Timex Expedition WS4 Watch Review: A Bit Of Wrist Adventure

Timex Expedition WS4 Watch Review: A Bit Of Wrist Adventure

Timex Expedition WS4 Watch Review: A Bit Of Wrist Adventure   wrist time watch reviews

Timex Expedition WS4 Watch Review: A Bit Of Wrist Adventure   wrist time watch reviews

Timex is one of the most important watch brands in the world, and is certainly the king of US watch brands in terms of volume. The company has lots of sub-brands or departments, and they consider the "Timex Expedition"  line to be its own mini entity. This watch is the result of some interesting development, and is one of the most appealing male watch designs that I've seen in a while. While the watch is unique looking, it is trying to be familiar. Let me explain. It basically strives to resemble that world of wrist-borne gadgets and instruments that we've been seeing in movies and video games for years... finally ready for us real people! The best part is that the Expedition WS4 is more than just looks, the user interface is genuinely well-designed to be easy to operate and useful. All this needs to be taken in consideration with the reasonable price of the watch, as well as it's pedigree.

The best watches to compare this with are the Casio Pathfinder watches (one of which I reviewed recently). The watches both share the desire to go outside and rough it, are products are large high volume companies,as well as offer a bevy of major functions that include:

  • Time with full calendar
  • Compass
  • Altimeter
  • Barometer (with mini-weather station readout)
  • Thermometer
  • Logs for all major functions
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer
  • Alarm
  • Two easy-view timezones

Aside from the major functions, there are lots of little functions included to enhance the user experience; chimes that can be turned on and off, a useful night mode for the Indiglo backlight, among lots of other features which are nice to have around. The best part is that the interface is friendly and relatively intuitive. If you recall, I praised the Casio Pathfinder watches for doing so much, but complained that you need to be well trained in learning how to use them all. Timex really put a lot of effort in the UI (user interface) design and it shows. The biggest effect of that work was the large informative display screen. A lot of good information is just a glance away - rather than having to cycle through display screens. The default screen gives you the time in two ways (digital and [digital] analog), the temperature, the weather estimate (an image for sun, clouds, rain), and a switchable area that indicates the date and month, altimeter reading, or barometric pressure. Having this information right there is really helpful and nice to have. Timex has some graphics (sort of orange colored) on the back of the crystal that attempt to visually separate the areas on the LCD screen or add visuals. These aren't exactly necessary, but don't distract too much (though I wouldn't mind if most of it wasn't there), and add to the techie look of the watch.

The watch case is about 53mm wide and 40mm tall, while being 16mm thick. The textured rubber strap is a massive 30mm thick. The watch case itself is black IP (ion plated), or satin finished steel, for the front and rear between a plastic section where the buttons are located. Most of the colored buttons (olive green in this instance) are plastic. The  rubber strap is quite snugly attached to the case with the now popular hex screws to help add style. The Expedition WS4 is available in 6 fun colors, which is a nice option. Pictured is the all black model - which will no doubt be the major seller as it is the most neutral - but other color options are pretty nice looking (with yellow and orange being the loudest). You can almost think of these watches as being functional toys for adults - kids too, but around $200 might be a bit much for your 12 year old. While the strap is big and looks very tool-like, is comfortable and thin in depth. The buckle is thin and wide making it easy to strap on. Even on my less-than-giant hands, the instrument look of the watch is pretty neat looking. There are going to be a lot of people who are smitten by the accessible geek allure of this timepiece.

Timex Expedition WS4 Watch Review: A Bit Of Wrist Adventure   wrist time watch reviews

The more I wear the watch, the more it makes me feel like a character in a video game - in a good way though. This emotional attachment to men's pop culture is likely an intended side effect of the design, and is part of a genius marketing strategy by Timex. Most other Timex watches are pretty ho-hum, even though they are functional. Even if those watches had the large amount of functions that this Timex Expedition had, they wouldn't be nearly as desirable without the cleverly designed case and strap that encourage you to go out and make use of the clearly functional utility this watch offers. The watch isn't for everyone, but for those who love it, you know who you are. It is certainly a fun escape from 'average' watches that are out there.

