Gear Review: Military Watches: Timex T49612 Expedition Trail Series

Timex Mens T49612 Expedition Trail Series
Perhaps the best military watch available at a reasonable price

This Timex Expedition watch aims squarely at undercutting more expensive and well-known competitors such as the Suunto and G-Shock lines of military watches. The Timex¬†successfully combines all the commonly-desired features into an attractive packaging at a very competitive price,¬†and should be at the top of every new Lieutenant’s wish list.


Multiple timers and alarms. Hydration reminder. Day, date, and month calendar. Light, Compass, Shock resistant. Waterproof.


  • Digital compass. Impressive in a watch this inexpensive.
  • Tactical color scheme and “reverse” LCD screen, showing mainly black
  • Waterproof, including band, so you won’t have a soggy bracelet feel
  • Extremely rugged, down to the flat buttons and overbuilt hinges


  • Large face could feel too big on very small wrists
  • Very stiff waterproof band could be uncomfortable on dainty wrists
  • Greenish-blue tint to the grey band might not be everyone’s favorite color

Bottom Line

This tough military watch has all the features a candidate or new Lieutenant would want, at a fraction of the price of its competitors. Highly recommended.

Timex Mens T49612 Expedition Trail Series on wrist
Timex Mens T49612 Expedition Trail Series on wrist

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