial and sleek bracelet or strap options.

Milano watch

WATCH: Milano Petite 24mm

BECAUSE MOM IS ALWAYS BEATING HER OWN PERSONAL BEST

She buys a class pass to spin, mastered just about every yoga pose and constantly impresses her kickboxing instructor. Your mom somehow manages to squeeze fitness into her already-busy routine, so she needs a watch that can keep up with her.

Built to handle whatever life throws at it, our IRONMAN® collection has been the standard in digital watches for over 30 years. Our modern IRONMAN® watches blend design and function, made for everyday wear with all of the features you’ve come to expect from a Timex digital watch—including a countdown timer, customizable alarm and water-resistance up to 100 meters.

White Ironman Transit digital watch

WATCH: IRONMAN® Transit 33mm

Whatever you choose, we made a thoughtful gift just for mom—in designs created to fit any lifestyle. And once you find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we’d love to see it! Tag us in your posts using @timex and #timex!

ARIEL ADAMS’ EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT TIMEX AMERICAN DOCUMENTS™

American Documents watch, Black leather strap, white dial

You know what they say: Timing is everything.

Ariel Adams—owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of aBlogtoWatch—decided to take his first ever visit to our Timex headquarters in Middlebury, Connecticut and managed to get an exclusive first look at our American Documents™ collection.

Prior to taking a trip with our Design Director, Giorgio Galli, to visit the American suppliers coming together to make our made in America watches, Adams took the time to chat with us about his take on the collection, how he thinks it will shift perspectives on the Timex brand and the emotional connection people will make with this timepiece.

A noted watch enthusiast with a dedicated following, Adams admits he wasn’t expecting the news of our American Documents collection—our first American-made watch in decades.

“I would say I was pleasantly surprised and curious,” he says about his initial reaction to the project. “It makes sense for Timex to do this project, but it isn’t one that even serious brand devotees might expect. I recognize the large storytelling effort required to educate people like me as to what the product and the project are all about.”

Our American Documents collection brings together time-tested Swiss movement with beautiful, carefully-crafted American materials—including crystal made in Massachusetts, leather straps sourced and tanned in Minneapolis and a case back coin stamped in US-sourced brass and plated with “Aged Waterbury Brass,” all assembled by hand at our headquarters (located just seven miles from our original factory).

“American Documents watches contain a Swiss watch movement, but everything else you see and touch on the watch is made in the USA and uses parts from over a dozen American manufacturers, all curated by the Timex team,” Adams notes.

Adams has seen many of our watches and thought he had a pretty solid grasp on the brand and its direction. That is, until American Documents came along.

“Did I expect this from Timex? No,” Adams says. “But it’s very welcome and not something predictable from the brand.”

While many know us as an American brand, this collection is our first American-made watch in decades. What started as an idea quickly became a project the entire team was passionate about, setting us out to search for the highest quality American-made materials to create a watch that reflects the diverse people, culture and landscapes that inspire us every day.

“This is not a standard production,” Adams notes. “New supply chain, new development, new materials… this fundamentally changed how Timex made a watch. It’s not your everyday Timex.”

Adams had the chance to visit with some of the manufacturers whose parts were used in creating the American Documents watches.

“What an adventure it was to visit both a selection of the manufacturing partners and Timex’s incredible headquarters. It’s hard to package that experience for others, but it proved to me that American Documents isn’t just a marketing campaign but something real that is worth sharing. What I’ll remember most is the massive investment of time and effort the Timex team put into this project. What is also cool is the story of all the skills Timex as a historic watchmaker needed to relearn.”

“I think what was most interesting was the authentic pride and interest all the manufacturing partners had in this project,” Adams says. “They saw it as more than just another parts order and saw their relationship with Timex as different than that of just another client. I also think it’s interesting how challenging it is to make watch parts correctly and that many people have the notion it’s easy and that these parts can be made anywhere with relative ease.”

During his time at our headquarters, Adams also took note of how we fit into the narrative: Time as a brand and product that is quintessentially American.

“America has been one of the world’s most important makers of democratized technology. What they didn’t invent, they often made accessible to the masses. Timex has been integral with timepieces in this regard and now they release an emotional product, but one that maintains and serves those very same values.”

When asked about what he meant when he talked about the emotional value of the watch, he explains that people don’t buy watches because they need one; they buy watches because they want one. In the ‘90s, watches solidified its place in the fashion and style sphere. Consumers were now looking for more than just a watch; they wanted a watch that aligned with their style and their values.

So, what does this mean for the American Documents collection?

“For me, Timex always sat to the side,” Adams says. “The brand is so popular and well-known, I didn’t think there was anything they could add. They didn’t need me to talk about their products.”

