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That tiny little Timex
on June 8, 2011
Okay, folks, you're getting a shallow review of a mass-produced, cheap watch.
First, size. They appear to have marketed this as "unisex" to make sure that while the size appeals to women, the colors still appeal to men (as it did to me), and for $14, who cares? A smaller watch helps it fit underneath buttoned sleeves, dig into your wrist less, and catch on fewer things if you are not wearing sleeves. I pooh-pooh comments that this is "too small" for men, because if size is the only thing that matters, we would do something about the national debt.
Second: Display. The 1440 is REALLY easy to read, and sports a readout that is identical OR LARGER than bigger "man-sized" watches. The time digits are clear and crisp, and because they are larger than the seconds/date fields, they stand out for an easy time check. I'm not crazy that the date is only a single digit above the time, but the relatively small face compromises space. Given that I don't usually need my watch to tell myself the date, I can live with it. Same with seconds above the time. This 1440 (there are others, look around) also lists "PM" before the time when you pass noon, a subtle reminder that you can switch from saying "good morning" to "good afternoon"!
Third: Water resistance. Other reviewers have already said it's questionable. I don't intentionally get any electronic product wet, so why play with fire?
Fourth: Features. The Timex manual is a fold-out, multiple-product, multiple language sheet. It's pretty easy to understand. Unlike the $17 Casio I just reviewed, I found the stopwatch and timer a breeze to learn and use in about 60 seconds. For a basic, cheap watch, it did its job.
Fifth: Beeping. I don't beeping like the fact that the buttons beep every time you beeping touch them, beep it all. Except for the beeping indiglo, which--fortunately--doesn't beep at all. Timex could have at least included an option to turn the beep off. Then again, I don't fiddle with watches much, so I doubt it will seriously be a problem. On a $14 watch.
Sixth: Comfort: The size of this watch actually contributes to the comfort factor, because a lot of those "mission to mars, man-sized" watches are about as comfortable as a rusty tuna can on your wrist. The little 1440 unisex is hardly there. It's light, doesn't shift around, and doesn't migrate much. I threw in on my wrist today--93 degrees, no air conditioning--and can barely tell it's there. Just snug it up to the last loop on your wrist, THEN BACK UP ONE HOLE. Finished.
Durability? I don't know. I used a fair amount of disposable income on a bunch of watches recently, so the 1440 is literally disposable, in my opinion. I plan to wear it on my "man-sized" wrist in rotation with several other watches until it gets a real test--durability; then I'll let you know.
And yes, I like the red; go look at a black, silver and red sportscar and see if that's too feminine for you!
Lastly, like the Casio I reviewed, the back is attached with screws, not friction. This means if the Timex lasts long enough to use up a battery, I'll be able to use a jeweler's screwdriver to replace it, rather than mashing the back on with a) a hammer; b) a pliers; c) "choose a clamp" or d) a bench vise. Think I'm joking? Think again. I've tried all four on other watches, with varying levels of success.
Alas, I am guilty of exceeding 100 words! If Amazon posts it, and you like honest detail, so much the better. If not, my humble apologies.