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- Compatible with Timex ironman triathlon 100-lap models with 18mm case lugs
- Black resin watch band
- Buckle clasp
- Band Width: 18.00mm
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This is a 18mm Timex factory replacement rubber watch band for Ironman triathlon FLIX 100 lap watch with a sandblasted stainless steel buckle
Timex Group B.V. is one of the best-known American watch companies. Timex's U.S. headquarters are located in Middlebury Connecticut and it has substantial operations in China, the Philippines and India and full scale sales companies in Canada, the UK, France and Mexico.
The company began in 1854 as Waterbury Clock in Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley, known during the nineteenth century as the "Switzerland of America." Sister company Waterbury Watch manufactured the first inexpensive mechanical pocket watch in 1880. During World War I, Waterbury began making wristwatches, which had only just become popular, and in 1933 it made history by creating the first Mickey Mouse clock under license from Walt Disney, with Mickey's hands pointing the time.
During World War II, Waterbury renamed itself U.S. Time Company. In 1950 the company introduced a wristwatch called the Timex. Over the next three decades, Timex was sold through a series of advertisements which emphasized its durability by putting the watch through "torture tests," such as falling over the Grand Coulee Dam or being strapped to the propeller of an outboard motor, with the slogan "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking." With the help of former Olympic broadcaster, spokesman John Cameron Swayze, sales took off. The company later became Timex Corporation, then Timex Group and, to date, has sold over one billion watches.
The company has remained very competitive and the Timex brand continues its dominance through present day. Its primary market remains the United States and Canada, although the Timex brand is sold worldwide due to its ability to capitalize on its strong brand image and reputation for quality.
One of the most successful and important features available on many Timex watches is the Indiglo backlight system. Indiglo is a brand name of Indiglo Corporation, solely owned by Timex for licensing purposes. Timex electroluminescent lamps, branded Indiglo, were introduced in 1992 in the Ironman watch line. They were an immediate success. The Indiglo lamp uniformly lights the surface of the Timex’s watch dials in a manner that makes the dial read very easily in many different light settings. In some newer watches the Indiglo backlight only lights up the numbers, rather than the entire LCD display, which is achieved by means of a specialized film that inverts the LCD transmissivity.
Today, Timex Group products are manufactured in the Far East and in Switzerland often based on technology that continues to be developed in the United States and in Germany. With a large and varied line of watches, Timex has the style for everyone. From the locker room to the board room, there is a great Timex style time-piece for you.
- Package Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B003OQ8BO4
- Item model number: Q7B807GZ
- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 20, 2010
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Timex|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||18 millimeters|
|Item weight||1.60 Ounces|
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Having been through it, here's how I recommend installation:
1) It's easiest to remove the old band by cutting it away with a very sharp knife, so you don't damage the original retainer pins. Once the strap is gone, it's easy to remove the spring-loaded restainer pins with a knife or sharp fingernail by pushing on the shoulder of the pin at one of the ends, where it goes into the watch. You may even be able to just grab the pin and just push one direction or the other, along the axis of the pin.
2) The supplied pins were either slightly too long, or the spring inside was so stiff, I couldn't get them to click into place, and I tried for a long time. Good luck if you want to or have to use them - I used the old ones. Have a knife or something with a very thin and narrow blade ready - you'll need it for the installation. DON'T CUT YOURSELF IN THE PROCESS - I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU SCREW UP AND HURT YOURSELF OR DAMAGE SOMETHING!
3) Hold the band in your right hand. Insert the pin into its hole in the band. Push it in so the the pin sticks out pretty far on the side closest to your body, and just barely on the other side.
4) Hold the watch in your left hand. Hold the band level with the watch and at an angle toward your body, so you can insert the side of the pin that's sticking out of the band the furthest into the hole on the watch. When you get it in there, press the watchband into position as far as you can, until the pin on the opposite side contacts the metal body of the watch.
5) Now the fun part. Using a sharp, narrow blade, push against the end of the spring-loaded retainer pin that's sticking out of the band until it's even with the hole in the band, and push the band against the watch so the pin slides inside the metal bracket. This process takes 3 hands, and a fluent vocabulary of 4-letter words, and appeals to whatever god you worship, sometimes in combination. Carefully move the watchband around a little bit inside the bracket until you hear the pin click into place. Be careful not to move it around so much that the pin slips back out, and you're back to using the knife to push it back down - that's the hardest part of the procedure!
6) Pull gently on the strap to make sure the pin has properly snapped into place.
7) Repeat for the other half of the watchband, and you're done! I probably spent about 20 minutes on the installation. It would go quite a bit faster now that I know what to do.
One important piece of advice: if you are going to replace it yourself, spend $5 to $6 and order yourself a watch spring tool set. Otherwise it is virtually impossible to do. Also, this tool get comes in handy when replacing the battery as you have to remove the straps to do this (or at least that's the easiest way to get the back off).
I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars because even though the material is essentially the same and I suspect the replacement band will eventually begin to break like the original, I got 5 years out of the last watch band. That's going through training for and running multiple marathons. Also, this is the second Iron Man I have owned and the band on the first did the same thing, except the first time I was not able to replace a replacement band. Glad I did this time.
This was the exact replacement for my Timex Ironman 100-Lap Flix watch.
The seller took care to tape the pins to the inside of the case, to prevent loss. Too bad they put the wrong size pins in there. No problem, though. I could have just used the old pins, but I happened to have new spares on hand.
Tip: Be sure to put the replacement band on the same way as the old one. The buckle end attaches to the top of the case, and will not go on the bottom, although the other end will attach to the top.... and fit perfectly. Go figure.
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I measured carefully, looked at the graphics and the mold marks on the band and decided to take a chance on...Read more
My watch is now as good as new.
Like a factory replacement part and NOT a cheap knock-off.