TIMEX American Documents Watch Review
Echoing the mantel clocks Timex built well over a century ago, the American Documents timepiece blends American brilliance with the precision found in European design. Made in the USA, this wristwatch is built from US-sourced stainless steel, featuring a brushed satin finish. The gold-plated Swiss Quartz analog movement and the clean dial is protected by impact-resistant Gorilla Glass 3, and the durable leather strap is crafted with homeland hides by American artisans. Topping off the 30-meter water-resistant watch is an “Aged Waterbury Brass” case back coin and crown insert, paying tribute to Timex’s original stamped brass clocks from 1854. The handsome watch comes in a cherry wood case that’s hand-rubbed to a striking natural finish. Wear it for a lifetime, and pass it down as a worthy heirloom.
Timex is one of the main supporters of the advancement of horology. The railroads and later market boom also contributed to Timex's emergence. Mid-century executives founded the company by democratizing the watch, making mass-produced affordable timepieces for everyone. As the old records are catalogued, the new ones are inserted. The timepiece is placed differently. The unique selling point of the watches owned by Timex was the fact that it would never split. Today, the product positioning is about tapping into the culture of the American identity with high style. On the practical side, they have commissioned several parts for the watch from industries and companies adjacent to watchmaking. For example, the shaft holder is S.B. Tanning out of Red Wing in Minnesota ,USA (related to the company that makes boots of the same name). There is the distinct feel of Americana to this watch.
As part of the launch of this watch, Timex sent global photojournalist Bryan Schutmaat to America to capture the perspectives of the average Joe citizen in the USA. Bryan went from Timex's factory to collect distinctive characters and landscapes. John has very strong confidence in the uniqueness of the land in America and its peoples' intrinsic resilience and opportunities. This notion comes out in his photography in some of his photos.
When an American citizen buys an appliance, he receives instructions for downloading a catalogue of photographs of it. This is a trendy concept that sounds quite of the present day. To imagine Timex's past watches that were manufactured in America. They were just there, and we barely even heard them. Aside from that, this initiative makes it possible for the third generation of HODINKEE journalists to know what America was like in 2019.
This watch combines alternating polished surfaces on the case and a minimalist dial style. This is occasion to get a watch that indicates the date. Probably a graduation or promotion. Below "Swiss Made" is a line of text acknowledging that an in-house trend is present. The caseback has a brass insert displaying the states of the US and they didn't forget California or Hawaii. They are stamped on the strap. The watch face is inspired by the Timex cases of the past. There is a seconds sub-register at six o'clock and a date window at three.
The Timex brand executives said they transformed some of the office space in their offices in Middlebury into a temporary production center. This is because Timex does not have a watchmaking facility. That may be a bright idea after all.
· American stainless steel 41mm case
· Gold-plated Swiss Quartz analog movement
· 20mm leather strap
· 30-meter water-resistance
· “Aged Waterbury Brass” case back coin and crown insert
· Made in USA
· Inspired by Timex’s 1854 stamped brass clocks
· Cherry wood box with hand-rubbed natural finish
· Magnetic closure and brass hinges secure watch inside box
· Caliber: Ronda cal. 6004.D
· Functions: Hour, minute, small seconds, date
· Diameter: 25.9mm
· Thickness: 2.5mm
· Additional Details: 40-month battery life
Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
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