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Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman Watch Review

Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Timex and Todd Snyder watch brand + fashion label relationship continues with the release of the Beekman watch that comes in two styles, being the black dial reference TW2T19500 and the cream dial TW2T19600. This isn’t necessarily a watch for watch collectors, but it is a fashion watch that suggests the lifestyle of vintage watch collecting. aBlogtoWatch has often been asked to cover more affordable timepieces and this review of the Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman is part of the larger response to that request. At just under $160, you get a fashion-forward (well, actually fashion-backwards if you want to be technical) timepiece with the DNA of mid-century watches, Timex as a brand, and a look which is at the very least, fun.

Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Todd Snyder’s work with Timex sounds really fun. Mr. Snyder gets to look through Timex’s archives and can ask them to remake pretty much anything they have made in the past and include any design changes which he feels will help modernize the styles. Most of the modernization comes in with the movement as well as the case size (which is larger today than it would have been in the past). The Beekman is directly inspired by an older Timex watch, which I have viewed myself in their archives. This is a 1940s-1950s racing-style watch dial with a snailed tachymeter scale in the center and a telemeter scale on the the periphery. These scales today are almost entirely fashion-focused with no real functional intent. That fact might irritate some watch lovers, but then again statistically speaking, they wouldn’t use these scales if they were part of a chronograph display anyways.

Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

That’s right, for tachymeter and telemeter scales to be properly read, one needs to combine them with a central chronograph seconds hand. Each of these is based upon starting the chronograph at a particular instance, measuring time it takes for an object to travel a certain distance (which requires some independent source of that information) and then manually stopping the chronograph. The reading on the dial is taken where the chronograph hand stops. So what happens if you include these scales on a watch with no chronograph, as you have here?

The simple answer is that one considers these scales to be an attractive addition to the watch dial in order to make it look more interesting or cool. Timex actually suggests an “alternative” to using the scales, which you might find a bit amusing (as I did). Essentially, they recommend to wait until the seconds hand from the main time hits the 60 minute mark and then pulling out the crown at the precise second. This will stop the movement and thus stop the seconds hand in position. When you want to start a tachymeter reading (for example) you then need to press the crown back in – track the intended distance an object travels – and then pull out the crown again. Not only is this process not particularly convenient, but it is also silly because it would interrupt normal operation of the time. Thus, each time you decided to “use” the tachymeter or telemeter scale, you’d also need to readjust the time. I think it is safe to say that this is a watch to get for the looks alone.

Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Timex hides a welcome piece of functionality in the INIDGLO illumination system that lights up the entire dial in a pleasant electric blue when the crown is pushed in. This is in addition to the modest luminant on the dial. Both the cream (brown) and black Beekman watch have really good legibility and I think the low-price, good looks, and fashionable versatility make up for the funny business watches like this can play with complications that might look neat but aren’t actually meant for most human operation.

Inside the Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman watch is an in-house made Timex quartz movement that features just the time (no date) and the INDIGLO feature. One additional feature that would have made the entire watch concept make a bit more sense would have been to include (at the least) a “zero-reset” feature which returned the seconds hand to the “0” position when the crown is pulled out. That would at least advance the “story” of the watch, as related to the scales on the dial.

Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

On the wrist, Timex continues its appreciation for the 40mm wide size produced here in polished steel with a domed vintage-style acrylic crystal. Note the use of quick-release spring bars on the straps, which are intended to make it easy to swap out straps at will (the straps are 20mm wide). The watch case is 12mm thick, with an approximately 48mm lug-to-lug distance, and 30m of water resistance.

