"TimeOak?"

So I got the typical "Sale!" e-mail from Timex.  Decided to browse the site when, I ran into this new line of UFC inspired collab watches Timex has released.  And one style in particular caught my eye because I thought....am really seeing this?  Is that a Timex CasiOak?  I get the whole UFC octagon reference but....I dunno not really hiding your inspiration much Timex.  

Not going to lie, it's not as good looking as the original but I think it looks decent imo.  The only things that might be improvements are bigger easier to press buttons and Indiglo (might be the game changer, I do love me some Indiglo). But half the water resistance (granted 100m WR is good enough for the super majority of us) and OMG why is nearly twice the price?!?  Granted this will get discounted, I'm sure but geez talk about ambitious price.  If it was priced just below the CasiOak might be worth looking into (and my guess is eventually it may be) but now you can get solar and Bluetooth for less than this!?!  Who does pricing or procurement at Timex, they need to sit down and have a discussion. 

I like Timex but not sure about this.

Anyways kinda found it funny.   

Thoughts?  Other than Casio did it better.  Actually don't think just say Casio did it better.  :)

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What are the other specs on the Timex? 

100m vs 200m is spec silliness mostly, so I don't particularly care about that. 

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Looks cool 

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KristianG

What are the other specs on the Timex? 

100m vs 200m is spec silliness mostly, so I don't particularly care about that. 

Can't remember all the specs to be honest.  But pretty standard digital quartz watch stuff I imagine.  It is mineral glass (so is Casio).  Obviously has stop watch and most likely timer features.  It says World Time on the dial (not in description).  So seems almost feature comparable to the standard CasiOak GA2100s.  

I agree 100m vs 200m for the average consumer makes very little difference.  IMO 100m WR is the ideal water resistance for the average consumer for a sports watch. Anything more is nice to have but, most users won't need more than 100m. If it was 50m I would be more concerned (ok in a casual pool setting but not as reliable in real swimming and water sports). 

My issues is how close it mimics the CasiOak and THE PRICE.  Yikes! Its almost the price of two CasiOaks (again not to even mention more than even the newer solar and BT model).  Even Indiglo which might be is advantage can't account for that.  And it's obviously aping the CasiOak why would you charge double the original? The design works because it looks like a CasiOak. 

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Namtheman

Looks cool 

Casio thanks you for that comment.  😂

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CAviles20

Can't remember all the specs to be honest.  But pretty standard digital quartz watch stuff I imagine.  It is mineral glass (so is Casio).  Obviously has stop watch and most likely timer features.  It says World Time on the dial (not in description).  So seems almost feature comparable to the standard CasiOak GA2100s.  

I agree 100m vs 200m for the average consumer makes very little difference.  IMO 100m WR is the ideal water resistance for the average consumer for a sports watch. Anything more is nice to have but, most users won't need more than 100m. If it was 50m I would be more concerned (ok in a casual pool setting but not as reliable in real swimming and water sports). 

My issues is how close it mimics the CasiOak and THE PRICE.  Yikes! Its almost the price of two CasiOaks (again not to even mention more than even the newer solar and BT model).  Even Indiglo which might be is advantage can't account for that.  And it's obviously aping the CasiOak why would you charge double the original? The design works because it looks like a CasiOak. 

Personally, I suspect the price difference mostly comes down to the UFC branding. When Timex releases the model as a regular release, they will likely be close to the GA-2100s. 

I have a GA-B2100-1A, but I'd buy the Timex in a heartbeat if they release a non-UFC version. I think Timex has a nicer shape, despite the fact my GA-B2100 has better functionality. 

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KristianG

Personally, I suspect the price difference mostly comes down to the UFC branding. When Timex releases the model as a regular release, they will likely be close to the GA-2100s. 

I have a GA-B2100-1A, but I'd buy the Timex in a heartbeat if they release a non-UFC version. I think Timex has a nicer shape, despite the fact my GA-B2100 has better functionality. 

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I also have GA-B2100 and one of the metal GM2100s.  Love them both.  The GA-B has been getting a lot of wrist time, although with it being newer kinda happens with new things.  