But now, as American Documents is introduced for the first time, there is plenty to talk about.

To learn more about our American Documents collection, visit timex.com/americandocuments.

FOR THE WOMAN WHO’S GIVEN YOU EVERYTHING: OUR MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Every year, we struggle to find the perfect gift for mom. She’s not difficult to shop for; it’s just hard to find anything that can match all she’s done for us over the years. (Let’s admit that moms are basically superheroes.)

Because Mom’s style is completely unique, the solution is getting her something thoughtful and well-crafted.

HER ANTHEM IS “INDEPENDENT WOMEN”

Your mom’s catchphrase is, “I’ve got this.” There was never a leaky faucet, science fair project or giant work presentation that she couldn’t handle. You need a gift that is just as strong and resilient as the woman you’re lucky enough to call “Mom.”

Our Waterbury Women’s collection was inspired by the fierce women who worked in our first factory back in 1854. Paving the way for women in the workplace, these women helped craft timepieces that helped disrupt a 300-year-old industry. Honoring 165 years of heritage and commitment to craftsmanship, our Waterbury Women’s collection reflects the beauty and strength within.

FOR WHEN MOM IS ALWAYS BEATING HER OWN PERSONAL BEST

She buys a class pass to spin, mastered just about every yoga pose and constantly impresses her kickboxing instructor. Your mom somehow manages to squeeze fitness into her already-busy routine, so she needs a watch that can keep up with her.

Built to handle whatever life throws at it, our IRONMAN® collection has been the standard in digital watches for over 30 years. Our modern IRONMAN® watches blend design and function, made for everyday wear with all of the features you’ve come to expect from a Timex digital watch—including a countdown timer, customizable alarm and water-resistance up to 100 meters.

BECAUSE YOUR MOM IS ALWAYS IN VOGUE

Your mom is always the first to jump on the latest trends and has even been known to start a few of her own. She’s fashionable, yet sensible. Basically, she’s your style icon.

Whether your mom prefers minimalist chic or leans towards glamour, our Milano collection is a reliable wardrobe staple as trusted as a favorite pair of jeans. A classic gift that is as practical as it is stylish, Mom can dress our Milano collection up or keep it casual with its simple dial and sleek bracelet or strap options.

A CLASSIC GIFT FOR MOM

There’s something that’s true about moms: They’re the person that keeps us out of trouble, shares our secrets and seemed genuinely excited about that macaroni necklace we gave her for Mother’s Day. (To moms everywhere: We’re so sorry about that one.) So let’s step it up this year with a gift that’s definitely a classic and perfect for every awesome mom.

Help Mom put her best look forward with our Transcend collection. We put a spin on “back to basics” with a watch that is well-suited for every occasion and every mom. We found several ways to rock the ultra-thin case—from understated grey tones with subtle crystal details to watches with a mother-of-pearl dial.

Whatever you choose, we made a thoughtful gift just for mom—in designs created to fit any lifestyle. And once you find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we’d love to see it! Tag us in your posts using @timex and #timex!

AMERICAN DOCUMENTS: TIMEX & AMERICAN WATCHMAKING

American Documents case back view of watch
Timex American Documents: American Watchmaking

American watchmaking isn’t a new concept.

In 1854, as the Waterbury Clock Company, we took clocks from the mantels of the 1% and brought them to the world. Our roots in Waterbury, Connecticut—the Brass City—allowed us to evolve clockmaking, switching from wooden gears to gears made of brass. This, along with our modernized factories, allowed us to create longer lasting, more affordable timepieces.

We didn’t stop there though. We’ve always been forward-thinking innovators. In 1901, produced the famous Dollar Pocket Watch that was so popular, writer Mark Twin bought two. Not too long after, we moved the pocket watch to the wrist. Originally issued as standard military equipment, wristwatches became the new civilian timepiece of choice after World War I came to an end.

Throughout the years, we introduced character watches and the nearly-indestructible V-Conic movement. With the belief that “good enough” wasn’t good enough, our watchmakers continued to think outside of the box and we continued to evolve.

In the mid-century, we introduced the world to the Timex name and what would become our modern brand with the watch that “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” Every week, America tuned in as John Cameron Swayze put our watches to the test on live television. The slogan and our watches cemented Timex as a cultural icon.

The industry continued to evolve and change, shifting towards quartz watch movement for a longer lasting, more accurate timepiece that was more affordable to produce. This transition to quartz movement brought production to Asia.

And now, after decades, we brought watchmaking back home. Inspired by our people, culture and landscape, we set out to discover what it means to make a modern watch in America. Our watchmakers dusted off old tools and created new techniques to craft small batches of American-made watches at our headquarters in Connecticut—only seven miles away from our original factory.