As a fashion piece the Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman collection is an excellent example of a good, familiar look at a very reasonable price. It’s not the look for everyone, but it does follow an aesthetic which has been popular for years and has examples in watches ranging from Baume & Mercier to Breguet and Gallet. As a tool watch lover I need to put in effort to ignore the fact that the watch is an imperfect tool given the “wonky” functionality of the tachymeter and telemeter scales. I do applaud Timex for at least trying to come up with a functional work-around, meaning that they are both aware of how the dial is supposed to work (in a traditional sense) and take steps to address it. For those more horologically-inclined, the Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman is a very effective and low-cost way of sampling this type of retro racing watch look on the wrist – allowing enthusiasts to determine if they enjoy the style enough to pay for something similar, but with an actual chronograph complication. Attached to the watch is either a black or brown alligator-print leather strap. My pick is the black-dialed model as seen in this review. Price for both the reference TW2T19500 or TW2T19600 Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman watches is $158 USD. toddsnyder.com

Necessary Data
>Brand: Timex
>Model: Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman references TW2T19500 and TW2T19600
>Price: $158 USD
>Size: 40mm wide, 12mm thick, and 48mm lug-to-lug distance
>When reviewer personally wear it: When wanting an inexpensive and fun way to get the look of a snailed tachymeter style vintage racing watch.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Fan of vintage-style watch aesthetics interested in this look, seeking convenience and comfort, who doesn’t want to worry much.
>Best characteristic of watch: Attractive dial design and excellent implementation of INDIGLO system. Comfortable on the wrist and doesn’t actually have too much competition with this style at this price.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Without a chronograph the tachymeter and telemeter scales are basically cosmetic additions to this product. Could benefit from a bit more AR-coating on the crystal to reduce glare.

About the Author

Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • “Essentially, they recommend to wait until the seconds hand from the main time hits the 60 minute mark and then pulling out the crown at the precise second.”

    And if you spin the crown back and forth really fast, you can emulate the function of a dual-time watch, too. Want to dive with it? Seal it in a plastic bag, pull out the crown when you descend, and when you’re back on the boat, you can ask someone with a real watch what the time is so you can calculate your bottom time.

    • spiceballs

      Perhaps one shouldn’t seal it in a plastic bag while swimming/diving?

    • Mikita

      Hey, don’t forget it’s also a chiming minute repeater. Just knock on the pot with it.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Wear an iwrist on the other wrist and you have got your self a dedicated chronograph.

    • cluedog12

      Obviously.

  • JosephWelke

    There’s a “lifestyle” of vintage watch collecting? What’s that like, I wonder?

  • Larry Holmack

    Timex reviews? Okay…next week I guess we’ll get a review of the newest Jason Taylor 52 mm Invicta. I mean…if you’re reviewing everyone now…do some unbiased reviews of all these other brands.
    Just a thought.

  • Han Cnx

    Quartz.

  • SuperStrapper

    The handset employed here is frustrating. The lengths are actually fine but the hands appear much too short due to the extreme tapering poi t only having lume filling about 3/4 of the length. Quite visually annoying. The red seconds hand is also cheap looking and inappropriate, it should be polished metal.
    Even if you did use the ole in-out-in-out technique with the crown, those dial markings are still useless. The quartz movement move the seconds hand one second every second, and the markings in those scales are too fine. Look at the space between 350 and 400. That is *maybe* enough space for a single tick of the hand. Wow accurate af 372 units guys.

  • Dimman

    Just ugh…

  • Truth! You tell ’em Ray!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      …mond. : )

  • PollyO

    This is nice. Actually Timex make some very nice pieces amongst the billions of watches in their collection. They sit at a place in the market and do a good job. Unfortunately for me all of their best pieces are just too damn small.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Helpful hint, you can replace the battery. 😉

    The question is would you now wear it if it was working?

    I partly agree with Raymond in that if you look at some of the watches that you get on the blog then yes you should include it. Eg digital Casio camping watches or Apple wrist devices that happen to tell the time etc.

    If they should be included is another can of worms.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Just a shame they could not have chucked in a cheap mitoya mechanical movt

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    In house movement, 40mm, quick change strap & $158.
    Whats not to like?

    • What fresh hell is this?

      It’s a shame about the borderline useless affectations on the dial

  • Swiss_Cheese

    ‘gaudy’ isn’t strong enough, down right disturbing is more like it…

  • What fresh hell is this?

    It’s almost as bad as those cheap fake chronographs with their printed subdials. That’s what’s not to like!

  • I picked up the cream in New York last week – it’s a lovely watch for the moment and has had a lot of comments – it’s a keeper.

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