How to Clean Your Stainless-Steel Watch

With a sophisticated shine and tough exterior, stainless-steel is a common metal in the watchmaking world. Many Timex® watches come with stainless-steel bracelets, from classic silver to brushed metal finishes.

While a hardy material, stainless-steel still requires love and care. 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 timekeeping elements.

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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. Even with water-resistant technology, stainless-steel watches can be vulnerable to rusting from sweat and excess moisture.

Here’s how to clean your stainless-steel watch:

1.  Wipe it down
Start by wiping down the watch strap and dial with a soft cloth to remove initial layers of dirt, dust or grime.

2. Dip the watch in warm soapy water
Fill up a sink basin or clean bowl with warm water and a drop of antibacterial dish soap. It’s made to cut 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.

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 band in warm water or run it under the sink to rinse away the soap.

5. Dry with a soft cloth
Pat the watch dry, or use a hair dryer on a low-heat setting to quickly dry in between the links.

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.

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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.  They can also perform regular tune-ups to ensure your timepiece is in solid working order.

Your Guide to Watch Strap Replacement

Let your watch strap be the detail that makes you stand out from the crowd. Here’s your guide to choosing a watch strap replacement:

What’s your strap size?

Your watch strap length and width depend on a few factors, namely wrist size, wearer preferences and case size. The case is what encloses the watch face, and its thickness is the width between the case back and the top of the crystal. Watch strap thickness complements the dial, with thinner straps reserved for smaller cases and thicker straps used to anchor larger cases. In general, the case size tends to be slightly larger in men’s watches. 

Beyond the strap’s practical purpose, switching up your band is an effortless way to update the look and feel of your watch. Choose different colors, patterns and materials to customize your watch’s look to match the day or your mood.

When it’s time to shop for your watch strap replacements, keep these tips in mind:

Mix up your watch routine

  • Choose the right size – Remember that thick generally works well with large watch faces, while delicate straps are better for smaller cases.
  • Check the hardware – Make sure it’s appropriate for the event and style, such as leather with stitching details for everyday sophistication or colorful nylon for casual weekends.
  • Avoid mixing styles – Respect the character and nature of the dial of your watch, choosing complementary colors and textures rather than contrasting straps.
  • Don’t overlook the finishing – Check for even stitching, consistent dye and high-quality material composition and condition. Also, inquire about ease of care and durability.

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Choose the right material

The key to looking good is feeling great, so start with choosing the texture and finish of your new watch strap. Common materials to choose from include:

Fabric

These casual, comfortable fabric straps are easy to swap out and super comfortable on your wrist. Plus, the fabric is washable, so you can keep it looking fresh even after several wears. However, keep in mind that fabric can sometimes fade or fray over time, which makes it a great option for experimenting with a pop of color or reserving it for casual vacations.

Leather

There’s something classic about leather straps. They are the perfect companions for your more sophisticated or vintage dials, as their clean and suave finish will only add to rather than distract from the watch’s character. Leather can also complement more casual/traditional looks.

Metal

Metal bracelets are well-suited for customizing size and details, as the links are easy to remove and replace. With shiny finishes, metal bracelets are a great option for more formal, cut-above-casual events. Plus, they are super durable and dependable.

Rubber or Nylon

Water-resistant and easily washable with soap and water, these casual and comfortable straps are perfect for outdoor adventures. Rubber and nylon straps are ideal for sport or diving watches. They’re also durable enough to keep up with you for years to come.

Choose from any of these materials, plus a variety of colors, case sizes and buckle or clasp types for endless options to add to your assortment of watch straps. Once you collect several pairings, even just one case can take on the personality of several different watches. Who knew changing the strap was all you needed to acquire a new watch?

With that, we’ll hand it over to you to get creative with your watches.

The Timex Waterbury Goes Neon for Summer

 

Once synonymous with 80s and 90s fashion, neon is staging a bright comeback. It resurfaced as a pop of color for not only wardrobes, but also the perfect finishing touch in makeup looks, hairstyles, and accessories. Think back to your highlighter pack in grade school, and imagine those yellows, pinks, oranges, blues, and greens making a pop in your closet.

Even better, your time-keeping companion can now feature this bright splash of color. The Timex® Waterbury watch recently met the vibrancy of summer with the new neon collection.

