Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bulova at T.J. Maxx

Sometimes when you poke around at T.J. Maxx, you'll find some interesting watches.  I saw recently saw this tanker-style Bulova automatic. I even tried it on.  It has an exhibition case back and a window into it's mechanism on the front.  Priced at only $149, it was a steal.  It was certainly a great discount from the regular price of about $450.  Unfortunately, the T.J. Maxx was still about $147 more than I had at the time. So, I passed.  It might still be there waiting for the economy to improve.

If not, here is a really nice Bulova skeleton watch from Kohls.  It's more expensive, but you don't have to pray to the close-out store gods in order to get it:

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Watch Sighting: The Timex Atlantis 100 rediscovered!

Alas Poor Timex Atlantis 100, I remember this you.  I knew you and wore you well.  We had lots of adventures.  You were very useful for a cheap watch. 

I recently saw the venerable Timex Atlantis 100 digital watch in a store. O.K. my favorite big box store.  You know the one everyone hates.  The one all the trendy hipsters protest against.  Yep, Walmart.  That's the one.  It's about the only place I can afford to shop.  When I was into sailing back in the nineties, I wore a Timex Atlantis just like this one for racing. 

The Timex Atlantis 100 has a count down timer.  I would set it for three minutes, start it when I heard the horn and maneuver my boat--a Flying Scot--to cross the line when the start horn went off.  It was fun and I thought my Timex was highly cool at the time.  When I came across it years later in a cubby aboard my old boat, I found that the finish on plastic portions of watch had worn off and that black plastic/resin segments of the band were disintegrating.  I was going to replace the battery and keep it for a bang around watch anyway.  However, I totally sproinged it when I tried to change the battery.  I had watch pieces every where.  For awhile, I kept a small mound of the bones in my watch box.  But, ultimately, I ended up chucking the watch.  The boat had been donated to charity in the aftermath of a lay off and the watch was a bittersweet reminder of a bygone era.  But, every time I see that watch, I'm tempted to buy it again.

By Rept0n1x (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Kohl's even has an updated watch called the Timex Ironman Atlantis.  It looks similar and has a count down timer but it's not quite the same.  It looks like the band and case might be all rubber and it is just a little more rugged.  Now, if I could only find another yacht . . .

Timex Expedition Atlantis Digital Watch

[In 2024 - I found the Timex Atlantis on Amazon.  It has been rebadged as a Timex Expedition Atlantis, but the features and appearance are the generally the same.]

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Izod Watches Are Surprisingly Affordable

If you like preppy watches, you might check out the Izod brand.  On a recent visit to , I was surprised to find that attractive Izod watches started at only $80.00.  That's a pretty good deal!  Plus, you'll be ready to go sailing in the Hamptons or report to an exclusive boarding school!  Here are some shoes to go with your new look!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tommy Bahama Life Guard Watch at T.J. Maxx

I spotted this Tommy Bahama Life Guard Watch at T.J. Maxx for $29.99.  I'm not generally into Orange Bands, but this is an attractive watch and would definitely be a great watch for summer, sand, and sun.

Tommy Bahama Life Guard Watch
[2024 Update:  I can't find this watch anywhere on Amazon.
  1. I think I'm more into orange watch bands than I let on.
  2. Watch models are constantly changing.
  3. Watch models and brands come and go fast.
  4. If you want a watch, you might want to grab it.]

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Timex Watch Display for Valentine's Day

This Timex display at Walmart suggests that you wrap this Timex around a bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day.  These watches might make an interesting bonus gift for the holiday, but you might want to back them up with another gift!

[Update from 2024:  Here is an attractive Timex Weekender watch for Women. It's awfully cute for a nylon NATO strap watch. My wife likes the looks of it.  You can find this Timex Weekender on Amazon here.]

A Timex Weekender Watch for Women