- Brand Name: Timex
- Model Number: T715BW3
- Power Source Type: Battery
- Item Height: 3.7 inches
- Item Length: 8 inches
Timex T715BW3 Dual Alarm Clock Radio (Black)
- XBBU Xtreme Battery Back-Up with long-life built-in Lithium back up battery
- LED low battery warning indicator
- Wide-range 2.25" dynamic speaker
- Operates the alarm even if the power is out at wake-up time
- Built-in AM and FM antennas Sure-Alarm battery backup system - maintains time and alarm settings in the event of a temporary power interruption.
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The Timex Story
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The radio is junk. I never thought that in this day and age I would have to think twice about a simple AM/FM radio. I live in a city with enough local stations that a toy radio can tune them all. But this radio can barely tune any. Fewer than a handful come in on FM and I can't find any on AM. The rest is just an overlapping noisy mess. The digital radio display would have been great in the dark if the radio had useful reception.
If you want a good alarm clock to wake you with a beeper or radio static this is the one for you.
If you want actual radio stations look elsewhere.
It is simple to use and offers a selection for lighter or brighter on the clock numbers, which is also a great feature. Its not a high end stereo system, but I was'nt expecting it to be. The sound is good and definitely good enough to wake me up in the mornings.
Cant say enough great things about it, this is definitely the one to buy, well worth the price.
This new model has corrected that issue and made time and alarm setting very easy. Apparently it comes at a cost. Radio reception stinks. We have set this new alarm clock in the same place we had our old one. We set it to use the same radio station and go off at the same time. Let me put it this way - I hate to wake up to a garbled radio voice or song. It never quite wants to bring in sharp and clear reception unless we move it clear across the room. Something in the radio quality is not as good as our old clock radio. It is frustrating and we are considering returning this unit.
This is the only problem with this clock radio. Every other feature works great. For us, it is too much of a problem to just overlook.
(-) one star for poor AM tuning and reception: AM tuning is all coarse and no fine, and the reception has an annoying buzz. The FM reception is crystal clear. Unfortunate if you want to wake up to an AM news station.
(-) one star for software crashes: Remember when all appliances were going to be "smart"? That day is here, and now we see the dark side. Things that used to be simple as an old car now have microprocessors, and can crash! The time display sometimes turns to something that looks like Venusian, and the only way to reboot is to pull the battery and AC power simultaneously.
(-) one star for deceptive marketing: The product features section on Amazon correctly describes the product as having battery back-up, but the box claims "automatic time setting". Since there are clocks which actually do set the time by radio signal, one might be misled to believing this is one of them. Credit to Amazon for pulling the misleading claim, discredit to Timex.
(+) one star for value: Primed to toss this product in the garbage and replace it, I checked out the reviews of clock/radios costing two to three times as much. Although all had some enthusiasts, all also seemed to have some defects, and the best were pushing four times the price. It doesn't seem likely anything in my price range is going to delight me, so I put my money back in my pocket. I will work around the downsides: life is not perfect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The radio stopped working. I barely use it other than to look at the time. Good clock bad analog radio (cheap). Read morePublished 2 days ago by leanne
I can't believe how hard it is to find a GOOD alarm clock these days. One that has dual alarms so you don't have to remember to turn it on Sunday night and off Friday night. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J
Bought one of these from radio shack about five years ago. Have moved a couple times since then and forgot I had it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cale
There isn't a thing about this clock that isn't great, from the dual alarms to the atomic clock reset. Best clock ever!!Published 4 months ago by Julie A. Rix
both quit working 2 years laterPublished 5 months ago by Helping Hand Pet Rescue of West Virginia inc.
I've had this clock for a couple of years now and it still works perfectly.Published 6 months ago by hobo03