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Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

As its name implies, the Timex Archive collection is a series of watches influenced by the storied history of the American watch company, Timex. For watch enthusiasts there are some real bargains in here, and for those just getting into timepieces – there are some excellent ways to enjoy a classic look with a modern edge. Right now I’m looking at two interesting Archive Collection watches in the Metropolis sub-family of timepieces. What these two watches have in common are some design/material treatments as well as a neat new reversible strap that features a stripe of reflective material on one side. This reflective material is actually pretty cool – even if you aren’t going for that night runner look. One Metropolis watch is the three-hand Allied, while the chronograph model is the Allied Chrono. Each are well under $200 in price.

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

All images by Ariel Adams

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The most refreshing part of the Timex Archive collection is that the watches are inspired by the past, but clearly not stuck in it. The unspoken design ethos here is to take popular vintage-style designs, and freshen them up a bit for modern consumption. Timex seems to implicitly understand that the look of function-focused watch designs from the past (when people still mostly relied on their wristwatch to tell the time) mixed with modern material treatments, colors, and design sensibilities is a wise strategy for appealing to today’s consumers. Unlike most fashion watches at these price levels, Timex doesn’t seem to forget that its products should first and foremost actually be good watches. This means that on top of spirited looks, these watches are comfortable, legible, and built for dependability. Such a claim cannot be made for many of the other approximately $150–$200 priced watches out there.

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Clearly without wanting to confuse you, Timex produces both a watch called the Allied Chronograph and the Allied Chrono. Yes these watches are similar – but actually different watches, with different cases, and different straps (though they share the same movement). This particular Timex Allied Chrono is the reference TW2R76800LG, which means it has an off-white dial and a steel case with a sandblasted finish. The first interesting detail is the color of the dial, which is actually modified by the crystal. Timex gives this crystal a light “smoked finishing,” which means it is just a hair bit darker than a standard clear crystal. The effect doesn’t really reduce legibility, and adds an interesting sense of personality and character to the design.

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Allied Chrono case is water-resistant to 100m and is a decent 43mm wide on the wrist. Timex points out that the case material is brass (like many mechanical watch movement parts) while the exterior is steel. They aren’t entirely clear on how that is achieved, though I am guessing the steel outside is plated and then given the sandblasted finishing. The Allied Chrono dial is simple (in a vintage-style manner) but legible and attractive. The “light cement” color of the dial is matched with slightly glossy hour markers and orange color accents. The hands are properly sized and easy to read while also being painted with luminant. I want to forward a suggestion to Timex here that the hands be colored the same color as the hour markers in order to further aesthetic harmony. Lose out on darkness viewing you say? Not here. Most of us watch collectors have long forgotten Timex’s signature feature, which is a backlight they call INDIGLO. The feature is still as neat as it was when I first played with it as a child – being activated by pressing in the crown. When the crown is pressed, the entire dial glows an “ectoplasmic” green offering easy readability in even total darkness. So maybe it isn’t a terrible idea to make the hands black… or at least the outlines in black.

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the Timex Allied Chrono is a caliber M921 quartz chronograph movement produced by them. The movement has the time, date, and a 1/20th of a second chronograph complication. I should also point out that you can independently set the hour hand, which is good for traveling. This is also how you set the date. For a sub-$200 watch the detailing is really nice, including features such as a flange ring around the dial and well-detailed, crisp case construction. Attached to the 43mm wide case is a 20mm wide gray-color semi-NATO-style strap (given that it slips through the lug spring bars as opposed to being connected to them). The strap is produced and designed by Timex. It also happens to be rather comfortable.

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Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

I recall Timex showing me these straps last year and being excited about them. One side of this gray-colored strap is woven polyester with an attractive pattern. The other side – which is how I am wearing it in the images – is nylon, with a reflective “racing stripe” down the middle. That the strap is produced from two different layers is interesting in and of itself. Reversing the strap is actually really simple and just involves pulling out the strap, flipping it around, and then weaving the other side into spring bars. One of the most clever design features of the strap is how it is meant to have the buckle tongue move to either side depending what side of the strap you are using. I also like that its reversibility is very discreet – meaning if no one ever told you that the strap was designed to be reversible, you might easily miss that detail. Some might take issue with this discreet design choice, but I happen to like little “secrets” such as this.

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The other Timex Archive Collection Metropolis watch on my wrist here is the reference TW2R75100LG Allied quartz movement-powered three-hand model with a smokey orange-tinted crystal and of course, the utility of the INDIGLO backlight system. This is a great looking timepiece with a fun personality thanks to the modern-themed reflective dual-side strap (this time in navy blue color) and the colorful take on the classic field watch dial. Military watch lovers will instantly find appeal in this dial style, while fashionistas will like the play on colors and materials. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, to make old watches look fresh… simply apply a new coat of paint.

