In The Field: This Globetrotting Soldier Wore His Timex All Over the World

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.

How to Clean Your Stainless-Steel Watch

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.

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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.

In The Press: Heddels Dives Deep Into Timex History

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.”

Read the full story here.

Our Timex M79 Automatic Is Finally Here

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.

Your First Watch: Where to Start With Timex

Maybe you’ve truly never owned a wristwatch. Or maybe, like so many modern folks, you wore one as a kid before the mobile phone was ubiquitous — before checking the time meant pulling out your phone, checking the screen, then stashing it again in your bag or pocket.

Whatever the case, if you currently don’t own a watch and you’re looking to change that, we have you covered. From no-frills budget time-tellers to investment-worthy dress watches and even GPS-equipped running watches, Timex offers a truly wide range of affordable and accessible ways to put something practical on your wrist.

Quartz, mechanical or automatic?
Quartz watches are powered by batteries. These watches are generally the most affordable of the three categories, and are also (almost always) the most accurate. Expect to replace your watch battery every three years at the most, depending on who makes the watch and what it’s used for.

Mechanical watches are hand-winding, so to keep it running accurately you’ll have to wind it up every two days or so. Many owners of mechanical watches report that they enjoy the involvement and the connection they form with the watch as they wind, set and wear it.

Automatic watches are typically the most expensive of these three types, due to the cost and difficulty in producing an accurate automatic watch movement. Inside, a weighted rotor swings with gravity and does the winding for you; other than adjusting the time and date occasionally, an automatic watch is easy to wear and maintain.

How big should my watch be?
This is a question that used to be rigidly defined, but the “rules” of watch style have relaxed in recent years — just like most style rules. The best way to answer this question is to measure several watches (in millimeters) across the case, try them on, and assess how you feel about a 36mm field watch versus a 42mm chronograph and anything in between.

For most men, watches between 36mm and 42mm are easy to wear and just feel right; most guys say that 38-40mm is the sweet spot. Watches that measure 36mm or smaller, like our Marlin Hand-Wound watch at 34mm, tend to be more dressy. For most women, wearing a watch over 40mm may feel clunky or uncomfortable; anything down to 25mm is common, with a wide range in between of styles, sizes and shapes.

Keep in mind that a watch might “wear large” if it has a small bezel, or even no bezel; a 41mm watch from our Fairfield collection feels large and flat on the wrist compared to the Navi XL Auto, even though they’re the exact same diameter. Thickness can also influence how large a watch feels, too, and it pays to consider whether you’ll be wearing it on a fabric strap, a leather strap or a metal bracelet.


This classic endures for a reason. Worn by everyone from U.S. presidents to Bill Murray, the versatile Easy Reader now comes in multiple sizes with a few variations in dial style to dress up and down with ease, making it an excellent (and accessible) pick for watch-wearers everywhere.

From left to right:
Easy Reader Day-Date 35mm – $60
Modern Easy Reader 40mm – $65
Easy Reader 35mm – $50


We’ve been making digital watches since the 1970s, and whether you’re looking for a go-to running watch or just a bit of retro-style flair on your wrist, you’ll find something to love in the digital collection from Timex.

From left to right:
T80 34mm Expansion Bracelet – $59
IRONMAN Original 30 Shock – $67
IRONMAN Transit 40mm – $50


Timex produced crucial timing equipment for U.S. troops during World War II and at one point was involved in making field watches for the U.S. Marines (that design actually became the modern MK1). Needless to say, we’ve been doing this for a while. Our sturdy range of outdoor and military-inspired watches, designed to take a licking and keep on ticking, pay homage to our heritage in function-forward watchmaking while integrating the modern, reliable timekeeping tech you would expect from us today. Choose here from the diver-inspired Navi Ocean to an Allied chronograph informed by cockpit instrument panels and many, many more.

