While there’s something to be said for pricey limited-edition watches, Timex has a reputation for producing high quality time pieces that are still affordable. Go inside the Timex factory in Cebu, Philippines for a look at how they crank out so many watches, while still producing them with quality.
THE BEST Timex
Offering athletes powerful fitness features at a reasonable price, the IRONMAN R300 has fast and accurate GPS tracking, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, a sunlight-readable display, guided coaching, and is water resistant to 30 meters. Plus its battery runs for up to 25 days in smart mode and 20 hours with the GPS active.
An oversize version of Timex’s classic Weekender wristwatch. This model is set into a large 43mm case, and comes on a leather strap that’s big enough for an 8-inch wrist. It features bright Indiglo lighting, and is water-resistant to 30m. It’s a great value for everyday wear.
A sharp looking everyday timepiece with subdials for minutes, seconds, and a 30 min timer with 1/20th of a second measurements. Has a bright Indiglo night light, and is water resistant to 100 meters, making it perfect for swimming or snorkeling. We particularly like the black case with blue face.
The Timex T80 was a staple of 1980s design. Now it’s back, and updated for the 21st century. The new version is just a bit crisper looking all around, with an old-school black on grey LCD, Indiglo backlighting, alarm, date, and stopwatch functions. It’s available in a variety of metal finishes, and a special Pac-Man edition.
Featuring a design by Wood Wood, this minimal stainless steel Timex watch features an all-black color scheme with a hidden surprise. When you press its crown to illuminate its Indiglo backlight, it reminds you to get out and explore the world with the simple, but effective message “GET LOST.”
A great series of everyday wristwatches with a bargain price. Each one features a sturdy metal case, big, bold numerals, an Indiglo dial, and is water resistant to 50m. Most also have a date indicator. Available in a variety of face and strap colors, and at this price you can afford a few.
The everyday watchmaker offers a series which incorporates a pair of secondary displays for chronograph and 2nd time zone features. The resulting design gives the watches a super technical look. There’s also a sweet gunmetal edition with a dark red face on Timex’s website.
Timex infuses its classic Weekender watch with a bit of color and whimsy, offering a collection of officially-licensed Peanuts characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy. Each one features a nylon strap, an Indiglo light-up dial, and is water resistant to 30m.
We love the black, white, and blue graphics on Todd Snyder’s collab with Timex. Not only do you get the watchmaker’s famed durability and value, but an easy to read display inspired by race car gauges and the casinos of Monaco. We think they should have named it “Grand Prix.”
The Timex IQ+ Move is designed to look like a traditional analog timepiece. It tracks steps and distance, calories burned, and sleep habits, and can sync time precisely with your phone. It’s not as feature rich as other smartwatches, but we much prefer the styling of these.
Despite its name, the Weekender Chrono is the perfect value-priced everyday timepiece. It features three subdials, a date window, and Indiglo tech for nighttime reading. Available in a wide variety of face and band colors. We like the slip-through leather straps the best.
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