Here’s all you need to know about this brilliant trend:

The new neon

It turns out your neon looks and accessories can extend beyond pool floats, workout gear and decades parties. We’ve seen it hit the runway and beyond, with brightly colored shoes, dresses, jackets, purses, hair colors and earrings making a statement in striking neon colors. From slight details to bold color block outfits, neon is showing up in various places. Some people match more than one neon color, while others dedicate an entire outfit to just one. With a lesser commitment to the trend but still embracing neon hues, we’ve also seen neon clips and scrunchies as bright little accents.

Neon hues for summer

While you can certainly wear neon at any time of year, the trend tends to complement the bright skies and sunny vibes of summer. As an added bonus for your summer look, neon colors tend to highlight your tanned skin, upping the level of your sun-kissed finish. In other words – with the warmer days now in full swing – it’s officially time to master your neon look.

Bright and new Timex Waterbury

As such, it was only natural for your favorite Timex® watch to embrace these vibrant colors. The Timex Waterbury Neon Collection is here just in time for the summer months, as a fresh take on the traditional watch. With a vivid neon croco-pattern leather strap and hand-stitched details, the Waterbury Neon 34mm Watch is fun and flirty yet still a refined, thoughtfully crafted accessory. That means you can wear this timepiece in the office and keep it on as you meet up with friends for drinks after the clock strikes five. Choose from orange, yellow, green or pink to make your neon statement.

Made with the same high-quality craftsmanship as the original Waterbury, your neon watch will last for many summers to come. And don’t worry – if the neon trend heads back into hiding, you can always swap out the strap with a new leather, fabric, nylon, silicone or stainless steel band.

With your neon watch by your side, you’ll be ready to have a bright and memorable summer.

Here’s to Our Favorite Rose-Gold Tone Watches

 

A chic blend of silver, gold, and copper, rose-gold tones mirror the slightly pink hue of a refreshing glass of rosé wine. Offering a delicate and romantic look, this distinctive shade tends to add intrigue to watches, making a soft statement and elegant finish. In many ways, it can be the sophisticated pink of your young professional aesthetic.

We couldn’t help but notice that the rose gold trend is here to stay, making it easy to mix metals and add a dash of panache to any look. In the rosé-all-day spirit, here are our favorite rose gold watches:

The Waterbury Classic

The Waterbury collection is a true display of Timex heritage and watchmaking history, now available with the modern touch of rose gold tones. The result is the perfect blend of classic watch design and classy yet not over-the-top elegance. If you want a simple, everyday watch, choose the Waterbury Classic with the 34 mm watch face and traditional dial markings. For those who want a watch that does more, the Waterbury Classic Chronograph with a 40 mm watch face is up for the job. Both have the potential to become a staple in your watch collection as the timeless finishing touch you can rely on. Plus, you can easily swap out the strap for a rose gold watch that can serve an endless array of looks.

The Easy Reader Color Pop

Rose gold gives our classic Easy Reader® watches a fresh, modern and feminine reboot. Taking advantage of the neutral nature of rose gold and the simple and classic watch face, we added a pop of color with a bright leather band. Choose either a pink or violet strap, both of which complement the rose undertones of the metal details and make for a watch that isn’t afraid to show some colorful personality. When you’re feeling a more understated look, check out our strap shop to swap out the band with a neutral one.

The Timex Metropolitan

If you’re a watch wearer who’s drawn to the dressier touch of bracelet bands and dazzling details, this one’s for you. This rose gold watch comes with added shimmer, featuring genuine Swarovski® crystals on the dial and sunburst detailing on the watch face. Complete with a soft stainless-steel mesh strap, the Metropolitan radiates rose gold elegance. It feels light on your wrist, offering a sleek touch that’s appropriate for the office but still glam enough to accompany you for a night on the town. If you love the textured dial and rose gold tone but aren’t feeling the statement glam, the Metropolitan is also available with a leather strap sans the crystals.

Even with their pink undertone, we’ve seen these watches pair well with other metals – from gold bangles to mixed-metal rings – and complement nearly any color, making them versatile timepieces to add to your collection. With rose gold on your wrist and a glass of rosé in your hand, you can strike the perfect balance of bold statement and subtle neutral with a rose gold watch. Cheers to that!

How to Match Your Watch With Your Vacation

What’s the perfect watch for traveling? It depends on your destination.

Here’s inspiration for matching your watch to your vacation plans:

If the ocean is calling…

Beach vacations call for versatile watches fit for lounging under the sun and dining in beachside luxury. Timepieces with interchangeable straps make it easy to switch up your look when the sun goes down. Plus, it’s a good idea to choose a watch with water-resistant materials to protect from potential ocean sprays and quick dips in the hotel pool.

