The New Q Timex GMT Is Worth Playing the Long Game

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The relaunch of the Q Timex line only dates back to May of 2019, when the brand first decided to pay homage to the era when quartz movements rocked the watch world (hence the “Q”). That’s not all that long ago. But since that first smash-hit watch—a 38mm model with an integrated bracelet, instantly recognizable “Pepsi” bezel, and, of course, a quartz movement—hit the scene, there’s been so much good stuff released under the ever-expanding Q Timex umbrella that you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s been around for longer than just three years.

We’re talking golden tonneau watches inspired by mid-’70s L.A., and digital watches that take the vibe into the ’80s. We’re even talking about the influence of that first reissue showing up on non-quartz watches, like the M79 automatic introduced with a distinctive “Batman” bezel. And, as of just a couple weeks ago, we’re talking about the high-flyingest of watches: a GMT.

The new Q Timex GMT takes all the things that folks loved about that original reissue, ups the functionality, and adds a few finishing touches that are sure to please vintage and modern watch fans alike. One one version, there’s a black dial (versus navy), a simplified date display (versus a day-date), and instead of a woven steel bracelet, a linked one. Another, fully blacked-out, uses a synthetic rubber strap. But the most important change—hell, it’s right there in the name—is the GMT complication.

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Q Timex GMT 38mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

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$219.00

Named for “Greenwich Mean Time,” GMT watches arrived in the middle of the 20th century, most famously in the form of the Rolex GMT-Master. 1954’s ref. 6542 was issued to Pan Am pilots, who could track two different time zones by using the traditional three-hand setup plus an additional hand traveling on a 24-hour scale. Add in a bidirectional rotating bezel like you’ll find on the Q Timex GMT (and a little bit of mental math), and you can check in on two time zones at once and a third in a pinch with just a few clicks of the bezel. It’s incredibly handy for traveling, or just keeping an eye on the time of day for a faraway friend. Plus, you know, it looks really good.

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The Q Timex GMT in black.

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The Q Timex GMT in black/blue.

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There is one hitch, and it’s major: Right now, both versions of the watch are sold out on Timex’s site. That’s a bummer. But there’s good news, too. First of all, you can sign up to be notified when they restock, and you absolutely should, because each has gone in and out of stock since the launch on April 28. Second, those aren’t the only colorways of the Q Timex GMT. There’s a black-and-blue—yep, a Batman—bezel set to hit the site soon, too. So keep your eyes on Timex’s site, and on this post, too, because we’ll update you when everything is available for immediate purchase.

In the meantime, start planning out your next trip, and make sure it’s to a different time zone. You’ll want to be able to use your new watch when you go.

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