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Metropolis Allied comes in the same style case but with a 40mm wide size and oddly only 50m of water resistance. One might think that with its extra pushers the Allied Chrono would have less water resistance, but the reserve is true in this instance. If water resistance is more important to you in a three-hand vintage-military look, then Timex also offers the Archive Collection Metropolis Navi Ocean models that have 100m of water resistance (albeit in a 38mm wide case with a rotating diver’s-style bezel). Unlike the chronograph movement, this three-hand movement is a bit on the louder side (although not as loud as a standard Swatch), which is important to note for those who want a silent timepiece.

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

If you don’t fancy the reflective strap with the orange Allied watch, then Timex also offers an almost identical watch in the reference TW2R31000LG Timex Scout. All that appears to be different about the Scout compared to the Allied is the strap, which is also reversible but with orange and gray stripes on one side, and all gray on the other side. More so, if smoked orange isn’t your thing, then the Timex Allied is also available as the reference TW2R75200LG with a black and yellow dial, slightly different reversible strap, and an “aged steel” case aesthetic for the same price.

Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied & Allied Chrono Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Putting myself in the mindset of someone in the market for a conservative but spirited sub-$200 sport watch and something from Timex would certainly be on my short list. The vintage-style aesthetics with modern design sensibilities make for an easy draw, but so does Timex’s dedication to making the best possible product at these affordable price points. Nothing flashy, just a durable, decent tool watch that isn’t objectionable to look at. Your new beater watch could very well be one of these. The Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied Chrono reference TW2R76800LG has a retail price of $170 USD and the Allied reference TW2R75100LG has a retail price of $140 USD. timex.com

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  • Bill Davidson

    Ariel, you should run for President.

    • Jean Genie

      Marius beat him to that?

      • Did Marius move from his chateau in Côte de Beaune to New Zealand?

        • Mikita

          He moved to his villa in Pattaya, Thailand.

        • Jean Genie

          I once went on a bender
          In Beaune
          Alone

    • Disillusioned Gene

      THAT’S when I move to New Zealand. 🙂

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Now now Gene. I don’t want to see you go off on one again. Do try to contain yourself.

        • Disillusioned Gene

          OK, I’ll vote for him after all.
          #Adams2028

      • Sheez Gagoo

        The only country more boring than Switzerland. Well, maybe Luxemburg.

        • Disillusioned Gene

          Yeah, you’re right. I should probably move to a more exciting country. Like Kyrgyzstan.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Almost every country that finishes with -stan seemes to be quite exciting.

          • Mikita

            Try Switzerstan.

        • Drazen B

          Funny, we think that of the US and UK.
          I know it ain’t fair, but it is what it is.

          • Pierre du Nord

            If u b tired of London
            U is tired of life

            In a New York minute
            You could take in more great art or jazz or cocktails
            Than anywhere else

          • Drazen B

            Nah, not tired of places, but possibly tired of people who cannot properly speak or write English there.

          • Pieter deHatter

            Kinda like here. 🙂

          • egznyc

            In a New York minute you wouldn’t have time to enjoy your cocktail. Cocktails take time to enjoy. The same is true with country miles.

          • Pierre du Nord

            True! But I could enjoy my Cocktail Time?

          • egznyc

            That was exactly what I was hoping you might say ;-).

          • Pierre du Nord

            Take to the highway won’t you lend me your name
            Your way and my way seem to be one and the same

        • Pierre du Nord

          I’ll take Geneva over Lyon any day.

          • Pieter deHatter

            I’ll take Liege, My Liege.

          • Nicolas de l’Est

            I’m old fashioned and I’ll take a Manhattan.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Ok

      • Pierre du Nord

        Me too, Guillaume.

        • Pieter deHatter

          Never to be trolling a deHatter. You will to be getting the Flanders Faceslap and the Ghent Ghutpunch.

          • Pierre du Nord

            In Bruges
            I rubbed shoulders
            (Broad shoulders)
            With Gabriela Sabatini

            I think it was 1999
            And all was fine
            Had just spent a night

            In Gent
            My reserves
            Were spent

            Too many fine brews
            Some kwaks and all that
            At dem pubs
            Under the bridge

          • Pieter deHatter

            Beautiful. Not to be giving Flanders Faceslap to you for the now being.

          • Pierre du Nord

            In Flanders FaceSlap the bruises grow
            Between the wrinkles, row on row
            That mark the place where BILL did throw
            Them Jersey punches, Thunder Road

    • Marius
      • Raymond Wilkie

        Men play bingo?

        • Drazen B

          No. They are there to interfere and keep order when the Bingo ladies go mental.

        • Jean Genie

          Real men do.

      • Ariel has been to Kiev.

        • IG

          Since then there’s a war.

          • And have the bingo clubs changed in the interim? 🙂

        • Pieter deHatter

          Where else has he been? Requesting the full list 🙂

          • That small country between Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechenstein – I can’t recall its name just now.

  • Mikita
    • Raymond Wilkie

      Honestly, .i would still go for the timex.

      • Mikita

        Why?

        • Raymond Wilkie

          The name.

          • Jean Genie

            What’s in a name?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Everything.

          • Mikita

            Timex sounds almost like Rolex.

