Do you hear that? What’s that? Oh, that’s none other than the loudest tick in the game AKA the Timex Weekender. I’ve had it for about five years now, it is reference number T2N651. The Timex Weekender is a much hyped-up watch among watch enthusiasts and just regular Joe’s. In this Timex Weekender review, I’m going to touch on the Weekender’s style and aesthetic, how to style the watch, features, and specs, interchangeability with different watch straps, condition after five years of wear and more.
Style and Aesthetic of TIMEX Weekender
So let’s just jump right in with the Weekender style and aesthetic. Timex Weekender has a simple unassuming design. Its watch face isn’t quite minimalist, due to an array of numbers, hour and minute accent markers. Additionally, it has a watch case with a polished silver finish. While it depends on personal preference, I prefer a matte finish similar to the Seiko 5 SNK models or the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical. For some reason the shiny appearance makes the Weekender look cheap in comparison. I do, however, like how the second hand’s a red color contrast against the cream dial. Also, the rounded bezel and lugs give the watch a clean and modern look.
Furthermore, I feel like the crown at the three o’clock mark is proportionately sized to the 38 millimeter dial, which achieves a nicer balance and it’s not all that difficult to set the time, which sometimes is an issue when the crown is just too small, and it just makes it really awkward to change the time. Personally, I like the smaller 38-millimeter dial. Fits perfectly for smaller sized wrists. Mine measure about six inches around and so anything from 34 millimeters to 88 typically wears well on my wrist. Finally, the Weekenders case back is made of stainless steel. And this model comes with a nylon olive strap.
For how to style the Weekender, it’s a watch that’s really great for everyday casual wear. You can wear it with a t-shirt and jeans. It’s definitely not a dress watch, even though it can be dressed up. I’d say it’s a better fit with a smart-casual aesthetic.
Feel free to dress it out with a button-up shirt, blazer, and necktie. However, I see the weekender as more of a casual watch, and so in the summertime, you can pair it with shorts, with a printed short sleeve shirt, for example. Or you can go the smart-casual route, and wear it with a cashmere or wool sweater, fitted bomber jacket, woolen trousers and suede sneakers for an inarguably crisp look. Either way, the Weekender is an extremely versatile watch that looks great with a casual look and slightly more dressed up looks as well.
Features and Specs
So, let’s talk first about the watch face. It features a creamy beige, almost white dial with big full Arabic numerals, and moving further inward there are smaller 24-hour military time number displays. The Timex logo is in all caps, it’s printed just under the 12 and 24. And the word Indiglo is typed towards the bottom near the 6 and 18. It’s got a thin hour and minute hands in the back to match the numbers and accents. For the dial, it features a classic 38 millimeter round dial with a 46-millimeter lug to lug. The red second-hand doesn’t sweep, because it’s a quartz watch, not mechanical, and so it just ticks, ticks, and ticks away. It’s definitely one of the louder ticking watches, and what the Weekender is sort of known for. The mineral glass is supposed to be scratch resistant. It’s definitely not scratch-proof because my watch has already gotten scratches. It wouldn’t be a casual Timex watch without the ubiquitous Indigo night light that makes it easy to tell the time in the dark.
Water Resistance and Popular Straps
It has a water resistance of up to 30 meters or 100 feet. And so it’s not recommended to be submerging the watch in water, but it’ll do fine in light rain or splashes of water. And now one of my favorite things about the Timex Weekender is the watch strap interchangeability. The beauty of the Timex Weekender is that it looks great paired with a myriad of different watch straps, whether you’re into a rugged quick-release suede strap or a slip-on leather NATO strap, the Weekender’s simple design will adapt accordingly. Maybe it’s summer and you prefer a nylon NATO strap. The Weekender’s beige dial will more than likely pair well with any color that you choose. What’s great about this interchangeability is that a new strap completely changes the look of the watch and showcases its extreme versatility. And don’t worry about the canvas strap the watch comes with, as you can mix and match different strap materials, colors and patterns to your heart’s content. So have fun and be creative with it.
Now I want to talk quickly about the condition of the watch five years later. And so I just want to preface this by saying I don’t wear this watch all the time. It’s not really an everyday watch for me, but I have given it a fair amount of wear over five years, and as the tagline suggests, it is a watch that does take a licking and it just keeps on ticking. I haven’t had to replace the battery yet, but it’s worth noting that I do pull the crown on my quartz watches when not wearing them. I just think it helps to preserve the life of the battery. In terms of wear and tear, there are some minor scratches on the case and one prominent scratch on the mineral glass. And I remember when that happened, it was a pretty hard hit against some rocks. All in all, my Timex Weekender is in pretty good shape after five years of wear, which says a lot about its durability.
Now it’s not all sunshine and rainbows with the Timex Weekender; there are a few negatives. And so number one is that the tick, it is really loud. And so if you’re in a quiet room, or if you’re just sitting there watching a movie and your watch is by your ear, you’re going to hear the tick, tick, tick and it does get annoying after a while. Two, the case may appear too polished for some. Three, the mineral glass isn’t all that scratch resistant and so it is going to get scratches over time. And four, the second-hand doesn’t always line up with the tick marks. This is actually a problem with lots of quartz watches, and some watches that are under five hundred dollars, and so it’s not a huge deal, but it was worth mentioning.
So how much does it cost? Currently, T2N651 is VERY affordable. You could check the current price on Amazon just here. It’s an ultra-affordable price point for what you’re getting, and it definitely puts it in a category of one of the best, or if not, the best watch or the price point. I just think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value. And if you know some watches, leave some comments down below and I’ll chime in. I’m going to link down below this watch and the 40-millimeter version and some of my NATO strap pick. So check that out down in the comments.
The bottom line is the Timex Weekender, the best budget watch out there. I would say that it’s definitely one of the best, if not the best value out there. It’s a tried and true classic and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And so you simply can’t go wrong with the trusty Weekender watch. From the ease in which you can swap out leather and NATO straps to its affordable price point make for one hell of an entry-level watch for men, women, and kids of all ages.