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Timex Perpetual Calendar, Chronograph, T-Series, SL-Series, Automatic Watches Review

Updated on January 7, 2015

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.

Design

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.

Timex Perpetual Calebdar | Photo credit:  Timex
Timex Perpetual Calebdar | Photo credit: Timex

It's an important development for Timex, proving that the brand is ready evolve, and take bolder steps into modern watchmaking territory.

T-Series

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.

SL-Series

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.

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