Timex Weekender Review – Simplicity At Its Best

Timex Weekender
Image Courtesy of: Scott Ackerman

It’s no surprise that the Timex Weekender is a classic watch for those with a budget. 

A US based company, Timex have been battling competitors in the watch industry since the 1800 (back then it was clocks) and have had some landmark relationships and watches in that time, including the famous Micky Mouse watch.

They survived the quartz watch onslaught on the 70s and are now powering ahead again under new management (albeit a Dutch-owned multinational these days).

The Weekender comes in quite a few styles and sizes, but it is the timeless leather or nato strap with the clean face that I absolutely love (and will focus on in this review).

What is not to love: This watch goes with almost any kind of outfit, with an easy to  replace band, 30m water resistance, and it is made in the USA. A rarity these days indeed! Especially with the influx of all those Chinese watches on the market.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the Timex Weekender in this detailed review.

Timex Weekender Choices

With either a white or black face, and an easy to remove strap, you can great endless combinations of the weekender. You get one strap with your purcahse, but you can add endless straps later – ultimately turning this watch into dozens for the price of a simple Nato, Perlon or leather strap.

Timex Unisex T2N647 Weekender Black Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Timex Unisex TWC030800 Weekender Red/Black Stripe Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Timex Unisex TW2R42100 Weekender 38 Tan/Brown/Cream Fabric/Leather Strap Watch
Timex Unisex T2P142 Weekender Blue/Yellow Stripe Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Timex Unisex TW2P67900 Weekender Red/Yellow Stripe Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch

Timex Weekender With Various Straps

There are also different size and model options, so be on the lookout for the exact one you want.

For example, there are both 38mm and 40mm models, with the intention being – larger faces for larger wrists (usually on men, although not mine!).

Timex Weekender Chronograph

There is also a chronograph version, for those who don’t like the simplicity of the plain black or white face.  It comes with three sub dials and can measure up to 1/20th of a second, for those who like accuracy. The pushers on either side of the crown and easy to get to – start/stop and reset.

There is also a date window, rather incognito next to the 4 o’clock marker, but still handy if you want to know the date – when you are signing that check! 

Just keep in mind that this model is nearly double the price. But, if you like the “chronograph” style, then it’s well worth the extra money

Timex Unisex TWC063800 Weekender Chrono Cream/Blue Double-Layered Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Timex Unisex TW2P97400 Weekender Chrono Brown Leather Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Timex Weekender Chrono Analog-Quartz Watch with Leather Strap, Brown, 20 (Model: TWC063500
Timex Men's TW2R42800 Weekender Chrono Black/Cream Leather Strap Watch
Timex Unisex TWC066500 Weekender Chrono Green/Tan Double-Layered Leather Slip-Thru Strap Watch

Timex Weekender Chronograph With Various Straps

Timex Weekender For Ladies

Timex Women's TW2R24000 Weekender Blue Floral Reversible Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Timex Women's TW2R42200 Weekender 38 Red/Black Plaid Fabric Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Timex Women's TW2R42200 Weekender 38 Red/Black Plaid Fabric Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Timex Women's TW2R59600 Weekender 38 Pink/Rose Gold-Tone Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
And before you think I ignore the ladies on this blog, let me mention that Timex has also taken care of them too. They have specifically sized and designed ladies models too.

Timex Weekender Features & Specs

Let’s be honest here, the Timex weekend is a sub-100 dollar watch, so the specs and features are not going to blow you away. However, for the price, this watch is a real keeper. 

Let’s take a look at how this watch breaks down in terms of specs:

Timex Weekender Specifications

  • Movement: Quartz Analog
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: 38mm, 40mm with brass bezel
  • Strap: 20mm leather or nylon
  • Features: Indiglo (night backlight), Chronograph 30min & 1/20th second (on those models), Exchangeable strap (ie. not pinned in)
  • Water Resistance: 30m (99ft) - Not meant for swimming
Timex Unisex T2P495 Weekender 40 Brown Leather Slip-Thru Strap Watch

The Timex Quartz Movement

The Timex Weekender has a very reliable Timex quartz movement that will run for good 3 years or more before you have to replace the battery. After all, it’s quartz and doesn’t run on the movement of your hand.

However, unlike the more upmarket automatic or wound watches, this baby will just tick away forever. And of course, that is a minor issue – the ticking. Like many a Swatch watch I have been around, the Weekender is a bit of a ticker!

So, if you find ticking watches (even quietly ticking ones) annoying, like me, then it’s not the watch for you. However, that is the only big downside of the super-reliable movement.

The Weekender Case & Crystal

This is a well made watch that is certainly a great “daily beater” (aka reliable, inexpensive) and even the defects are hard to find.

It has a very clean bezel, made of brass, on a steel case that is waterproof to 30m (so splash proof, not a swimming aid!).

The glass is good ol’ mineral, so not the more fancy sapphire, so it is a little less prone to scratches too. However, if you are someone like Youtuber Casey Neistat and treat your watches roughly, then mineral is sometimes less prone to shatter.

Also, being quite flat and flush with the bezel, it also does not stick it’s head out and ask for scratches either. So, in all likelihood it will stand the test of time as a daily wearer!

The Weekender Straps

This is where the Weekender perhaps excels over other watches in the same budget class. It is available in an insane variety of colors, strap materials and options – including the chronograph I mentioned earlier. And that makes this watch one hell of a versatile watch.

You can buy some extra Nato (or even Perlon straps – learn the difference here) and that way have a different watch everyday. Ok, it’s the same watch, but with a different strap, it will look like another watch all together. 

Just check out this screenshot I took of some of the models on Amazon and you will see what a huge range this Timex comes in.

Nato Strap Pack of 2 - 20mm 22mm Premium Ballistic Nylon Watch Bands with Stainless Steel Buckle (Black+Smoke Pumpkin, 20mm)
timex weekender models
Timex Weekender Models

Who Should Buy A Timex Weekender?

If brand names and showpieces are not for you, then this is a great pick. 

You don’t have to spend a fortunte (less than 100 bucks) and you have a classic, simple watch that will last you for years.

And, with a few added straps, you can wear it doing sport, out on the town, to work or just relaxing on vacation.