8 of the Best Field Watches from Timex in 2024: Features and Reviews

Written by – Updated on April 29, 2024
8 of the Best Field Watches from Timex in [currentyear]: Features and Reviews

Timex is one of the oldest watch companies, producing affordable and versatile digital and analog watches that we all seem to love. Their stuff looks great too, otherwise they wouldn't be around still!

Timex has 165 years of experience producing high-quality timepieces that stand the test of time. [R] With each timepiece, you will for sure get your money's worth (and if not, you can always return it).

After extensive research, I'd like to share the best and toughest Timex watches with you, as well as the company's rich history.

If you're new to the brand or looking to expand your outdoor watch collection, Timex is worth considering.

If you're new to the brand or looking to expand your watch collection, Timex is worth considering.

Timex 41 mm Navi XL Auto Watch - Our Overall Favorite

The Timex 41 mm Navi XL Auto watch is a modern, sophisticated diver with a sleek yet manly design. 

It features a durable stainless steel case and a comfortable leather strap. The dial is clean and uncluttered, with luminous hands and indexes. The watch is powered by automatic movement (no batteries needed) and is water-resistant to 100 meters. The Timex 41 mm Navi XL Auto Watch is an excellent choice for everyday wear, whether out in the field or in the office.

We’re looking for a field watch after all, so we prefer the black-on-black version of this watch without any shiny stainless or chrome parts.

This watch is for the guy who wants to look tough but can't commit to the full-on large plastic watch. It's got a stainless steel case and a mineral crystal dial window, so it means business (in a sophisticated way). But the date window at the 3 o'clock position and the 24-hour subdial give it a softer, more approachable look. And it's comfortable to wear, thanks to the adjustable leather band.

So if you're looking for a watch that says you're ready for anything but with taste, this is the one for you. Just don’t drop it in the harbor if you ever take up diving.

Benefits

  • Awesome looking watch without being “blingy”
  • Clear case back shows exposed automatic movement rotor
  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Solid water resistance

Drawbacks

  • Not quite as legible as you’d expect in the dark
  • Automatic movements don't require batteries but are more complex than quartz movements
  • Doesn’t have a sapphire crystal

NanaDC Badass Rating: 4/5

  • It’s black, it’s beastly without being big, and it’s got a bunch of lume. This is a defacto military-style watch if we’ve ever seen one. We like it a lot.

NanaDC Sauve Rating: 3/5

  • The automatic movement is what makes this watch sophisticated. The leather band is just the icing on the cake. We probably wouldn’t wear this with a suit though, or even a cardigan. Unless you want to subtly make a statement that you have a passionate life and you're not some office dweeb.

Watch specifications:

  • Case diameter: 41millimeters
  • Band/strap & lug width: 20 millimeters
  • Model number: TW2U10000ZV 
  • Year introduced: 2019

Similar watches for your research: Timex Huckberry Navi XL, Timex Navi Harbor


Timex Expedition North Field - Top-Notch Solar Powered

The Timex Expedition North is an instant classic in our book and makes this list because of its solar-powered technology.

Solar is nothing new, but it’s a solid feature and not ever changing a battery is a big bonus in a watch like this (you won’t ever have to worry about compromising the water tightness of the caseback which is common when replacing batteries). The Timex Expedition sources its power from natural or artificial light.

Timex watches are designed to be extremely durable. The Ranger collection is no exception. The analog-designed watch is protected from diving or expedition abuse by a water resistance of 100 meters, a stainless case, and a scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Another advantage of the Timex Expedition series is its easy readability, thanks to the blue dial with luminescent hands, and hour and minute markers.

A four-month power reserve ensures optimal battery life with minimal charging.

The tan leather strap can be adjusted to ensure maximum comfort.

Benefits

  • Solar-powered watch; can charge under any light source
  • Superior four-month power reserve
  • Easy-to-read dial and analog display
  • Water-resistant of up to 100 meters

Drawbacks

  • A bit pricier than other options
  • Lume on the dial isn’t as bright as others on this list

NanaDC Badass Rating: 3/5

  • It’s solar-powered, so that’s pretty badass tech in our book. This is a smart-looking watch that almost anyone can wear casually without getting a second look from anyone. That’s a good thing sometimes, even if you’re a Navy Seal trying to just get coffee.

