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).”

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

In The Field: This Lost Ironman Watch Survived an Alaskan Winter

“I would like to tell someone my Timex Ironman story. I lost it and found it one year later, after snow, rain and -40 degrees, in Alaska.” – Julie Hanauer

Julie Hanauer hesitates to call herself a homesteader. But by the textbook definition, she’s pretty close; she supports herself and her two children largely on home-grown food, relying on large garden plots, hunting, fishing and a smattering of small farm animals. And this, mind you, isn’t in the middle of Wisconsin or upstate New York. This is a few miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, in the Denali foothills.

But the point of this narrative isn’t the Hanauer family’s official status as homesteaders or locavores or even Alaskans, although those are all compelling parts of their story. The point is that in this environment a Timex was worn, lost, then found and worn again after spending an entire year exposed in one of the harshest environments of the North American continent.

“YOU’RE NOT GUARANTEED ANYTHING FROM THE LAND IN ALASKA.”

The watch in question is a Timex Ironman purchased in the mid-2000s. It first came into Julie’s possession during her husband’s U.S. Air Force assignment when the family was living in the United Kingdom. To her, the watch embodied a few specific qualities — it was simple, tough and reliable without totally lacking the dose of femininity she wanted for her wrist.

I WAS SO HAPPY AND I WAS AMAZED IT WAS STILL WORKING! NO BATTERY ISSUES, NO MOISTURE INSIDE.”

While still living in the UK, Julie remembers, she wore the watch on a hiking trip around eastern Europe. When her husband had completed his British assignment the family had their pick of locations, and Julie suggested Alaska; she had lived there for a summer in the mid-1980s working for a fishing company, and had fallen in love with the extremity of it, the ruggedness of the landscape. So to Alaska the Hanauers went, purchasing a parcel of land out where — on the clearest days, through gaps in the trees — they could see Mt. Denali.

“It’s just me and the kids now,” Julie said when we spoke on the phone at the end of August 2019. “We do pretty well for ourselves. We have 38 acres here – goats, pigs, geese, chickens, even bees. Plus plots for all kinds of vegetables.” She said between the bartering she does with other locals, guided hunts for moose and deer, and fishing, the small family’s needs are pretty well met without much store-bought food. “You have to do what you can for yourself here,” Julie said. “You’re not guaranteed anything from the land in Alaska.”

And this talk about local sustenance brings us, finally, back to the watch.

“We were out berry picking,” Julie said, “and for whatever reason, I don’t remember why, I took off the watch and set it down on the hood of our car. And then when we got home later, I was looking for the watch – it never really occurred to me what I’d done, besides that I’d misplaced it.”

It wasn’t until exactly one year later, on her family’s annual visit to that same four-acre berry patch, that Julie spotted something in the tall grass. Of all the places she could have chosen to park the vehicle and walk into the multi-acre patch of berry bushes, she’d unwittingly chosen the exact spot where the watch had first been lost. And that’s where she looked down and saw it, still ticking, waiting for her to pick it up and put it back on her wrist.

“I was so happy,” Julie said, “and I was amazed it was still working! No battery issues, no moisture inside. I loved that watch – even when the battery had died after the first several years of use, and I didn’t understand how to fix it, my husband tried to gift me a different watch and I insisted we fix the one I had. I don’t like replacing stuff; I like things I can rely on.”

With her waste-not-want-not mentality, plus the watch’s proven ability to handle extreme temperatures and water exposure for weeks on end, it’s safe to assume Julie will be wearing her Timex through all conditions for a long, long time to come. What’s a little rain and snow, anyway?

SHOP OUR TIMEX IRONMAN COLLECTION HERE.

Meet Our M79 Automatic

Nearly a year after we first reintroduced the Q Timex collection with our Q Timex 1979 Reissue, we present the Timex M79 Automatic. This latest watch is something entirely new, even though it may look familiar; where the “Q” in Q Timex indicated a quartz-powered watch, this “M” labeling signifies the mechanical movement at the heart of the M79.

This watch holds the same shape that defined our earlier Q Timex watch, with hidden lugs and a rotating bezel. This time, however, that bezel is of the ratcheting unidirectional variety, and since there’s no battery involved, there’s no functional battery hatch in the case back. When you flip this new watch over, you’ll see instead an exhibition case back that displays the self-winding movement within, a stunning array of levers, gears, springs and jeweled pivot points, all working together to track the passage of time.

