Timex TX Watch Review: Calendar, World Time, Flyback Compass, Chronograph
What Timex started in T-Series and SL-Series, they bring to conclusion in the high-end analog TX collection. TX watches too fall into series, which are marked by a number: starting from 300 and, with hundred jumps, up to 800 – six lines of timepieces all in all. In turn, each number contains several sub-categories, such as 730, 770, and so on.
This orderly, predictable categorization allows the company to naturally introduce new developments, and the fans to easily follow them. Each type brings in something new to the assortment, be it a different type of calendar, a world time complication, or the recently added linear chronograph. It's an evolving and growing collection.
It's evident that Timex invested extra time and thought in the aesthetic design of TX watches. Dials carry several patterns (a nod to Breguet's guilloche) that add textural variety to the face, while the skeletal, elegantly built hands remind of Ulysse Nardin Marine Divers and Complicated timepieces.
It is obvious that Timex want to play with the big boys here, or at least make a serious watchmaking statement.
300, 400, 500 Series
In essence, traveler's watches that can be viewed as the bigger brothers of T and SL. The designers tried hard to endow each collections with at least one unique trait: 300 watches come equipped with a complex, four-rows stainless steel bracelet; 400 pieces take a surprising turn in case design, exhibiting some unexpected allusions to Rado Original and Diastar; 500 makes a similar reference to Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer.
600, 700 Series
Pilot's and sports fly-back chronographs that provide affordable alternatives to Oris Aviation, and several Breitling watches. Unlike above mentioned series, where the dials are kept as vacant as possible (a sign of a leisurely character), these timers display extra busy dials, with auxiliary inlays and scales being dispersed across the face, the surface of which is criss-crossed by multiple hands. Available both in leather strap or stainless steel variations.
800 Series: Linear Chronograph
This, without a doubt, is today's most advanced Timex watch. Instead of subdials, three scale-like lines (grooves) on the left side of the dial indicate the chronograph functions, effectively abolishing the need to learn reading time: in a linear version, the process is very similar to reading a book.