J. Crew haxx

baller watch. click on the thumbnails to see 'em bigger.

I think it probably is no secret that I am a big fan of the J. Crew Timex watches. I even bought one for JP as a wedding present, and he loves wearing it.

I have a confession: when I bought him the watch, I had secret hopes that maybe sometimes I would be able to jack it and wear it around. That wasn’t going to happen, because he loves it. That left me pining for a watch that was a bit out of my price range for just a WANT WANT WANT. Then it dawned on me. Hey, it’s a Timex. Maybe the non-J.Crew Timex land has similar watches. Oh, and maybe straps too!

Bingo. Ish. Timex makes some pretty great faces that were similar and inexpensive compared to the J. Crew watch, but no crazy fabric bands like the neon ones I’d coveted at J. Crew. Sad trombone until a trip to Target yielded some great results– the Timex Easy Reader watches fit on JP’s fabric J. Crew band perfectly, and looked strikingly similar to his fancy watch. And way less expensive.

We purchased the watch, then ordered a neon band from J. Crew, and voila. A much more do-able version of the watch I’d been stalking for months. So, dears, if you’ve been jonesing  for a J. Crew Timex, but don’t want to drop the dollars, go this route. It’s pretty cool… and… has indiglo. Hola, middle school.

Recipe for an awesome watch

  1. Timex Easy Reader Watch, whatever dang color you want, $29.99-39.99 Make sure to get the watch via Target or Walmart. They’re about $5-10 cheaper than via the Timex website.
  2. J. Crew Watch Band, tons of colors, $10-15 Okay, let me give you the skinny on the bands. Our local J. Crew has some really incompetent staff. (I used to work in retail, so I feel that it gives me the right to bitch when employees, especially managers do not know their inventory inside and out. I mean, hello, I do, and I don’t even work there.) Anyway, the bands that were on the biggest sale online were full price in the store. Liar pants said they were “new.” Um, hi. No. He also provided some really wrong info regarding the neon bands and availability, so I just ordered online. Cheaper, and they had my neon rose. PLUS, if you order by the end of TODAY, you can get an extra 20% off of sale items [read: the awesome-colored bands] using EXTRA20 as the promotion code. Sweet.
  3. Without tax/shipping/what-have-you, you are able to get a $170 watch set-up for $40. WIN.

Whatcha think? Pretty good, no?

5 Responses to J. Crew haxx
  1. Becky B
    July 15, 2010 | 2:14 pm

    Love it and your thrifty mind! You are so clever! This reminds me that I need buy a replacement battery for a kick ass fossil watch I have. =)

  2. Becky B
    July 15, 2010 | 2:15 pm

    ps. The little heart that now shows up in the web browser address bar for your site is so cute… looks a lot like your wedding heart. 😉

  3. Liz @ Dogs & Wine
    July 15, 2010 | 3:44 pm

    I have basically been eye-raping the J Crew timexes for ages. I am desperately in love.

    THANK YOU for this awesome hack. Totally doing that next week. I think I want this strap: http://images.jcrew.com/erez4/erez?src=images/eie

  4. rifferaff
    July 18, 2010 | 7:06 pm

    this is amazing. thanks for the tip!

  5. WhiskAwayNic
    July 28, 2010 | 1:44 pm

    Hotness! I gifted my husband the JCrew Timex before they came out with the white face, and GAH I want the white face/neon pink for myself!

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