I’ve been afraid that as my appreciation and knowledge for fine watches deepens that I’d forget about some of the little guys that got me so excited about horology in the first place, like Seiko, Orient and Citizen. Two times in my watch collecting life, I’ve noticed that, thankfully, that isn’t true yet. The first time was about a year ago when I needed a watch to run with. Before I got into the whole Garmin Forerunner thing (a post for another time), I gravitated toward a Timex Ironman. Classic, reliable, and reminiscent of my childhood since I wore the same Timex Ironman for several years throughout elementary and middle school. It reminded me of simpler times before column wheels and escapements complicated everything.
The Timex Weekender is my second experience that makes me feel like I’ll never lose that child-like wonder for a good, affordable and simple piece. This watch caught my eye the second I saw it posted on a watch blog and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. At $30, I kept telling myself I’d hate it and it was just an impulse purchase to be avoided at all costs. But it keep nagging at me until, months later, I bought it from Amazon. I purchased model #T2N654 with the cream dial and the navy strap.
I love it.
The cream dial is the most legible dial I own, no question, protected by a flat mineral crystal. When you combine this with a polished chrome-plated stainless steel case, you really end up with a sharp look that’s a step or two above most affordable quartz military inspired watches. A good comparison would be the Swiss Army Original watch, which, although classic, I don’t think is as handsome as this. Sized at 38mm x 9mm, it’s not going to turn heads and it’s not going to get in the way, which I think makes it a good watch for, well, the weekend. I’m not sure I’d recommend it as a beater watch because I honestly think its looks and finish can command a more respectable spot in a collector’s rotation, but it is cheap enough to replace easily if you want to go that route. It’s also only 30m water resistant, which is likely enough for around the house, but I don’t think I’d jump in a lake with this guy strapped to my wrist.
Since I purchased an Omega Speedmaster Professional in February this year, I’m warming up to the clean, symmetrical look of a dial without a date window. And if you’ve got this thing on during vacation or the weekend, who gives a damn what the date is, right?
The Indiglo dial is a novelty and contributes to perfect legibility, day or night. You should definitely check out the cream dial because the whole dial glows when you press in on the crown instead of the black dial version where there indices glow.The strap is good, but I worry it won’t fit larger wrists. I have a 7-inch (slightly less) wrist and I don’t have much room to loosen it. Luckily you can easily replace this with any 20mm NATO in a pinch.The Timex Weekender is definitely a keeper, and at $30, pick up both the black and cream dials for versatility and you can create even more combinations by picking up NATO straps at your favorite dealer.
Great Fourth of July watch!