- Adjustable black 18 millimeter nylon Fast wrap strap with hook and look closure fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference
- White dial with date window at 3 o’clock; Full Arabic numerals
- Black 38 millimeter resin case with acrylic lens
- Indiglo light-up watch dial; luminous hands
- Water-resistant to 100 meter (330 feet): In general, suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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I have gotten the same type of watch – Timex Expedition – for probably the last 20 years. This continues to be the best watch for me. I considered a more “elegant” watch but I really lose too much with having the glow-in-the dark hands along with Indiglo. Plus it’s very rugged and I can shower or swim with it, although I like to not get mine wet. Very happy customer.
It’s just arrived… on time and as promised. Packing and delivery information were impeccable.
It works, it’s easy to adjust to the correct time and date, the Indiglo works fine. The strap is plenty long enough for my seven and a half inch wrist. I admit that being velcro it might not last for ever and I’ll fit a different one on it if need be (it’s 20mm between the lugs).
It’s light and easy to tell the time by – both in daylight and in the dark.
This is my sixth timex watch over about 30 years they have all been brilliant watches all worked fine had to change straps a few times on them I love the indigo light system lights up the watch fantastic in the dark my only problem is when the batteries die that’s usually the end of life for the watch even having new batteries installed at a jewellers don’t work for long afterwards. everyone gave up the ghost after battery died the last one came with a ten year battery guarantee only problem is I can’t remember when I bought it so I tried to install a new battery in it but getting the case back together was impossible it would not clip together again I clamped it in a vice in a g clamp eventually really walloped it with the hammer of course by then temper had got the best of me not sure how far it flew but it went a good distance hence this purchase paid roughly same price now as all those years ago this one is probably bottom of range but it works that’s all that matters the ones I normally buy are now in the £50-60 bracket never been an expensive time piece person if it tells the time what more does one need
This watch is bright, light, tough and accurate. The hands glow for nighttime reading, the light makes the entire face visible. I’ve only had it in water a few feet deep but I expect it’ll be WR to far deeper than that (I’ve had several Timex Expeditions. All were waterproof as deep as I ever took them). The only minor aggravation is the buckle on the strap: it’s a struggle threading the strap through the buckle. I golf with this on, paddle board, mow, chain saw, bike, etc. A good everyday watch.
I am very pleased with the watch itself. Changing the date, once you get the hang of how far to pull the winder out, is very easy, although I would have liked this to feel more precise so as to not accidentally adjust the hands. The luminous hands are potentially helpful, although like any luminous things one has to charge up the luminosity under a light. Having said that, being able to press the winder in the dark lights up the dial very well. The date is in shadow when this is used so cannot be seen, but I should think that very few people would want to know the date in the dark.
The strap is quite nice looking, although I would have preferred it not to have writing on it. Apart from that the real let down is that the strap is only suitable for people with smaller wrists. It would be so much better if manufacturers cottoned on to the fact that many of us are larger and catered better for us. I have had to buy a longer strap, which is much better, although had some difficulty owing to the shape of the area where the strap fits in. I had to file a fairly pronounced edge to allow the strap to fit. As well as the other aspects I have commented on, consideration of this on the part of Timex would be most helpful, as many would be a bit wary of modifying the watch case to allow for this.
I hope that Timex might see this review and act accordingly to be more helpful on all of these aspects. That is, especially as Timex is a well established firm with a very good track record against more anonymous manufacturers, whose products may not be so durable and long lasting, even if they too can often only cater for smaller people, as in this case.
The first one I got had a faulty day counter but I understand things break and it was replaced and my new one is absolutely perfect! Easy to read and comfortable. Very light weight. Nice bright light too.
Guy E. Deaner
Like uncomplicated face. Easy to tell time. Really like the light in the dark which is very easy to use. Still can’t get date set correctly. The explanation booklet inside printed in 37 different languages is totally worthless.
I bought this as a beater watch for things like working in the woodshop, exercising, yard work, etc. Basically anything where there was high potential for scratching my regular watch. My criteria for this watch was as follows:
– 40mm wide or less for the case and low profile
– analog display
– doesn’t look ugly
– water resistant to 100M so I can swim with it
– cheap enough I won’t care if a lose it or break it.
This was basically the only watch that met all of that criteria. The most difficult thing was to find a 40mm or less analog watch for cheap that could go to 100M eliminated almost every watch except this one. This is a big deal because anything less means you really shouldn’t take it swimming or in the shower. I will say, for a dirt cheap watch, it looks pretty good – something I couldn’t say about other analog sport watches in this price range. It looks better in person than in the photo.