NanaDC Sauve Rating: 3/5

  • The brown leather strap gives it an extra star, otherwise, it’d only be a 2. My girlfriend said she’d like this watch on me since it’s straight to the point and not trying too hard like some of the others on this list.

Watch specifications:

  • Case diameter: 41millimeters
  • Band/strap & lug width: 20 millimeters
  • Model number: TW2V03600JR
  • Year introduced / Model Year: 2021

Similar watches for your research: Timex Expedition


Timex Expedition Digital Shock CAT Watch - Premium Value

Timex watches are typically bought because you want to receive all of the features at a fair price. The Timex Expedition Digital Shock CAT watch is no exception and a great watch for your hard-earned dough.

First and foremost, we must emphasize its tough design. A no-nonsense feel is obvious by the shock-resistant hardened resin casing that can sustain impact from major hits. It's not an elegant watch, but that's not the goal.

Yes, your Timex watch will survive the hike without a hitch.

Also, it has many useful extras that you can take advantage of. We'll begin with supporting two different time zones. It is possible to adjust the time to match the time zone in which you happen to find yourself in.

Individuals who find it more convenient to work with military time may benefit from switching to a 24-hour format. The digital time display is illuminated with Indiglo Backlight Technology so that you can read it in the dark. Excellent usability thanks to a 10-year battery life [R], month calendar, and day-of-the-week display.

Benefits

  • Hardened resin case is shock-resistant
  • Dual-time zone mode makes it easier to adjust the time in your current location
  • 24-hour format suits those who prefer military time
  • Indiglo Backlight Technology provides easy readability at night or in dark areas
  • 10-year battery life

Drawbacks

  • Digital display may be hard to read when viewed under direct sunlight
  • The plastic band is not as strong compared to a stainless steel bracelet and nylon strap

NanaDC Badass Rating: 4/5

  • It’s big, it’s black, and it’s got a badass price. This watch doesn’t have GPS or an altimeter or anything fancy in it, but when do you need that? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen special forces wear this watch along with G-shocks, so if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for us!

NanaDC Sauve Rating: 0/5

  • Big and bulky, with big white markings. Sophistication is not what the doctor ordered for this baby. In the field, that’s not a bad thing when toughness and legibility count. In this case, the lower the score the better!

Watch specifications:

  • Case diameter: 45millimeters
  • Band/strap & lug width: 22 millimeters
  • Model number: T49896
  • Year introduced: 2017

Similar watches for your research: Timex Ironman, Timex Indiglo, Timex Expedition


Marathon By Timex Digital Full-Size Watch - Ultimate Saver's Pick

Timex's affordable collection of watches appeals to budget-conscious customers in addition to those gunning for high-quality features and stylish timepieces.

One example of such a reasonably priced outdoor watch is the Timex Marathon Full-Size. With all the other Timex watches on this page, this one is my favorite for the price if you’re going outdoors and going rough and tumble (and expect to replace the watch in the not too distant future). You can see why from the following list of specs.

It has a multitude of functions, including a 24-hour stopwatch, a 24-hour military time display, and an hourly chime.

You also have a sleek, up-to-date calendar interface with which to plan out your days. [R] In low light or the wee hours of the night, you can still read your Marathon watch thanks to its Indiglo night light.

Weighing in at just 1.76 ounces, it barely registers on the wrist. Features include a black resin case and water resistance of up to 50 meters. This affordable watch provides all the essentials and more to help you run an actual marathon, or simply the race of life.

Benefits

  • 24-hour format suits those who prefer military time display
  • Indiglo night-light feature makes the dial easy to read in dark areas
  • Lightweight composition ensures wrist comfort
  • Affordable price tag

Drawbacks

  • Retro 90’s style display isn’t as legible as some more modern watches
  • Compared to stainless steel, nylon, and leather, resin is significantly weaker.

NanaDC Badass Rating: 3/5

  • The light-colored liquid crystal display makes this watch more “sporty” and less tough-looking, which is a good thing if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s still a manly-man-looking watch though, probably worn by someone who plays sports or works out on a serious level. 43 mm would be too big for women to wear most likely.