Digging deeper into the functionality of the watch you'll continue to appreciate how nicely designed the operating system of the watch is. On-screen instructions are incredibly helpful, and absent in competitor watches. It is nice to have the watch say "Hold To Reset," while pressing a button to let you know how to use the function. This is very welcome indeed, and like I said, something you really don't see in most watches. I typically gloss over a lot of the functionality when it comes to the logging functions, but the included graph combined with the easy to use metrics makes it a breeze to use. Play with it for a bit and you'll know what I mean. You will however need to calibrate some of the functions yourself - but the instructions on doing this are pretty simple, so expect to sit down with the watch for an hour or so when you first get it to figure it out and go over all the settings and calibration. In addition to the user manual, Timex throws in a larger quick reference guide with lots of pictures that helps make using the Expedition WS4 watch as simple as possible.

Timex Expedition WS4 Watch Review: A Bit Of Wrist Adventure   wrist time watch reviews

Timex Expedition WS4 Watch Review: A Bit Of Wrist Adventure   wrist time watch reviews

Living with the Expedition WS4 watch is pretty easy. While big, it is relatively comfortable (the wrap around strap helps this greatly. . The watch is easy to read, and Timex's Indiglo illumination makes it easy to read in the dark. On the back of the watch is an easy to use battery replacement compartment - which uses CR2430 batteries that can be bought at most drugstores, meaning you don't need to visit a watch repair place to get a new battery. I believe that the crystal over the screen is mineral crystal, while the watch is water resistant to 50 meters.

Timex doesn't intend on the Expedition WS4 being a big investment for watch and outdoor enthusiasts. With a retail price of $199 it will be a no brainer for some people, and is roughly half the cost of some of the competition. I appreciate Timex's understanding many people in this generation need a bit more incentive to wear a watch. Plus, the generation I am speaking of (which includes myself) are part of what I can the "screen" generation. The concept is that a basic watch won't have a lot of perceived value over the clock on a cell phone (etc...), but adding functions and connecting with the familiarity of a "screened" device makes it a much more attractive proposition. The layout of the dial itself communicates a data rich approach that will appeal to people in the information age. Timex is showing that they can evolve with a watch like this - which is a good sign. The Timex Expedition WS4 is due for release right about now as you are reading this.

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44 comments
waelsaadeh
waelsaadeh

i have this watch for more than 2 years and its great. i like it

i just have one problem that i can't contact the company to change the bands. i need new one.

so i c that they have a poor customer device but the watch is perfect. 

Hao Se
Hao Se

I bought this Timex WS4 about 1 1/2 years ago.
I must say this is the worst scrap I ever purchased.
Not only that from beginning on there was moist intrusion so that the display got humid from the inside (the response of Timex repair service was I must not press any button while swimming, or use it in hot water; such a nonsense excuse), after a while the display digits shifted one or two grids to the left, the result was that the analog-digital clock was no longer displayed properly and the digital display clock, once it reached 20:00 hours displayed only half of the "2".
Besides that, who was so clever to add an analog AND a digital clock next to each other with displaying the same time zone? If it would display another time zone it would have been useful but this way it's complete nonsense.
Battery consumption increased tremendous, the last time the life span was only two months. And it was definitely was not a cheap battery.
But the worst was, after replacing the battery the fourth time, now the compass refused to indicate others than north, and after rotating the watch a small angle it immediately switched to south.
I got enough of this watch, I scrapped it. Then, I had to use my 15 years old CASIO wrist watch again which ought to be replaced by this WS4. Contrary to this bunch of scrap it still works flawless. And I can go swimming with it and even press buttons.
Now I bought a CASIO Protrek, the difference in quality and logic is awesome.
Farewell TIMEX, never ever again.

Bastien
Bastien

Hi everybody !

