Valentine’s Gift Guide

This Valentine’s Day, give a gift that will last. The Timex Collection is full of excellent watch gifting ideas for him and her. A watch is the type of gift the recipient will wear often and provide a constant reminder of how special you are.

Timex offers men’s and women’s watches in a variety of styles that make for great Valentine’s gifts. From chronographs to crystals, we have the right watch to tell someone how much you care.

For Her

Valentine’s Day is an important holiday and you certainly don’t want to miss the chance to impress the woman you care about. Mom’s, wives and girlfriends deserve a gift that is thoughtful and can be worn year-round.

Timex suggest the following:

Crystal Opulence with Swarovski® Crystals

A timepiece with a bold outlook on life, the Crystal Opulence watch features a gold-tone case and a blue dial with innovative crystal fabric made of tiny cut premium Swarovski® crystals that complement the blue leather strap for a unique look that is elegantly beautiful.

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Fairfield Mesh Band Watch

Pairing our minimalist design with a rich gold-tone case and fluid stainless steel mesh band creates a watch that is tastefully free of complications. Water-resistant to 30 meters with INDIGLO® night-light, the Fairfield Mesh Band is a stunningly simply watch that is perfect for both formal and casual occasions.

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For Him

This Valentine’s Day we’ve selected two of our favorite chronograph watches that make terrific gifts.

Allied Chronograph Fabric Strap

A classic field chronograph rugged enough for the field but also ideal for casual wear, this timepiece will be a welcome addition to any man’s watch collection. Featuring a fabric strap, date window and water-resistant to 100 meters, the Allied Chronograph is capable of handling whatever life throws its way.

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Waterbury Linear Chronograph Leather Strap

We’ve given a not-so-traditional twist to our traditional Waterbury case. Our proprietary Intelligent Quartz™ linear chronograph movement adds a compelling complication to the burgundy stainless steel case and dial. This stylish Waterbury Linear chronograph watch features a date window, leather strap and is water-resistant to 50 meters.

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Shop the Timex collection to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.


Timex and Todd Snyder Release the Mid-Century Day/Date Watch

Timex xTodd Snyder and Timex collaborate again, this time producing the vintage-inspired Mid-Century Day/Date watch. A relationship that has seen many successful launches including the Peanuts collection, the Mod and the Blackjack, Timex and Todd Snyder continue to embody classic Americana along with a contemporary approach to quality workmanship.

Introduced at Todd Snyder’s show during New York’s Fashion Week Men’s on Monday, February 4th, the Mid-Century timepiece gets another step closer to Todd’s quest for a watch that will typify men’s style.

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“I’m always in search for the ultimate gentlemen’s watch,” Todd says. “The Mid-Century is inspired by a vintage 70’s look that can be worn with formal or casual attire. It looks just as good with a suit as it does with a plain white t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans.”

While he often draws new project ideas by digging through the extensive archive of Timex watches, this idea came from a chance encounter.

“I was traveling in Europe and had a meeting with someone from the Timex team, and he was wearing the coolest old Timex with a day/date feature,” he says. “I liked it so much I took it right off his wrist and used it as the starting point for the Mid-Century. This watch is definitely one of my personal favorites.”

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Unlike other Timex X Todd Snyder watches, the Mid-Century is not a re-issue but a new watch based on an original.

“From concept to finish, the process for this watch took almost two years,” he says. “It’s a new case and a new dial. Also, including the day/date element added a level of complexity to the process.”

The Todd Snyder + Timex Mid-Century timepiece is packed with vintage-inspired character and functional features. While the original was an automatic with chrome plated bezel, the new version is upgraded with a stainless-steel case and day/date quartz movement for improved accuracy. It’s styled with a handsome leather strap from S.B. Foot Tanning Co. and detailed with distinctive contrast stitching. The Mid-Century is crafted with the same domed acrylic crystal as the original, for an iconic timepiece that evokes the past while meeting today’s exacting standards.

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“With this watch, I wanted to capture that mid-century aesthetic”, he says. “I wanted a simple and clean look that would appeal to men of all ages and carry an air of elegance and sophistication.”

