Best Minimalist Watches

Clean lines, streamlined shapes and monochromatic colors – sound like your closet? With your minimalist style, you rock high-quality basics and look effortlessly refined no matter where you’re headed. The only thing you’re missing is the minimalist watch to complete every look.

Simple watch design is far from boring – and these watches often have an alluring air of timeless sophistication. Simple is also versatile, so you’ll certainly get a lot of wear out of a time-telling companion with minimalist design and features.

What will your minimalist watch be? Whether you’re a watch purist or simply love a polished, simple design, here are some Timex® styles to choose from:

1. The Fairfield
With clean lines and discreet dial markings, the Fairfield Slip-Thru 41mm Leather Strap Watch may be the only watch you’ll ever need. That’s because its minimalist dial design pairs well with any strap, and slip-thru technology allows you to easily switch between bands. While true minimalists love their neutrals, they also know when to play with simple splashes of color. This interchangeable strap feature allows you to keep it basic, as well as add a bit of color when you want a touch of bold contrast.

2. The Easy Reader®
Easy going and back-to-the-basics aesthetics make the Easy Reader 35mm the minimalist watch pick for those who want a classically cool timepiece. Like the original wrist watches, this timepiece features a dial design with the only thing you need to read a clock: Arabic number markings for each hour. Its small watch face means it’s light on the wrist, and it also complements your minimalist style without making a garish statement. Petite but strong, the Easy Reader is thoughtfully crafted to be your most durable minimalist watch yet.

3. The Weekender®
If you’re looking for a more casual timepiece to complement your most laid-back looks, the Weekender 38mm is the minimalist watch for you. It’s comfortable, versatile and has all the basics that speak to your minimalist tendencies. This Weekender features a fabric strap, but you can change it out for a leather band when you’re feeling a more sophisticated, dressed-up finish. With that subtle change, this minimalist watch can take you from the weekend to the office with effortless grace.

Get ready to truly embrace your minimalist style with one of these watches, elevating your looks with an added touch of refined simplicity.

Going Back to Cali

The state of California is an ever-changing and transcendent landscape. Many styles come and go in the land of sun and fun, but for many, it was the halcyon heydays of the 70s and 80s that typify California style. Beaches, surfing, board shorts and vibrant colors were all part of the fashion trend that made everyone pine for a little of the Cali lifestyle.

Timex brings back the classic era with a modern version of the military-inspired MK1 California, vibrant and colorful timepieces available only on Timex.com.

The watch is based on the simple design of the MK1 Aluminum, but with a wave of color that makes each style stand out. Pink, yellow, orange and blue abound on these fabric strap watches that feature a domed acrylic crystal tinted in the different shades that swim from the case and onto the strap.

The MK California collection has all the reliability of our classic MK1 with the addition of colorful crystals and added comfort of a lightweight aluminum case and double-layer slip-thru strap. Other features include a 40mm case, 24-hour time markings, Indiglo® backlight and water-resistant up to 30 meters.

From the beach to the boardwalk or any occasion that could use a splash of color, the MK1 California is a perfect choice for making a stylish and colorful statement.

Wound Around the Marlin

During the 1960s, Timex scored a hit with the hand-wound Marlin® watch. Sensing the time was right for a reissue, Timex launched a highly successful update to the original in 2017 with a classic hand-wound mechanical movement.

Now, as demand for the Marlin continues, Timex is proud to partner with Mr. Porter and Todd Snyder in offering three new hand-wound Marlin styles with exclusive new color palettes and, for the first time ever, a design specifically made for women.

Hand-wind (also called manual wind) watches must be wound daily to prevent the movement from stopping. This is perfect for Marlin owners who most likely will make strapping on their Marlin a part of their morning routine. Simply wind the watch until you feel resistance on the crown. This should be repeated every day to prevent the watch from stopping.

Referred to as the Gentlemen’s Standard, the Timex Marlin pairs the purity and pleasure of a hand-wound mechanical movement with the timeless sophistication of a sleek design. The only hand-wound timepiece available by Timex, the Marlin has earned commercial and critical success and a new audience of watch enthusiasts who adore the reissue of a true mechanical watch.

Featuring a stainless-steel case, genuine leather strap or mesh band, 34mm case size, 18mm lug width and water-resistant up to 30 meters, the Marlin is a contemporary take on a timeless classic.

