In The Field: A River Runs Over It

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“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.

 

The Timex Guide to Common Watch Bracelets

WATCH STRAPS, BRACELETS AND BANDS

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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Woven Bracelets

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.

 

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Expansion Bracelets

In The Press: Dr. Anthony Fauci Has Always Been A Timex Man

Image from A Blog To Watch

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).”

READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE

 

 

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, NEW SEASONAL WATCHES & MORE

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.

Image from Insiders UK

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.”

 

To see more of the Timex Spring/Summer 2020 collection for women, view the entire range of new releases here.

 

 

 

 

 

THE ALL-NEW TIMEX IRONMAN R300 SMARTWATCH GIVES RUNNERS MORE FOR LESS

 

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.

Discover the Timex Ironman R300 GPS watch today.

Travel Pouches & Watch Rolls from Timex

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.


PLAIN AND SIMPLE: THE TIMEX EASY READER

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


GOING DIGITAL: THE TIMEX T80 & IRONMAN SERIES

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


HANGING TOUGH: THE MILITARY & OUTDOOR COLLECTIONS

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


POWERED BY MOTION: MECHANICAL & AUTOMATIC TIMEPIECES

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