Available exclusively at the Todd Snyder flagship store on Madison Square Park in New York and on Toddsnyder.com, the Mid-Century Day/Date is the next step in a fruitful relationship between fashion design and watchmaking ingenuity.

“I look at my work with Timex as a fun journey,” he says. “Timex has been a part of my life since I can remember and now I want to help introduce this important brand to a new generation.”


Strap-o-logy

timex strapsIf there’s one thing consumers want today it is options. The generation known as Millennials have made it clear that variety and customization are very important in their decision making. At Timex, we take great pride in our watchmaking expertise as well as our ability to offer consumers choices when it comes to watch straps. Our strap shop allows you to refresh your watch look with endless possibilities.

When shopping for replacement straps, there are several factors to keep in mind: the type of strap, the material and the size.

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In the Timex strap shop, you’ll find quick-release and slip-thru straps. Quick-release straps feature our traditional two-piece straps with a simple, quick-release spring bar that allows you to change your strap without any tools. These straps are available in 18mm, 20mm and 22mm size straps. The other type of strap is called slip-thru and is available in single and double layers. Slip-thru straps are available in 16mm, 18mm and 20mm strap sizes.

Once you’ve selected the type of strap, you can then decide on the material you want for your accessory or replacement watch strap. Choose from bold fabrics, crafted leather, steel bracelets and silicone and resin.

Fabric straps feature a spectrum of colors including blue, green, black and pink as well as stripes and patterns to match your personal style.

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Natural leather is a popular choice in watch straps and our real leather straps form to your wrist and soften with wear. From traditional black and tan leather to burgundy croco pattern straps, you’ll find terrific leather watch straps that offer a classic look to any watch style.

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For a dramatic change to the look of your favorite watch, stainless steel in either bracelet or mesh band is a great choice. Great for achieving a sporty look, or to create a more formal appearance, stainless steel in black, gold-tone or silver-tone instantly upgrades the look and feel of your watch.

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Another option for a strap material is silicone and resin. Soft and comfortable, these straps are made to resist the elements and provide the wearer with a comfortable strap that is ideal for outdoor and sport activities.

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The last thing you need to do is determine the size of strap you need. This is easily done by measuring the distance in millimeters between the lugs on your watch case.

The Timex strap stop also has a replacement strap program that helps you find replacement straps for popular Timex styles including Expedition® and IRONMAN®. And if you need assistance, simply use the Shop the Strap Finder for a step-by-step guide that will match you up with the perfect watch strap.


5 Reasons to Wear a Digital Watch

Sleek, sporty and always ready to go, digital watches are the multi-feature, tech-savvy versions of their analog counterparts. Ideal for active watch wearers, digital timepieces have the features to suit high-energy, on-the-go lifestyles.

Is it time to upgrade your active lifestyle with a modern timekeeping companion? Consider these five benefits when deciding if a digital watch is right for you:

1. Track your workout
How many steps did you walk today? Have you made it to the first mile marker yet? Is it time to start the next move? A digital watch has all the answers. With the ability to record time elapsed and distance traveled, digital watches make it easy to track your workouts. Whether you run every day or spend hours in the gym, your digital watch can track your progress and help you set goals to keep improving.

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2. Check your heart rate
Some digital watches can also monitor your heart rate. This feature is especially ideal for runners or those who want to track cardio-heavy workouts. You can also store the data and check the history of your pulse scores to compare results.

Plus, with digital time and data display, digital watches can be easier to read than analog watches while in motion. This display allows you to steal a quick glance at the time or your heart rate when you’re on the move while the high-tech features record your progress as you go. Light-up watch dials mean this easy reading continues even when the sun goes down.

3. Cross the finish line
Coupled with the ability to track physical activity, lightweight construction and easy-on-the-wrist materials digital watches are the perfect companions for any sport. If you’re playing for a team, coaching the players, training for a marathon or triathlon, competing professionally or using recreational sports as an entertaining way to stay in shape, you’re the perfect candidate for a digital watch.

