Timex Just Released a $200 Mechanical Watch

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In the 1950s, Timex established itself as a purveyor of dependable, affordable wristwatches, with the brand’s iconic “it takes a licking and keeps on ticking” campaign cementing that very notion with consumers. By the mid-‘60s, nearly half of all mechanical watches sold in the U.S. were from Timex. Today, however, Timex is better known as a supplier of affordable quartz and smart watches, having stopped production of mechanical movements in 1982.

But in a surprising twist, Timex is now taking a swing back toward its roots with the Marlin—a mechanical, hand-wound, vintage-inspired timepiece. Oh, and the retail price? In keeping with the Timex ethos, it’s just $199.

The watch shown here is an earlier prototype. The final production model does not have “WATERPROOF” on the dial.
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As the name suggests, the Marlin reissue pulls inspiration from the varied Marlin series produced by Timex back in the ‘60s. The stainless steel case measures 34mm wide and 10mm thick, and it features a high-polish finish. The lugs are drilled and the lug width measures 18mm. The acrylic crystal is highly domed and in keeping with the original. The dial then is a silver-tone sunburst that, depending on the light, can look warmer or cooler. The dial is nearly a one-for-one copy of some of the vintage models, down to the unique, graphic numerals.

WATCH SHOWN IS A PROTOTYPE

It’s unclear exactly what movement is inside the Marlin, but it does hack. Watches being delivered come with a sticker that reads “MOVT CHINA,” which leads me to believe the movement might be from SeaGull, China’s largest movement manufacturer, but it’s possible the movement is sourced from one of the several other Chinese makers. When I get a conclusive answer, I’ll update this post.

On the wrist, the Marlin wears like a true vintage piece, and by that I mean it wears true to its 34mm size. For those of us who are used to wearing smaller vintage pieces, this won’t feel any different.

WATCH SHOWN IS A PROTOTYPE

Altogether, this is a fun little package from the brand, and I’m curious to see if this is just the first of future mechanical offerings from Timex. Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long. Timex

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Ilya is worn&wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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  • Tom Alaerts

    Very nice initiative!

  • Mark Wyborn

    Fun but the quality looks low and Glashutte Original might not be happy with it, very very similar !

    • It’s a reproduction of a watch from Timex’s archives. http://forums.watchuseek.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=12623737&d=1509552552

      • Ali Dhanji

        Exactly. In the post it said it’s a reproduction reissue. Screw Glashutte. Sorry for that but it’s true.

        • Jauni Bigoudi

          Calm down

        • LackofPerspective

          Exactly. Everyone on here claiming it’s a ripoff of GO… read the article and realize that Timex has been around for more than a century.

      • egznyc

        Interesting: this is a slightly different version from the photo another comment attached above by A GG. I like these hands a little better and they – along with the dial – have a useful but subtle application of lume.

    • Han Cnx

      Timex is not in business to make Glashutte happy. Or if this phrase means that they’ve copied Glashutte: Nope. Lots of manufacturers had very similar designs and similar numeral styling, even all the way to Russia. ( https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/d6AAAOSwGJlZEgAA/s-l400.jpg )

  • Mark Wyborn

    Quality looks poor and its a very similar copy of the Glashutte Original Sixties..

    • SVK

      Urm, no. Not even close.

    • LackofPerspective

      Why would you even think to compare a $200 Timex to a Glashutte Original? Apples, I would like to introduce you to oranges.

    • Gabe

      They hardly look the same. Different layout and the only similarity are the font of numerals.
      Plus! Glashutte was founded in 1994. Timex was founded in 1854 and released the original marlin series in the 60’s. So… Timex copied Glashutte? Really?

  • Tian Lin

    Is this a limited edition?

  • Anthony Dimaano

    Go Timex. Very tempted, if only just to support Time re-entering the mechanical arena

    • Lou Caputo

      Same here! I have been saying for years that Timex needs to be making mechanicals again. I hope they continue to release past models and I hope to see new ones as well.

  • Kevg1962

    Like you, surprised it’s taken this long for someone to come up with a small handwound vintage inspired dress watch. I think they will sell loads even with a Chinese movement.

  • merp

    Random question – did Timex actually stop making mechanical movements in 1982? I have the most distinct memory of buying a Timex hand-wind at a Woolworth’s for like $20 in what would have been 1993-94. I swear I’m not making it up!

    That said, very excited to see what else they bring back.

