How to Adjust Your Timex Perfect Fit Expansion Band

Stainless-steel bracelets and bands have long been adored for their versatile nature. Durable and tough, yet sleek enough for an evening out, it’s an undeniably wearable material that can be found throughout many Timex® watch attachments. As strong and refined as it may be, however, we know that sizing a stainless-steel watch to your wrist can require a few minor adjustments if it doesn’t fit right out of the box. The good news is that we’ve simplified that process tenfold by offering a selection of timepieces designed with an equally wearable alternative: The Timex Perfect Fit™ expansion band.

A hallmark feature of the Q Timex, Q Timex Malibu, and a variety of Timex T80s (let’s not forget the fun-sized Mini), the stainless-steel Perfect Fit expansion band is yet another attribute that makes styling your Timex your way such a cinch. Not only does the technology allow you to easily slip the expansion band on and off, but the length of the band itself can also be adjusted to fit your unique wrist size—quickly, and without a fuss. It’s an easy task that can be done at home where you likely don’t have a watchmaker’s toolset on hand.

Need a quick tutorial?

Here’s how to adjust your Timex Perfect Fit expansion band, for a look and fit you’ll love:

  1. Place the watch on your wrist and estimate how many links will need to be removed from your watch band.
  2. Locate the links in the center of the bracelet with the texture.
  3. Squeeze the textured part of the link opposite the link you want to remove.
  4. Pull the band apart while still pressing down on the link.
  5. Count the links you need removed and follow the same process to remove the appropriate section of links.
  6. Squeeze down again on the textured part of the link and insert the opposite end of the band into the opening.

Top 10 Watches for Men Under $200

When it comes to pulling the trigger on the best men’s watch, either for yourself or a lucky recipient, chances are you’re seeking something well-rounded—something that looks good, feels comfortable, and doesn’t break the bank.

Now, we’re not the betting kind, but if you’ve already embarked upon your search, we’d say chances are even greater that you’ve found the pricing across the new and vintage watch markets to be a little startling. After all, watches are an investment, and from refined and formal, to high-tech and sporty, just about every watch category out there has its range of heavy hitters with the price tags to match.

But at Timex, we’ve always taken great pride in crafting affordable watches that still embody the best of emerging technology, ergonomics, and design. From budget-friendly time-tellers to heirloom-worthy dress watches, Timex offers countless accessible ways to put something practical and stylish on your wrist. Read on for our top 10 best men’s watches that deliver value just as well as va-va-voom, and feel free to shop our full men’s collection while you’re at it.

Q Timex Reissue 38mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

First released in the 1970s, our original Q Timex gave a new generation a modern watch with quartz technology. This timepiece is a natural evolution of our much-loved Q Timex 1979 Reissue watch, adding new color and a reasonable $179 price tag to the iconic features of the original: a black rotating bezel, woven stainless-steel bracelet, functional battery hatch, and domed acrylic crystal.

Easy Reader 35mm Leather Strap Watch

The direct descendant of our 1960s televised torture test survivors, today’s Easy Reader® is as durable as it is classically cool. This watch has been a best-seller for Timex since it first launched in 1977, and it continues to persevere due to two key factors: its simplicity and accessibility. Devoid of frills and fancy add-ons, the Easy Reader is just that, an easy-to-read watch that does nothing more than what’s it’s supposed to do: tell the time.

Expedition Field Mini 26mm Leather Strap Watch

Our best-selling Field Mini seamlessly blends military-derived design with a relaxed look you can wear every day. Featuring a petite 26mm case, this well-crafted field watch sports a rugged metal construction, natural fabric strap with a rich tan leather trim, INDIGLO® backlight, and water resistance rating of 50 meters.

Timex Ironman® R300 GPS 41mm Silicone Strap Watch

Wallet-friendly and sport-ready, the Timex Ironman® R300 features a GPS as fast and accurate as you are. This smartwatch is packed with a powerhouse battery, guided workouts from elite athletes and coaches, continuous optical heart rate monitoring, and more, delivering a range of performance metrics to help you tune your workouts and reach your running goals. The crisp sunlight-readable display, simple user interface, and robust mobile connectivity come together for a made-for-sports smartwatch that will have no trouble keeping up with you.

Marlin® 34mm Hand-Wound Leather Strap Watch

Our iconic Marlin was released at a time when the “Timex All Star Jazz Show” aired live from New York City, and when one third of all watches sold throughout the country were a Timex. In the years since, the evolution of this beloved, mid-century watch has brought classic design to the contemporary consumer, solidifying the notion that nothing “keeps on ticking” like a Timex. This reissue of our handsome 1960s Marlin pairs the purity and pleasure of a hand-wound mechanical movement with timeless sophistication, and it happens to clock in just below budget at $199.