The three new Marlin hand-wound timepieces include: a stainless-steel case with a domed acrylic crystal and lizard pattern leather strap in black with gold-tone finish; a women’s version with white leather strap and rose gold-tone finish; and an all stainless-steel version with a mesh band.

The popularity of the Marlin has allowed Timex to offer two styles to exclusive men’s fashion sites, Toddsnyder.com (stainless-steel mesh band) and Mrporter.com (lizard pattern leather strap in black with gold-tone finish).

Elegant, classic and expertly crafted, the Timex hand-wound Marlins are a must for any watch enthusiast or anyone looking to make a sophisticated statement with their watch.

The Story of the MK1

TIMEX has a long history of producing military-inspired timepieces, but the most iconic style was the Mil-Spec W-46374B. This watch was manufactured for a very short period of time (two months, February and March, 1982) to standards that destined it to be a true throw-away watch. The case back on the original style could not be taken off to change the battery or make repairs and the simple movement and lightweight body made it truly disposable. Issued to the US Marines in 1982, this was the very beginning of the MK1 story.

In 2016, TIMEX re-released the original 1982 MK1™ using a resin case with selected retailers globally. The light-weight appeal remains but the watch is no longer disposable and is constructed with the TIMEX stamp of quality, built to last.

In 2017, TIMEX adapts the revered MK1, using a contemporary adaptation of the iconic style, the MK1™ Aluminum stays true to TIMEX’ history of creativity and innovation. Lightweight and durable, the aluminum grade chosen for the MK1 is usually reserved for architectural applications.

For 2018 the new MK1™ Stainless Steel carries a tough look and feel. We’ve strengthened the case to bring solid performance to our military-inspired collection. The MK1 Steel delivers a strong profile to attain distinction and quality, with an acrylic domed crystal it is complemented by a premium Italian woven fabric with steel eyelets to ensure a durable fit. Also, available with chronograph features to create additional functionality.

The Allure of the Timex Addison

Inspired by elegance, crafted with passion and designed for women who appreciate style, the Timex Addison is a classic timepiece and perfect for formal and casual occasions. Featuring clean lines, contrast stitching and a distinctive rectangular case, the Addison is a statement accessory that doesn’t clamor for the spotlight but gets it anyway.

Available in brown, tan and black leather, the watch strap is defined by its double wrap leather strap design that speaks to a savvy sophistication. A unique take on a classic look, the trend for multiple-bracelet watch design has kept its allure.

The Timex Addison stays relevant with a variety of case colors including rose gold-tone, silver-tone and gold-tone to match with other jewelry and accessories.

A timepiece for all seasons, the Addison brings smart and affordable style using Timex craftsmanship and the spot-on double wrap leather strap.

Back to School Style

There’s a chance you’ll look back on some of your college style choices and cringe – but the right timepiece will always stand the test of time. Watches for college students are the key to elevating casual classroom looks and polishing nighttime glam, accessorizing each outfit with enviable flair.

A fresh semester is a perfect time to add to this finishing touch to your wardrobe. Ace your college style with one of these campus-ready watches.

 

The Fairfield Supernova™ 

This modern timepiece features laser-cut perforation on the dial and our INDIGLO® backlight for a sleek timepiece accessory. Upholding the Timex legacy of innovation, the Fairfield Supernova™ is modern and minimalist but far from boring. Wear this watch confidently from class to internship to date night, adding a signature touch to your best looks.

If you’d rather accessorize with a sprinkle of Swarovski® crystal glam, the Fairfield Crystal is the timepiece for you. You’ll shine in class and beyond with this elegant watch, the easiest way to elevate everyday denim and complement your dazzling Friday night look.

 

The Allied® Coastline

Is your college close to the water? Take advantage of your campus’ location with a watch inspired by the ocean, crafted to withstand outdoor adventures. Complete with a resilient silicone strap, this timepiece sits comfortably on your wrist as you explore your campus setting.

 

The MK1™

Paying homage to military-style watches, this collection features modern, everyday versions of the classic and rugged timepieces. The MK1™ watch is durable enough to trek from class to study group to parties without breaking a sweat. Water-resistant up to 30 meters, you won’t have to worry about splashes or spills.

 

The Mod44

With an oversized watch face and large dial markings, the Mod44 makes a bold statement. As a versatile and thoughtfully crafted timekeeping companion, you may find it easier to make it to class on time – and look good while doing it.

