Timex Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass User Guide

Last fall we released the Expedition North collection, a series of trail-ready watches that meld quality craftsmanship with the sure-fire functionality required of outdoor watch design.

Among them, the Timex Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass.

Boasting ergonomic capabilities, premium materials, and environmentally conscious manufacturing processes, this powerful piece of gear is purpose-designed to take you from street to summit and back again. A stainless-steel case ensures it’s up to the task, while a number of new design elements enhance those we’ve carried over from the original Expedition collection: an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, luminescent hands and hour markers, and comfortable fabric strap made from 100% recycled plastic.

What really sets this watch apart from the pack, of course, is our proprietary Tide-Temp-Compass movement. Its bidirectional center hand is designed to help you not only navigate earth’s varied landscapes, but best enjoy the time you spend doing so, too. And like any gadget worth bringing out into the wilderness, this watch won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to use it. That’s why we’re breaking down the basics, so you don’t have to.

Here’s how to get the most out of your Timex Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass.

Understanding the Basics:

How do I set the date and time?

To set the date, pull the crown to the middle position and turn until the correct date appears. To set the time, pull the crown all the way out and turn until the correct time is shown. Ensure the correct AM/PM setting by verifying that the date changes at midnight, not noon. When you’re done, push the crown back in.

How do I adjust the indicator hand?

The indicator hand shows either the tide or temperature constantly. To adjust the indicator hand before use, pull the crown all the way out. The indicator hand should point to 12 o’clock. If it does not, press either the “tide” or “temp” push button to move the hand until it points to 12 o’clock. When you’re done, push the crown back in.

Understanding the Tide Clock:

How do I set the tide clock?

To set the tide clock, pull the crown to the middle position. Press either the “tide” or “temp” push button to move the hand to the current tide. You’ll notice that the “tide” and “temp” push buttons move the hand clockwise and counterclockwise, respectively. Push the crown back in when you’re done.

How do I view the tide clock?

To view the tide clock when the temperature is shown, press the “tide” push button to select the tide clock. The hand will move to low tide and then to the current tide.

How do I interpret the tide clock?

The tide clock’s indicator hand always rotates clockwise. Meaning, if the tide is rising, the hand will point left. If the tide is falling, the hand will point right.

How are high and low tides determined?

The primary factor in determining the tides is the moon’s position. The tide clock uses the moon’s position to predict high and low tides, which are 6 hours and 12.5 minutes apart. Keep in mind that tides are also influenced by the position of the sun and the shape of the shoreline, so the tide clock cannot precisely give times of high and low tides. Periodic adjustment may be necessary.

Understanding the Thermometer:

How do I view the thermometer?

Remember, the indicator hand shows either the tide or temperature constantly. To view the thermometer when the tide clock is shown, press the “temp” push button to select the thermometer. First, the hand will move to the beginning of the thermometer scale. Then, the hand will move to the current temperature.

How do I measure air temperature?

The thermometer will measure air temperature automatically. However, when worn on the wrist, the thermometer reading is affected by body heat. For the most accurately reading, remove the watch and put in shade for at least several minutes.

How do I measure water temperature?

To measure water temperature, select the temperature display before submerging the watch, as the buttons should not be pressed when watch is underwater.

Understanding the Compass:

What are best practices for calibrating the compass?

  1. Keep the compass level.
  2. Calibrate the compass in the area of intended use.
  3. Avoid areas that may exhibit higher than normal concentrations of hard and soft iron.
  4. Do not store the watch near any source of magnetism, such as computers, appliances, or TVs.
  5. And as a general a rule of thumb, whenever a heading is suspect, recalibrate.

What is the difference between true north and magnetic north?

True north is a fixed point on the earth. Magnetic north is the direction that a compass needle points to as it aligns with the earth’s magnetic field. The difference between them is called declination. Your watch can be calibrated taking declination into account for more accurate orienteering.

To find the declination angle for your location visit www.ngdc.noaa.gov

How do I calibrate the compass?

