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The Drop: Timex Marlin Chronograph Tachymeter

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: Timex Marlin Chronograph Tachymeter

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

If you look at the wrists of many modern everyday carry watch enthusiasts, you'll notice that the panda dial chronograph has found itself in a resurging trend. A panda dial consists of a white or silver dial on a watch with dark black subdials for the chronograph complication. The contrast between light and dark looks similar to the face of a panda, lending the look its name. And while the panda dial has become popular in the everyday carry watch community because of unattainable watches that will cost you a second mortgage, the Timex Marlin Chronograph Tachymeter lets you get the look for far less and continues the brand’s consistency for strong releases and collaborations this year.

The Timex Marlin Chronograph Tachymeter has an Art Deco look that holds its own, so while it's reminiscent of luxury watches, it's not a copy or a homage. The striking typeface used for the Arabic hour markers at the 12, 3, and 9 o'clock positions are unique, and they are easily identifiable at a glance thanks to the application of high-contrast black rectangular highlights around them. The same goes for the black subdials, making it easy to read the chronograph complication without too much effort. The black outer tachymeter helps give the watch its name, letting you calculate speeds quickly.

With a case diameter of 40mm and a lug width of 20mm, this watch will work on most people's wrists. Its compatibility with a wide range of straps makes it versatile, from dress to casual wear based on your mood. Its reliable quartz movement will keep time better than some of the most expensive mechanical and automatic watches at a fraction of the cost.

What we like: The classic Art Deco look and reliable quartz design of the Timex Marlin Chronograph offer excellent functionality and value for money.

What to watch out for: With a water resistance of only 50m, you should take this watch off before taking your next plunge into the pool or the ocean.

Final verdict: The Timex Marlin Chronograph is an elevated quartz timepiece that gives you a classic look without bidding for a classic watch at auction. Even better, you can buy one today online. That's better than being made to wait years on an exclusive list just for the chance to buy something you can't afford.

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Jonathan Tayag

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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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