NanaDC Sauve Rating: 2/5

  • This is more “polished” than some other bulky plastic watches, due to the round design and white/gray display. If you need to wear a big tough watch like this but still want to run into the office and wear it one day, it’s perfectly good-looking (assuming it’s not filthy and covered with mud).

Watch specifications:

  • Case diameter: 43millimeters
  • Band/strap & lug width: 15 millimeters
  • Model number: TW5K94800
  • Year introduced: (not a new release)

Similar watches for your research: Timex Ironman, Timex Expedition


Timex Expedition Camper Nylon Strap Watch

The Timex Expedition Camper is a solid no-frills military/field timepiece with a nylon strap. It is water-resistant to 50 meters and has an INDIGLO® night-light. The watch is powered by a quartz movement and has a mineral crystal. The watch is 42mm in diameter and 12mm thick.

The Timex Expedition Camper Nylon Strap Watch is a watch that is designed for those who enjoy the outdoors. It has a quartz movement and a battery life of up to 2 years. It was released in 2017. The Timex Expedition Camper Nylon Strap Watch is available in two colors: black and green. 

Someone wearing this watch on an adventure won’t have to worry about it and can let it do its job which is to tell time. The two color options give you the ability to choose a watch that will match your style.

Benefits

  • Durable for hunting and fishing
  • Won’t snag on clothes or equipment
  • Colors blend in well with most camouflage

Drawbacks

  • Smallish, short wristband
  • The band can be uncomfortable
  • customers say water resistance is questionable

NanaDC Badass Rating: 3/5

  • It’s small but it means business, and the functional Nato strap screams “field use.” We probably should put a higher score since it’s such a cool and functional piece. And in the case of an outdoor watch, functionality is the most important.

NanaDC Sauve Rating: 2/5

  • Sure it’s camo-colored but it’s a sharp-looking watch. The dial is better the more we look at it. I think it will grow on you like the gauges on your favorite car! Every other car will feel weird after.

Watch specifications:

  • Case diameter: 39 millimeters
  • Band/strap & lug width: 20 millimeters
  • Model number: T42571JV
  • Year introduced: 2017.

Similar watches for your research: Timexes with Nato straps, Timex t42571jv, Timex Weekender, Timex Expedition Acadia, Timex t42571, Timex Ironman


Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Watch

The Expedition series chronograph watch from Timex is yet another model that commands attention.

To begin, the dial of the watch features not one, not two, but three sub-dials that display the time down to 1/20th of a second for about 30 minutes. At the 4 o'clock position, there is a date window for added flair.

Rather than displaying the time in the standard 12-hour format, a chronograph watch like this displays the time in Arabic numerals and/or simple tick marks for the minutes, from five to sixty. Very fashionable at the moment, but we're into it.

It's one of the few examples of a Timex watch with an integrated tachymeter, a device that calculates the elapsed time based on the user's constant speed. The quartz movement in my Timex watches guarantees impeccable timing, and I don’t expect anything else in this case either.

As it is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters, you can wear it while swimming or participating in other water sports. Weighing in at a light 2.72 ounces, it won't weigh down your wrist.

Benefits

  • Sub-dials optimize time readings
  • Quartz movement provides reliable accuracy
  • Water-resistant of up to 100 meters

Drawbacks

  • Tracking time may be confusing for some due to the lack of a 12-hour format
  • Watch hands tend to overlap the sub-dials

NanaDC Badass Rating: 4/5

  • Chronographs are way cool, especially big black ones. The brown strap softens it and makes this a great-looking watch at home in the shop or out in the sticks.

NanaDC Sauve Rating: 3/5

  • The smell of a leather strap on your wrist is pretty suave. This almost looks like a pilot watch, without going overboard. Just sophisticated enough. We can see many different people appreciating this watch.

Watch specifications:

  • Case diameter: 43 millimeters
  • Band/strap & lug width: 19.5 millimeters
  • Model number: T49905
  • Year introduced: 2009.

Similar watches for your research: Timex men's expedition scout chronograph, Timex weekender, Timex t49905, Timex t499


Timex Ironman Essential 30 Watch

The Timex Ironman Essential 30 watch is a great choice for any thrill-seeker or adventurer who likes to play hard.

The 30-lap memory can be accessed at any moment during the 100-hour chronograph. In order to keep track of the time spent on various activities throughout the day, a lap timer is a useful accessory to have.

