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An Affordable Open Heart

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Today, we’re going to take a look at another “open heart” watch that I’ve located, and it happens to be a Timex model (T2M931).

It does have some similar design cues to the Timex we reviewed a month back, but this one is not part of the Intelligent Quartz line; rather, it’s an automatic mechanical watch.

Of course, of the most interest to me here is the opening at the 6 o’clock position that allows you to see part of the movement at work.  A pleasant surprise on this watch (given the price of around $150 or so) is the fact that it has a power reserve on it between the 1 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions.

In my experience, that’s not normally a readout you see in this price range.  On the other side of the dial you have a date readout, which, given the size of the numbers, I have a feeling would be rather difficult to read.  For the rest of the specifications we have:

  • 44mm stainless steel case with 20mm lugs; 14mm thick
  • 38 jewel automatic movement with 40 hour power reserve
  • WR to 100 meters
  • Mineral crystal; display caseback
  • Screw-down crown
  • Luminous hands

While there are definitely things I like about this watch, I’m finding things about it that really just don’t work for me.  First off, of course, is the crocodile-patterned leather strap.  Secondly, and more importantly, I’m just simply not a fan of the black and gold color combination.  Of course, these are both personal preferences, and this may not be an issue for you.  For me, I’d much prefer to see this in something like brushed stainless with a cream dial on a bracelet.

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