Timex Men's T2N496 Intelligent Quartz SL Series Fly-Back Chronograph Brown Leather Strap Watch
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- Indiglo® Night-Light
- IQ™ Fly-back Chronograph
- Second time zone
- Date feature
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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The Timex SL Series™ is a signature combination of sophistication and sportiness. The addition of Intelligent Quartz™ technology takes the SL Series to a new level of functionality. The Timex SL Series™ Fly-Back Chronograph features a fly-back chronograph movement and second time zone.
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.
- Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.5 x 3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- ASIN: B0053EXCR6
- Item model number: T2N496
- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2011
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Timex|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||42 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||13 millimeters|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||20 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top Customer Reviews
I have owned this Timex T2N496 watch for just over a month now. This is the white/cream dial with brown leather band Chronograph model, with outer black ring, non-adjustable. I felt it would be helpful to clarify a few things about this watch that I had difficulty finding out about, even at the Timex website. Below are my impressions, observations, and thoughts about this watch:
Overall, I love this watch. I feel it is a great watch. It is beautiful, extremely accurate, and does have the “Indiglo” light dial feature. It is “water resistant” to 100 meters, (330 feet), though I am not going to test that. It is NOT diver certified, (most watches are not, including a Casio Atomic in the same price range I just returned that had the same water resistance rating). It is apparently NOT shock resistant, which is something to consider I suppose if you plan to use the watch while being extremely active, (playing tackle football, basketball, jack hammering, or fighting). This surprised me as most watches do claim to be shock resistant these days, but this is such an “Analogue watch” that perhaps it is more prone to severe trauma/vibration. I opted to pay an extra 5 dollars to extend the warranty to 5 years, (It is good coverage, basically everything except broken crystal, battery, and band) although if you run a car over it, I doubt that Timex would cover that. My 5 star rating is primarily based on its accuracy, beauty, and the Indiglo feature functions.
ACCURACY: For me accuracy is a big factor, as this is a time piece. This is the most accurate watch I have ever owned. It is spot on. I got this watch a couple of weeks before daylight savings time, and during that 2 week period, the watch did not gain or lose any time! I was stunned. This is NOT an atomic watch. I re-set it due to the time change, and it still remains within a second of the actual time. Obviously I got a good one, and I do not know if this is typical. I do have another Timex Diver style watch in the same price range, and it is also quite accurate, but not to this degree. It gains a few seconds per month on average, which is respectable. This one is ridiculous; Timex nailed it on this movement.
INDIGLO: When I researched this watch, I was really baffled by the lack of clarity about the Indiglo feature, and I knew I wanted that. Timex and other reviews were not clear about this feature. I did read another review on Amazon that spoke about a very similar model, (the “Blue dial” one), that I figured was a good comparison. That reviewer spoke about disappointment as to that watch only partially lighting up the dial, making it hard to read. On this watch, (this is the White dial, brown leather band one) it lights up the entire dial very well, and is easy to read. It has good light output. Further, the light stays on for a few moments with one push of the crown which is nice, and it is a very tasty bluish color. When the light is combined with the creamy white dial, it is a real pleasure to look it. I find myself playing with it just to look at it, which I expect will lower battery life, but my inner child must play with nice things.
READABILITY: This watch with its white/creamy face and silver/gold colored hands is generally fairly easy to read. However, at times I do find that I need to slightly tilt my wrist to clearly see the time, especially IF I am not wearing my glasses. At other times it is fine, it depends on the light conditions. Being an older person, my vision is not as acute as it once was. I do not mean to indicate it is really difficult, but to be fair in this review, it bears mention, as while being a joy to look it, it occasionally takes a second glance under some conditions. The hands can tend to blend into the face. The second hand is very thin with no special tip or paint, although if a second hand is needed, you can use the Chronograph which has its own, somewhat more visible second hand with a tip for things like taking a pulse, (more below as to the Chronograph function). This watch is very nice looking, but it is not “loud”.
