The Timex Expedition WS4

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When people think of Timex, they usually think of reliable and affordable timekeeping. A global icon, Timex counts not one but two former US Presidents in Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as two unofficial endorsers. Accuracy has also been a mantra for the company. Timex has worked closely with a number of major sporting events providing official times for events needing precise timekeeping.

Among its many wristwatch lines, the Expedition series is on one of the most popular and sought after. Designed for people who love to explore the outdoors, the Expedition line of watches not only provide the time and date but also gives the user readings critical for any outdoor adventure.

The Timex Expedition WS4 is the latest offering from the famous watchmaker. The WS4 is solidly built with the same rugged materials found in other Expedition watches. The sturdy metal casing is complemented by a textured rubber strap which fits just about any wrist size. The watch case is approximately 53mm wide, 40mm tall and 16mm thick. This large display is currently in vogue among outdoor adventure timepieces.

The Timex Expedition WS4 offers a bevy of functions that include; the time with a full calendar, a compass, altimeter, a barometer (which includes a mini-station readout), a thermometer and two easy-view timezones. The watch also uses the patented Indiglo back light technology for easy night viewing. Those who have previously owned Timex watches will be glad to learn that the WS4 uses the same intuitive user-interface.

The WS4 comes in 6 color schemes and is ready to use right out of the box. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $200 and is one of the best selling watches among Timex’s current offerings.

The Timex Expedition WS4 is certainly not an inexpensive watch. However, the WS4 was not designed as a basic timepiece. It was geared and marketed towards those who enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and mountain climbing. With more and more people choosing to use a mobile phone rather than a wristwatch to tell them the time, Timex has been positioning itself less as a timepiece and more as a tool for individuals involved in a variety of activities.

Personally, I would give the Timex Expedition WS4 a grade of four out of five. With a solid construction,impressive features as well as the price, the WS4 does stand out among the competition. For those wanting a basic watch, WS4 may be too much to handle. But even for those who prefer staying indoors, owning a WS4 may just be what they need to have an adventure of their own.