Timex specializes in good, solid watches at very reasonable prices, and this one definitely fits that description. It's a near-perfect pairing of a traditional, military design on a more modern, civilian scale. The watch face is matte black with easy-to-read hands, numbers and markers. The hour and minute hands are luminous with a glow that can be read after several hours in the dark. On top of that, the watch features the Timex Indiglo function that back-lights the whole dial, making the watch readable in all conditions. The second hand has a nice arrow shape that hits the mark at about 45 out of 60 ticks. The date window is nicely integrated into the 13-to-24 military indices at 3 o'clock, and easy to read. The watch has typical quartz accuracy and so far has run about four seconds slow over three weeks' time. Not bad at all. Except for the stainless steel back, the case is brass with a stainless-looking coating that is quite convincing. A nice touch is the oversize crown, which has a solid feel and makes setting the time and date easy. The case measures 40mm in diameter; the face is about 38mm across. The lugs are 20mm. I won't comment on the strap because I wear the watch on a nylon, RAF-style strap. As a package, this is an excellent value for the money, and I recommend it highly.
A deployment clasp is a good investment to extend the life of your watch band. It's important however to choose the correct size clasp. The product description for this item says that it fits any 20 mm band. This is not correct. A watch band is measured at the point that the band meets the watch. Most bands then taper from that point to (normally) 2 mm narrower at the point where the band meets the buckle. Example: a 20mm band tapers to 18mm at the buckle; a 22mm band tapers to 20mm at the buckle. The deployment clasp replaces the buckle. This clasp is 20mm wide and fits my 22mm band which tapers to 20mm at the buckle. Measure your band at the buckle. If yours measures 20mm, this clasp is for you. If not, choose another clasp of the appropriate size. The push button mechanism can also be a little stiff when you first use it. I found that working the button over and over makes it much easier to close the clasp which was close to impossible the first few times I tried.
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