Timex Expedition Gallatin Analog Watch
The Timex Expedition Gallatin is an analog watch that serves as the perfect device for those who prefer something simpler. It’s designed to be rugged and highly durable and is able to stay water resistant in up to 50 meters. Its Arabic numerals imprinted on the face and casing make it very easy to read, and army time is included near the center for those who prefer it.
The date is also included on the face, and everything can be easily adjusted and reprogrammed thanks to its QuickDate feature. Buyers are also pleased with the INDIGLO night-light, which is formed by a lighted back panel and makes activities easier and safer in lowlight environments. And its surprisingly reasonable price tag makes it a terrific bargain for those who know how to properly care for it.
-Easy to set up
-Lightweight and comfortable
-Great for low-light environments
-Ideal for everyday living
-Lacks overall durability
-Can be difficult to read
-Not for those who want more features
However, those who do more intense, military-level training state that this watch can't hold up to their activities. Furthermore, since it comes with no tracking or monitoring features other than the date and time, some buyers may not feel completely comfortable using it in more rugged environments. Those who just want a basic watch that can be used in multiple settings, that won't be too harsh, can definitely get away with buying this one.
All of this is attached to a fabric nylon band that includes a traditional buckle to ensure a secure and easy fit for almost all wrist sizes up to eight inches around.
Another incredibly useful tool is the Quick Date feature, which is quite self-explanatory. Comprised of only a crown knob at the 15-minute mark, it can be pulled out and turned in either direction for quick and easy adjustment whenever it's needed.
Unfortunately, several other buyers have claimed that the longer this watch is worn the more they have to constantly reprogram it. Others state that the date feature stops working after some time, which needless to say greatly throws them off.
Many consider its lack of features to be a good thing, as it allows them to disconnect and better focus on their workouts. However, those who live a more active lifestyle and need to be connected at all times would be wise to look for something else.
Another major plus is how lightweight this watch actually is. At less than 1.5 oz., it never gets in the way of a workout and even stays easy to wear while the buyer is swimming.
Furthermore, even though its casing is a bit substantial it doesn't seem to get in the way during day-to-day activities. While those with much smaller wrists and hands may find it a bit more cumbersome, it's clear that most buyers are able to comfortably wear this model in their most common environments.
While this watch isn't offered in a wide array of colors, it's clear that buyers don't seem to mind at all. Its two most popular color combinations seem to be black/blue and green/black. There are other black versions with red or yellow accents that are sold at a limited number of retailers.
However, there are also multiple reviewers who claim that this watch fell apart after only two or three weeks of use. They've reported that the band started coming apart, the hands fell out of place, or that it just stopped working altogether even after the battery was replaced.
While this isn't entirely surprising to some buyers, given its price point and intended usage, it's still a disappointment when it's marketed as being a sturdy model.
While the hours are showcased near the outer rim, as is typical, the minutes are imprinted onto the casing to ensure easier time-telling while on the go. Army Time hours are also featured, encircling the center, for those who use that particular method more often. It even displays the current date on the right side, which can be easily programmed thanks to the watch's Quick Date feature.
Although listings don't seem to mention how long it is, it does list its width at 22mm. Both its size and material greatly add to its overall lightweight wear, although some buyers do wish that it was more resistant to gradual wear. With that said, replacement bands can easily be found on the Timex website for only $20.
Although there’s no listing that details exactly how long its band is, reviews show that it can fit up to an eight-inch wrist. It’s also 11.5mm wide, meaning that multiple wrist sizes can comfortably wear it.
Ease of Use
With that said, there’s no doubt it would become a hassle for those who are used to automatic time changes on their devices. Replacing the battery could also be a daunting task for these particular buyers, even with the help of a few online guides.
Considering how expensive smartwatches are, and how simple this particular model is, the fact that it's relatively affordable is more than welcome. However, reviews that detail its inconsistent durability and battery life do lead some to believe that those who buy this watch are getting a stark reflection of what they paid for it.
-Quick Date for easy set-up
-Water resistant in up to 50 meters
-Acrylic lens with resin case
-Double-layer nylon strap
-Reasonable $57 price tag
However, with the introduction of smartwatches and activity trackers, this particular model is definitely considered to be on the simpler side. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as a large number of buyers could either do without all the added features or would prefer to completely disconnect as they workout.
There's no doubt that this watch does leave something to be desired, especially when it comes to its overall level of durability or the fact that it requires readjusting. But for its price range, buyers seem to be satisfied with how it performs during their day-to-day lives.