Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Review
Is the Expedition Field a Good Call in Inexpensive Outdoor Timekeeping?
Timex is a major brand in the affordables market. I have a Timex in my collection, a Weekender Chronograph, and it is one of my favorite daily wearers. My wife Melissa likes the brand, too, and now has her own Weekender Reversible.
The Expedition collection from Timex are more rugged in appearance and design. This one comes in at 43mm, which is on its way to “big watch” territory. Price wise, you can find the Expedition Field for sale at its $80 MSRP, though you’ll generally find it on Amazon for a fair bit less than that.
I wore this Expedition often, from biking to office work and plenty in-between. I think it’s finally time to write this review.
Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Technical Specifications
Chronograph, date display, Indiglo night-light
Estimated 3 years
Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Aesthetics & Design
Thanks mostly to the black steel case and brown leather strap (with its camoflauge-tan stitching and matching dial markers), the Expedition Field looks properly military. It’s not over the top, so the Timex still matches a fairly broad wardrobe.
Compared to the Weekender forty, the Expedition is a little bigger and much more complex. If the two were brothers, the Weekender is off to college while the Expedition is hiking the Himalayas.
The Expedition “E” is engraved on the black steel buckle, as it has been on the caseback as well.
The Expedition Field Chronograph feels like a step away from the design language that I’m used to seeing on a Timex, and I don’t mean that to be a negative thing. It’s got a clear sense of style that has proven itself capable of looking good no matter what you’re doing.
The photos I’m showing here are after almost a year of wear and use. I think it still looks great.
Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Build Quality
I figured that Timex wants you to believe that this thing is rugged and durable. So, I’ve taken this thing biking, hiking, and jogging. I’ve worn in while mowing my lawn, hauling dirt, and tossing wood around. I haven’t been deliberately abusive towards it or anything. I’ve just worn it when doing stuff.
Crystal, Case, & Dial
The Expedition Field handles it like a champ. The black steel case is tough, and the little nicks and dents I’ve put in it are from serious scrapes and drops.
Where it does show some use is on the rim around the crystal, though the crystal itself doesn’t have any scratches in it. It sure does like to get dirty, though. I can see fine scratches and markings in the steel bezel, although they aren’t big enough to be noticeable unless you’re looking for them (the black does a good job blending them in to the rest of the case).
The crystal has no anti-reflective coating, so in direct sunlight the dial can be obscured somewhat by glare.
Strap & Clasp
Timex has fitted this model (T499059J) with a comfortable brown leather strap. It feels soft and pliable, almost like thick leather canvas. At first I was concerned that it would wear really easily, but the opposite has been true. After fairly heavy use it still looks good- you can see some wear, but not as much as its life would have suggested.
It’s comfortable to wear, too. The strap molds to the shape of your wrist effortlessly, and the buckle has holes in the right places for comfortable fitment. It will fit most people quite well.
The Chronograph Movement
Timex uses its W-91 chrongraph movement inside the Expedition Field. In addition to general timekeeping, the W-91 offers date display as well as a 30 minute chronograph.
According to toolwatch.io, the W-91 movement is accurate to 1 second per day- nice. I’m sure the actual accuracy is slightly better than that as toolwatch.io is fairly accurate but certainly not precise.
How to Set the Expedition Field
- To set the time, pull the crown to position 3 and turn the crown clockwise. The movement has a quick set feature- pull the crown to position 2 (middle) and turn the crown to adjust the time forwards/backwards in one hour increments.
- To set the date, pull the crown to position 2 and turn the crown in either direction. Two complete revolutions of the hour hand are required to adjust time by 24 hours.
- To reset the chronograph read the manual here. They’re better at explaining it than I will be 🙂
What Do I Think of the Timex Expedition Field Overall?
It is a good watch, though there are a couple of things that bug me.
First, the Indiglo night-light is present but isn’t nearly as strong as I’ve seen it on other Timex watches. On the Weekender it’s bright enough to clearly illuminate the entire face. On the Expedition Field, only in total darkness is it that bright.
Second, the chronograph hands can be adjusted off of the 12 o’clock position on their dials. This is a little frustrating because I kept on doing it inadvertently, and it’s also a pain to set them back to the vertical position. If you’re a particular person like I am, this can be annoying.
Aside from those two things, there isn’t much to complain about. I enjoy the style of the Expedition Field, and I really like how comfortable it is to wear. It’s a good watch, especially for the price.
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Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Review
Summary The Expedition Field Chronograph is a good watch, even if the quirks of the watch make it a little clunky to use. If you're picky or particular, the chronograph movement might drive you a little bonkers. Other than that, it's proven itself durable and if you like its military-inspired looks - as I do - it's a great watch to wear. I recommend it.