  1. Keeping the watch level, pull the crown to the middle position. If the watch band interferes, place the watch on an inverted cup. Alternatively, you may also place the watch face down, but take care to protect the watch face.
  2. Press the “compass” push button. The indicator hand rotates two revolutions to remind you to rotate the watch. While level, SLOWLY rotate watch two revolutions, taking at least 15 seconds per revolution. This is critical in achieving proper calibration.
  3. When you’re done, continue keeping the watch level and press any push button. The indicator hand moves back and forth to acknowledge the end of calibration, and then moves to the current declination angle setting.
  4. If you do not wish to set the declination angle, push the crown in. Otherwise, to have the watch automatically compensate for the declination angle, turn the compass ring until north is at 12 o’clock. Press either the “tide” or “temp” push buttons to move the indicator hand east (+) or west (-) to point to your location’s declination angle using the declination scale in our Product User Manual (available for download on the product page). Hold the push button to move the hand fast. Push the crown back in when done.

How do I operate the compass?

Normally, the compass is off, and the indicator hand shows the tide or temperature. To operate the compass, hold the watch level and press the “compass” push button. The indicator hand moves to point north. If the watch is turned, the indicator hand will continue to move, always pointing north. After 20 seconds, the compass will automatically turn off and the hand will return to its normal operation to conserve battery life. Press the “compass” push button at any time to keep the compass on for another 20 seconds.

How do I interpret which way I’m headed?

Hold the watch so that 12 o’clock is in the direction of your travel. Turn the compass ring until the indicator hand is pointing to north on ring. Your heading is the direction on the ring at 12 o’clock.

How do I interpret which way I should go?

If you know the direction you want to go, turn the compass ring until that direction appears at 12 o’clock. Hold the watch so that you are facing 12 o’clock. Then, turn your body until the indicator hand points to north on the compass ring. You are now facing the direction you want to go.

For more information on how to use your Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass, visit the product page to download our Product User Manual.

 

 

 

 

The Timex 2020 Gift Guide: Watches for Women

So you’re buying someone a watch. It’s a thoughtful gift, and one likely to be used and appreciated every day for many years to come. But because it’s such a personal item — one that has to fit into an existing wardrobe and aesthetic — gifted wristwatch has the potential to be wonderful or not-so-wonderful. 

From the fitness-focused gymgoer to the punctual student, and from the weekday warrior to the whimsical dreamer, Timex offers wristwatches to suit a glorious variety of tastes, styles and wrists. Read on for our top picks, and feel free to shop our bestsellers and seasonal selections for more gift-giving inspiration. 

 

FOR THE FITNESS FIEND: TIMEX IRONMAN R300 (TW5M40300IQ) 

We know there’s no finish line. That’s why we built our TIMEX® IRONMAN® R300 GPS watch for constant improvement. This smartwatch is packed with a powerhouse battery, onboard GPS, continuous optical heart rate monitoring, guided workouts from elite athletes and coaches, 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. 

SHOP NOW: $129 

 

FOR THE CLEAN-AND-SIMPLE LOOK: ORIGINALS 38MM (TW2U05500VQ) 

A well-dressed update to our favorite case design, you can see for yourself why this classic analog shape has stood the test of time. The simple round watch, with a perfectly beveled edge, holds a rose gold-tone dial and polished hour markers that complement the rose gold-tone case. Quick-release spring bars attach a rose gold-tone stainless steel mesh bracelet to complete this everyday staple. 

SHOP NOW: $89 

 

FOR THE ALWAYS-ON ACTIVITY TRACKER: TIMEX METROPOLITAN (TW5M43300IQ) 

Metropolitan S has all the functionality you need including up to 2 weeks of battery life. This sleek design boasts an impressive AMOLED display that you can customize with over 20+ dial designs. Plus, 24/7 activity and sleep tracking for your health and fitness goals, on-board GPS, optical heart rate sensor, notifications and much more. This is the perfect smartwatch to fit your busy lifestyle. The black silicone strap is complemented by a black metal case and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass™ lens. 

SHOP NOW: $179 

 

FOR THE SOPHISTICATED RISING STAR: CELESTIAL OPULENCE AUTOMATIC (TW2U54600VQ) 

Inspired by the movement of the night sky, our Celestial Opulence Automatic moves naturally to the rhythm of your life. Powered by your motion as you wear the watch, the movement can store a maximum 40 hours of energy. If motionless longer than 40 hours, wind the watch using the crown until you feel resistance, set it and place the watch back on your wrist where every motion will provide energy for the movement. The exhibition case back displays its 21-jewel automatic movement, while the blue textured strap and rose gold-tone stainless steel case are complemented by celestial details and Swarovski® crystal accents on the blue dial and a rotating disk for the floating hour-hand. 

