Since 2007, Giorgio Galli has taken the reins of Timex’s design team, helping the brand build up their impressive inventory of stylish yet affordable watches. His impact has been significant, to say the least, with Timex feeling like a cooler brand than we can ever remember. In 2019, the outfit honored that with an automatic watch named after the designer. This year, the Timex Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic brings that same timepiece in a gorgeous blue dial.
Billed as a watch that combines “quality, accessibility, and great design,” it’s a dressy timepiece that feels like a step up from the outfit’s standard design language. None of that retro feel that you get from many Timex releases – just a good, modern watch that feels suited to our contemporary times.
The Timex Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic gets an all new shade for this season, with its sunburst-textured blue dial creating a stark contrast with the silver-with-white-cut-through color of the indicators. There’s also a single inlaid synthetic ruby right in line with the six o’clock mark, which, we have to say, definitely gives it a more premium feel. It retains all the design details that made the S1 feel so special when it first came out, from the brushed outer mid-case and highly-polished inside edges to a ridged inner mid-case and a textured crown. Yes, they’re small things, but they put the watch together so well. According to the outfit, the fully-custom round metal-injected case, which is composed of four separate parts, is made entirely from stainless steel, so this should shrug off the hazards of daily use, while a water resistance rating of up to 50 meters should keep it ticking even when you run into an unfortunately rainy day.
Beneath the dial sits a Miyota 9039 movement, which boasts 24 jewels, runs at 28,800 bph, hacks, and hand-winds. It’s a reliable, high-accuracy workhorse. The movement, by the way, can be viewed in all its glory from a display case back, allowing you to appreciate it if you’re into starting at mechanical gears spinning over and over. Hey… some folks can spend hours doing that.
The Timex Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic doesn’t have a date function on its movement, so you’ll have to draw lines on the walls to keep track of days, if ever you’re stuck in a cave, waiting for rescue while wearing this thing. With its dress watch aesthetic, you would think Timex would pair this with a proper leather strap, right? Not quite. Instead, the outfit is sticking with their high-durability rubber straps, which sports a riveted strap-keeper design, a buckle closure, and a partially recessed underside that should help air circulate to your wrist while having the watch strapped on all day. It’s way classier-looking than your standard rubber strap. Other details include a domed K1 hardened IGN crystal, 20mm lugs, skeletonized hands, and spring bars integrated into the strap, so you can easily remove the rubber band if you want to elevate it with proper leather.
The Timex Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic is now available in a blue dial, priced at $450.