I've this watch for a year and a half now. And I've bought this watch after reading this review.
I use this one for mountain biking. I love its very large screen with which I can read in one second all in need to know when I'm in activity. Its barometer allowed me to avoid a storm in the Alps last time, it's thermometer and its altimeter are quite reliable.
The only disadvantage I can notice is the absence of memory.
(Do not expect to use the compass in the city, it is too "sensitive")

So, excuse me for my poor language, indeed i'm french .. :) thx !

Bryan Beasleigh
Bryan Beasleigh

I was planning on buying this watch tomorrow and ws doing some reading about it and iI just found out it's $300 in canada vs $200 in the US, yet the canadian dollar is worth more. Nice try Timex, nice watch or not it just went to the bottom of my list. The only way to stop the companies hosing canadians is to stop buying or buy from the US.

To be fair it's usually a greedy canadian. Too bad, it's about the nicest looking watch i've seen.

VADIRAJ
VADIRAJ

i purchased this ws4 3 days back , i was wondering can i monitor my walk through this watch.
any advice.

Rob
Rob

Hi-
Do all the colors have all the functions? I'm a bit perplexed by the fact they are all different prices and there seem to be two different product numbers for the white version. Are you sure they are all the same body just with different colors?

Thanks,
rob

feng chee
feng chee

Hi, thanks for the review. I really love this watch from seeing it in the internet, however, i have really no idea on how to see the real one in the shop around me.

I don't have a big body. I'm worried that this watch might be too big and don't fit my wrist. my wrist circumference is in between 6 to 6 and a half inches. it'd be very great if you can check that for me, thanks in advance :)

Andy Dunscombe, Wales (UK)
Andy Dunscombe, Wales (UK)

Hi, Great review. I've already ordered this watch (expecting it today) I will be usinbg it for fell running (mountain running) & racing...Hope it lives up to expectations...if not I'll be back ;-). I bought the LOUD orange one...

Speedmaster
Speedmaster

Had me eye on this for a while, might order one next week! ;-)

Paul
Paul

I have been debating between this and the Suunto Core but everything I have been reading including Suunto's own forums says avoid the Core at all costs. So I have decided to get the Timex WS4 to go along with my recently purchased Casio PAW2000.

Dave Watson
Dave Watson

i just got the watch two days ago and the more I use it the easyer it gets. Now that I have diabeties I don't see as well as I use to and I have to walk every day. This watch makes it easyer to see the time and more fun to keep track of how long I walk. Thanks Timex

Susan French
Susan French

My husband and I bought the Timex Expedition WS4 Widescreen 4-Function Watch (Orange/Black)for my son's 30th birthday. He has had it exactly one month and the edges of the strap all the way around the watch (includung the keeper loop) have become grungy black. My son is a teacher and takes very good care of his things. After such a short time, the watch looks old and worn. We decided to take a small section of the strap and try to clean it; nothing, not a single thing will clean the grunge off. This is very disappointing for something that is 4 weeks old and cost $194 US with the shipping charges.

Richard
Richard

I have always liked the old avocet simply because it easily gives you cumulative assent for backcountry skiing and hiking. Does the Timex WS4 just give you a graph or does it give you a real cumulative total ascent?

Kristoffer
Kristoffer

Hi,
I was wondering if the display is solid? What is the display/screen made of? - It looks very fragile.

Thanks

Paola
Paola

Hi there, i'm Paola from italy and i'm totally crazy for this cool watch! i'd like to know how much i should pay (euro, all inclusive) ordering it direct from there and how many days need to wait to get it.

thanks

isarel ruiz
isarel ruiz

hi i want any answer pelase i have one ws4, but de altimeter and temperature always is wrong. no vary answer my cuestion in the contacts in mexico. sorry for my english. maybe the comunication can be in spanish.thanks i hope yuo have the solution

Alexis M. Meizoso
Alexis M. Meizoso

I love the way that watch looks. How long have you had it? DO you still love it?
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Alexis in Miami, FL

eski
eski

hi
wondering when the alenky bolt falls off what do I do otherwise its a great watch
thank you

dan
dan

Hy,

I want to calibrate the date from the watch. My husband have a Timex Expedition blue color.

