YMC’s Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins have joined forces with Timex to elevate one of our standard-bearing tool watches with their own streetwise sensibilities. Originally designed for military use, the MK1™ watch has been updated here to suit the modern man with an accurate quartz movement, maintaining the lightweight 36mm resin case and highly-legible dial that first made the watch so perfect for timekeeping in the field.
“I have always believed that you have to look back to move forward,” Moss says of YMC, which he co-founded in 1995. “We felt honored to collaborate with Timex; it made total sense, they have so much history but have still successfully remained a timeless product. These watches are beyond trends.”
Timex’s co-branding with YMC is displayed proudly at the
center of the watch dial, as well as on the case back with YMC’s illustrated
tiger emblem and bold logo printing inside the monochromatic slip-through
This limited-edition watch comes in YMC’s exclusive Burnt Rubber Brown, and ships in custom packaging that features special YMC graphic details.
Today we celebrate
what it means to be American—a celebration of the diverse people, cultures and
landscapes all coming together as the building blocks for our country. At
Timex, specifically, we’re reflecting on what it means for us to be American
watchmakers and how we celebrate our heritage.
When asked about
what this project has meant to him, our watch technician, Leonard Provenzano
III, said, “It’s as simple as having a sense of pride. While making this watch,
I feel pride in knowing that this is an American-made watch.”
In 1854, we
disrupted an industry—taking traditional European clockmaking and layering in American
industrial ingenuity. We democratized timekeeping and, over the years, we kept
innovating. Our watches went under water as part of our Timex Torture tests on live television, were shot into space, raced across the finish line and also provided a whole new way to
tell time in the dark with the introduction of our INDIGLO® backlight.
Always striving to
be innovators in the art of timekeeping, we wanted to get back to our roots.
When we decided to create our American Documents® Collection, we knew it was important to
embrace what it meant to be all-American watchmakers.
This meant sourcing
American materials and working with American craftsmen from all over the
country. In addition to providing us with the materials needed to create our
American Documents Collection, we had the opportunity to learn more about these
American workers and the pride that goes into their crafts—from sourcing metals
to finishing glass components to creating the leather straps and everything in
Each part of our
American Documents watch is made in America using American materials and a high-quality
Swiss movement. And, perhaps most importantly, everything created starts with
talented Americans who shared their craft with us.
We started with a
first in modern American watchmaking, creating a drop-forged case to maintain
the grain and strength of the American-sourced stainless-steel. It is then
complemented by its hand-polished top ring and stainless-steel crown with a
brass crown insert that honors our 1854 roots in Waterbury, Connecticut—The
leather strap is made by American craftsmen using American hides from S.B. Foot
Tanning Company in Red Wing, Minnesota—a company that has been in
near-continuous operation for 147 years. The double-layer strap is carefully
stitched around a solid buckle and naturally shapes itself to your wrist.
meets modern technology with our Gorilla® Glass 3 NDR (Native Damage
Resistance). The scratch and impact-resistant crystal, sourced from Rhode
Island, is cut by a precision optics maker using the same process used to
watch is our commemorative case back coin. Stamped from US-sourced brass and
plated with Aged Waterbury Brass to match the color of our original timepieces,
the case back coin is hand-polished before completing the watch and shipping it
off in an indigenous solid cherry wood case that has been carefully made by
It’s not enough to
create our American Documents watch using American-sourced materials. This
collection comes together at our Timex headquarters in Middlebury, Connecticut—just
a few miles away from the location of our original factory in Waterbury.
So, again, today we
celebrate. We celebrate the freedom to innovate and create and for all of the
watchmakers who paved the way. But, mostly, we celebrate all of the people who
helped bring us to this moment and our great country built by the innovators
and creators who inspire us every day.
Happy 4th of July!
DISCOVER MORE OF THE AMERICA WE LOVE:
As we set out to
find the perfect materials for our first American-made watch in decades, we
traveled throughout the United States with photographer Bryan
Schutmaat to capture some of
the incredible landscapes of our country. The diverse landscapes and cultures
helped inspire us, and we hope they inspire you too.