SHOP NOW: $249 

 

FOR THE THROWBACK NOSTALGIA FAN: TIMEX T80 (TW2U05000) 

Our T80 is a throwback to the decade that gave us big hair, big music and big dreams. It also pays homage to our first digital watches, some of the first to hit the market. To honor those early hits, we’re proudly reintroducing the T80 for a whole new generation – a watch that’s both a stylish accessory and a serious timekeeping device. The fun retro design packs a date display, a stopwatch and an alarm into something that looks great no matter where you’re going from here. Rock your T80 on an expansion band, a bracelet or even a strap of your choice – we don’t mind, as long as you rock it. 

SHOP NOW: $65 

 

FOR WEEK-IN/WEEK-OUT VERSATILITY: Waterbury Traditional Automatic 35mm (TW2U53600VQ) 

This Waterbury automatic watch provides an update to a true classic. Beneath the stunning patterned dial with geometric engravings, layered with natural mother-of-pearl and Swarovski® crystal markers, you’ll find a 21-jewel automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. Powered by your motion as you wear the watch, the movement can store a maximum 40 hours of energy. If motionless longer than 40 hours, wind the watch using the crown until the seconds hand begins to sweep again, then set the time and place the watch back on your wrist where every motion will provide energy for the movement. Housed in a classic Waterbury traditional case and presented on an elegant two-tone stainlesssteel bracelet, this watch is timeless with the perfect combination of style and functionality. 

SHOP NOW: $249 

 

FOR THE FUNCTIONAL MINIMALIST: WOMEN’S FAIRFIELD CHRONOGRAPH (TW2R27200VQ) 

We challenged ourselves to create a chronograph watch with minimalist Bauhaus influences. We think you’ll love this tastefully simple watch with a gold-tone stainless steel mesh band and cream dial. 

SHOP NOW: $129 

 

FOR THE TASTEFULLY DELICATE: FAIRFIELD FLORAL 37MM (TW2U40500VQ) 

Minimalist does not have to mean simple. Rather, our Fairfield Floral collection provides just the right touch of understated elegance. Drawing inspiration from the delicate peony flower, this watch features a romantic foil-print patterned blush leather strap, rose gold-tone case and our INDIGLO® backlight reveals a hidden floral pattern on the ivory dial. 

SHOP NOW: $89 

The 2020 Timex Gift Guide: Watches for Men

MEN’S HOLIDAY 2020 GIFT GUIDE blog post 

 

If you’ve got a guy on your list who needs a new watch, you’ve found the right starting point.  

 

Here at Timex we do just one thing — that’s watches — but we do it very well, and we do it in a lot of ways that address specific wants and needs. Does he need a GPS watch to track his runs and bike rides while he trains for a triathlon? Is he starting a new job soon that demands a certain level of formality? Maybe he just really wants a method for tracking laundry loads or pots of pasta without using a phone alarm — analog chronographs are great for that.  

 

But then there are the big occasions — is he just about to graduate, start college, get married or hit another great milestone in his life? For each of these big moments, or even if none of them apply right now, there’s a right way to gift him a Timex.  

 

Read our holiday gift guide below, and feel free to shop our full collection or seasonal releases while you’re at it.  

 

FOR THE ENDURANCE ATHLETE: TIMEX IRONMAN R300 (TW5M40300IQ) 

We know there’s no finish line. That’s why we built our TIMEX® IRONMAN® R300 GPS watch for constant improvement. 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. 

SHOP NOW: $129 

 

FOR THE CLOCK WATCHER: TIMEX STANDARD CHRONOGRAPH (TW2T68900VQ) 

A casual way to wear a classic chronograph, the careful attention to detail allows the Timex Standard to shine as one of our most refined everyday watches. Designed with versatility in mind, this chronograph brings together classic elements with modern materials and easily interchangeable straps. The blue chronograph dial and brown leather strap complement the silver-tone case and traditional oversized crown, a nod to our original wrist watch. 

