Allow me to present to you…The Timex Weekender Chronograph. I recently got my hands on it from a friend to review. Quick summary: I like it a lot. As a semi-casual dress watch, you would be hard-pressed to find a better option for the same price. It definitely is a dress watch, but as the name suggests, it isn’t for pairing with a suit and tie. You would be better off reaching for a polo shirt and khakis. Just as it wouldn’t go with a suit, it shouldn’t be worn with your most comfortable and casual outfits. It deserves better.
The layout of the dial is a pretty standard one, with sub-dials grouped around the center hands and the date window at 4 0’clock. Just beyond the hour indices, there is a small ring for 24-hour timekeeping. This little extra feature isn’t at all central to the feel of the watch, but it is there and adds another nice touch of usefulness to the watch. The dial is also capable of appearing either black or blue depending on the light, an attribute I am fond of. I love dials that play with the light.
The Weekender is definitely on the smaller side, which is perfect for me. Its case sits at a respectable 40mm by 9mm, with 20mm lugs. I have not had the opportunity to try the nylon watch strap that you can get with a Weekender, but for what I would be wearing the watch with I don’t think I would use it. The leather strap is perfect for the image the watch caters towards, not to mention extremely comfortable once it has been broken in. Timex also chose to use a stainless steel case back, which helps with the quality feel of the watch (though I can’t find what the rest of the case is made out of).
Altogether, the case is totally uninspired, but this isn’t haute horlogerie. It’s class on a budget—a target they hit square in the center. For what you pay, I would say this is quite the deal. I only have two small complaints about the watch. The first, which I have no control over and is more of a pet peeve, is that it is too light for my taste and, second, with the flat case sides it appears too tall for my slim wrists. Other than that I really do love this watch and am bummed it’s not mine. Well, time to go shopping!
If you have a watch you would like me to review, let me know! I look forward to hearing your answers!