Obviously both watches are extremely similar.  I personally like the Casio a little more.  But I do like the Timex, but it's obvious very closely following that Casio design. So it's really almost seems like two models from the same company with minor differences.  To me the Casio seems a tiny bit more clean and cohesive   

That said a couple of things the Timex seems to have done better:  I like their hand set a little more. As I mentioned the buttons are bigger and better (can't be seen in the picture). And their digital display seems larger and more legible for a negative display.  I would like to see the lume/Indiglo is integrated.  

I do think the Timex would be better without UFC branding. Not sure if they'll release them eventually as their own line.  But the UFC branding isn't a deal breaker.   I wish the red was brighter and popped more (there is a gold as well, might be the better choice currently actually).  I like the Timex branding on the band.  

But again my big issue is price.  Its obvious what this watch is mimicking.  How do you justify that price, without other major upgrades.?!?  I know you never pay full price on Timex (at least I never do) and this will go on sale (I discovered because of a sale).   But 90% over it's obvious competitor is a bit much.  You need a 50,% discount for this to be reasonable.  

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CAviles20
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I also have GA-B2100 and one of the metal GM2100s.  Love them both.  The GA-B has been getting a lot of wrist time, although with it being newer kinda happens with new things.  

Obviously both watches are extremely similar.  I personally like the Casio a little more.  But I do like the Timex, but it's obvious very closely following that Casio design. So it's really almost seems like two models from the same company with minor differences.  To me the Casio seems a tiny bit more clean and cohesive   

That said a couple of things the Timex seems to have done better:  I like their hand set a little more. As I mentioned the buttons are bigger and better (can't be seen in the picture). And their digital display seems larger and more legible for a negative display.  I would like to see the lume/Indiglo is integrated.  

I do think the Timex would be better without UFC branding. Not sure if they'll release them eventually as their own line.  But the UFC branding isn't a deal breaker.   I wish the red was brighter and popped more (there is a gold as well, might be the better choice currently actually).  I like the Timex branding on the band.  

But again my big issue is price.  Its obvious what this watch is mimicking.  How do you justify that price, without other major upgrades.?!?  I know you never pay full price on Timex (at least I never do) and this will go on sale (I discovered because of a sale).   But 90% over it's obvious competitor is a bit much.  You need a 50,% discount for this to be reasonable.  

Where have you seen the price? I saw $190 USD... That's not horrible given the branding. NASA G-Shocks cost more than regular G-Shocks, so I expect UFC Timex costs more than regular Timex. 

I'd actually pick the gold over the red version, the gold looks more visually interesting to me. 

EDIT: On the USA site the newest NASA G-Shock Square is $170... The base G-Shock square is $70. 

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KristianG

Where have you seen the price? I saw $190 USD... That's not horrible given the branding. NASA G-Shocks cost more than regular G-Shocks, so I expect UFC Timex costs more than regular Timex. 

I'd actually pick the gold over the red version, the gold looks more visually interesting to me. 

EDIT: On the USA site the newest NASA G-Shock Square is $170... The base G-Shock square is $70. 

The base G-Shock square is DW model. The NASA is based on a GW model square so it has multiband and tough solar.  GW squares retail for about $150 much like a GA-B2100 (Bluetooth and Solar).  So it's only a $20 difference for the branding.  

Similarly if you look at a Timex T80 vs Stranger Things Timex T80 it's only a $20 difference.  So don't think you'd see such a big drop due to branding alone.  And this watch doesn't have solar or a connection like multiband or Bluetooth.  Now I would prefer it unbranded and just Timex.  Would be nicer of it was solar too.  

I like a lot of things Timex does.  This could be better.  They really should follow Casio's example from these kinds of watches more (and I don't mean just restyled G-Shocks but more so tech wise like solar, Bluetooth etc...).  There is potential there.  Especially with their Ironman and/or Expedition lines.  Casio really made a good niche for themselves.

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Will be interested to see if Timex make more of these without UFC branding. I'll see if I can find the dimensions. I liked the the GA 2100, bit it was slightly too big for me (due to the lug to lug length).

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CrazyBlue

Will be interested to see if Timex make more of these without UFC branding. I'll see if I can find the dimensions. I liked the the GA 2100, bit it was slightly too big for me (due to the lug to lug length).

Would be noce to see non UFC branded.  But I'm thinking it's very similarly sized.