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REVIEW: Timex IQ Flyback Chrono

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Over the last year, we’ve reviewed quite a variety of different models from the Timex IQ line.  Today, we’ll have a look at one of the most polished pieces (in terms of appearance, not necessarily finish) that I’ve had cross my desk.

The model in question is the T2N705ZA, which also goes by the nom de plume of Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph.  So, based on that name (and the fact it’s a Timex), we already can know quite a few things about the watch:

  • It’s powered by their reliable quartz movement
  • It features a chrono function that has the second hand sweeping back to the home (when you reset it) in the shortest path – similar to a snap-back feature we see in higher-end mechanical chronographs
  • It has the ever-present (and quite useful) Indiglo EL backlight

For the chronograph function, it worked just as you would expect it to – though it does have a surprisingly short upper limit (4 hours).  Of course, if I was timing something for that long (or longer) relying on the watch, I’d probably forget to keep an eye on it.  For the shorter duration (ie, under a minute), you’ve got a tachymeter scale on the fixed bezel that you can use to determine speed.

Indiglo only

This functionality is house in a 43mm case (12mm thick) that both looks and wears smaller than that (perhaps closer to 40mm).  With mineral glass up front and the steel caseback, you get a water resistance rating of 100 meters, so you can easily go for a swim with the piece.  This is a good thing, because with the ultra-soft (and flexible) 20mm silicone strap, you’ll want to get this watch in the water.

Plus lume

Of course, if you’re not in the water, this watch has a rather classy presentation (in my eyes).  With the main black / white / polished color pallete (and some splashes of red), it definitely has a higher end look to it.  That sense carries forward when you take a closer look at the dial as well, with the textures used.

If you’re looking for a solidly built quartz chrono that will work at the office as well as on the weekend, I think this is a solid option.  In terms of pricing, it’s available directly from Timex for $160.  Perhaps a bit higher than we might expect for a quartz, but when compared to the remainder of the Premium IQ line, it’s pretty reasonable.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Looks like the chronograph minute counter (0 – 9) is a retrograde complication. Funny they don’t hype that. And the chrono hour counter (also retrograde?) seems odd as it has both a 0 – 4 and a 0 – 24 scale. What happens after 4 hours of timing? Does the hand now indicate hours from 0 (actually 4) to 24 of elapsed time?

    The red portion of the tachymeter scale seems completely wrong to me. Unlike a dive bezel (or even better a count down scale), I can’t see a purpose for speeds from infinity down to 240 being red while the rest are blue.

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