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Timex Men's and Women's Watches Complete Guide-Review

Updated on January 15, 2015


Timex is one of the most successful affordable watch brands operating in today's global village. An American brand, it withstood the tough Asian competition of the last quarter of the 20th century, emerging victorious and dominant in the market of digital men's and women's watches.

Timex rival Casio, Seiko, Citizen, Bulova, and a range of other companies by offering products that cost less, yet consistently receive the highest praise and confidence scores in quality, function, and customer satisfaction.

A versatile firm, Timex manage equally strong fashion and digital function departments. Designers employ resin, stainless steel, leather, mother-of-pearl, mineral glass crystal, and other materials, creating variously shaped cases with analog or digital dials.

Except luxury, there's no category Timex don't cover: Ironman and chronograph watches address sports needs, Easy Reader is a classic casual watch, while Dress collections fills in the dressy and fashion niches.

History Fact

Timex joins such watchmaking and jewelry companies as Tiffany and Co., Swiss Army/Victorinox, and Hamilton as a supplier of timing mechanisms for armed forces. U.S. Army was the brand's client during the first world war.


Taking full advantage of mass production, Timex experiment with design and case frame, inventing a unique, unorthodox look for some of its most popular timepieces. On the other hand, the brand seems to work just as comfortably at ease with traditional watchmaking norms: classic round shape for the case, clear, well defined Arabic numerals, and a leather strap – what else could one ask for a casual watch?

These designs are unassuming, and everyday looking – and you could say Timex celebrate the routine and the ordinary.

Automatic, Chronograph, Digital

Digital timers, the Ironman series in particular, are generally considered the pinnacle of Timex' selection – but automatic movements and chronograph complications never really went off the menu. Though sophisticated skeleton and retrograde models star in smaller collections, they nevertheless address the demands and tastes of aficionados who insist that their keepers tick in the old fashioned way.

Timex was established over 150 years ago, and have a long history from which they can draw and which they can project on to the future.


Ironman collection crowns Timex achievement both in terms of design and engineering. It emulates Casio Sports models in several functionalities and, arguably, surpasses it when it comes to design.

While in most cases Casio use the same bulky, massive build, Timex realized that the extra resin protection is unnecessary for urban joggers – women and men who run on especially designated trails where there are few potential hindrances. No hindrances means no falls; no falls means the watch can be rendered lighter and less visually offensive.

As a result, Ironman watches are not as massive and as protected as, for instance, most G-Shock pieces. Instead, the emphasis is made on sleek shape and maximum visibility.

When it comes to appearance and styling, if Casio are the lions, then Timex are the cheetahs.


Ironman Men's and Ironman Women's (or perhaps, more accurately, “Ironwoman”) watches comprise Timex best selling and most popular watch department. Ironman includes about a dozen separate collections designed for specialized sports and athletic purposes, each collection consisting of various lines and designs that further broaden the selection.

Almost exclusively digital, these timepieces contain the trademark Indiglo lighting feature, a memory of up to 150 laps (with more to come), and deep measurement functions (such as heart rate). Combined with surprisingly supple and flexible design, Ironman emerges as a rare collection that effectively joins amalgamates with function. It's a true urban jogging watch that transcends its originally intended purpose.

Subdivisions include Ironman Core, Sleek, and Fitness Measurement. Among the utilities are the large display showing extra large numerals (both features enhance visibility, especially when combined with Indiglo illumination), a stopwatch (digital chronograph), trademark Tap Screen technology, GPS, memory, calories counter, and more.


Expedition men's and women's provide a conceptual alternative to Ironman by offering timers manufactured for the outdoors. Expedition watches compliment the extensive urban department by presenting a more rugged case enclosing more specialized functions.

Expedition WS4 stands out as the most technologically advanced line, being packed with sensors and useful (and often life-saving) data sources: compass, weather forecasts, Altimeter, Barometer, Thermometer, and more. Visually, this timepiece resembles a miniature field computer. Essential Digital models exhibit a more conventional dial and functions inventory reduced to only the most necessary.

E-Instruments foray into analog watchmaking, employing stainless steel for the case (and the bracelet), and displaying altimeter and compass data by using hands. The military, busy dial design presages the Expedition Classic – a simplified version of this series. Dive watches are outfitted with luminescent indexes and hands, extra water resistance, and, in some models, a chronograph.

  • Classic Timex watches, whether digital, analog, or vintage, tend to display orthodox design that follows familiar horology precepts. Dress items in particular rely on the recognizable round case plus matching bracelet combination, occasionally offering straps and two-tone variations.

  • Chronograph, Calendar, and Alarm analog watches prove that digital brands can create robust and reliable timers that encase automatic and quartz mechanisms and use hands and numerals instead of a screen. Complications include flyback, linear and dive chronographs, alarm, and perpetual calendar.

  • Timer TX comprises the brand's high-end department of complicated automatic timepieces: world time, various chronographs, and perpetual calendar, all operated by traditional pushers, inhabit the stainless steel cases.

  • Camper and Easy Reader pieces expand the analog department into the direction of dress and urban wear: fewer complications, dressier and more colorful designs, supported by clear dials with large Arabic numerals and strong hands. Can be viewed as a subdivision of Classic timepieces, and resemble some Swiss Army and Victorinox models.

  • Timex Kids elaborate on themes introduces by Camper and Easy Reader, decorating the the cases, faces, and bands with thematic prints (flowers, butterflies, as well as pseudo-military and punk-rock). Colorful and funny visuals.

  • Timex vintage addresses the historical and horological interest of collectors and aficionados. Dress and casual men's and women's watches, often gold or gold-tone, mostly from the 60s and the 70s.


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