The date readout is the typical size. It is clear with good contrast, but I wish it were a bit larger. It is located near the 2 o’clock position. It looks good, I can read it with my glasses, and perhaps if they made it much larger it would have hurt the overall appearance, but IF being able to glance quickly and read the date is vital to you, and your vision is not great, this might be an issue for you. I had considered one of the other models that have separate day/date hands, but I kept coming back to this watch.
As for its own natural glow factor in the dark, this feature is not real useful. It will glow briefly if exposed to bright light, but not for very long. The hour and minute hands do have a light green tint on them that glows, but I think Timex opted to keep this watch tasteful, pretty, and kept the material light. The added green material is classy, and adds to the contrast of the hands during the day, but for glowing at night, you will need to use the Indiglo, which works great.
CHRONOGRAPH: This is a nice feature but has its problems. Chronographs I have seen on other watches seem hard to read, that is the nature of an analogue sort of display. This one is laid out very nicely and I like the style, but its use is somewhat limited for me. The “Second time zone” feature is incorporated in the upper Chronograph hand, in that while in regular time mode, it will move between 0 to 24 hours showing you in military time what hour it is. You can set it for any time zone you wish, I opted to just set it for my own time zone, as I get a kick out of looking at the time in military time, along with the regular time. However, the second time zone feature is difficult to accurately read, due to the 24 separate hash marks representing the hour being much too close together. It is only useful to obtain a quick visual idea of the approximate hour. It is accurate but needs to be magnified, at least for me, to be correctly read, (like the Chronograph).
As for the actual timer/Chronograph function, I really wish that Timex had opted to use a 2 hour scale instead of a 4 hour scale, as the “hash marks” are so close together that it is difficult to read at a glance. Further, the hands used are light, which is good looking but perhaps making it harder to read, (versus a black hand, or red, etc). It is accurate, the movement is correct and it is very logical with a nice layout, but without either my reading glasses or even a magnifier, anything over 10 minutes time is difficult to read. The lower Chronograph hand moves between 0 to 10 minutes, and that is fine and fairly easy to read. However, the upper Chronograph hand, which measures 10 minute increments, will point to each 10 minute increment up to 4 hours, making for far too many hash marks on that upper reading scale. It is too crowded for the available real estate on the dial to be easily differentiated, which means you could mistake a time of 84 minutes as either 74 or 94 minutes. Again, the lower hand which only moves over 10 minutes is nicely marked, while the upper hand which measures the larger amounts of time, (up to 4 hours) is not practical given the amount of space available. IF Timex used only a 2 hour scale, (meaning less measuring time) this Chronograph would have been more realistic and much easier to read. For doing short timings, (taking a pulse, or other brief things under 10 minutes) it is good. On the positive side, I do love that it has its own dedicated full sweep second hand, unlike many typical Chronographs that either share the main second hand, or have a small dial type hand), but the 4 hour measurement is just not easy enough to read for me.
CONCLUSION: This is a great looking and highly accurate watch. The band is leather and is a nice deep brownish red color which is striking with the black outer ring, (Not adjustable) and the cream/white dial face. The marks and hands line up well overall, as you would expect in better watches. This watch has a substantial hefty feel, and gives you a sense of quality. It is both striking, yet understated. I still marvel at its appearance, and do not expect I will grow tired of it. It is also comfortable, and the band breaks in nicely. Setting the date is very easy, as are making other adjustments, (but do the date in the AM to avoid problems, see manual). So, I really like it. If you like how it appears in the photographs, and you are not using it as a sports watch, you will probably be very pleased with it. I hope this was helpful.
Update Dec 2013: the 4th center hand definitely failed shortly after my initial review and I had the watch easily exchanged by amazon (thanks). Now, 2+ months later, the date display stopped advancing. It's beyond the 1 month amazon warranty, so I sent it in to Timex's repair center. Will see how they handle it. I guess the problem is that you can't produce such a nice-looking mechanical watch for so little money. Would love to buy a watch that looks as good but was of good quality - even for a higher price.
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