Here’s what I like: It looks decently good. You could wear it as an everyday watch and not get funny looks unless you are the type to wear a suit to work. It’s lightweight so doing sports or swimming with it is easy as it doesn’t throw off balance at all, nor does it flop around on your wrist from the weight. The nylon strap was something I was initially concerned about because these kinds of straps wear out FAST. But this one is actually half leather (on the back) and half nylon (on the outside; the visible part). Over the past month and a half it has held up VERY well so I don’t really have any concerns about this wearing out any faster than any other band. The leather backing also makes it more comfortable than a regular nylon watch. The dial is extremely high contrast and VERY easy to read at a quick glance. The hands do not glow in the dark, but even better, it has indiglo if you push in the crown so the whole face lights up blue in the dark. The back of the case uses four tiny screws, so no need to take it into a store to have the battery replaced.
Here’s what I don’t like: The glass is actually acrylic so over time it WILL scratch just like the glass on any digital watch. That said, this watch was $25 so can I REALLY complain about that? Not really. And the acrylic does help make the watch very light weight which is something I like. The other thing is that it’s a pretty loud watch “tick tock tick tock!” This is due to the acrylic glass and plastic body. If you keep it on a nightstand right next to your head, you’ll hear it all night long. I keep it in an open drawer of my nightstand and I generally don’t hear it. But just be forewarned, it will probably be the loudest watch you ever buy.
Overall, I’m EXTREMELY happy with this purchase. If I lose this thing, I will buy another without a doubt.
+++++++++++++++FIVE YEAR UPDATE:++++++++++++++++
Well, I’ve now had this thing for over five years. It’s done a TON of woodworking, hard yardwork (including chainsaw work), a ton of bike rides, hikes, camping, etc. Whenever I have been concerned about scratching a watch, this is the one I’ve worn. I love it more now than I did when I bought it. The acrylic glass has held up surprisingly well. I bought one of these for my son in preschool and he played with it in a sandbox and scratched it up good. I was able to buff it out very quickly with 1000grit, 2000grit, and then toothpaste and it was good as new. My watch hasn’t needed any touchups. Are there scratches? Yes, but they are all very very fine and you don’t notice unless you look closely. The watch case is similar – if you look very closely you can see some very light wear, but you have to look closely. Overall, I’m very impressed with the cosmetic durability considering what I do with this watch.
That said, I almost lost this watch camping right at the five year mark. The watch strap started to fail right at the pin. To be fair, that’s five years and I’ve had leather straps on watches give up the ghost far sooner so I am impressed with the strap. I replace it with a black nato which I wanted to do for this very reason long ago, but I liked the included strap so I never did it. Nato straps are good for watches that see a lot of hard activity because they don’t rely on both pins, so in a catastrophic failure the watch stays on your wrist and just flops around. If you do get a NATO strap, be aware that there’s not a ton of clearance between the pin and the case so some straps might not fit easily if they are fairly thick – so avoid any strap that boasts about their thickness. Gotta say though, it looks darn good with a black nato with polished buckles.
Honestly, I would wear this watch more often as an occasional daily wearer if it were not for the fact that my daily wearer in an automatic and if I don’t wear that thing for two days I have to reset the time, which I don’t like doing. Aside from the low profile, weight, comfort, water resistance, etc. the thing that I truly love about this watch is how easy it is to very quickly read the time with a quick glance. When I’m on my bike or exercising or doing various things I often want to check the time, but can’t sit there staring at my watch. I want to get a 0.1 second glance and be able to read the time. I can do that with this watch.
When I bought this watch five years ago it was $25. Today it’s $42. If I lost this watch today I would absolutely pay $42 to replace it.
If you need to feel that your watch looks like money, this is not the watch for you. But if you are free of that concern, I feel it is the perfect watch for the following reasons. The face is simple and easy to read (and my eyesight ain’t what it used to be), the nightglow feature is great, it keeps solid time, the batteries goes on for years, the velcro strap is better than trying to fit within this or that belthole, its easy to take on and off, I have gone swimming and have showered with it on and it remains unaffected. Final note, it costs like 35 bucks. I mean, if anything happens to it, I’ll just spend another 35 bucks and the watch essentially goes on.
It’s not easy to find a watch my husband actually likes. This one is large, but not too large, easy to read and very masculine. We have not been late for dinner recently!
Not quite perfect, but almost. I wanted something light, waterproof and readable day and night, without glasses and this fits the bill. Far more comfortable and readable than my clunky and heavy, metal monster. All the same, manually setting and adjusting date is going to be a monthly irritation, not least because the velcro strap is too short, so it’s awkward for me to whip it on and off.
Title says it
This is the third Expedition watch I’ve had over the last 20 odd years. The problem I’ve always had with watches in general is that I go through leather and rubber straps like there’s no tomorrow.
This one comes with a heavy duty cloth strap that fastens with Velco. It is uber comfortable and can be adjusted to fit perfectly. The Indiglo back light is a great feature and the watch is so easy to read. The other Expeditions I had were a little difficult to adjust the date but this one is a breeze.