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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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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!

      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

      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!

      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?

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

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      Can this watch also be fitted with a rubber band?