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4. Get outdoors
More than an athlete’s preferred wristwatch, digital timepieces can also support adventure-seeking spirits who love exploring the outdoors. Features such as weather, water and shock resistance, compass and GPS, customizable alarms and reflector displays mean digital watches are dependable and practical companions for anything from hiking to camping to snorkeling. Plus, digital watches keep working even when there isn’t enough service for your smartphone to pull up directions.

5. Never stop going
As some of the most durable timepieces out there, digital watches can handle nearly anything. You can focus on your performance, never worrying about whether or not your watch will get damaged as you race to the finish line or scale the side of a mountain.

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If you’re ready to go the distance, check out the IRONMAN® GPS collection to find the timepiece that’s prepared to keep up with you. With features like customizable alarms, countdown timers, water and shock resistance and INDIGLO® light-up dials, Timex digital sports watches will also check all the boxes as you search for your timekeeping partner in adventure.


3 Features to Love About the Timex® Marlin® Watch

As a faithful update to a beloved 1960s Timex watch, the Marlin® is the kind of timepiece that looks like you inherited it from Grandpa but shines like brand new. Its vintage-inspired appeal is for the old souls who appreciate the beauty of the past, while its modern construction is made for today’s wrist.

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Here are the features that make the Timex Marlin such a distinctive and refined watch:

1. Fresh take on 1960s design
The updated Timex Marlin looks at ease as you turn up the energetic tunes of “The Twist,” tighten your tie and get ready for a night on the town, yet feels just as comfortable when you pull out your smartphone to book your shared ride. As a genuine vintage-inspired watch revival, the Marlin is true to its predecessors, seamlessly blending the 1960s feel into the modern watch wearer’s world.

The stainless-steel case and silver sunray dial mirror the original design, with a brushed effect that has a creamy, champagne hue when the light catches it. Stick dial markings alternate with stylized Arabic numerals, a trending look during the 1960s. The result is a modern watch with a classic, sophisticated appeal that upholds the Timex heritage.

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2. Back to mechanical movement
A sincere tribute to the past, the modern Timex Marlin features the same reliable, hand-wound mechanical movement as the original. This vintage-inspired watch movement requires fine craftsmanship and routine winding by the wearer. You’ll want to wind the watch until you feel resistance on the crown, repeating this step daily so the watch doesn’t stop. The Marlin’s manual movement makes it easy to wind whether you’re holding the timepiece or wearing it on your wrist. As your watch keeps time, you’ll hear the characteristic ticking of mechanical movement.

3. Genuine, beautiful materials
As with any Timex watch, the Marlin is made with durable, high-quality materials. The glossy genuine leather strap comes in true black, complete with a textured lizard grain pattern to match the Marlin’s polished, vintage-inspired look. When you’re feeling a change, you can easily swap out the strap with another 18 mm leather band. The Timex Marlin is also water-resistant, which means this timepiece can withstand inevitable run-ins with rainy weather or splashes of water.

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The watch is housed in a 34 mm polished stainless-steel case, topped with domed acrylic crystal. The case is almost identical to the original, aside from the higher-grade finishing of a modern timepiece. While smaller than many modern watches for men, this case size is period appropriate and also gives the watch a gender neutral appeal. (Couples watches, anyone?)

With that, say hello to your new vintage-inspired watch. The Timex Marlin pairs the purity, precision and pleasure of a hand-wound mechanical movement with the timeless refinement of sleek design. You can channel suave, 50s ad agency vibes as you head to the office, party or dinner date with this sophisticated updated timepiece.


Holiday Gifts for Watch Lovers

Is it against their nature to leave the house without a watch on their wrist? Do they have a timepiece for every occasion? Could they explain the inner workings of watches without relying on an internet search? Sounds like you have a watch lover on your hands.

With the holidays ahead, treat them to the watch gifts that speak to their love for timekeeping companions. Here’s what to buy for the watch connoisseurs on your list:

The vintage-inspired reissue
For watch lovers with a taste for vintage timepieces, head straight to the Marlin collection. The sleek mid-century design is available in the hand-wound mechanical movement for connoisseurs who will appreciate a timepiece in its original form. You can also choose an automatic movement model for contemporary watch wearers.