SHOP NOW: $109 

 

FOR THE WATCH ENTHUSIAST: TIMEX GIORGIO GALLI S1 AUTOMATIC (TW2U16800) 

Our Milan-based design director Giorgio Galli knows what makes Timex tick better than anyone. That’s why we asked him to create the most “Timex” Timex ever made, a watch that combines our shared love of quality, accessibility and great design. Giorgio answered with the S1 Automatic. This elegant timepiece features details that could only have come from Giorgio — a high-accuracy automatic movement, a fully-custom case design and a domed K1 mineral crystal. The watch ships with a high-durability strap in soft synthetic rubber that features an exclusive riveted strap-keeper design. Under the watch’s sweeping hands is a synthetic ruby set into the silvery dial, where moments pass in an effortless glide that will capture your attention again and again — even when you already know perfectly well what time it is. 

SHOP NOW: $450 

 

FOR THE NOSTALGIA LOVER: Q TIMEX FALCON EYE (TW2T80800ZV) 

Following on the heels of our Q Timex 1979 reissue, Q Timex Falcon Eye adds some two-tone refinement to our Q Timex series. Reissued for today, we recreated every detail – a period-correct woven stainless-steel bracelet, functional battery hatch, two-tone case, luminescent paint and a striated electric-blue dial. The result is a refined watch retaining every ounce of soul and character from the era that inspired it. 

Shop now: $179 

 

 

FOR THE MODERN SOPHISTICATE: MARLIN AUTOMATIC (TW2T22900ZV) 

Our iconic 1960s Marlin® case gets an aesthetic refresh. Ticking inside is a tried and true 21 jewel automatic movement, creating a contemporary timepiece that honors our watchmaking history. Powered by your motion as you wear the watch, the movement can store a maximum 40 hours of energy. If motionless longer than 40 hours, wind the watch using the crown until you feel resistance, set it and place the watch back on your wrist where every motion will provide energy for the movement. True to our original Marlin® design, the stainless steel case and black dial are complemented by a classic stainless steel mesh band and its iconic domed acrylic crystal. KEEP ON TICKING® 

SHOP NOW: $259 

 

FOR THE STUDENT: TIMEX WEEKENDER (TW2R42400JT) 

You can’t get much more classic than this. One of our most popular and longstanding designs, the Weekender is available in multiple sizes, colors and strap options, making it an endlessly-versatile wristwatch that does its job (and looks awfully good doing it). This watch is proof that something can remain simple and understated while still holding “icon” status.  

SHOP NOW: $44.99+ 

 

FOR THE HOMETOWN HERO: AMERICAN DOCUMENTS WATCH (TW2R82700US) 

Just like our very first mantel clocks, 165 years ago, our American Documents® collection layers American ingenuity and craftsmanship with European precision to create a truly amazing timepiece. This American-made watch is drop forged in US-sourced stainless steel and hand finished to a brushed satin with a highly polished top ring. The Gorilla® Glass 3 protects the white sub-second dial and gold-plated Swiss movement with its high resistance to scratches and sharp content damage. The rich black leather strap is made with American hides by American craftsmen. And right down to the details, the “Aged Waterbury Brass” case back coin and crown insert honor our original stamped brass clocks from 1854. Each American Documents™ watch arrives in a solid cherry wood case that is hand rubbed to a natural finish. An inlaid magnetic closure and brass hinges secure the felt-lined custom setting for the rare occasions when the watch is not being worn. 

SHOP NOW: $495 

 

FOR THE TRADITIONALIST: WATERBURY TRADITIONAL AUTOMATIC (TW2T69600ZV) 

We applied a new movement to an old favorite. Ticking inside is a tried-and-true 21 jewel automatic movement for a more accurate, longer lasting timepiece. Powered by your motion as you wear the watch, the movement can store a maximum 40 hours of energy. If motionless longer than 40 hours, wind the watch using the crown until you feel resistance, set it and place the watch back on your wrist where every motion will provide energy for the movement. The stainless-steel case is complemented by its black dial and black croco-pattern natural leather strap. Like our craftsmanship and commitment to our heritage, some things are just automatic. 

SHOP NOW: $249 

 

 

FOR THE TOOL-WATCH GUY: NAVI XL AUTOMATIC (TW2U38200ZV) 

Our best inspiration is always found while searching our archives. Our Navi XL Automatic brings together the design of our earliest dive watches and a highly reliable modern 21-jewel automatic movement, so your watch keeps ticking as long as you keep moving. Powered by your motion, the movement has a 40-hour power reserve and can also be wound with the crown. The stainless-steel case with a rotating top ring, blue dial and stainless-steel mesh bracelet provide a modern take on this vintage design. 

SHOP NOW: $269