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Introduction to the product
The Timex Expedition E-Tide Temp Compass is a mens watch with Compass, Tide Clock, Thermometer as well as several other features including date window, Water resistant up to 100m, Indigo light and a rotatable dial.
The watch is for the Outdoors enthusiast or for anybody who appreciates the functionality of the watch. This watch looks very complicated at first, but get used to the button layouts and functions and you get to know the watch and know how to use it.
The Look & Feel
The watch i own has a black face with blue ring in the middle, the North, East, South and west letters are also in blue and the remaining letters and marks are in white. The watch thickness is pretty chunky at 1.3cm (13.26mm), i particularly like this because it gives off the feeling that the watch is well made and sturdy. I also like the 4 dials on the watch, 3 for the time and one for the compass, tide, thermometer and also for calibration.
The watch features 4 Buttons, one on the left and 3 on the right.
Connected to the watch face is a black silicone strap with clasp, it suits the main watch perfectly in my opinion, it feels well on the wrist and doesn't feel too heavy. Im very much used to wearing the watch now and i hardly notice its there most of the time. It feels a good, quality watch that would withstand rugged environments. I think it looks like a serious, useful watch with many features and functions. The Expedition E-Tide comes in several different looks including leather and materiel straps, with different coloured watch faces.
In the box
The Box is a yellow and grey cardboard outer shell, inside the box is the watch on a plastic stand with information about the watch near the bottom. If you open the bottom of the stand up, you will find a instruction leaflet, with all the step by step instructions on how to use the watch. The packaging looks and feels professional, it makes you feel like your buying something special and worth the money.
Calibration and Setting up the watch
Im not going to bore you with all the details of how to set up the watch, thats in the Instructions. Anyway most functions tend to be be quite easy to set up, the calibration of the compass would be the main feature that takes a little more. First you have to set the wheels in motion by selecting certain buttons, then you put the watch down flat then rotate the watch twice in a circular motion ensuring that each turn takes at least 15 seconds. There is also instructions on setting declination in the manual.
I managed to set up all functions relatively easy and quickly.
Using the compass
I found the compass really reliable in finding the direction im going, or need to go. The electronic compass works side by side with the rotating dial on the outside of the watch. The compass seems to be pretty accurate as i measured it against other manual compass's and all point exactly the same way, as long as the compass is steady and flat. The compass pointer seems to move smoothly around the watch. It may need to be re-calibrated when the user moves into different surroundings, say from country to city because of the amount of metal and interference.
Tide Times and Thermometer functions
The watch can measure time between high tide and low tide, it does need to be set up first so you would have to get info of low/high tide first, one the initial time is set it is good to go, it works really well and is accurate, although this isn't one of the functions i would be using very often, only on holidays and a few fishing trips. The thermometer is a useful tool, it reads both in oC and F, when worn on the wrist the thermometer reads wrist temperature, if you want to read air temperature you would need to take it off and leave it somewhere, ideally in the shade to give a accurate reading.
Reasons for buying this watch
The main reason behind buying this watch was of the compass function and the look of the watch, yeah i could of gone out and bought a cheap compass and a cheap watch, but why have both when you can have it all in one. I loved the look of the watch as well as the build quality, i also got it cheaper as i bought it from work and got a 15% discount on the RRP.
The watch strap is fixed on with little screws, these can be taken out and new straps can be fitted, watch batteries can easily be fitted at a watch shop or jewelers at a very reasonable price.
My final thoughts and feelings
Overall i have great admiration of this watch, i like the way it looks, i love the way it feels and i love the way it operates. It is not the cheapest watch on the market with similar functions, nor is it the most expensive but it does have a certain wow factor when you look at it, the functions run very smoothly and accurately. Sometimes i cannot help my self from fiddling around with the watch or staring at it just because of the elegance and quality of the watch.
The only faults i have with this watch is the fact that the buttons sometimes can be activated by accident because they stick out of the side of the watch a little too much, this isn't a big problem because it usually turns the light on or the compass, both turn off automatically within 20 seconds. This however will make the battery drain quicker. I believe this is a very small price to pay for this amazing timepiece.
So, how much does this watch cost?
The Recommended retail price of this watch is £134.99, but search on the internet or shops to find better deals, i found it for as little as £109.99.
Also reviewed on Ciao.