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

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

As its name suggests, the Timex Archive collection is a progression of watches impacted by the celebrated history of the American watch company, Timex. For watch aficionados there are some genuine deals in here, and for those simply getting into timepieces –there are some fantastic approaches to appreciate an exemplary look with a cutting edge. At this moment I’m seeing two fascinating Archive Collection watches in the Metropolis sub-group of watches. What these two watches share practically speaking are some plan/material medicines just as a slick new reversible lash that includes a stripe of intelligent material on one side. This intelligent material is in reality lovely cool –regardless of whether you aren’t going for that evening sprinter look. One Metropolis watch is the three-hand Allied, while the chronograph model is the Allied Chrono. Each are well under $200 in price.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

The most invigorating piece of the Timex Archive collection is that the watches are roused by the past, however obviously not stuck in it. The implicit plan ethos here is to take mainstream vintage-style plans, and spruce them up a piece for present day utilization. Timex appears to certainly comprehend that the vibe of capacity centered watch plans from an earlier time (when individuals still generally depended on their wristwatch to tell the time) blended in with current material medicines, shadings, and plan sensibilities is an insightful methodology for hitting home with today’s purchasers. Not at all like most design watches at these value levels, Timex doesn’t appear to fail to remember that its items should above all else really be acceptable watches. This implies that on top of lively looks, these watches are comfortable, readable, and worked for constancy. Such a case can’t be made for large numbers of the other roughly $150–$200 valued watches out there.


Clearly without needing to confound you, Timex produces both a watch called the Allied Chronograph and the Allied Chrono. Truly these watches are similar –however really various watches, with various cases, and various ties (however they share a similar development). This specific Timex Allied Chrono is the reference TW2R76800LG, which implies it has a grayish dial and a steel case with a sandblasted finish. The principal intriguing subtlety is the shade of the dial, which is really altered by the precious stone. Timex gives this precious stone a light “smoked finishing,” which implies it is only a hair bit hazier than a standard clear gem. The impact doesn’t truly decrease clarity, and adds a fascinating feeling of character and character to the design.

The Allied Chrono case is water-impervious to 100m and is a good 43mm wide on the wrist. Timex brings up that the case material is metal (in the same way as other mechanical watch development parts) while the outside is steel. They aren’t entirely clear on how that is accomplished, however I am speculating the steel outside is plated and afterward given the sandblasted wrapping up. The Allied Chrono dial is straightforward (in a vintage-style way) yet decipherable and alluring. The “light cement” shade of the dial is coordinated with marginally shiny hour markers and orange shading emphasizes. The hands are appropriately measured and simple to peruse while likewise being painted with luminant. I need to advance a recommendation to Timex here that the hands be shaded similar tone as the hour markers to additional tasteful congruity. Miss out on dimness seeing you say? Not here. The majority of us watch authorities have since quite a while ago failed to remember Timex’s signature include, which is a backdrop illumination they call INDIGLO. The component is still however perfect as it seemed to be the point at which I previously played with it as a child –being enacted by squeezing in the crown. At the point when the crown is squeezed, the whole dial gleams a “ectoplasmic” green contribution simple intelligibility in even all out haziness. So perhaps it isn’t an awful plan to make the hands black… or if nothing else the frameworks in black.

Inside the Timex Allied Chrono is a type M921 quartz chronograph development delivered by them. The development has the opportunity, date, and a 1/twentieth of a second chronograph complication. I ought to likewise bring up that you can freely set the hour hand, which is useful for voyaging. This is additionally how you set the date. For a sub-$200 watch the enumerating is truly pleasant, including highlights, for example, a rib ring around the dial and very much itemized, fresh case development. Joined to the 43mm wide case is a 20mm wide dim shading semi-NATO-style lash (given that it falls through the carry spring bars instead of being associated with them). The tie is created and planned by Timex. It additionally turns out to be fairly comfortable.


I review Timex demonstrating me these lashes a year ago and being amped up for them. One side of this dark hued lash is woven polyester with an alluring example. The other side –which is the way I am wearing it in the images –is nylon, with an intelligent “racing stripe” down the center. That the lash is delivered from two distinct layers is intriguing all by itself. Switching the tie is very straightforward and simply includes pulling out the tie, flipping it around, and afterward meshing the opposite side into spring bars. Perhaps the most sharp plan highlights of the tie is the manner by which it is intended to have the clasp tongue move to either side depending what side of the tie you are utilizing. I likewise like that its reversibility is very discreet –meaning if nobody ever revealed to you that the tie was intended to be reversible, you may handily miss that detail. Some may disagree with this prudent plan decision, yet I end up enjoying little “secrets&#8221, for example, this.

The other Timex Archive Collection Metropolis watch on my wrist here is the reference TW2R75100LG Allied quartz development controlled three-hand model with a smokey orange-colored precious stone and obviously, the utility of the INDIGLO backdrop illumination framework. This is an extraordinary looking watch with a great character on account of the advanced themed intelligent double side lash (this time in naval force blue tone) and the beautiful interpretation of the exemplary field watch dial. Military watch darlings will immediately discover claim in this dial style, while fashionistas will like the play on tones and materials. I’ve said it previously and I will say it once more, to make old watches look fresh… essentially apply another layer of paint.

The Metropolis Allied comes in a similar style case however with a 40mm wide size and strangely just 50m of water obstruction. One may feel that with its additional pushers the Allied Chrono would have less water opposition, yet the save is valid in this case. On the off chance that water obstruction is more imperative to you in a three-hand vintage-military look, at that point Timex likewise offers the Archive Collection Metropolis Navi Ocean models that have 100m of water opposition (though in a 38mm wide case with a turning diver’s-style bezel). In contrast to the chronograph development, this three-hand development is somewhat on the stronger side (albeit not as boisterous as a standard Swatch), which is essential to note for the individuals who need a quiet timepiece.

If you don’t extravagant the intelligent tie with the orange Allied watch, at that point Timex likewise offers a practically indistinguishable watch in the reference TW2R31000LG Timex Scout. All that has all the earmarks of being diverse about the Scout compared to the Allied is the lash, which is likewise reversible however with orange and dark stripes on one side, and all dim on the opposite side. All the more in this way, whenever smoked orange isn’t your thing, at that point the Timex Allied is additionally accessible as the reference TW2R75200LG with a dark and yellow dial, somewhat extraordinary reversible tie, and a “aged steel” case stylish for the equivalent price.

Putting myself in the mentality of somebody on the lookout for a moderate however energetic sub-$200 sport watch and something from Timex would positively be on my short rundown. The vintage-style feel with current plan sensibilities make for a simple draw, however so does Timex’s devotion to making the most ideal item at these reasonable value focuses. Not much, simply a solid, respectable apparatus watch that isn’t shocking to take a gander at. Your new mixer watch could in all likelihood be one of these. The Timex Archive Collection Metropolis Allied Chrono reference TW2R76800LG has a retail cost of $170 USD and the Allied reference TW2R75100LG has a retail cost of $140 USD. timex.com