Timex Perpetual Calendar, Chronograph, T-Series, SL-Series, Automatic Watches Review
TImex T-Series, SL-Series
Though less known than the digital Ironman and Expedition watches, T-Series and SL-Series make an important contribution to Timex selection. Containing automatic movements, retrograde, perpetual calendar, and chronograph complications, these watches bulk up the company's mechanical credentials.
In a way, these collections constitute a separate luxury-oriented subdivision, a trend brought to a full circle by the high-end TX series. Some models go as far as displaying an exhibition window at six o'clock: reminiscent of a tourbillon, it makes a direct reference to creations pioneered by Patek Philippe, Corum, and Ulysse Nardin.
In terms of design and overall appearance, the T-Series and SL-Series are essentially traveler's and military/officer's watches. Stylish but not ostensible, (like most analog classic watches Timex offer), the combination of a round case, carefully composed dial, and a bracelet or a band become as a whole that's more than the sum of its parts.
It's an important development for Timex, proving that the brand is ready evolve, and take bolder steps into modern watchmaking territory.
This line includes the entire spectrum of complications mentioned in the title. Interestingly, the brand insists on adding a few original touches (it is notoriously difficult to innovate in analog watch design these says): a calendar that presents the data in unique twofold digital aperture at six o'clock, while the automatic watch features a power reserve at the same location.
The chronographs come in both round and – another stylistic update – tonneau designs, the latter clearly veering towards business or dressy wear. The former occasionally paint the numerals with bright red, blue or orange – complimented with a marked bezel, these watches can be useful for divers as well.
This collection makes a few luxurious enhancements: bulkier, heavier cases that feature gold plating (two-tone), and larger numerals – these characteristics create an unmistakable sense of confidence and authority. The small open window at six o'clock allows to glance inside the mechanism (Quartz, up to four and a half years of battery life).
Women's versions take a turn towards dressy and fashion design, opting for mother-of-pearl, Swarowski crystals, and polished finish instead of the complications.