Consider these water-resistant, beach-ready Timex watches:

When you’re backpacking across continents…

Packing light is key for cross-continent travels. You’ll want to choose one versatile watch that will match all your adventures abroad. Simple, minimalist designs and neutral colors are a smart move. Lightweight timepieces are ideal for all-day comfort. As far as features go, time zone settings can be helpful to keep track of each destination and monitor the time back home. GPS features can also help you navigate foreign cities when your phone battery dies or service fails.

You can rely on these durable Timex watches to keep up as you hop between countries:

packing for vacationPack the perfect travel watch for your vacation destination.

If the road beckons…

Your everyday casual watch should do the trick for road trip adventures, but consider some features that are convenient for hours spent behind the wheel. Comfortable, casual and lightweight timepieces that don’t weigh down your wrist are ideal. Plus, easy-to-read watch faces help you sneak quick glances at red lights. The same goes for motorcycle riders: You’ll want to wear a lightweight watch that fits snugly enough to stay secure as you zip down the road. It’s also a good idea to wear a water-resistant watch in case you get caught in some unfortunate weather.  Most riders avoid leather straps and instead go for rubber, stainless steel or metal bracelets that can withstand various weather conditions.

These Timex® watches are thoughtfully crafted with durable features to keep up with you for miles:

Let your travel watch keep track of time while you forget what day it is. Enjoy your vacation!

Thank Your Guys with These Unique Groomsmen Gifts

 

Calling all grooms: how will you thank your best guys for supplying endless support, unsolicited marriage advice and a killer bachelor party? Groomsmen gifts are a great opportunity to give them something they can cherish way beyond the special day.

The trick to winning the gift game is choosing something that’s practical, complete with a personal touch that makes it unique to your wedding day. That way, they’re bound to actually use the gift – and think fondly of you and yours when they do.

Here’s some inspiration to help you find unique groomsmen gifts that suit your fabulous friends:

Cheers to a special day

You’ve shared many a drink together, so commemorate your friendship with classy accessories. Think glasses, decanters, bottle openers, coasters, whiskey stones, stainless steel ice cubes and cocktail kits. Throw in the beer, wine or spirits to match the accessories if you really love them. You can also have the barware accessories or bottles monogrammed for truly custom groomsmen gifts.

If you tend to crack open cold ones when you’re watching the game together, consider gifting your groomsmen beer glasses featuring their favorite team’s logo. Gift them beer and accessories from a local brewery for a personal touch, or maybe choose wine that’s bottled near the wedding location.

Unless you all have the same drink of choice, you may want to cater each gift to the recipient’s preferences. If any of your groomsmen don’t partake in adult beverages, you can also give them gourmet coffee, tea or food gift sets.

Here’s to a well-groomed crew

Every man has a signature look, whether he rocks a full beard, masters the stubble or keeps it clean. Support their grooming routine with a beard care or shaving kit, and give it the finishing touch with a suave travel toiletries bag to house all of the products and tools when they’re on-the-go. If you want to go the custom groomsmen gifts route, you can choose to monogram the bags, or even go for personalized razors.

For a gift that really keeps giving, you can set them up with subscriptions for shave clubs. Alternatively, go for the one-time full experience and book appointments for you and the guys to get professional shaves and haircuts in the days leading up to the wedding. Not only is it a great way to spend time with your favorite friends, but it also ensures that you’ll all look spiffy when the special day arrives.

Complete the look

The suits are all set, but you can incorporate matching accessories into your groomsmen gift, too. Socks, cufflinks, belts and shoes are perfect ways to complete their looks, and of course, you can customize them with monogrammed initials or the wedding date. Not only will these accessories look fabulous on the special day, but your groomsmen can also use them after the wedding.

Commemorate friendships that last a lifetime with custom Timex watches, complete with a free personalized engraving. Your unique message may be the groomsmen names, wedding date or short quote. Plus, you can match the watch colors and finishes to your wedding looks.

If you’re getting married outdoors, gift your groomsmen a suave pair of sunglasses. Alternatively, if you’re planning a destination wedding, supply your special guys with duffel bags or suitcases for a stylish, functional and long-lasting groomsmen gift.

With the right gift, you can show your groomsmen how happy you are to have them by your side.

Choose the Right Wristwatch Companion for Your Summer Road Trip

Are you itching to hit the road for that classic summer road trip? Don’t forget good tunes, fabulous company, and a reliable timepiece. Casual watches match your road trip style, but make sure to choose the durable models that will endure long hours behind the wheel.