      • Pierre du Nord

        Might as well go for a Timex
        Nobody hurts and nobody cries
        Might as well go for a Timex
        It’s better than Hubletter
        It’s better than mine

    • egznyc

      Really digging the red one.

      • Mikita

        Me too!

        • egznyc

          I can’t really seem to get a lot of information about the movement but I assume it’s a regular (i.e., not a special) kind of quartz movement. Then again, it’s available for under $200!

          • Mikita

            They also have solar chronographs in the Neo70’s (JDM) line: http://www.orient-watch.jp/product/category/?category_id=265

            But I prefer the design of the non-solar chronographs.

          • egznyc

            Thanks for sharing! I wish I could read the Japanese but the sizes are pretty clear at least. While I’m definitely more of a mechanical guy, it’s hard to argue with value here – particullary with solar. Among the solars, I like the blue WV0051TX and the red WV0031TY. In fact, the red one has an alarm function! I’m curious whether they have sapphire or mineral crystals but my guess would be mineral.

          • Mikita

            They have hardlex crystals, like some Seikos. I have WV0011UZ (panda, but not a chrono: day-date-24hours) and like it a lot. My best purchase below $150, actually, for $125 🙂 Looks way above its price range.

  • Yan Fin

    Yes, orange is new black…. nothing flashy.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Love Timex. Had an indiglo ages back just for the novelty, when the battery ran out it went into my not wearing watch drawer. I don’t like this watch for obvious reasons one being am to old for Timex. At my age i should be wearing of automatic or mechanical quality. Like this months give-away perhaps.

  • Playboy Johnny

    I have a sentimental fondness for Timex. These two don’t do much for me though.

    • Yeah, my first watch when I was probably around 8 was a mechanical Timex. Had to be mechanical as quartz watches hadn’t been invented yet, ha ha.

      While these 2 watches aren’t doing it for me, I’m glad Timex is still in the game. Does the 1/20 register take 2 revolutions? If so, then why no way see which cycle of 10 seconds you are on?

      The plated case makes me wonder how long it will take for the steel plating to somehow depart the brass case.

      • Pieter deHatter

        I think it’s one of those quartz chronos that shows the (in this case) twentieths of a second after you stop the chrono. It isn’t spinning around like a foudroyante. So after you stop the chrono that hand moves to one of the twenty hashes.

  • Disillusioned Gene

    What means beater?

    Like a Rolex Yacht-Master or a 1st generation Vacheron Overseas? Maybe a bespoke Greubel Forsey in steel?

    • Mikita

      Marius, is it you?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I think it’s Gene Wilder,but am not sure.

        • Mikita

          Gene Autry.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Gene Hackman. That’s why he isn’t in movies anymore.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            That was my next quess.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Beater aspose to sweeping.

    • Mikita

      Like a Blancarre, or a Pramzius, or a Audaceone, or a Brüggler. Beating them must be a pleasure.

      • Marius

        Please don’t leave the iconic Swedish brand Sjöö Sandstrom out of the equation!

        • Mikita

          Öf cöuse!

          • Disillusioned Gene

            Öö, göööd cööment! Belaröös löooOoOOÖöky toö have yööö!

          • Mikita

            ??????! As we sa? in Belar?s!

    • Marius
      • Raymond Wilkie

        I think we’re slightly digressing from the main topic.

      • IG

        That’s what your “girlfriends” in Pattaya use on your posterior? Looks like a neat device.

  • Larry Holmack

    I have a fondness for Timex watches….they are part of what got me into collecting watches as a young fella. Unlike all the other kids I knew growing up, who saved their money to buy toys, I saved mine to buy Timex watches from the local K Mart. By the time I was 15 years old, I had about 20 Timex watches in my collection….and back then…most of them were mechanical watches. I’ve seen these two watches in my local Super Target for about 20% less than MSRP….and they are both pretty nice looking.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    ” I come with every Orient. Wifey approved ” ……………..WTF

    • Pieter deHatter

      Hubby + Wifey make baby.
      Raymo + Malco make nightmares.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Is Malcolm famous now? : ) We’re good together. Perfect partner, i can lock him in the shed and he never talks back.

        • Pieter deHatter

          Ride him hard and put him away grassy.

  • SuperStrapper

    I think the orange tinted crystal over the black marked dial is a cool look, I just qoshbit were a cooler watch. The at strap is an abomination! It come from the factory and the alignment of the stripes are that poorly done? Ugh.

  • GregV8

    I worry that this is yet another Timex that looks gorgeous in the reviews but feels cheap in the hand.

    • IG

      Well, they *are* cheap.

  • IG

    The chrono is clean design but all hands are just short.

  • awildermode

    The reflective strap might just convince me to get one.

  • BDwide

    Very nice designs and I don’t mind the quartz for the price at all. But would it really kill the affordability to include a screw down caseback? C’mon, Casio, Seiko, Orient, Citizen have all <$100 watches with that exotic "feature".

  • Milen Trendafilov

    The penis at 12 o’clock really ruins this for me