By combining key design elements of our much-loved Q Timex 1979 Reissue with a workhorse automatic movement, we’re delivering something that squarely addresses the renaissance sweeping the watch industry today: a return to automatic and mechanical watchmaking, and a real appreciation for timepieces with presence, soul and character.

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THE BEST WATCH GIFTS FOR THE 2019 HOLIDAY SEASON

Here at Timex, we’re proud to offer a massive range of watches — they come at prices ranging from wildly accessible to splurge-worthy, and every watch is packed with value and style to spare. Shop our full gift guide below, or shop all our watches from our homepage.

THROWBACK WATCHES

 

Q Timex Reissue Falcon Eye – $179
Timex T80 34mm – $59
Timex x Todd Snyder Beekman – $168

 

AUTOMATIC WATCHES

 

Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic – $450
Navi XL Automatic – $269
Marlin Automatic 40mm – $249

 

MILITARY WATCHES

 

MK1 36mm – $75
Timex x Todd Snyder Military Watch – $138
Timex Navi Depth 38mm – $138

 

CHRONOGRAPHS

 

Waterbury Traditional Chronograph – $159
Weekender™ Chrono Oversize – $65
Fairfield Chrono Mesh – $129

 

ATHLETIC WATCHES

 

Command Urban 47mm – $99
Ironman Original 30 Shock – $67
Ironman Transit 40mm – $50

 

DRESS WATCHES

 

Marlin Hand-Wound 34mm – $199
American Documents 41mm – $495
Fairfield Mesh 41mm – $99

 

OUTDOOR WATCHES

 

Expedition Scout 40mm – $60
Command Shock 54mm – $99
Navi Harbor 38mm – $135

 

FOR THE SPORTS FAN

 

New England Patriots – $60
Top Brass Detroit Red Wings Edition – $120
MLB World Series Champs – Nationals – $65

Q Timex Reissue Falcon Eye: Adding to Our Heritage-Inspired Lineup

Lightning doesn’t (usually) strike twice, and we didn’t want to just run an old formula again, but we knew after the runaway success of that first Q Timex Reissue watch that we wanted to give our fans more of what they loved. That meant going back to the same source again, where we did indeed find another great watch in our archives, waiting to be reborn as the Q Timex Reissue Falcon Eye.

This new watch boasts all the features of its original version, which we debuted in 1978. It’s been carefully considered and executed, from the period-correct woven stainless steel bracelet and fully functional battery hatch to its two-tone case, luminescent paint and electric blue striated-pattern dial. The watch is finished with an interplay of brushed and polished surfaces that further demonstrate attention to detail and focus on quality, invoking the ’70s in a way that’s absolutely ready to be worn today.

Esquire writer Jonathan Evans agrees with our lean into the past, and thinks it’s a great blend of vintage and modern, a demonstration of us taking pride in recreating the period-specific details. “That’s why there’s a domed acrylic crystal, a woven stainless steel bracelet, and even a functional battery hatch on the back. It’s also the reason for the luminous dial-markers, and the reason those markers are gold,” Evans says. “But, like I said, not everything about the ’70s was perfect. The Falcon Eye ups the build quality, and brings 50 meters of water resistance into the mix, as well. So it’s even better the second time around.”

With its refined sensibility and period-specific panache, this watch takes its place next to its sibling in the Q Timex lineup to expand our story for a whole new era. Get yours before they’re all gone.

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Our High-Flying Collaboration with Alpha Industries

Alpha Industries started as a small clothing manufacturer based in Knoxville, Tennessee; the company won its first contract with the United States Department of Defense in 1959 for production of a super-warm Air Force parka, and continued to supply the US military with outerwear in the decades that followed.

The company, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, now produces apparel for the civilian sector that’s both stylish and effective at warding off the elements. But the Alpha Industries’ legacy of designing and making military-spec gear is carried on in the DNA of everything Alpha Industries does.


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That impressive heritage made Alpha a perfect match for our high standards and traditional watchmaking roots at Timex. The resulting design of this collaborative watch leans heavily into military-inspired styling to produce something with a wealth of purpose-tested details, plus a wearing experience that’s mindful of modern needs.

The watch case is made of aluminum with a matte black PVD coating, featuring a sturdy woven strap in olive green drab with orange contrast stitching, plus a black PVD buckle and fastening loops. As for the dial, a riff on our classic MK1 design, luminous hands and hour markers and a high-contrast seconds hand tie the design back to Timex’s own heritage in function-forward watchmaking.

Shop the new Timex x Alpha Industries and learn more about the collab by visiting the product page.