This is not your typical, run of the mill Timex. Small, but important, details make it stand tall among all the other watches in the Timex lineup. However, perhaps the most significant difference that makes the watch unique among its stablemates is the “Made in America” moniker that is proudly stamped on the dial. Yes, it uses a Swiss quartz Ronda movement, but everything else, from the stainless steel, to the rich leather strap, and even the brass case back are all sourced from US manufacturers. This watch is hand-assembled by skilled watchmakers at the Timex headquarters and boxed up in a beautiful, solid cherry wood case. This is the Timex American Documents.
The case on the American Documents measures 41mm in diameter. This is a little larger than some people prefer for a dress watch, but it actually wears quite well. It features polished surfaces on the top and brushed surfaces on the side. The back of the case features an ornate brass case back with a hand-polished outline of the United States. Brass is also used on the center of the crown where a logo is used to pay tribute to Timex’s roots as the Waterbury Clock Company.
The dial of the American Documents is also made of brass. Timex says they used a method of manufacturing common to their original clocks and watches to fuse two layers of brass to construct this dial. The hour and minute markings are printed, not applied, but they are triple printed to add some depth to the dial. A small seconds dial is included at the six o’clock position and a strong, durable slice of Gorilla Glass is used to protect it from bumps and knocks.
- Case Size: 41mm
- Case Thickness: 10mm
- Lug to Lug: 48.5
- Strap width: 21mm
- Movement: Ronda 6004 Quartz
- Power Reserve: 40 months
- Water Resistance: 30m
- Crystal: Gorilla Glass
As we mentioned earlier, the Swiss Ronda 6004 is the only part of this watch that is not sourced from the United States. Yet, it seems fitting for a dress watch that may only see occasional use. It has a three-and-a-half-year battery life and will likely beat any of your automatic watches for accuracy. The movement hacks for setting the time, and for saving battery life when not in use. The Ronda 6004 has even found its way into the cases of some Tag Heuer watches over the years so you can be sure of its quality and reliability.
This is not an inexpensive watch, especially for a quartz watch, but when you come to appreciate the details, the craftsmanship, and the heritage, then the value proposition changes somewhat. The Timex American Documents is a watch for enthusiasts and patriots, so we have no qualms at all about making it one of our Top Watch Picks.
Video Review of the Timex American Documents
Timex Group USA is an American watch manufacturer that was founded in 1854. It started off life as the Waterbury Clock Company because of its location in Waterbury, Connecticut. The Timex moniker was not officially adopted until 1941. Timex is well-known today for its large selection of affordable quartz wristwatches and for the invention of technologies like the Indiglo night light. Learn more here.