You know those NWAs that are, like, *double* NWAs?

I wrote a few months ago about my affection for this aluminum-cased Timex field watch with its striking blue acrylic crystal. It hadn't even occurred to me to wonder whether there might be other colors. Turns out there are! Or were, at least. These were released in, I think, 2019, and while the blue ones remain relatively easy to find, the others are surprisingly hard to locate.

The orange one I stumbled on entirely by accident, in the online inventory of a Florida pawn shop, unworn and in its original packaging. I had been planning--stop me if you've heard this one before--a slightly spendier watch purchase, and had to think hard about letting a smaller-ticket item alter my timetable, but it didn't take me too long to decide that I'd be sorer over letting something get away that I might well not find again.

And before it had even made its way across the country to me, further internet poking had turned up a lone pink one for sale on Amazon. By that point, it wasn't a hard decision. It wasn't even a decision, really.

I love them. They didn't cost a whole lot, and they radiate cheer. I will find special occasions to wear them, but I expect that mostly they'll just sit on display in the watch box, flanking the blue one, reminding me a bit of those decorative glass candies that always look so appetizing, it seems a bit of a shame you can't actually eat them.

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And maybe, just maybe, if I search diligently and persistently, I'll someday find the yellow one!

BONUS DISCUSSION TOPIC: Are there any other colored crystals in the world that I should know about? This is shaping up to be one of my things, it seems. There's the delightful Coke-bottle green on the Milgauss. (And its few "homages.". There's that intoxicating hint of blue on the Grand Seiko that @Fieldwalker is always taunting me with. And the other day I saw something about a forgotten yellow-crystaled Victorinox reference from the 1990s, if I recall correctly. Can anyone show or tell me about others?

Your pic changed and I was initially confused - it now looks like the kanji (Japanese character) for 'big' , did I get it?

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Oh - back on track - yes, 100% - I love the colored crystals some watches have, and those Timex ones looks amazing. I dig the shameless pink one. Yes, my Blue Glacier (it's JDM and doesn't have an English name so it got the best translation I could come up with) SLGA017 has a very cool blue flash at crystal edge when light hits it:

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Another fave of mine, though I will never be able to wear owing to my wrists being toothpicks, is the Bell and Ross BR03 Red Radar series. Full Red crystal and looks so cool!

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Colored crystals is new to me and I like it! It reminded me of my search for Invicta Grand Divers, although not for the crystals. But I sought the different colors as you do now for the elusive yellow one. I hope you find it and let us know! 馃憤

Fieldwalker

Your pic changed and I was initially confused - it now looks like the kanji (Japanese character) for 'big' , did I get it?

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Oh - back on track - yes, 100% - I love the colored crystals some watches have, and those Timex ones looks amazing. I dig the shameless pink one. Yes, my Blue Glacier (it's JDM and doesn't have an English name so it got the best translation I could come up with) SLGA017 has a very cool blue flash at crystal edge when light hits it:

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Another fave of mine, though I will never be able to wear owing to my wrists being toothpicks, is the Bell and Ross BR03 Red Radar series. Full Red crystal and looks so cool!

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Alan!

  1. Your kanji recognition faculties are functioning correctly! That IS "big." Specifically, it's Daimonji: a gigantic array of bonfires in the shape of the "big" character on one of the mountainsides overlooking Kyoto. The Obon festival there ends every year with five of these above the city. It's an amazing sight.

  2. "Blue Glacier" is the perfect name. I declare it to be official.

  3. Those Bell & Ross pieces are SO COOL. Thanks for putting them on my...ahem...radar.

StNobody

Alan!

  1. Your kanji recognition faculties are functioning correctly! That IS "big." Specifically, it's Daimonji: a gigantic array of bonfires in the shape of the "big" character on one of the mountainsides overlooking Kyoto. The Obon festival there ends every year with five of these above the city. It's an amazing sight.

  2. "Blue Glacier" is the perfect name. I declare it to be official.

  3. Those Bell & Ross pieces are SO COOL. Thanks for putting them on my...ahem...radar.

Yeah! - I remember the giant bonfire 鈥榖ig鈥 but had forgot about the specifics. I had thought it too obscure that that I was looking at what I thought I was looking at!

Our little town did a annual bonfire thing that was a little burning man-ish (the actual burning, not the crazy and sandstorms)

Hooray! - Blue Glacier sounds way better than SLGA017, it a weight off knowing it鈥檚 now official.

If you鈥檝e got Popeyes forearms, or some other form gigantism of the wrists, def try on one of those Red Radars. Inform your wife @Fieldwalker endorses you getting one, so you kinda have to now.

馃槂

Fieldwalker

Yeah! - I remember the giant bonfire 鈥榖ig鈥 but had forgot about the specifics. I had thought it too obscure that that I was looking at what I thought I was looking at!

Our little town did a annual bonfire thing that was a little burning man-ish (the actual burning, not the crazy and sandstorms)

Hooray! - Blue Glacier sounds way better than SLGA017, it a weight off knowing it鈥檚 now official.

If you鈥檝e got Popeyes forearms, or some other form gigantism of the wrists, def try on one of those Red Radars. Inform your wife @Fieldwalker endorses you getting one, so you kinda have to now.

馃槂

I had thought it too obscure that that I was looking at what I thought I was looking at!

I'm pretty sure that with this, I have peaked in interestingness; everything else will prove to be disappointingly mundane.

My wrists are 6.5". Not quite as svelte as yours, but equally incapable of rocking those B&Rs. I mean, I know Bell & Ross is famous for the instrument panel aesthetic, but those watches might be taken from actual instrument panels!

I think Timex also had a grey crystal in that series. I got the orange one a couple of years ago.

pellidon

I think Timex also had a grey crystal in that series. I got the orange one a couple of years ago.

Thanks for the heads-up!