Top positive review
40 people found this helpful
Timex Men's T2N065 --- Perfect
on February 11, 2013
Regarding the watch dimensions (this came up in a previous review): The diameter of the watch (strictly speaking) is about 36.5 mm across the face (9 to 3). That measurement is 38.5 mm if you include the adjustment button next to the 3. Up and down (12 to 6), from the tip of the gold-colored band holder to the other tip, it is about 46 mm. Now, this isn't the casing "diameter" (if you take the word literally), but it *is* the length of the casing at its longest measurement tip to tip. This may be where the "case diameter" measurement in the product description (42 mm) comes from. I had assumed as much when I saw the case diameter measurement. I also double-checked it on Timex's website. There, the literal diameter is listed under "case width" as 36 mm, which is close to my own measurement (36.5 mm). The listed case thickness is 12 mm; I measure it at about 11 mm.
I like the size of the watch, especially at a time when most men's watches are exceedingly and obtrusively large. This watch is small enough to have a subtlety and elegance to it that allows it to blend into/complement a man's wardrobe, whether it is worn with a suit, with jeans and a polo shirt, or with most anything in between. At the same time, it is large enough to be readable, to be recognizable as a man's watch, and to hold its own as a noticeable accessory.
The most important feature of a watch is that it keeps time reliably. This watch does that. My watch has neither gained nor lost a second since I first set it a week ago. (This is a big improvement over my previous Casio, which gained half a second a day.)
The alligator-patterned leather is gorgeous. Looks sturdy, subtle, and sophisticated. There's kind of a reddish tint to the brown, almost like a dark cherrywood color. The fixed and moveable leather loops on the band do a great job holding the excess strap unobtrusively, even if you tighten the watch to its highest notch, and the fixed loop alone holds the tip of the band down even if you use the lowest notch.
I read the reviews that complained about the stiffness of the band. When I got my watch (and made sure it kept proper time for a day first!), I just spent a few minutes rolling and bending the straps. I haven't had any issues with stiffness. It feels fine, and after a bit I don't even notice it on my wrist.
The casing and clasp are a pleasing gold color. There isn't enough surface area to show scuffs or fingerprints (which is good), but if that sort of thing bothers you, fingerprints wipe right off with a sweep of the finger.
The hour and minute hands are slender and black, and the numbers on the face are simple and elegant. Altogether they indicate the time very clearly. I've done my best to view the watch in poor conditions (e.g., at a steep angle with a direct light casting glare on the watch face), and in every situation I can still read the time quite easily.
To say more about that topic, I'm very pleased with how quickly I can tell the time with just a glance --- the black numbers on a white face make a big difference. Until my experience with this watch, I didn't realize how much longer it took for me to determine the time on my old analog watch, which had silver hands and silver tick-marks (rather than numbers) on a blue background. Before, telling time would take me a few seconds. Now, it's almost instantaneous. (It felt like I had developed a super-power the first few times it happened.)
To adjust the date, you pull out the adjustment knob half way. To adjust the time, pull out the knob all the way. I am pleased that when the knob is pulled out all the way, the second hand stops. (I have had analog watches that didn't do this.) This means I can stop the second hand where I choose and set my watch to be accurate to the second.
To adjust the day (and I posted the following remark as a comment for a reviewer who was having trouble with this), keep adjusting the time forward or backward (a 24 hour rotation for every day). It takes awhile, but that's how to do it. The day switches over around 12:00ish. If you don't see a switch around 12:00, that means the watch is at the noon 12 rather than the midnight 12.
I like that the day is connected to the time in this way, and especially that it switches over around the 12:00 mark. I've had watches before which have days set independent of the time, and so they would switch over to the next day randomly (as opposed to switching over at midnight).
Press the adjustment button in to activate the Indiglo light. It stays on for as long as you hold in the button. The entire watch face lights up blue. It is amazing for reading in low light/no light. If I wake up in the middle of the night (wondering if it is almost time to get up, or if I lucked out and I have a few more hours of sleep ahead of me), I can check the time with no great effort (which would wake me up) or light (which would wake up my wife).
Truth be told, my choice in watches was limited to Timexes when I was shopping this time around because I wanted a watch with an Indiglo light. (Ever since I saw the Indiglo light on a friend's watch in a movie theater, I knew I wanted one.) I am very pleased that everything else about the watch (the time keeping, the comfort, the size, the aesthetics) turned out so great.
Finally, about the sound: I didn't even think about this until I saw a reviewer mention this. I didn't think about it because I never noticed the ticking. So, I tested for this. In a dead-quiet room, listening for the watch (which I placed on my desk), I can start to hear it when my ear is about 8 inches from the watch. Also, I put the watch on, and tested that way. If the watch is facing away (i.e., the top of my wrist is facing away), even if I put the inside of my wrist up to my ear, I can't hear it. I can hear the ticking only when I hold the watch facing my ear. Otherwise, I can't feel it, and it is silent.
Can't say enough good things about this watch. I just wish they had a black and silver version of this particular watch, too. (Granted, there are black and silver casual dress Timex watches out there, but none have quite captured my eye yet like this one did.)