I am going to discuss the joy and frustration of vintage timepieces, specifically vintage Timex. I am a regular guy with a passion for horology in every form.
That’s all I can remember, and it’s amazing that it had an impact that I can remember 48-years later.
Now I’m buying and holding the best from that same era, and moving on the pieces I can make a profit from.
1960’s mechanical Timex both automatic (Self-Winding) or the manual winding models were built in Great Britain primarily. It is pretty amazing that these $6 to $15 watches are still running well today, many without any servicing in their lifetime.
They sure do, and many of those movements are still available today on the vintage market.
Engineering and machining technology have come such a long way since the late ‘70s that the new steel woven bracelet actually wears nicely, as opposed to the often flimsy feeling of the old ones. Some of us may be able to recall taking a dime and unscrewing the battery lid, popping out the lithium battery and trying to decipher the model number only to find that the local drug store didn’t even carry it.
(To make life easier, the type of battery you'll need is stamped on the battery hatch: a standard 377 button cell).
You get an iconic pepsi color scheme, which is pre-contextualized for first time watch buyers as being "cool" thanks to the Rolex GMT-Master, and on top of that, it’s an accurate re-edition of an important watch.
That was in 1969 (the Seiko Astron, of course) and by the time Timex, known for affordable watches, came out with the Q, it was clear: Quartz watches were now accessible and they would become the standard going forward.
During the era the original Q was made, it was totally commonplace for brands at affordable price points to ape design cues from more prestigious brands at higher price points. In other words, it’s just as much to educate consumers about Timex’s past as it is to celebrate the brands heritage.