You might remember that all the way back in May of last year we ran a story about our friend Ark Zaydman’s website, Heritage 1854. Heritage 1854 is actually quite a remarkable project – it’s a website that seeks to provide the full story of the Timex brand to vintage collectors, with an unmatched and exhaustive catalog of photographs, reference materials, and product information in a single place. Ark has long been the authority on all things vintage Timex (he also runs the @heritagetimex Instagram account, which is definitely worth a follow), so it makes a lot of sense that he’s involved in a pretty cool new venture from the folks at Taylor Stitch, the San Francisco Based apparel company. The “Timeless Capsule” is a specially curated capsule collection of vintage Timex watches available through Taylor Stitch, sourced in partnership with Zaydman’s Heritage 1854.
It took over a year for Taylor Stitch and Zaydman to source the watches for this capsule collection. Ultimately, the watches chosen represent over 50 years worth of Timex watchmaking, which is actually just a sliver of the brand’s long history which dates back to the middle of the 19th century when the Waterbury Clock Company was founded in Connecticut. A look through the collection, which launched last week with nearly 40 watches, reveals the many faces of Timex, a brand that has made watches in just about every style imaginable over the years.
There’s an awful lot to discover with the Timeless Capsule collection, so it’s best to head over and peruse it yourself, but some of the more notable watches for sale include a Mercury 1044 in the same style as the watch worn by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and an MiUSA Boy Scout, which Zaydman describes as a personal favorite in an interview conducted with Taylor Stitch. Prices for watches in the collection range from $150 to $250, and Taylor Stitch tells us that all of the watches have been serviced, if necessary, with replacement batteries and new straps.
We’re big fans of the work Ark Zaydman has been doing to preserve Timex’s long history, and it’s exciting to see these watches available for sale at such a fair price point. The Timex story is one of American watchmaking at a massive scale over many years, and it’s somewhat unique in that anyone can own a piece of that history if they choose to. That’s important in an era where vintage watches from other historic brands are simply out of reach for some collectors. For a few hundred dollars, you can own and wear a real piece of watchmaking history and enjoy it in the proper context through the extensive research on the Heritage 1854 site. Taylor Stitch
Note: At press time, it appears the entire collection has sold out. Hopefully the success of this capsule collection will lead to similar collaborations in the future, and we’ll keep you updated if we hear news of a follow up sale.