Keep these features in mind to choose the perfect companion for your summer road trip:

driving on a summer road tripDon’t forget to take your time-keeping companion with you on your next road trip.

Road trippin’ functionality

With practical features, your watch can be more than a good-looking timepiece. A light-up watch dial will help you keep track of the time as you drive after dusk or stop to set up camp for the night. Night-light features will come in handy if you accidentally drop something under the seat or need trusty guidance in low-visibility areas when you’re exploring outside of the car. As you drive through the tiniest corners of the country, compass and GPS features will help direct you when service fails to reach your smartphone. If you plan to cross boundaries, time zone settings will help you keep track without needing to reset the watch.

Easy wear comfort

If your watch is oversized, bulky or too loose on your wrist, it will end up being more of a hindrance than a functional help as you cover the miles. Your road trip watch should be low-maintenance, sitting comfortably on your preferred wrist. Choose a lightweight model with a watch face that’s on the smaller side, and adjust the strap accordingly to make sure it feels good on your wrist. As far as strap materials go, you may want to leave the leather bands at home, as they may not be as comfortable under the summer sun. Fabric and nylon straps are lightweight and won’t stick to your skin; plus, they complement a casual summer road trip aesthetic.

Long-lasting durability

Your road trip watch should be built to cover plenty of miles, keeping up with you no matter how long you spend on the road. Consider the level of craftsmanship and quality of the materials when selecting your road trip companion, such as double-layer straps or a flawless second-hand sweep.

With the windows down and the breeze flowing through your hair, you won’t be worried about what day it is. Get that endless weekend feeling, plus the superior craftsmanship and durability of Timex with the Weekender® collection. These timepieces feature a casual-yet-refined watch design; plus, they offer comfort and functionality for long days on the road. With interchangeable straps, you can play with patterns, colors, and fabrics to switch up your watch look to meet your carefree road trip vibe.

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Here’s to the Great American Road Trip – and a wrist companion that’s ready for the adventure!

What kind of watch do you wear to a summer wedding?

As the wedding announcements fill your feeds and invitations reach your inbox, you’re ready to start making your summer wedding plans. No matter the venue – a backyard barbecue or a stunning country club affair – you can choose a watch that complements all of your wedding looks.

Master your wedding guest style with the perfect finishing touch. Here’s what to look for in a watch that will take you through summer wedding season:

Class act

Your watch should add to your wedding look, but not overwhelm it. Simple clock faces, clasps, and straps are usually the best bet. Aim for chic, neutral colors and cut-above-casual strap materials, such as leather and stainless steel, for a classy finish. High-quality hardware and craftsmanship will also elevate the elegance. Remember that lighter colors and materials tend to work better during the hot summer months.

Master your wedding guest style with the perfect finishing touch.

Versatile hero

Those simple and neutral design elements also lend themselves to versatility, which allows you to match every wedding celebration without changing your timepiece. If you don’t want to be entirely limited, consider purchasing a few bands to switch up your watch look depending on your outfit and the wedding vibes. As long as your watch face and case are relatively neutral, you should have several types of straps to choose from.

Durable companion

Along with complementing your looks and various wedding themes, venues and times, your summer wedding watch should be crafted to keep up with you through the celebrations. Make sure you choose a watch designed with durability in mind so you can feel confident that it will last through this wedding season – and many more to come. Look for heavy-duty features, such as water or weather resistance, long-lasting battery life, and authentic materials.

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Ideal timepiece

You can rely on a Timex® watch to be the classy, versatile and durable timepiece that attends every summer wedding with you. Consider some of our thoughtfully crafted timepieces for men and women:

Crafted with polished stainless steel, bracelet watches are also perfect wedding companions. Men’s dress watches with metal bracelets also offer refined design to match your wedding guest style.

Here’s to the brides, grooms and your perfect summer wedding watch!

5 quick tips to buy watches online

 

Are you worried about purchasing a watch without trying it on first? The good news is that online tools can help you make more confident buying decisions.

Here are a few tips to follow as you shop for your new watch online:

1. Talk to customer service representatives

Sometimes, all it takes is talking to someone to feel better about your purchase. When you’re not in the store, it may seem like you’re alone in your buying experience. However, most watch retailers offer digital customer service solutions, allowing you to contact their representatives to answer your questions about fit, styles, quality of materials, return policies and more.

