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.
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.
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Timex Weekender Chronograph Technical Specifications
W92 quartz chronograph
Indiglo, chronograph, date display
Around 2 years
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.
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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.
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.