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The Drop: Timex Giorgio Galli S2 Automatic Watch

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: Timex Giorgio Galli S2 Automatic Watch

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If you picture a Timex watch in your head, the ubiquitous Weekender and Explorer quartz field watches likely come to mind. But with a century of watchmaking experience under their belts, the folks at Timex regularly go above and beyond with new designs. For example, there's the new S2 Automatic Watch from Timex's design bureau in Switzerland. The Giorgio Galli S2 features a namesake minimalist design by Timex's design director. The 38mm injection-molded 316L stainless steel case has a unique skeleton design that reduces weight and gives it a stunning look from the side.

The back of the watch features a combination of inserted titanium and a sapphire glass exhibition case. That see-through case back shows off another giant leap the S2 takes in the Timex line: this is the first watch from Timex featuring a precision Swiss Sellita movement. The caliber SW200-1 is an automatic self-winding mechanical watch movement with 26 jewels and a 41-hour power reserve.

It all comes together with the minimal and dressy face of the watch, with an enamel dial and low-profile stainless steel hour markers capped with a domed sapphire glass crystal with anti-glare coating. Out of the box, the watch comes with a comfortable NBR synthetic rubber strap with a stainless steel clasp. You can swap it out quickly with the right tools. Other details of note include 50M of water resistance and a strap and lug width of 18mm.

What we like: The Giorgio Galli S2 features an excellent and elegant minimalist design with the added benefit of a Swiss-made movement ticking inside. The smaller case size may also appeal to those looking for a more compact wear.

What to watch out for: While you won't have to change out the batteries on this watch (there are none), if this is your first time with an automatic movement, it might be challenging to understand why the watch stops ticking if you stop wearing it after a while. The price is also relatively steep compared to many more popular EDC recommendations. Still, the sum of its parts and its utterly unique design and pedigree could make it a much better value prop for those who can afford it.

Final verdict: If you're in the market for a classy EDC minimalist dress watch with Swiss automatic chops and a remarkable aesthetic to boot, the Timex Giorgio Galli S2 is right up your alley.

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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