It’s time for us to have another hands-on review of a Timex piece, once again from their Intelligent Quartz line. Â As you can tell from the post title, this particular watch was quite the title (and set of functionality). Â Let’s have a look at what sets this one apart, shall we?
I once read a comment regarding quartz watches, and it resonated with me (pun not intended, yet still appreciated). Â Basically, the person stated that if you’re going to have a quartz watch, it should do something that a mechanical watch doesn’t easily do. Â For this particular model (ref. T49867AT), the biggest differentiator is of course the compass function (more on that in a bit). Â As long as we’re talking features, let’s do a quick rundown on the specs:
- Â 44mm case
- Timex Intelligent Quartz Movement
- Fly-back chrono function (up to four hours)
- Electronic compass with magnetic declination compensation
- Second time zone
- 20mm leather (water-resistant) strap
- 100m water resistance
- Indiglo backlight
So, what does the “flyback” descriptor mean? Â Basically, if you reset the chrono function, the indicator hand (the skeletonized arrow) will fly back to the home position, rather than continuing around in a clockwise fashion. Â In theory, this could lead to a quicker pickup when you need to restart timing.
Now, for the most interesting feature – the compass. Â It’s fairly simple to operator – press the pusher at the 8 o’clock position, and the same hand that indicates for the chrono will swing around to pick up magnetic north. Â If it’s on your wrist, this is hit or miss. Unbuckled, though, it’s fairly accurate. Â Just be sure to rotate that bezel around to mark where north is, because the electronic indicator only lasts for a few seconds.
Speaking of unbuckled, the strap was the least pleasant part of this watch. Â I found it to be overly stiff, even after wearing it for a few days. Â This is likely due to it’s waterproof nature, but something you should be aware of (if I bought the watch, I’d be changing the strap out). Â You will also want to note that the bezel is bi-directional, and does not click. Â In other words, it can be very easily (and unintentionally) moved.
So, at $175, is this the watch for you? Â There are other watches that will indicate direction, and time things for you – both those are generally digital displays. Â In terms of an analog display, this will be one of your best options in the quartz segment that has this combination features.