From left to right:
Navi Ocean 38mm – $140
MK1 Aluminum 40mm – $71
Allied 42mm Chronograph – $180
Acadia 40mm Hook-and-Loop – $100
Navi World Time 38mm – $150


With the reissue of our midcentury-iconic Marlin a few years ago, we brought back our offering of mechanical (hand-winding) and automatic watches after making only quartz watches for decades. Priced accessibly enough for budding enthusiasts and designed to become true classics, these stunning timepieces bridge the gap between casual necessity and formalwear. From the original Marlin’s slim and diminutive 34mm presence to the Navi XL Automatic’s dive-inspired bold profile and our Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic’s smart, soulful look, the range of mechanical and automatic watches now available from Timex will have you looking again and again — even when you already know what time it is.

From left to right:
Waterbury Traditional Automatic 42mm – $270
Marlin Hand-Wound 34mm – $199
Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic – $450
Navi XL Automatic 41mm – $260






In The Field: This Lost Ironman Watch Survived an Alaskan Winter

“I would like to tell someone my Timex Ironman story. I lost it and found it one year later, after snow, rain and -40 degrees, in Alaska.” – Julie Hanauer

Julie Hanauer hesitates to call herself a homesteader. But by the textbook definition, she’s pretty close; she supports herself and her two children largely on home-grown food, relying on large garden plots, hunting, fishing and a smattering of small farm animals. And this, mind you, isn’t in the middle of Wisconsin or upstate New York. This is a few miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, in the Denali foothills.

But the point of this narrative isn’t the Hanauer family’s official status as homesteaders or locavores or even Alaskans, although those are all compelling parts of their story. The point is that in this environment a Timex was worn, lost, then found and worn again after spending an entire year exposed in one of the harshest environments of the North American continent.


The watch in question is a Timex Ironman purchased in the mid-2000s. It first came into Julie’s possession during her husband’s U.S. Air Force assignment when the family was living in the United Kingdom. To her, the watch embodied a few specific qualities — it was simple, tough and reliable without totally lacking the dose of femininity she wanted for her wrist.


While still living in the UK, Julie remembers, she wore the watch on a hiking trip around eastern Europe. When her husband had completed his British assignment the family had their pick of locations, and Julie suggested Alaska; she had lived there for a summer in the mid-1980s working for a fishing company, and had fallen in love with the extremity of it, the ruggedness of the landscape. So to Alaska the Hanauers went, purchasing a parcel of land out where — on the clearest days, through gaps in the trees — they could see Mt. Denali.

“It’s just me and the kids now,” Julie said when we spoke on the phone at the end of August 2019. “We do pretty well for ourselves. We have 38 acres here – goats, pigs, geese, chickens, even bees. Plus plots for all kinds of vegetables.” She said between the bartering she does with other locals, guided hunts for moose and deer, and fishing, the small family’s needs are pretty well met without much store-bought food. “You have to do what you can for yourself here,” Julie said. “You’re not guaranteed anything from the land in Alaska.”

And this talk about local sustenance brings us, finally, back to the watch.

“We were out berry picking,” Julie said, “and for whatever reason, I don’t remember why, I took off the watch and set it down on the hood of our car. And then when we got home later, I was looking for the watch – it never really occurred to me what I’d done, besides that I’d misplaced it.”

It wasn’t until exactly one year later, on her family’s annual visit to that same four-acre berry patch, that Julie spotted something in the tall grass. Of all the places she could have chosen to park the vehicle and walk into the multi-acre patch of berry bushes, she’d unwittingly chosen the exact spot where the watch had first been lost. And that’s where she looked down and saw it, still ticking, waiting for her to pick it up and put it back on her wrist.

“I was so happy,” Julie said, “and I was amazed it was still working! No battery issues, no moisture inside. I loved that watch – even when the battery had died after the first several years of use, and I didn’t understand how to fix it, my husband tried to gift me a different watch and I insisted we fix the one I had. I don’t like replacing stuff; I like things I can rely on.”

With her waste-not-want-not mentality, plus the watch’s proven ability to handle extreme temperatures and water exposure for weeks on end, it’s safe to assume Julie will be wearing her Timex through all conditions for a long, long time to come. What’s a little rain and snow, anyway?