  • Rich Wentz

    I dig it!!!

  • mayank singh

    Reminds me of the ‘Janata’ from HMT. HMT is now defunct and no longer makes watches. The particular model was hand wound and cost only in the vicinity of 30 USD.

  • Gianluca Brancacci

    This is just so good, I love it!! There’s just something about reliability with vintage looks that makes me so happy

  • charitytowin

    34mm?? ugh.

    I get it, but..ugh

  • Philip Beresford

    34mm is a strange choice these days. I would have expected something at 38mm at least

  • D Berghold

    Actually, the final mechanical, as best I can determine, was a limited edition in 1996 and was called “The Last Wind-Up”. Having a store by the same name, I had to score a couple. Happy to see them getting back in the “ticking” game.

  • ESD

    Looks almost like the GO Senator Sixties watch!

  • ESD

    Looks almost like the GO Senator Sixties!

  • Clintphare

    It’s too bad they:
    A) Are not making it in the USA with their original movement

    B) They can’t keep the price closer to under $100.

    I give them credit for the attempt though. This is nothing I would consider at this pricepoint.

    • Jordi Fernandez

      So you want a made in USA mechanical watch under 100 bucks? Might as well ask them to turn water into wine eh

      • LackofPerspective

        I was gonna go for a straw into gold reference but yes, spot on.

  • harrys

    I wore this watch (the original) from 1958 to 1966. Just ordered it and then found a NATO band that looks like the one I used. What fun! I have many fine watches but to connect to my first real watch is just great.

  • Lou Caputo

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the same, simple, cheap hand-winding movement they used back in the 60s and 70s. I think those were in-house movements?

    • Zanpa

      That would be incredibly surprising. You can’t just make something you haven’t made for decades, no matter how simple it used to be.

      • LackofPerspective

        Exactly. There’s no way they maintained the production lines, tooling and equipment as it sat idle for nearly two generations. That stuff was tossed on the scrap heap decades ago.

  • fo1egras

    34mm. Really? Timex needs to offer a choice of sizes. They are a mass production operation. Mass produce multiple sizes. BTW – not even close to being a GO Sixties. GO did it right. Don’t care which one came first.

    • LackofPerspective

      What’s with the multiple references to Glashutte Original? Again, this watch costs $200. That’s two hundred American dollars. How much does the GO you’re comparing it to cost?

      • fo1egras

        Read it again. We are in agreement. Someone else made the comparison – this is a follow on to the reference(s). You probably don’t follow flat text messaging well either.

  • A GG
    • egznyc

      I think your original is quite a bit nicer than the reissue. The applied indices really help!

    • Gabe

      Good god It’s beautiful.

  • sean

    The seagul movement is automatic I think, i have an automatic Timex it works perfect.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f5dab82d710da7231b53033a8c21f61362b9edf353ca68159c398b1868c1ca1.jpg

  • fo1egras

    Offer multiple sizes.

  • Mikita

    Does anyone know what is the movement here?

  • John Ely

    John Cameron Swayze here . . .

  • Joe

    Brave Timex! I have some very similar vintage watches, but if they produced this in some funky dial colours I’d purchase one straight away.

  • egznyc

    Hard to say who copied whom in some cases, right? An idea can start somewhere and then creative minds are influenced from what they see – consciously and unconsciously.

  • Svetoslav Popov

    The reissue also has applied indices. I’ve bought one and love it. Plus it is stainless steel.

  • SittingBullAZ

    Cool idea from Timex but should’ve been a modern size. Any man willing to wear a 34mm watch already has his choice of thousands of superior vintage pieces, even at this low price point.

  • Yusuf

    I just received mine a dew days ago. It turned out to be a manual wind, not an automatic, and that interested me even more. However it doesn’t keep good time at all; mine gained 8 minutes in one day. The dial looks much better in these pictures; its really cheap looking in the flesh. Same thing with the strap. Stay away from this, its a waste of money.

  • PickleRick

    Welcome back Timex!!

  • WK Ng

    The silver dial oxidizes easily. I prefer a colored & lacquered one!

  • WK Ng

    Silver colored dial oxidizes easily!

  • Lisa Chapman

    At least 40% of this watch is the plastic spacer holding the Chinese mov’t in place. Retail should be £70 no more

  • RandomStriker

    Has nobody spotted that Timex have blatantly copied the Glashütte Senator Sixties? What a shameless design rip-off!

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