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The sporty companion
Designed to keep up with active lifestyles, the Ironman® collection is the way to go for those who love digital watches made for adventures. Features such as alarms, timers, stopwatches, light-up dials and high water resistance make these timepieces ideal for watch lovers with an athletic side. The Expedition® collection also comprises utility watches that are as sleek and sophisticated as they are bold and durable.

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The custom timepiece
Even if your watch connoisseur has an extensive collection, there’s one watch they don’t already own: A customized timepiece with a personal engraving. With My Timex, you can design your own watch, choosing the dial, case and strap colors and materials. If that’s a tad overwhelming, we have some combinations to inspire your own design. Add a unique message or simply include the recipient’s initials on the back of the case for a watch that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

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The double duty
Along with watches, do they have a soft spot for Snoopy? You’re in luck because the Timex x Peanuts collection features watch face and strap designs that include lovable Peanuts characters. If they’re also an avid sports follower, shop our fan shop to select a timepiece featuring their team’s logo. Timex Co_Labs watches are created in partnership with other designers, making them exclusive timepieces that may complement your watch enthusiast’s style perfectly.

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The curated set
Check out our watch gift sets for both men and women for everything they’ll love in a holiday gift. The sets come with a watch and an extra strap, all wrapped in a sleek box that’s ready for giving.

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The add-ons
Take your watch gifts above and beyond with the accessories to match. Visit our strap shop to browse fabric, leather, stainless steel and silicone options. Choose a few straps that match their Timex watch so they can switch up the look depending on mood, outfit, season or occasion. You can also gift them a watch cabinet or specialized case to house their precious timepieces. Cleaning and repair kits are also great stocking stuffers for your watch enthusiast. For those who are always on-the-go, consider watch travel case and cleaning sets

Perfectly tuned to their appreciation for high-quality and good-looking timepieces, these gifts for watch lovers are sure to please this holiday season.


Rise of Unisex Watches

With the rise of unisex fashion, the gender divide between clothing and accessory options is slowing fading away. When it comes to watches, women shouldn’t be confined to smaller watch faces and dainty straps. In fact, many women prefer men’s watches to those designed specifically for female wearers, making it an accepted and growing trend.

As we see unisex styles continue to permeate the fashion world, women should no longer feel obligated to follow traditional watch-wearing rules. Many watch brands are even releasing more gender-neutral designs for unisex watches made for any wearer.
The idea is to choose the watch that catches your eye and suits your preferences, regardless of who the designer originally intended to wear it.

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Why do many women prefer wearing men’s watches?

Many women are drawn to men’s watches because of the statement that the larger watch faces make in comparison to the traditionally petite designs of women’s timepieces. The bolder lines and thicker bands also provide a striking contrast to more feminine clothing or jewelry.

Women who are drawn to vintage watch styles may also gravitate toward men’s watches, as watch brands tended to focus primarily on men’s collections in the past. This classic feel of a men’s watch also gives these timepieces a universal appeal.

Women wearing men’s watches is not necessarily a new trend, as many female celebrities have been known to sport classic men’s designs over the years. Additionally, menswear-inspired fashion trends began to adopt “boyfriend” in the labeling, such as the loose-fitting boyfriend jean cut. While boyfriend watches often have the sporty and chunky feel that’s more characteristic of a men’s watch, they are still designed with women wearers in mind. Unisex watches, on the other hand, are designed more so for any kind of wearer and serve as a welcome response to so many women preferring men’s designs.

What are the Timex picks?
If you’re looking to don a watch without a defined gender identity, consider these Timex options:

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MK1™ California
We gave our classic military-inspired timepiece a West Coast upgrade with bold pops of color. With six color combinations to choose from, this unisex watch has an aluminum case and fabric strap for a lightweight feel and all-day comfort.

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Fairfield
The minimalist design and clean lines of the Fairfield Chronograph 41mm Leather Strap Watch make this timepiece perfect for anyone who wants a modern watch that complements virtually anything in their closet. The strap is also easily interchangeable to switch up the watch look for any mood, outfit or occasion

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Weekender®
This collection of casual timepieces features plenty of style and color options to suit any watch wearer’s preferences.

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MyTimex
If you already have your ideal timepiece in mind, consider designing your own watch with MyTimex. Start by choosing your favorite model, and then you have free reign to select your dial design, case color and strap material.