Q Timex 1978 Reissue Date 35mm Leather Strap Watch

Inspired by one of our first and most iconic quartz movement watches, the Q Timex 1978 Reissue is an ode to innovation, then and now. Fusing a sleek 35mm stainless steel case and angled date window with vintage details—a period-correct domed acrylic crystal, battery bump, and faceted, hand-applied hour markers that catch the light from any angle—this timeless classic captures the bold spirit of an era that changed everything.

Expedition North Field Post Solar 41mm Recycled Fabric Strap Watch

Featuring a solar-powered movement that lasts up to four months and eliminates the need for battery changes, our Field Post 41 Solar is a military-inspired outdoor men’s watch made to accompany you anywhere. It also boasts an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 100-meter water resistance rating, and a screw-down case back and crown in a perfect 41mm case profile. And thanks to the luminescent hands and dial markings, the sun works overtime to make this watch legible in the dark. Equipped with a comfortable green fabric strap made from 100% recycled plastic, this watch can stay on your wrist all the way to the top.

Waterbury Classic 40mm Leather Strap Watch

We traced back to our beginning in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Company and found new ways to bring our heritage of craftsmanship and authentic watchmaking into the modern day. This men’s watch features a meticulously stitched caramel brown natural leather strap, stainless-steel case, and navy dial that offers a wearing experience with ageless aesthetics.

Q Timex 1972 Reissue 43x39mm Leather Strap Watch

Released in celebration of the Q Timex collection’s 50th anniversary, this archival quartz watch delivers boldness from every angle, boasting a gold-tone tonneau case profile, 43mm long and 39mm wide, with all-around polished finishing. The original’s 1972 release proved that quartz watchmaking could fulfill our promise to deliver accurate, reliable, and affordable wristwatches—and with its reissue priced at a palatable $169, we like to think that promise still holds true.

Fairfield 41mm Leather Strap Watch

The Timex Fairfield collection is known for its thoughtfully designed timepieces and sleek, minimalist aesthetics. This particular iteration teams a clean white dial with a silver-tone steel case and smooth black leather strap, and at just under $100, it’s tastefully free of complications—financial and otherwise.

Counting Down to Golden Hour with the Q Timex Malibu Collection

Inspired by the white-sanded strip of Californian paradise, our Q Timex Malibu collection welcomes three dreamy new additions to its already stunning lineup.

This collection is packed with vintage appeal, from its soothing pastel color scheme to the quintessential, heritage attributes of our Q Timex 1979 Reissue. A rotating bezel, functional battery hatch, and retro domed acrylic crystal capture the original’s inherent charm, and like most quartz watches we’ve launched in the last fifty years, the Q Timex branding at 12 o’clock proudly indicates the quartz movement ticking inside.

Precise, accessible, and downright gorgeous—these are the mainstays of the Timex collection that led us into a future of batteries, capacitors, ticking seconds hands, and digital displays. And as you’ll find with the Q Timex Malibu, our modern-day quartz watches are as remarkable today as the originals were back then.

Now, let’s talk aesthetics. Our approach to the line’s latest additions is a far cry from the tired “shrink it and pink it” attitude much of the watch world exhibits when tasked with dressing a woman’s wrist. That said, you can’t blame us for channeling its namesake’s cotton-candy-colored skies, right? Radiating with tranquility in shades of pink, blue, and sea-glass-green, Malibu’s slim, comfortable 36mm stainless-steel case and bracelet are a breath of fresh air—no matter how far you live from the coast. And as if these beauties weren’t wearable enough, a 50-meter water resistance rating is designed to seamlessly take you from surf to street.

The watches’ case and expansion band complement each other beautifully, with the bands’ alternating links mimicking the same pastel hues found throughout the dial and bezel. Thanks to our Perfect Fit technology, adjusting the expansion band is impressively easy, creating a timepiece that will never demand a trip to the jeweler for a fit adjustment.

Here’s how to do it if you need a refresher:

  1. Place the watch on your wrist and estimate how many links will need to be removed from your watch band.
  2. Locate the links in the center of the bracelet with the texture. Squeeze the textured part of the link opposite the link you want to remove.
  3. Pull the band apart while still pressing down on the link.
  4. Count the links you need removed, and follow the same process to remove the appropriate section of links.
  5. Squeeze down again on the textured part of the link and insert the opposite end of the band into the opening.

On the whole, the Q Timex Malibu collection offers ageless style and versatility, but this tranquil take on its vintage-inspired construction delivers a welcome throwback—one that embodies a look and feel you’ll love long after your tan lines fade.