Wristwatch Review: the Timex Men's Elevated Classics Dress Watch

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A Business Casual Timex Delivers Looks, Performance, and Value Rugged watches that deliver can cost thousands of dollars. But, sometimes, you can find a real gem of a watch for less than $50. This watch review looks at one such example: the Timex Elevated Classics Dress watch (Model T2N6959J). 

 [I originally published this review on the now defunct Yahoo Contributors Network.  If you are looking for this specific model, it is still sold via third party sellers on Amazon.com.  Just follow the links!]

We all have certain expectations of a man’s watch. We demand highly visible numbers, excellent night visibility, readable hands, water resistance, and tough metal construction. These demands drive an industry dedicated to the production of precision timepieces that can satisfy the deep sea diver, secret agent, or commando that lurks within each of us. Rugged watches that deliver can cost thousands of dollars. But, sometimes, you can find a real gem of a watch for less than $50. This watch review looks at one such example: the Timex Elevated Classics Dress watch (Model T2N6959J).

This Timex is so humble that it doesn’t seem to even have a proper name. Yet, this watch is rapidly becoming my “go to” watch. This Timex simply has the most readable dial of any watch in my collection. Of course, the Timex Indiglo lighting system is the coolest feature of all on this watch. By simply pushing the crown, the whole face of the watch gets illuminated. This makes the watch easy to read even in total darkness.

The dial of this Timex Indiglo watch makes sense. The stark contrasts and plain fonts make this watch very easy to use. Black numbers reside at three, six, nine, and twelve o’clock on a starkly contrasting white grid background. Large black hashmarks mark the remaining hours on the face. A readable date window is positioned just inboard of the three o’clock position. Minutes are noted by smaller numerals and tick marks on the upslope of the bezel just under the mineral glass crystal. The surface of the bezel has diver style numerals at five minute intervals.

Unfortunately, these markings are useless because the bezel is fixed. That’s really the only drawback to this watch. I love rotating diver-style bezels because they are great for timing pizzas–uh–monitoring air in scuba tanks and timing commando raids. The caseback is stainless steel. The case and bezel look like stainless steel, but are made of silver-toned brushed brass. It looks like stainless steel, but allows Timex watches to sell at a more affordable price. A simple genuine 20 millimeter wide leather strap attaches the watch to your wrist. This watch seems a little less likely to want to rotate around my wrist than my Timex Weekender Chronometer-style watch. This watch is equally well-proportioned with a 42 millimeter diameter face and a 10 millimeter thick case.

Overall, this Timex is an excellent business casual men’s watch. It is equally at home in the office or at play. While it isn’t a full-fledged scuba diver, commando, parachutist watch, this Timex Elevated Classic does offer water resistance to 50 meters. At $40 to $50, this very practical watch is a great value.

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