Can you help me regards the calibrate mode from the watch? I have a manual but for us is not so easy to calibrate...

Another question: WHY THE ATMOSPHER PRESSURE IS IN MILIBARS?

Thanks and regards,
Dan

Gavin
Gavin

Good day I have a question...

On the Casio Protrek it was possible for me to adjust my altitude to sealevel manually. I was working on the Palm in Dubai today and found myself in a excavation that was 1.8m below sealevel, but the watch read 485ft.. Hmm, not true- baro pressure was 1032, which was correct, i reset the altimeter, but it resorted back to 485Ft. Any adivse on how to set the altimeter manually. I have gone through the manual, there is a section there, but I dont seem to come right. Any experienced advise will be welcome.

Thank you
Gavin

ionfield
ionfield

Can time of day be displayed in 24-hour format?

Jim
Jim

Thank you for taking the time to do this review. Does it appear that the watch band can be replaced? For example if someone wants to change out the resin or rubber band for a cloth one.

Thank you.

Have a Great Day,
Jim

Archie
Archie

Does Timex have a demonstration video on how to set the
various features of the WS4? I have recently purchased one but
haven't been able to reset any of the functions even though I am
following the user's manual.

All steps say PRESS; some say PRESS & HOLD but none say RELEASE

New User

jannes
jannes

Can I buy this Timex ws4 in Holland?
Which shops.
Prices?

R
R

Do you know if the new elastic strap XL could be wearing directly on the skin?

Dario Cerdio
Dario Cerdio

I bought this watch and I'm very happy, it is what I was looking. The big format is exactly why I need beacause may age poor vision. The device do not feel heavy but smooth and confortable. Just now I´m putting the parameters, so ...

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Bas
Bas

Is the strap in white colour could be discolored with transpiration or humidity? because it wouldn't be great if the strap became yellow

Bas
Bas

This watch is very interesting, but i would like to know if we can see on this watch the total of ascents and descents in meters.

i'm french, and sorry for my bad english
thanks

joe
joe

How well does the weather function work? Does it give you a forecast, or just tell the current weather conditions?

Adrian Sofonea
Adrian Sofonea

I wish to know the conditions of warranty for TIMEX-EXPEDITION & a price list if possible

fiver02
fiver02

Thanks for share the review..in my country this watch and brand not so very popular..im not even know this Timex is a good brand, they just sell it beside the road mybe a clone and copycat version / watch shop also it look like *children watch sorry to say..btw im not interested i still go for other brand like Casio..worth and tough brand.

admin
admin

It should fit, but I am not speaking for Timex.

admin
admin

Not exactly sure what you mean. The display is a solid LCD screen. I didn't see it as being fragile. Take care.

admin
admin

Israel,
Apologies, but this is really a question best suited for Timex. Really not something I could begin to assist you with. Please Visit the Timex Expedition website (there is likely a Spanish version), and use a contact area to ask Timex customer service your question. Thanks.

admin
admin

Hi Alexis,
The watch still looks good and fresh. No worries!

admin
admin

Hi Jim. The answer is yes, the strap can be replaced. Take care.

admin
admin

Hey Archie,
When the watch says press and hold. Do so until the watch beeps or something happens. It isn't gonna tell you to release or anything like that. You should find a manual on the Timex Expedition WS4 website if you still need help.

admin
admin

Hi, I Don't see why not. It is just a strap. Should be just fine.

admin
admin

Hi Bas,
Not sure if I know the answer to this question. It is possible, but I can't say for certain. If you are concerned just get a darker colored strap.

admin
admin

Hi there,
Yes, the watch can be switched to show metric units. Take care.

admin
admin

Hi Joe,
The WS4 has a little graph that keeps track of the rise and fall of the barometric pressure. It uses that to attempt to predict the current weather, but no watch that I know of has a predictive weather graph. Hope that helps. Take care.

admin
admin

Hi Adrian,
The price for the watches is $199 retail. For the other information just visit their website through the links in the article. You can contact them for anything else you might need and I am sure they will respond. Take care.

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