Timex Weekender 40 Review
The Weekender is the Quintessential Inexpensive Quartz Watch That Everyone Knows & Loves
Updated August 25, 2016 – On February 6, 2015 I first published the review of the Timex Weekender 40. Now, roughly a year and a half later, I’ve decided to buy another one and update my original review. This go around I’ve got way better photos as well as more experience with respect to what’s available on the market today.
The Weekender 40 is the larger “oversized” 40mm version of the “regular” 38mm Weekender. It comes with a leather nato-style strap, Indiglo, and not much else… not that it needs it.
Priced under $50, and often found for as low as $20 or $30, the Weekender 40 is a great choice for any man or woman wanting a simple, attractive, reliable, affordable quartz timepiece. Let’s check it out.
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Timex Weekender 40 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Approximately 3-5 years
30m / 99ft
Timex Weekender 40 Aesthetics & Design
The Weekender line of watches by Timex is one of my favorite go-to’s when someone needs a daily wearer. From an aesthetics perspective, the Weekender is versatile and meshes with most outfits. The version I have here – model T2P4959J – pairs a cream-biege dial to a reddish-brown leather strap. The combination looks excellent.
The rounded brass case loves to play with light, and from behind the lens it’s a ton of fun to shoot. The mineral crystal doesn’t have any anti-reflective coating (which makes sense for a sub-$50 watch), so sometimes taking a good shot can be tricky, but the issue is mostly trivial due to the lightness of the face and how the case interacts with light.
Of all the watches I’ve taken photos of – and there’s been a lot at this point – the Weekender 40 remains one of my favorites.
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As you can (clearly) see, I’m a fan of the Weekender. I’ve got two, my wife has one, and I’ve got another chrono on order (this one). There’s a lot of things about the Weekender I like, and one of the biggest is how simple the Weekender is. Where many watches, including the Weekender Fairfield, go all-in on minimalist design, the original Weekender pulls off something simple without being minimal.
Don’t get me wrong: I really enjoy minimal watches, but how many minimal steel dials can one person wear? On the Weekender, the dial is simple and unobtrusive while remaining easy to read. Big Arabic hour markers, with 24 hour markers on the non-chrono versions, make telling time a snap. This focus on functionality – on actual timekeeping – and not just on style is a big part of what I find attractive about the Weekender.
Functionality is a staple throughout the entire lineup. At night, Indiglo makes the face of watch as easy to read as it is during the day. In fact, I frequently comment that Indiglo is the standard that every other quartz watch with illumination is judged by. It’s that good.
On the wrist the Weekender 40 is a lightweight and comfortable companion. It’s neutral palette and design means that nearly anyone can incorporate it into their style. At 40mm it’s the perfect size for most men, and on most woman it will be oversized without being overdone.
Timex Weekender Build Quality
The brass case on the Weekender gives the watch some interesting qualities. First, it’s lightweight and will feel so on the wrist. This aids its long-term wearability and comfort- a heavy watch can fatigue the wrist over time. The tradeoff for this light weight is the noise: the movement ticks away – loudly – seemingly without any sound deadening. It’s loud, yes, but not particularly bothersome unless you’re in a room that is otherwise silent.
Crystal, Case, & Dial
The mineral crystal does its job adequately enough, and its use makes complete sense on a watch retailing under $50. The crystal sits flush with the bezel, and for long-term durability, this is definitely the way to go. A domed crystal, like the ones seen on the Bambino or this Zeppelin, can look fantastic… while also being a magnet for nicks, scratches, and dings. For a daily wearer, the Weekender is set up right.
The case itself is quite simple, devoid of any markings or engravings (even the crown and clasp are untouched) save for the caseback. I don’t have any complaints here: the simplicity completes the look established by the dial. The case is finished well, with no imperfections that I can see.
The dial is an interesting one. At most viewing distances it looks clean and well done – because it is – but up close using a 90mm macro lens (closer than your eye naturally could achieve) you can see the errant fibers of the applied markers (as seen in the high-res macro photo a bit further down this page).
Overall, it’s a great looking setup that appears to be built as good as it looks.
Strap & Clasp
When I first reviewed the Weekender 40 I called the leather strap “thin but not fragile”. What I should have said is “it looks good until it’s been worn for a few weeks”. The strap is adequate and comfortable, but it quickly wears and shows markings from where the buckle/clasp bites into the leather.
The strap is easy to manipulate and never feels stiff (even when new). However, compared to other leather straps it quickly shows its age.
I recommend replacing the strap with a quality nato. For non-leather, I recommend Barton bands; for leather, Strapsco (review in progress) seems to be pretty good.
W92 Quartz Movement
I think the movement used inside the Weekender is called the W92. I’ve had a hard time confirming that, and since I’m going to be be giving this Weekender to someone on my mailing list (which you should join if you haven’t already), I’m not going to pop the back off to confirm. All digital sources say it’s a W92.
As mentioned earlier in the review, it’s loud, and combined with a lack of sound deadening, you get this watch that “ticks” away quite audibly. If you don’t mind the noise (it’s easily drowned out with any other sound), the movement is a reliable and accurate piece that does its job well.
Toolwatch quotes this one as being accurate to within 2 seconds per day. This is on the higher end for a quartz watch, but in reality, we’re only talking a minute of deviation per month. For the price I think that’s easy enough to live with.
In the Weeknder 40, Timex Has Made an Affordable Gem
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When a watch only costs a few bucks it’s easy to let small things slide. In the Weekender, the summation of those small things amounts to a strap that you’ll want to replace after a few months and its tell-tale movement noise.
Like the much-loved Seiko 5, the Weekender series of watches stand alone in their field. There are many watches that have since tried to emulate the formula and success of the Weekender, but none of have actually been able to replicate it.
It’s the perfect “every day” or “first watch” for anyone, and it does its job without complaint or concessions. It knows what it is and it does its job very well. If you’re an enthusiast, it’s hard not appreciate the versatility and quality of build baked into a watch that costs under $50. If you’re someone new to watches, or are just looking for something that looks nice to give is a gift, the Weekender 40 is absolutely a good buy.
Go to any watch forum or community and ask about the Weekender. You’ll get the same response every time: you won’t find a better watch for the price.
I’ve got three. You should at least have one.