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Timex Weekender Chronograph Review

Timex Weekender Chronograph Review

Snazzy Style & Everyday Affordability Help the Weekender Chronograph Stand Out

The Timex Weekender series is a minimalist exercise in affordable timekeeping. This Chronograph (model: TW2P62300)  is another example of the things that make a Weekender great: simplicity, ease of use, and timeless style.

Timex’s Indiglo backlight is the best in the industry, and like its non-chrono sibling – the Weekender 40 – the Chronograph enjoys exceptional visibility at any time of day or night as a result.

It’s hard to find fault in such an affordable and well-made piece. I really love that you can get a great watch for well under $75.

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About Timex

Timex, as we know it today, came to be in the mid-1980’s, though the company’s history dates as far back as 1854 (in one form or another). Famous for their slogan “it takes a licking and keeps on ticking”, Timex watches have become synonymous with inexpensive, durable, reliable quartz timepieces. Learn more about Timex.

We consider Timex a reputable manufacturer and have had good experience with their watches.

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Timex Weekender Chronograph Technical Specifications

Model Number

TW2P62300GP

MSRP

$75

Case Diameter

40mm

Alternate Models

Lots available on Amazon

Movement

W92 quartz chronograph

Complications

Indiglo, chronograph, date display

Battery Life

Around 2 years

Water Resistance

30m/98ft ft.

Crystal Material

Mineral

Operating the Watch

The Weekender 40 Chronograph has two buttons, one above and one below the crown. The top button activates/stops the chronograph function, and the bottom button resets the chronograph.

Read the complete user manual here.

How To set the time:

  • Pull crown to the furthest position (position 2). Turn the crown clockwise to set the time.

How To set the date:

  • Pull the crown to the middle position (position 1) and turn clockwise to set the date.

It’s a Weekender 40… With a Chronograph!

I am a big fan of the Weekender overall. In my non-Chronograph weekender review I talked a lot about how much I enjoy the minimalist style. The chrono manages to keep the overall look without getting too cluttered.

Timex Weekender Chronograph on a Barton Blue & White Nato Strap

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The dial is high quality. The markings on the face are sharp, and even under significant zoom from my 90mm macro lens I can’t find any imperfections. The face looks just as good at night when Indiglo lights it up. Indiglo is easily the best low-light or no-light backlighting you can get in a watch. Overall, I think it’s a great looking watch. 

The tan leather nato-style strap is attractive and compliments the watch face. I’ve since replaced the stock leather strap, which is mediocre quality, with a Barton nato (pictured above). I think it’s a nice change.

Timex Weekender Chronograph Build Quality

If there was anywhere that you’d expect a sub $100 watch to compromise, it’d be in its build quality. Certainly the Weekender Chronograph makes a few small sacrifices here, but they wouldn’t prevent me from recommending the watch.

Crystal, Case, and Dial

The mineral crystal on the Weekender is good enough and somewhat resistant to scratches.  During regular use it came out no worse for wear, though regular use for me consists of office and computing work.

I don’t see it holding up well in more active or dangerous situations, and while Timex says it has 30m/98ft worth of water resistance, I don’t think I’d take it for a swim either.

Strap and Clasp

The brown leather strap looks and feels good when worn. However, it is thin leather and begins to show wear almost immediately. I doubt it will last longer than a couple of years of regular wear.

The tan leather and chrome hardware make for an attractive pair. The nato-style strap is a nice choice and fits the aesthetic really well.

Do you know what would look better and last for nearly forever? This white and navy nato strap.

Movement

The quartz chronograph movement Timex uses is called the W92. It’s a fairly simple and robust movement that powers millions of watches sold all over the world. It is not exclusive to the Weekender Chronograph. It also powers the Expedition Chronograph and many other Timex chronograph models.

Very little information can be found about it when searching online. I was only able to find the user manual and not much else.

A Solid Watch At a Fair Price

The Weekender Chronograph has an MSRP of $75, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen it for sale for more than $65 on Amazon.

Considering the nato leather strap, chronograph movement, and overall quality of build, it’s not really fair to compare the Weekender Chronograph to the Casio’s and Seiko 5’s that dominate comparables at that price point. You will find things like the Invicta 90242-002, the Seiko 5 SNK809 (read our review),  and dozens of other options (the vast majority of which fall into “fashion watch” territory).

Considering the 2-4 year estimated battery life, 1-year warranty, awesome minimalist looks, and above-paygrade build quality, I feel that the Weekender Chronograph is absolutely good value for money. It doesn’t try to pretend to be something it isn’t, and instead just does a good job of being what it is.

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About The Author

If it ticks or tocks Cameron probably wants to have it on his wrist. Founder of the website, and lover of things that keep good time, Cameron likely wrote this article three or four times before it was published (and there's probably still a grammatical error in there somewhere... d'oh!)

11 Comments

  1. CHris

    Great review. I own the watch and love it but my only complaint is the feel of the watch. It feels cheap in my opinion. There are other watching at that price point that feels more durable, especially the crown when adjusting the time/date. The good thing is that I pretty much just wear the watch and don’t have to fiddle with it so I rarely “experience” the cheap feel. Other than that, I completely agree with the review.

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    • Cameron Martel

      The crown definitely lacks that durability piece. I chose to ignore it due to the infrequency of the problem.

      How long have you had yours?

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      • CHris

        I’ve owned it for about 8 months. I only wear it about 5 times a month but so far, nothing’s broken. I would still recommend it for a great looking budget watch.

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  2. Darren

    I just recently purchased this watch with the Navy Blue NATO strap and love it, my favorite weekender so far (and I own a few). Purchased a medium brown leather NATO strap and it suits the watch perfectly.

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  3. Dennis

    I would like to purchase this watch, but came across some problems when testing it out in the store. I can easily start the chronograph, but resetting it seems difficult. I see the hands moving when I press the button to reset everything, but not all of the hands go to the proper starting position. For example, the seconds hand sometimes goes to zero while the minute and hour hands reset to random numbers. This was true on other weekender chronographs that I tried to use in the store. I also tested the expedition chronograph and has no problems. Am I doing something wrong with the Weekender Chronograph? It’s strange that this problem was consistent with every Weekender I tested at the store.

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    • Dennis

      Actually solved my own problem. Decided to play with it a little more at the store and realized that the chronograph just needed to be recalibrated. After doing so, it worked perfectly and I decided to buy it.

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  4. Victor

    I was keen on buying this watch, but their awful design decision to cut the 6 and 10 numbers with the chrono dials really put me off. So I went with a Waterbury Chronograph as the dial is cleaner and less chopped up 🙂

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