Timex Weekender Collection (J Crew Timex Like Watches and $6 Bands)

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  1. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    I picked up two of these recently through the Timex website when they were on sale -- one for myself and one for my wife. I'm actually very impressed with my purchase. It's a decent size and I actually like the Indiglo feature. I bought the dark grey face/burgundy strap and it was exactly what I needed to round out my watch collection. My wife loves the cream face/pink band version I picked up for her. She's been wearing for the past few days straight.
     
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    Is the ticking from the clock really audible? I have a Timex Easy Reader and the ticking can get annoying sometimes.
     
  3. DC Office Hack

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    These Timex watches are silly fashion accessories. If you're going to bother buying a watch but don't want to/can't spend more than $100, buy a Seiko 5. There are a zillion versions out there in as many styles, including styles like those J. Crew Timex watches. Start at overstock and amazon, but then search out off-shore sellers on line. You can buy most of them for well under $100. Put it on any strap you want. It will look great AND work for as long as you own it. Plus you score points with serious watch snobs who will acknowledge that you have a "real" watch worthy of real respect. See this article, for example:

     
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  5. pickpackpockpuck

    pickpackpockpuck Senior member

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    Haha, try again. I actually want to read the thing! Just looking at some reviews quickly, it seems the Seiko is notorious for running fast. That doesn't happen with my cheap Timex (the date runs off, but I really only need the time). Do you have a Seiko 5?
     
  6. DC Office Hack

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    Let's try again:



    If that doesn't work, I'm trying for an article at askmen.com called "The Cheapest High-End Watch." Seiko comes up a lot in the watch columns of Askmen.com. The column called "The Watch Snob" basically trashes all watches under $5k--except for Seiko.

    I don't own a Seiko 5, but I've handled one in a store and was really impressed. It feels solid. It looks great. Timex watches look and feel "chintzy" in comparison. Reviews of the 5's accuracy vary, but the consensus is that that in the vast majority of cases, it keeps very good time.

    More to the point, once upon a time I was shopping for a watch but didn't know how much money I'd have, so I tried to pick a best option for every price point. I read and read and read and was always amazed by the way the 5 was described even by serious watch enthusiasts. It owns the sub-$100 end of the market and arguably the sub-$200 as well, although then it's competing with sister Seikos like the SKX-007, which use the same movement. Move up toward $500, and Seikos are still dominant players (the SARB series with the 6R15 movement is fantastic), although at that point you can also find good offerings from Hamilton, Tissot, Christopher Ward, etc.. Plus, once you're past $200 you can find lots of yummy second-hand and vintage options. $200 can probably get you a sweet used Hamilton Khaki auto. For not much more you can get a vintage Omega. But if $60-80 is all you can spend, it's a no-brainer.

    The only reason to buy a Timex is because at this point it's become something of a fashion trend. Or because you can't afford the $60-80 it takes to get a Seiko 5. If the latter's the case, save up. If the former's the case, well, that's sad.

    Do some googling, and you'll see that there's a 5 for almost every taste. Dress. Pilot. Field. Dive. Etc. They come in different case sizes and with different WR ratings. By and large their straps and bracelets are unimpressive, but on line you'll find some great pics of 5s with after-market straps ranging from cheap NATOs to leather straps that cost many times the price of the watch itself.
     
  7. pickpackpockpuck

    pickpackpockpuck Senior member

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    Sounds good. Thanks, man. I'm actually looking for a new cheap watch that will look good and hold up (I'm not an expensive watch sort of guy), so this sounds perfect. I think I'll pick one up.
     
  8. Texastyle

    Texastyle Senior member

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    Is that the weekender? The ones I'm finding online look a little different.
     
  9. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    ^That is one of them. There are a bunch of models.
    I picked up another one with some JC Penny GCs from last Christmas.
     
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    @DC Office Hack
    Whats your recommendation for a quartz watch then?
    Automatics aren't entirely suitable for everyone.
     
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    I'm not sure why an auto isn't suitable for everyone, unless you feel you require quartz accuracy, which few really do. I suppose it might be annoying to have an auto if one only wears the watch once and a while, although many autos can be hand wound (the Seiko 5s cannot be hand wound). Or, one can get a hand-wound watch. I wear one every day, and I like having to wind it every morning. Hamilton makes a nice manual field watch that can be had, cheap, second hand. I bet you can get one for $200.

    That said, Seiko quartz watches, of course, are considered rock solid, and Seiko makes so many variations that there's bound to be one you like. They make some sweet chronographs for under $200, I think. That's what I would buy. Otherwise, I'd embrace the second-hand market and focus on scoring used quartz watches by Tissot and Hamilton. You might also snag a really nice looking Omega or Tag Heuer quartz--watches that you'd be dumb to buy new at full price. Also, a lot of people like Citizens, although aesthetically they never did much for me. One last recommendation, as crazy as this might sound, is Swatch. I don't like the toy-like looks, but they're very well made.

    Before I forget, Orient watches have a big following and seem to have a good reputation. Their Mako dive watch in particular is a favorite.
     
  12. deveandepot1

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    The thing with buying a vintage Tissot or Hamilton is that they are likely a franken. .

    If you need a vintage mechanical military like watch, I would buy a vintage Soviet model off ebay for $20-$40.

    Seiko 5s are GREAT value(I have two), but there are few that look like the Timex Weekender watches. My main problem with the Seiko 5s is that it requires a little extra work. Setting the day, date, and time won't take you more than a minute, but is a pain in the morning.
     
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    I don't mean a vintage Tissot or Hamilton but one that's only a few year's old. They show up on the sales forums at Timezone and watchuseek, as well as the "poor man's watch forum's" (pmwf.com).
     
  15. deveandepot1

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    That would be fine. They do go for about 3X as much as the TImex Weekenders.
     

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