2. See if your question is frequently asked

There’s a chance many online customers have the same questions and concerns that pop into your head as you browse the options. That’s why watch retailers compile help desk answers and lists of frequently asked questions to save consumers the time needed to contact customer service.

3. Seek consumer advice

Keep scrolling down on product pages, and you should come to a list of customer reviews. It’s helpful to hear what other consumers say, especially since they’ve already purchased and worn the product. Plus, check out the brand’s social media pages, where you can find lots of consumer engagement with the company and its watches. Talk to your friends and family, too. You can certainly trust their opinions on the timepieces they wear, which may help you feel more confident when selecting a specific watch brand or style.

4. Narrow your selection

Just as you would gravitate to certain colors or designs in the store, take advantage of search filters to narrow your results by specific features. For instance, shop by trending styles, collections, colors, strap materials, watch types, dial shape or size and so on. Even if you don’t have a clear idea of the type of watch you’re looking for, it’s much easier to digest a smaller list of specific results, rather than sifting through endless pages of all the watch styles offered.

5. Check out the return policy

For an added layer of confidence, remember that you can always return the watch you end up buying and even exchange it for a different one. At Timex, for instance, we want you to love your watch. If for some reason you don’t, our customer service representatives are here to help you return the timepiece and find your perfect match.

While we still don’t have the technology to digitally try on watches, these tools can make online shopping feel more like the personal experience of browsing selections in stores.

Watches for Dad: Timex’s Top Picks for Father’s Day

With the endless hours that your dad spends supporting and loving you, it’s only fitting that you give him a durable, thoughtfully crafted watch that helps him keep track of all that time in style. And of course, he’ll think of you fondly every time he glances at his wrist.

Read on for our selection of dad-approved watches to inspire your Father’s Day gift shopping.

The Timex Mod44

This watch features Timex quality with a sleek, modern look. With a carefully stitched leather strap and large dial, this timepiece will make a statement on Dad’s wrist whenever he wears it. Its water-resistant up to 30 meters and a day and date feature make this is the perfect everyday watch. Choose from all black or three other color combinations:

  • Black and brown.
  • Chrome, tan and white.
  • Chrome, brown and blue.

This classic watch is a safe bet for any dad and his timeless looks.

The Timex Command

If your dad is happiest outdoors, this timepiece will keep up with all of his adventures. Crafted with the renowned Timex durability, it’s shock-resistant and water-resistant up to 100 meters. Other features include INDIGLO® light-up watch dial for readability in low-visibility conditions, hydration alerts, dual mode alarm, 100-hour chronograph, 24-hour countdown timer and three time zone settings. As far as aesthetics go, you can choose from a black or grey camouflage case with matching bands, a neutral white-and-black combo or a bold highlighter yellow.

The Waterbury Traditional Chronograph

This quintessential Timex watch features carefully stitched natural leather and solid stainless steel construction. Made with pure craftsmanship and authentic watchmaking, it’s an ageless timepiece perfect for honoring your stellar dad. With brown, grey, green and tan leather straps to choose from, you can select the one that complements his classic dad looks. Plus, this versatile chronograph will fit with his work-appropriate button downs during the week, as well as pair perfectly with his weekend denim and casual tees.

father and daughterCelebrate Father’s Day by gifting dad the perfect watch.

The IRONMAN Essential

This sporty analog watch will make a bold statement on dad’s wrist no matter when he wears it. Its simple, minimalist design meets practicality for a watch that tells the time when he’s 100 meters below sea level but also looks good when he’s leading a presentation at work. With water-resistant features, a soft silicone rubber strap and an INDIGLO® night-light, this watch tells the time come rain, shine or nighttime endeavor. Available in suave neutral black, grey and navy colors, your dad can don this watch with all of his outfits for a simple morning routine he can appreciate.

The Weekender Chronograph

This casual watch is perfect for detail-oriented dads. The classic chronograph watch face design pairs with any 20 mm traditional, slip-thru or quick-release strap, which means your dad can switch up his watch look in seconds. Bonus for you: Watch straps will make the perfect follow-up gift for upcoming holidays and birthdays. Along with this versatile design, this timepiece features water-resistance up to 30 meters, date display and an INDIGLO® light-up watch dial.

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The Custom Touch

If you want to make this year’s gift truly unforgettable, head over to My Timex and have Dad’s watch engraved with a personal message. You can even design a watch specifically for him, selecting the dial, case and strap styles that have Dad written all over them.

Here’s to all the fabulous fathers out there – and their impeccable watch style.