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The Nixon 42-20 Tide Watch is the slightly smaller version of the massive (and massively heralded) 51-30 model. Same solid stainless-steel case with screwdown crown, same Swiss movement, same heavy, all-business look. Same burly 200-meter water resistance too, plus a 24-hour analog tide subdial. Just not quite as likely to tear your shoulder from the socket when you paddle out into the lineup or reach for another beer.

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can you read the hands in the dark?

can you read the hands in the dark?

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Nixon applies a very basic lume to the hands and numbers on their 42-20 and 51-30 watches, but it requires a fairly substantial 'charge' under a powerful light source (a flashlight, an LED lamp, the sun, etc.) for even a brief glow lasting only a few minutes.

does anyone know where i would be able to...

does anyone know where i would be able to find another link for the band because the watch is the perfect size however the band is a slight bit small even with the extra link added in that comes with it

You'll have to get them directly from Nixon, but don't worry, they're great to deal with. 1-888-455-9200 from 8 to 5 pacific time, Monday to Friday,

why doesn't nixon provide instructions...

why doesn't nixon provide instructions with the purchase of a watch. i have the 42-20 but i cant figure out how to work the dials correctly. the place i purchased the watch couldn't help me out either. can someone help me out?

Hey Christian, sucks that your watch didn't come with a manual (definitely should have, if you got it from an authorized Nixon dealer), but fret not - you can get those help dox for your 42-20 tide here:


Hope that helps!


nixon 42-20 tide all black

    i just recieved my nixon 42-20 tide all black watch... and it is totally sik... the band is black metal, the face is matt black with bacl gloss numbers and hands. so the whole watch is black out... great tough looking watch.. with a hidden bonus, when wearing the watch outside the numbers and hands are black but when you step into a dark room the hands and numbers glow a lush blue coulour...
    ive gone from wearing a tag heuer to this and i get more comments with the nixon.
    tough rugged and understated... i love it.


    Nixon 42-20 Watch

      Perfect watch -more reasonable size compared to the gagantuan 51-50. bright white dial, solid band. crowns lock so no water enters. I've wore mine snorkeling and surfing with no issues at all. highly recommended!

      How big is the 42-20 watch in MM?

      How big is the 42-20 watch in MM?

      i'm in a pickle. should i get the 42-20...

      i'm in a pickle. should i get the 42-20 or the 51-30. i'm just worried the 51mm big face is only a fad and will phase out. but sometimes bigger is better. is the 42-20 still pretty big on the wrist? no stores have the 42-20 to try on so i've only tried the 51-30

      This is modeled after a diving style watch, many high end watch brands have been turning this type a watch into a fashion thing for years , it's definitely not a trend. If you like it, get it despite the trends. Besides, your pimp slap will ahve that much more weight behind it.

      Hi, Is there any way i could order on of...

      Hi, Is there any way i could order on of these in All Gold?

      Yes, just select the All Gold option in the "select options" drop down menu and proceed to check out.

      yea i guess u could get in gold maybe even some dimonds, that would be sick. or maybe if u want that flashy wanna be pimp crap u should just get a rolex

      Write your question here... Can this watch...

      Write your question here...
      Can this watch also be fitted with a rubber band?

      Well you can take the links on the band in and out to get it to fit how you want. No real need for rubber bands.

      Try the 42-20 PU:


      The Perfect Watch

        This is a sweet watch. Its super functional and looks good. The 51-30 is a little big for me so this watch is just the right size.