Just like our very first mantle clocks created 165 years ago, our American Documents™ collection layers American ingenuity and craftsmanship with European precision to create truly amazing timepieces.

The collection currently features four striking American-made watches, drop forged in US-sourced stainless steel and hand finished to a brushed satin with a highly polished top ring. Impact-resistant Gorilla® Glass 3 protects the sub-second dial and gold-plated Swiss movement. The rich leather straps are made with American hides by American craftsmen. And right down to the details, the “Aged Waterbury Brass” case back coin and crown insert honor our original stamped brass clocks and our roots in Waterbury, Connecticut—the Brass City.

Creating an American-made Timex wasn’t easy.  We invested nearly three years to find and qualify America’s best craftsmen, capable of creating the precision parts worthy of a Timex. We had to invent new processes for making hands and convince auto parts manufacturers they were capable of making something as beautiful as a watch case.

We’re excited to bring watchmaking back to the US, and even more excited for you to join us on this journey.

Click here to learn more about American Documents

What would you do with an extra hour?

At TIMEX we take watchmaking very seriously. It’s no joke, consumers want more time. If you are ever among a group of busy people and want to start an interesting conversation, ask what they would do with an extra hour in the day. Would they spend more time with family. Get more sleep? Try something adventurous?

Our timepieces use thoughtful design and expert craftsmanship to accurately tell time. And while we know a watch won’t change your life, we know more time will. And an extra hour gives you the time for what matters most.

So, what does time mean to you? And how would you use that extra hour?

To learn more, go to:

Timex.com/25thHour

The 25th Hour

One hundred and sixty-five years in the making.

An unprecedented achievement in engineering.

A milestone of epic proportion.

TIMEX has done the impossible.

The company that brought the world the first wristwatch… INDIGLO – the first lighted watch… the first smart watch… and the first quartz, among many other innovations, brings to the world the next generation of timekeeping: THE 25TH HOUR.

Time. It is the most valuable resource mankind has ever known. And now, in an event unprecedented in human history, there is: MORE TIME. Introducing THE 25TH HOUR. A revolutionary new timepiece that doesn’t simply tell time, it creates more of it – altering the space-time continuum as we know it.

“At Timex, we’ve always worked 24/7 to innovate, push the envelope, to really make something special,” says CEO Tobias Reiss-Schmidt. “Project 25 will change everything. It’s literally taken generations to get here. But we’ve made every second count. And, it was all worth it.”

Consumer research confirms, we all need more time. Age doesn’t matter. We all want it. More time with the family. More time to sleep. More time to exercise. We always say, “there are not enough hours in the day”. Until now.

“The discovery was right there, right in front of us, for centuries,” says Reiss-Schmidt.

Now at TIMEX, we don’t just make timepieces… we make time.

What would you do with an extra hour?

To learn more, visit:

Timex.com/25thHour.

Choosing a Watch for your Wrist Size

Watches come in all shapes and sizes. From oversized to petite, you’ll have no trouble finding a watch size that suits your style. However, you will want a balanced and proportional timepiece that feels and looks right. Here are some tips for finding the right watch for your wrist size.

The first thing you should do is measure your wrist. Knowing your wrist size will be helpful in selecting a watch that feels comfortable and will also help when shopping online so you can choose a style that will fit without having to try it on. You can easily measure your wrist by using a tape measure and wrapping it around your wrist.

When selecting a watch, there are several things to consider: the case diameter, watch band material and the watch details.

Waterbury Traditional Chronograph 42mm Leather Strap Watch

The case diameter will important in choosing the right watch for your wrist size. While there is not a set rule for men’s or women’s watches, it is best to match the case diameter with your wrist size. If you have a large wrist, case diameters ranging between 38mm to 46mm will look best. If you have a thin wrist, look for watches with case diameters between 34mm to 22mm.

Fashion Stretch Bangle 25mm Expansion Band Watch

Watch band materials will also impact how a watch looks on your wrist. Stainless steel bands appear heavier and thicker than leather or fabric straps so if you have a thin wrist, you may want to consider a less heavy material. Leather, fabric and silicone are great materials for medium to thin wrists but also look good on large wrists.

Timex Command™ Shock 54mm Resin Strap Watch

Another detail to pay attention to are the unique details of a watch. Markers, hands, subdials and crowns vary in size on watches. The larger these elements and extra details can affect how large a watch appears to be. For larger wrists, large dial elements won’t appear out of place but if you have a medium or thin wrist it is best to stick to minimal features that won’t make the watch look too complicated and distracted.