2018 January 11    Tech

Introduction


This is just a quick review of the Timex Expedition Camper, an inexpensive quartz-movement watch. 


A Quick Note

Articles like this one are possible only with the support of readers like you, when you use the links on here to purchase your gear. 

The small commissions from sales don't add anything to your cost, and it's the only way I can keep this site going.   Your help is much appreciated.




In This Article

Yay For Low-Cost Watches

The Great Outdoors

The T42571

What's Not To Like

What Is To Like

Conclusion




Yay For Low-Cost Watches


A cheap quartz watch doesn't have the mystique of a good mechanical watch.  You can sometimes pick up a vintage Omega for a couple hundred dollars.  For that price you can own one of the greatest feats of precision watchmaking.

It's not that I don't appreciate such things.  It's that if I had one of those watches, it would probably get ruined.  Welding, grinding, painting, sanding, leaving the watch outside for two months... all great reasons not to wear an expensive watch.


Top

Table of Contents


The Great Outdoors


A couple years ago I dropped my Timex watch outside in the grass.  At first I didn't even know it fell off. 

Since it was a cheap watch, I didn't bother to go back and look for it. 

Months later, there it was!  It had been left out in the weather all that time, and it still worked perfectly. 


Top

Table of Contents


The T42571


There are several sub-models that say "Expedition".  This one is #T42571

The case front is 39mm, plastic resin.  Case is 9.5mm high.  Lug width 20mm.

Case "crystal" is clear plastic (acrylic).

The case back is stainless steel.

Dial has Arabic numerals at every clock position.  Also has 24-hour time:  inner ring of smaller, yellow numerals.

Watch is water-resistant to 50 meters.

The band is two-layer stitched Nylon.



Top

Table of Contents



What's Not To Like


The date indicator, like all of them, can't know if it's a 30-day month or a 31-day.  Or that 28-day one that's in the winter.  But the indicator works, basically.

The Indiglo feature was not working properly at first.  Well, the button was not working properly.  (It's actually the knob that sets the time and date.)  You'd press it, and it would stay there.  It would just stick.  So the Indiglo would stay on for the whole day, meaning the battery would run out.

After replacing one battery, the Indiglo switch seemed to fix itself.  Now it works OK.

One more thing:  some of these watches are more "water-resistant" than others.  If this weren't such a nice-looking watch, I'd leave it outside for a few months and see, but it should be plenty OK for normal use.


Top

Table of Contents



What Is To Like


No extraneous features.  I like that it's a simple, basic watch, and it looks very nice.

Big numerals = easy to read. 

I'm glad it doesn't have "un-numbered" dial markings.  And no Roman Numerals.  When I look at a wristwatch, I'm not looking for a work of minimalist art.  I like a watch that's easy to read, quickly.

It makes a steady "tick, tick, tick" sound, which tells you it's working.  "Old-school battery meter".  (Some people will find it too loud, though.)

Oh, yes... it's weather resistant, of course.

And finally, the accuracy.  As long as the battery isn't run down, this watch should lose less than one second per day.  And some of them... you could get one that varies less than 0.01 second per day. 


Top

Table of Contents





Batteries


It takes CR2016 batteries.  The last Timex I had took the same battery size, too.  And I'd still be wearing that one if I hadn't misplaced it (again).

Normally a battery will last 2 or 3 years in this watch, unless you use the Indiglo a lot.  And you might, because it's fun.  There's also the fact that when you buy a watch, the battery that's in it might be running low.

So, you might want to get yourself a couple extra batteries and a set of precision jeweler's screwdrivers.  Make sure they include the really small Phillips.  The Stanley 66-052 set, if they still make it, had the right screwdriver for this.  You should still be able to get these sets through this link any time.

You will need this to remove the back and replace the battery. 


Top

Table of Contents



Conclusion


This Timex quartz watch keeps accurate time.  You could get one that loses only a couple seconds per month.  Worst case, it should lose no more than a minute per month.

These are utilitarian watches that mostly work great.  They look nice, too. 



If you found this article helpful, please help me out by using the links on here to purchase your tools and anything else.   Your support is greatly appreciated and is the only way I can keep this website on-line and adding helpful articles to it.




Thanks for visiting this page!





    


Contact me:

3 p o.t o . 1 2 0 s t u d i o.. c o m


This won't directly copy and paste.  Please manually type it into your mail program.
No spaces between letters.





Home Page


Site Map


What's New!




Disclaimer

Copyright 2018






 



Back to Top of Page