In the spirit of unisex watches and gender-neutral fashion trends, you can embark on your watch search without any limitations on the design that’s right for you.


Top 5 Boyfriend Watches for 2018

You’ve mastered the boyfriend jeans and oversized button-down style, but does your wrist companion match the look? The boyfriend watch is a timepiece designed to wear large for a confident and edgy finish. Far from delicate, these durable watches are made to keep up with your bold ambitions and go-getter spirit.
Here’s this year’s top-watch list for boyfriend watches:

1. Fairfield
The Fairfield Chronograph 41mm Leather Strap Watch makes a sleek statement on your wrist, designed with minimalist Bauhaus influences. While a multifunction chronograph watch, it’s still tastefully simple, complete with the sophisticated detailing of the perforated leather band. Choose from the suave all-black timepiece or the tan strap with a contrasting white watch face for a bold yet neutral accessory. Either will get along with the rest of your closet, making the Fairfield an ideal everyday watch.

2. Weekender®
Designed to easily change the straps to match seasons, moods and looks, the Weekender® Chronograph makes managing versatile watch styles an effortless endeavor. Plus, when you get the Weekender Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap Watch Gift Set, you’ll already have two straps to wear: one smooth and sophisticated leather band and another casual and comfortable fabric strap, both complete with durable clasps and buckles that complement the watch case. And when you’re ready for more, we have plenty of Weekender straps to choose from.

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3. Southview
Premium style meets precise craftsmanship in a timepiece that features modern design and multi-function movement. The Southview Multifunction 41mm Leather Strap Watch evokes a distinguished style that complements your office looks, weekend denim and even your evening glitz. Choose from a sleek black genuine leather strap with a silver-tone case or go for a pop of rich color with a blue strap contrasted by a white face and silver-tone dial. Alternatively, meet in the middle with a neutral tan strap and rich blue watch face, complete with a two-tone dial and case.

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4. Expedition®
If you’re an outdoor adventure seeker, the Expedition Scout Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap may be just the boyfriend watch for you. It has the rugged aesthetic to match your hiking boots and adventurous spirit, plus features an INDIGLO® night-light, sports stopwatch with 30 lap memory, countdown timer, customizable alarm and water resistance up to 100 meters for easy, no-nonsense timekeeping and activity tracking. It’s a well-crafted, trusty companion that’s always up for an escapade.

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5. Miami
If you love a stainless steel timepiece with a hint of glamor, the Miami 38mm Bracelet Watch will suit your style. Swarovski crystals add a welcome touch of shimmer to the watch case, while an adjustable stainless-steel bracelet keeps up the shiny, sophisticated look. Also available in gold and duo tones, the Miami watch is ready to take on the day – and of course the night.

Bold lines and large watch faces are no longer exclusive to men’s fashion. Wear your watch your way with the boyfriend watch that suits your style and flair.


Choose a Watch: Weekend Edition

Are you ready for the weekend? Or maybe the more accurate question: Is it Friday yet? As you start prepping for a couple of days of exciting plans, the ideal wristwatch can help you look the part no matter what your schedule entails.

Here’s how to choose a watch that’s ideal for your cherished days off:

Starting with the type of watch

You’ve certainly got the weekend on your mind – but have you also thought about the type of watch you’re looking to buy? Tough, sleek and polished with the best of fitness tracking features, sports watches are one way to go – perfect for those who spend their weekends exploring the outdoors or working on their gains at the gym. Dress watches stand the test of time when it comes to dates and celebrations, while casual timepieces suit relaxed weekend plans like brewery tours or moseying around downtown. Maybe one of each? Who knows where the weekend will take you.

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Choosing weekend-ready materials

While watch strap and case materials are often a personal preference, there are certain factors that may help you narrow your decision. If budget is at the top of your mind, remember that watch prices vary by the type and quality of materials. As far as aesthetics go, many watch wearers tend to reserve their leather bands for the work week and take out watches with casual fabric straps for laid-back weekend activities. In the spirit of having a new watch for every weekend adventure, you may want to choose one that offers interchangeable straps. That way, you can stick with the same watch face yet switch up the entire look by simply trading out the wristband. This is also a nifty way to transition a watch from weekdays to Friday night and beyond.