The silicone strap that encircles the watch face will feel great on your wrist.[R] Grayscale digital display with Indiglo Backlight Technology for easy reading.

The dual time zone display allows you to choose between the local time and the time where you normally reside, significantly improving the usability of the app.

Timex Ironman watches have a 100-meter water resistance depth, a 42-millimeter case diameter, a 24-hour countdown counter, and a 24-hour time format.

Benefits

  • Lap timer helps you check elapsed time equally
  • Comfortable silicone band
  • Indiglo Backlight Technology features provide easy readability at night
  • Dual time features let you change time more convenient

Drawbacks

  • Acrylic crystal is more breakable than mineral and sapphire crystal
  • 42-mm case diameter may be too chunky for some

NanaDC Badass Rating: 2/5

  • Pretty big watch, this. Easy to read at a glance. The round form factor doesn’t lend itself to a rugged look and gives it more of a runner’s watch look instead of a tactical watch. Which is exactly what this is. Doesn’t need to try too hard, it just needs to tell the time.

NanaDC Sauve Rating: 1/5

  • Train, check the time, and keep training. This is a functional watch, not meant to be flashy. In that, it excels perfectly. Also, its round form factor would let women pull this off without looking like wannabe soldiers.

Watch specifications:

  • Case diameter: 42 millimeters
  • Band/strap & lug width: 18 millimeters
  • Model number: TW5M14500
  • Year introduced: 2017

Similar watches for your research: Timex tw5m24600, Timex Ironman triathlon, Timex Ironman classic


Timex Weekender Watch

What a solid little field chronometer, the Timex Weekender! You can pick from several different models. The military-inspired camouflage NATO band is the one I like the most stunning personally. [R]

The straps can also come in a variety of colors, such as black, titanium, olive, and red. They can be made from either cloth or leather. There is no wrong answer here; your wrist will be comfortable with any of these bands.

All of the watches in the Timex Weekender line feature both 12-hour and 24-hour Arabic numerals. Some people might find the military-style format more user-friendly.

Timex watches, like many others, have Indiglo Backlight Technology so that the dial glows in the dark or when lighting conditions are otherwise unfavorable.

The battery life won't be an issue (even with Indiglo) as it should be for 10 years. The buckle clasp on the Timex Weekender watch makes it simple to put on and take off.

Benefits

  • Fabric and leather straps are sweat-proof
  • Readable Arabic numerals
  • 24-hour format suits those who prefer military time
  • Indiglo Backlight Technology
  • Battery lifespan of up to 10 years
  • Can be easily inserted with a buckle clasp

Drawbacks

  • None really
  • Camo strap isn't for everyone

NanaDC Badass Rating: 3/5

  • We love the chromed brass and the camo. Can’t go wrong with that, and this is one watch that gets it right. Most others don’t.  This watch isn’t meant to stand out, it’s meant to do its job and if it is noticed, to be appreciated for being a great-looking little watch.

NanaDC Sauve Rating: 1/5

  • Men typically try to appeal to women when they want to look slick or sophisticated, but camo on a watch isn’t the way to be suave or the way to a woman’s heart. Buy this watch for you, not to impress anyone else.

Watch specifications:

  • Case diameter: 38 millimeters
  • Band/strap & lug width: 20 millimeters
  • Model number: T2N647
  • Year introduced: 2011

Similar watches for your research: Timex Fairfield 37mm, Timex tw2r26400, Timex tw2p91100, Timex Fairfield 41mm


Worst Timex Field Timepieces - Timex Waterbury

Timex Waterbury Field Watch in Silver Bracelet Wristband.

The Timex Waterbury has garnered a mix of admiration and critique, though it's not without its fair share of grievances. Here's a rundown of what some wearers find less appealing:

  • Timekeeping Issues: Some users have reported that their Timex Waterbury was running slow by nearly 5 minutes, raising concerns about the accuracy and reliability of its quartz mechanism​​​​.
  • Design Choices: One of the criticisms revolves around the Waterbury GMT's unidirectional bezel, which some users prefer to be bidirectional. Additionally, the hollow end links and the absence of a screw-down crown have been pointed out as drawbacks, alongside a preference for automatic movement over quartz​​.
  • Average Lume & Thin Strap: For the Waterbury Traditional Day-Date, users have noted that the lume is average and lacks the Timex "Indiglo" feature, which is a staple for the brand. Also, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) strap is considered a bit thin, which might detract from the overall feeling of quality and durability​​.
  • Loud Movement Winder: Some have found the movement winder to be quite loud. When the watch is in motion, it produces a noticeable humming sound on the wrist, which, while not overly annoying, is impossible to ignore​​.
  • Unnecessarily Thick Case: The case thickness of the Waterbury Classic Automatic is 12mm, which is on par with most diver-style watches. This thickness is questioned by some, who wonder why a casual daily wear watch needs to be so robust, suggesting it might be due to the thickness of the Japanese Miyota automatic movement housed within​​.

Where Can I Buy Timex Field Wristwatches?

There are a few different places where you can buy Timex outdoor watches. One place is the Timex website. Another place is Amazon. You can also find them at some rather non-luxurious department stores, such as Macy's

Are Timex Watches a Good Value for the Money?

Yes, Timex watches are an excellent value in our opinion. They’re “cheap” but well-built. $30-$300 will get you most Timex watches. $200-300 is on the more expensive side for this brand, but you’ll get your money’s worth.

What is the Warranty on Timex Watches?

The Timex Field timepiece comes with a one-year warranty from the date of purchase. This warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship in the watch. It does not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear, accidents, or misuse. If your watch needs service during the warranty period, please contact Timex customer service for instructions on how to return your watch for repair or replacement.

How durable are these Timex Field Timepieces?

Timex Watches are incredibly durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. They are typically made with high-quality materials and are built to last. I have had many Timexes over the years and I haven’t had any problems with inferior watches from lesser brands.

What are the Top-Quality Timex watches for children?

Kids love “cool” watches, and these Timexes won’t break the bank. There are a few different types of Timex field timepieces that would be great for children. The first type is the Timex Expedition, which is a great watch for kids who are active and outdoorsy. It has a durable design and is water resistant, making it perfect for kids who are always on the go. The second type of Timex outdoor watch that would be great for children is the Timex Ironman.

What's the History Of The Timex Brand?

8 of the Best Field Watches from Timex in [currentyear]: Features and Reviews

In 1854, Timex shot to fame because of their affordable pocket watches. From its foundation in roughly 1901, the watch company boasted the production of six million pocket watches.

It was in 1914 when Timex began producing wristwatches. The success of the Ironman and Timex Indiglo watch lines helped propel the company to new heights in the years that followed.

During Timex's resurgence, new lines of watches have been introduced.

To further expand its customer base, Timex wisely partnered with popular brands including Peanuts, Todd Synder, The Good Company, and the NFL.

The Timex corporate office is presently located in the Netherlands. The United States, the Philippines, and India are just a few of the locations where global operations are headquartered.

As evidenced by their newest offerings, Timex watches continue to be innovative in terms of design and technology. Given that, it's no surprise that Timex "takes a licking and continues on ticking."

Timex Adventure And Sports Watches

Are you the adventurous type or just need a watch for your next trip?

A Timex Adventure Watch worn by a person while at sea.

Then I suggest going for timepieces that are listed in the Timex Adventure and Sports category. Most field wristwatches are built for outdoor adventures and other strenuous activities.

These usually make up rugged designs that can protect themselves from external damage like scratches, corrosion falls, and collisions. Also, Timex Adventure and Sport watches contain superior water-resistant qualities.

Most watches under this collection offer either fabric or nylon straps that have impressive sweat-proof abilities.

Overall

Timex is one of the most well-known watch manufacturers in the world, and its products consistently amaze both die-hard customers and connoisseurs. Each watch it manufactures successfully combines a low price, useful features, and a sleek design.

I trust you enjoyed reading about the many Timex watches, collections, and reputable history. Good luck in your search for the one that satisfies your desire for both a refined aesthetic and a powerful performance.

If you have any clarifications or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

What do Customers Say About Timex Field Wristwatches?

“I have kind of small wrists, so I was looking for a field-style watch that would fit me well. I found the Hamilton Khaki and it was perfect. It was also under $100, so I was very happy with my purchase. The watch is very comfortable to wear and I love the military style. You should add that to your site, along with models from Bertucci. There's some solid alternatives besides Timex. - Tim from Savannah Georgia