Todd Snyder on Timex.com

Having collaborated with Timex on a series of stylish and coveted timepieces, Todd Snyder is now adding select Timex X Todd Snyder watches to the Timex.com showcase. Previously, these watches could only be found on ToddSnyder.com and at his flagship store on Madison Square. Now, these vintage-inspired Timex X Todd Snyder watches are available at Timex.com.

Some of the collection highlights include:

The Blackjack: Using a sport watch from the ‘70s as the starting point, the Blackjack timepiece is a sleek, stealthy spin on the silhouette that pulls inspiration from Formula One drivers from the era and the sport’s most famous backyard, Monaco.

The Mod Inspired “Bullseye”: Based on a bullseye design discovered in the Timex archives, this fresh take blends mod style with state of the art functionality. Crafted with a vintage-inspired dial and military fabric strap, this versatile timepiece can dress down an office look or elevate your weekend wear in a split second.

Military Watch: Inspired by ‘70s military-style watches and reinvented for everyday civilian wear, this collaboration between Todd Snyder and Timex reflects a shared commitment to design, utility and craftsmanship. This watch brings together incredible historic references, military-inspired styling and impeccable yet understated craftsmanship that works for any occasion.

Maritime Sport: A modern hybrid with a nautical sensibility that evokes naval academies and life on the eastern seaboard. The timepiece pays homage to iconic diver styling with a fresh look that’s equally at home in Nantucket or New York.

Timex and Todd Snyder Release the Beekman

Timex and Todd Snyder are teaming up again. A strong partnership that combines the craftsmanship of Timex with Todd’s style authority, the latest collaboration, the Timex Beekman is based on a Timex racing inspired watch from the ‘60s. While the original watch was intended for racing enthusiasts, the modern version recreates both the finesse and function of the original with unmatched versatility and a unique dial that stands the test of time.

Todd visited the Timex headquarters in Middlebury and had the chance to go through our extensive archive of vintage watches and found the distinctive tachymeter complication on the dial of the racing watch compelling enough to inspire the Timex Beekman.

“The Beekman brings together two things I really love: classic cars and classic timepieces. I’m proud to continue the Timex X Todd Snyder partnership with the launch of our first co-created tachymeter watch, and to celebrate the values we both share: iconic design, impeccable craftsmanship and a commitment to innovation and functionality at a great value.” Todd Snyder

The Timex Beekman timepiece features:

– Stainless-Steel Case
– Acrylic Domed Crystal
– Genuine Croco-Pattern Leather Strap
– Quick Release Spring Bars
– Dial feature Tachymeter and Telemeter
– INDIGLO® Backlight
– Water-Resistant to 30m
– 40mm Case Size/20mm Lug Width
– 12mm Case Height (Including Crystal)

In a classic nod to its racing roots, the watch can measure the speed of a moving object, such as a vintage racing car. Pull out the crown when the second hand is at the 12 position, stopping the hand. When the car passes the starting point, push down the crown to start the secondhand again. When the car reaches the end of a one-mile course, stop the second hand again. Check its position against the tachymeter markings and you can tell how fast the car was moving.

Two styles of the Beekman are available at ToddSnyder.com: a stainless-steel case with black leather strap and black dial and a stainless-steel case with brown leather strap and cream dial. The watches can also be found at Todd Snyder’s flagship store on Madison Square in New York.

The Evolution of the Waterbury

It’s been two years since Timex tinkered with its popular Waterbury line. But, in keeping with the Timex tradition of innovation and evolution, a brand-new Waterbury Traditional is now available. An update to a true classic, this timepiece honors our roots with ageless style.

 

Three versions of the Waterbury Traditional have been created: a chronograph, day date and sub-second. The new line features case detailing that is more crisp and is defined by a separate looking top ring. The new case design adds a more modern, yet still classic, profile.

Available in genuine leather straps, the Waterbury Traditional has a 42mm dial, quartz analog movement and a stylized “T and X” decoration on the crown that will be featured on most new Boutique case designs. The Waterbury Traditional leather strap models include SB Foot Tanning leather and logo and all models have “The Waterbury” imprinted on the lower dial.

 

Other features that will distinguish the Waterbury Traditional include a stainless-steel case, mineral glass crystal, full Arabic dials, two sub-dials and water-resistance up to 50 meters. The watch will also feature the INDIGLO® backlight and plans are being made to add new colorways and movement types by 2019.

Named for the Connecticut town where Timex began, the timepiece is the next generation of the Waterbury and is a testament to our commitment to craftsmanship and watchmaking.

 

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.

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.