Timex Expedition WS4 Gadgets

The new Timex Expedition WS4 watch will soon be available in the United States and on some of the overseas markets. With its comprehensive list of functions, all of them packed within a sturdy, rugged body, the new gadget will probably become a serious competitor to a number of watches from European and Japanese manufacturers thanks to its more than competitive price.

Although looking quite large on a wrist, the Timex Expedition WS4 is bulky, but not monstrously so. In fact, compared to Suunto Core, one of its direct competitors, the wearable computer looks even better on a normal wrist thanks to its deliberately “technical” design. The model from Suunto, while looking good on pictures, doesn’t seem to be as comfortable on a wrist due its more “classic” layout, which makes it look like a plastic compass with an LCD display.

Timex Expedition WS4 (orange, worn by Conrad Anker)

According to official specs, its boxy case of the gadget is just 50 millimeters wide and 40 millimeters high, making it just a little bit larger than an average box of matches and only a tad smaller than Linde Werdelin’s new Land Instrument II (aka The Rock,) which is supposed to ride piggy-back on their automatic watches making the whole assembly even larger.

Well, giving Linde Werdelin its due, the Rock is certainly a more technically advanced device, but at a price of just $199, the Expedition WS4 is also six times more affordable.

For such a humble price, you will get a great number of built-in gizmos, including an electronic altimeter, barometer, compass, and a 100-hour chronograph with a 1/100-second resolution up to one hour.

A USB or a Bluetooth interface for a GPS tracking device would be a good thing, too, but you can’t get everything in such a cheap instrument, can you?

Timex Expedition WS4 (black, Conrad Anker, wrist shot)

My favorite toy in this kind of gadgets, the altimeter, works in the range between -399 and 8997 meters (the sensor will even work correctly on top of Mount Everest, although you’ll need real professional gear to climb on top of the mountain, anyway.)

The device tracks your current, highest, as well as accumulated altitude and it even has an altitude alarm making sure that you won’t climb too high and die of hypoxia.

All the information is presented in highly legible, easy to grasp way on a monochrome 2-inch LCD monitor.

The monitor is not touch-based, but the plastic buttons on the gadget’s sides seem to be large enough to be operated even in heavy gloves.

Timex Expedition WS4 watch (white)

Of course, you can set the watch to display all the info in either metric or U.S. customary units.

My biggest complain regarding this timekeeper is its water resistance rating. Although the WR of 5ATM is enough to keep the watch protected in case of rain or if you decide to wash your hands in a nearby stream, I would seriously not recommend you wear it for kayaking or some other activity where you may find yourself in the water (fighting for your life): you will most probably ruin the gadget. Well, I hope that for the next version of the timekeeper Timex will make a new case with better waterproofing.

WWR Verdict

Originality 4/5
Build Quality: 4/5
Usability: 4/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

See also: Casio Pathfinder PAG240-1, PAG240B-2 and PAG240T-7 models introduced

Timex Expedition WS4 watch (yellow, strap detail)

Photos: Timex

Timex Expedition WS4 watch’s specification:

Price range: $199 (MSRP)
Functions: Chronograph, time/date, compass, altimeter, barometer
Power reserve: No data
Case material: Composite with a stainless steel bezel
Case dimensions: 50.00 mm x 40.00 mm
Case height: No data
Display: Widescreen, 38 mm x 25 mm
Total weight: 90 grams
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black / yellow / orange / white / blue / black rubber strap (depending on color of the case) OR an expandable fabric strap
Crystal: Mineral
Back: Solid

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  1. Mister Metric Says: April 30, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Actually mount Everest is 8848 meters. I would’nt rely on a Timex anyway, but according to the specs it would handle Everest.

  2. Oh, shame on me :)

  3. Amazing watch…especially for the price. Had one for a couple weeks and it has been amazing.

  4. Read the reviews about the WS4 and was very impressed.
    However, I discovered some negative points later.
    One being that it is very difficult to clean.
    And the second point is that it isn’t good to use when swimming.

  5. Hey BOB, thanks for the comment.

    You mean, there is a problem with water resistance?

  6. Glen Villar Says: April 17, 2012 at 2:06 am

    It’s not about a problem with water resistance; it’s about our understanding with the term “water resistance.”

    It is in fact capable of being worn in the water while swimming but it is not recommended to press any of its button while doing so. Diving is another matter and in some depth the pressure is much greater than on the water surface so it is not recommended for diving activities.

    The problem with cleaning the strap is due to the little grid-like emboss on the strap. Using an old toothbrush and a bit soap would clean it perfectly.

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