Vintage Inspired Marlin Automatic California Announcement Release

Wristwatch design progressed leaps and bounds over the course of the 20th century. Starting as little more than glorified pocket watches, modified with welded strap lugs or wire caging, wrist watches owe a lot of their development to military needs during the first World War and the quieter years that followed. It’s thought that the inspiration for this new watch, our Marlin California Automatic, can be traced directly back to some of the first wristwatches designed and produced for the Italian navy.


First appearing on a smattering of Swiss watches in the early 1930s, what we now refer to as the “California dial” is a layout you’ll find on watches both vintage and modern. There are a few predominant theories about exactly where the design came from, however, as well as how it got the name.


  1. Watches with this dial design sold really well in California, for reasons unknown.
  2. Watch dealers in California became known around the globe for hunting down these distinctive watches, and more were bought and sold there than anywhere else.
  3. A watch shop in Melrose, CA has specialized in refinishing these kinds of dials since the 1970s; with no manufacturer-provided moniker for this kind of dial layout, customers started using the “California” nickname… and it stuck.


While we lean toward the third possibility as most likely, the mystery is part of the fun — most watch enthusiasts will agree with that. And no matter what the origin might be for this striking design, it looks mighty fine on our Marlin Automatic.


The dial is fresh and exciting, but our new Marlin California Automatic packs the same features our fans already love and expect from us — a 40mm case in stainless steel, a natural leather strap, a domed vintage-inspired crystal and a 21-jewel automatic movement that keeps time as long as you keep wearing it. With a 40-hour power reserve and a solid presence on the wrist, this new iteration of our modern classic delivers throwback style in a package you can rely on — one that holds up to the Timex reputation.

Q Timex Marmont 1975 Reissue Announcement

The Q Timex Marmont is our reissue of an icon we first launched in 1975, at a time when quartz watches were sweeping the industry and putting mechanical watches back on their heels. Inspired by the louche design language of the time, with softened edges and polished surfaces, the Marmont recalls a glamorous era in Los Angeles when the rich and famous would gather at the Chateau Marmont, LA’s “castle on the hill.”


The watch is a statement in polished gold-tone stainless steel. Featuring a sturdy-yet-refined case with curving surfaces and a domed acrylic crystal, at first glance it could be mistaken as an artifact of its time, but the Marmont is so much more than that. We took special care in staying true to the original and in drafting its angles and design, so from above it presents on the wrist with a cushion shape, while from the side it offers a plateaued profile that sits comfortably on the wrist with just the right amount of presence.


Because it belongs to our Q Timex family, you’ll find the same perfect touches as always — our “Q” logo on the dial, a reliable and accurate quartz movement inside, and our easy coin-slot battery hatch on the case back to save you from service trips to the nearest jeweler, if and when you need a battery change.


Continuing with the watch’s retro stylings, its dial is brushed with a sunray texture and finished in a cool champagne color. The dial markings are wonderfully dynamic and dimensional, with their own polished facets that catch the light and interact with the dial’s surface finishing and the light refractions of the domed crystal.


The Q Timex Marmont comes with an elegant black leather strap, debossed in a retro alligator pattern, plus a buckle to match its case with a period-correct widened strap keeper. As an homage to one of our iconic originals, this watch does more than sit on your wrist or rest in a box — it gathers light and glows with it, shining through the years to reflect its wearer as much as a watch ever could.