It wasn't until I started learning more about the Timex catalog that I realized that there is an automatic version of the Q. While Timex doesn't call it a Q (likely due to its lack of quartz movement), the M79 Automatic shares its design language with the Q Timex.
Because I had purchased two colors of each watch to use for testing with StrapHabit's new TQ18 straps to ensure that they fit all variants (they do!), I thought it might be interesting to do a comparison of the two.
If you want to know more about each watch, you can read an in-depth review of the Q here, and the M79 here. This review will just focus on the differences. The M79 is about $110 more than its Quartz sibling. Is it worth paying for the upgrade?
While the watches look about the same, especially in photos, they have a slightly different presence in the metal. The M79 automatic, being 2mm wider and thicker looks a bit more substantial on the wrist.
I think that both sizes should appeal to almost everyone, but if you are specifically looking for something slimmer and narrower, or something more substantial, it's something to be considered.
Besides the powerplants, one of the biggest differences between the Q Timex and the M79 is the bezel. While all of the standard 38mm Q Timex Reissue watches have 12-hour friction bezels, the M79 features a uni-direction 120-click dive-style bezel. Like the Q, it has color on the bottom half, rather than the first 15 or 20 minutes like a true dive watch.
Another difference that you're more likely to notice in person is that the M79 has metal applied hour markers, unlike the Q. Additionally, the Q's hour hand does not have the Timex T in the center of it.
The quality of the case finishing is similar on both watches.
Colors might be another important consideration. While we have a few variants here, the Q is available in a lot more colors than the M79. It's likely that both models have something for everyone, but its an important consideration. Also, note that the day and date discs are white on the Q, and black on the M79.
Wearing The Q Timex and the M79
Other than the size differences mentioned earlier, both watches wear very similarly. The comfort levels are similar.
The tiny crowns are difficult to grip on both variants. This is a bigger concern on the Automatic, as you'll be setting the time more frequently. Luckily, unlike the Q, the M79's day is quickset.
Straps and Bracelets
Timex does not state what type of rubber that its straps are made from, but I believe that the one on the Q is silicone. It's formed in a Tropical Style, and is lightweight and comfortable, if a bit flimsy. It gives the Q more of a casual, beach vibe.
Many of the current Q Timex Quartz models and I believe all of the M79 watches come with the steel bracelet shown, however. It gives it more of a classy, retro look, and is also quite thin. The flip clasp feels a bit flimsy but is very compact. I expected the bracelet to pull my arm hair, and, well...it does. Other than that, a nice option, if a bit inexpensive feeling.
One of the key aspects of all of the Q Timex original straps is their shape. The Q Timex watches all have 18mm lug widths, but fairly thick lugs and square cases. Thus, you can fit a standard 18mm strap to one, but it won't look quite right. This is where StrapHabit TQ18 Q Timex straps come in! They offer a higher quality aftermarket option in a variety of colors! Scroll down to the end of the article to see more photos.
If the other differences mentioned are not deal-breakers, the movement choice will be an important consideration for many people.
If you want a watch that is always running, and ready to go, the Q is a better choice. If you're a die-hard watch collector and prefer the beating heart of an Automatic, then the M79 is your watch.
The M79's movement is also visible through its transparent caseback.
The Q simply has a removable cover for when a battery replacement is required.
While these watches are very similar, there are a number of differences that are uncovered once they are studied more closely. While it is over $100 more expensive, the M79 does have a number of subtle upgrades in addition to the movement. The watch does warrant its higher price and still presents a good value when compared to other automatic watches.
The choice for most people will likely boil down to budget (do you want to spend under $200, or nearly $300), size preference, and wearing behavior. Either one is a compelling option.
|Q Timex Reissue 38mm||M79 Automatic|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Movement||Seiko PC33 Quartz||Miyota 8205 Automatic|
|Water Resistance (m)||50||50|
|Weight w/ Bracelet (g)||94g||109g|
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