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Fancying additional features

If you’re loading up the coolers and heading out for a weekend by the pool or on the boat, you’ll want a water-resistant timepiece that can withstand the splashes. When you plan to be out late, light-up watch dials make it easy to check the time after the sun goes down. Weekend travelers may be inclined to opt for time zone and date features to keep track of their journeys. Regardless of the features you want, it helps to narrow your search with your must-haves in mind.

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Complementing your weekend style

Many of us take advantage of the weekend to wear the items in our wardrobes that don’t quite fit the office requirements. Depending on what’s on the books, you’re free to wear anything from your favorite casual denim with the distressed finishes to your snazzier looks for a night on the town. Keep this in mind when shopping for your weekend watch, thinking about what you would wear for your weekend plans and looking for the timepiece to complement those looks.

Finding the ideal weekend companion

Named after everyone’s favorite days of the week, the Timex Weekender® is casual yet refined, simple yet fun and just as ready for the weekend as you are. Plus, you can easily change the straps for that versatile timepiece your assorted weekend plans demand.


How to Buy a Watch for Your Child

How old were you when you started donning a timekeeping companion? Do you remember who gave it to you? What color was it? A kid’s first watch can be a pretty big deal, as it feels like a symbolic transition into adulthood – and a great way to show off time-telling skills.

Now it’s your turn to gift your favorite little ones their first watch. To gear up younger generations to value the versatility of wristwatches, you can share your appreciation for quality timepieces with your kids. Whether it’s your own children, younger siblings, nieces or nephews, here’s what to consider when buying kids watches:

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Finding the right time
What’s the perfect age for a child’s first watch? It usually coincides with when they’re learning to read clocks and beginning to understand the concept of time. According to Scholastic, time begins to become less abstract around age 5, when kindergarten students begin to interact with calendars and clocks in the classroom. However, Parents Magazine pointed out that while they begin to grasp hours, minutes and seconds, kids often don’t master reading an analog clock until around 7 or 8. As such, any time after their fifth birthday is typically a good time to introduce them to their first timepiece, but there’s nothing wrong with getting them started even earlier.

Choosing between digital and analog
Much like the difference between automatic and manual cars, digital watches are inherently easier to read than analog clocks. However, that doesn’t dismiss the importance of traditional time-telling skills. Analog watches for kids are a great learning opportunity, helping them master basic mathematical concepts. As such, you may want to consider sticking with analog for their first watch, allowing them to master traditional time-telling before getting them a digital one.

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Prioritizing kid-friendly features
While watches may make them feel like grown-ups, they still need a watch that’s tough enough to handle active lifestyles and curious minds. Number one on your list of kid-friendly features should be water-resistance. That way, washing hands, running in the sprinklers or spilling drinks won’t be cause for tears when their watch stops working. The best watches for kids also have adjustable watch straps, perfect for growing bodies. Washable strap materials, such as nylon, are even better for combating inevitable messes. Easy-to-read and light-up dials are also a welcome bonus as they support their increasing time-telling skills, while fun graphics and bright colors often capture the imaginations of little ones.

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At Timex, we know that even the most well-intentioned kids are bound to encounter watch troubles. That’s why we offer a 100% worry-free replacement plan for Timex kids watches in the event that theirs is lost or broken. When you choose Timex kids watches, you can also download our free app, developed with Scholastic, which allows your kids to practice and understand time-telling with their watches and within the engaging world of the Timex Time Machines™ app.

Selecting the perfect styles
Modern watchmakers create fantastical designs your kids will love, featuring many of their favorite colors, animals and characters. At Timex, you can choose from kids watches with strap patterns like colorful stripes, unicorns, sharks, flowers, underwater characters and sports symbols. Select styles even have colorful dial markings and rotating graphics. Spend some time online with your child, letting them help you choose their first watch. If it’s a surprise, trust your best judgment. No one knows your little guys and gals like you do.

Keep these considerations in mind when buying a watch for your child, and watch them fall in love with their timepiece.

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