Packed with nostalgia, the iconic Timex T80 pays homage to our earliest digital watches. They were some of the first to hit the market, born among the big hair, big music, and big dreams of one of history’s most expressive decades. These early devices dominated the scene with their futuristic feature sets and infinite wearability, not only marking a turning point in timekeeping, but also serving as an ageless fashion statement for the generations that followed.
To really understand the unwavering appeal of today’s Timex T80, let’s throw it back. First, it’s worth noting that the explosion of digital watches that took place in the 70s and 80s had no real precedent in the history of mechanical watchmaking. There was the quartz revolution, of course, but digital timepieces were an entirely different beast, unrelated to the traditional watch technology that powered our earlier models.
At the time, there were many inside Timex who thought this rapid digital development would be our end. But what they didn’t count on was the spirit of a watchmaker who’d repeatedly changed the world with unrelenting innovation. Our engineers at the Timex Advanced Research Laboratory in Irving, New York, worked hard to keep up with the evolving digital landscape, and in 1974, we sold our first digital Liquid Crystal Display—the foundation of today’s Timex T80.
Soon, advanced technology allowed watchmakers like us to incorporate features beyond just hours and minutes. By 1975, LCD watches included calendars, chronographs, alarms, and calculators, turning the watch from a simple timekeeper into a multi-functional electronic device. Our digital watches were stylish accessories as much as high-tech tools, and today’s iterations stay true to their vintage machinery, packing a date display, stopwatch, and an alarm into something that looks great no matter where you’re going from here. We’ve paired our iconic T80 with a classic stainless-steel expansion band in releases past, but our latest—now available in olive and purple—features a Perfect Fit stainless-steel expansion band for easy on-and-off.
Technology has come a long way since the early days of digital watch design. In fact, it’s come so far that one could make the very valid argument that the wristwatch has grown rather obsolete in the 21st century (hello, metaverse). But like any Timex, what the T80 brings to the table is a deep emotional value you just can’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s the simple construction that reminds you of your first childhood watch, or the retro styling that adds some flair to your everyday wardrobe, today’s Timex T80 evokes a sense of nostalgia in every single one of us. Explore the collection and get back to the future with a T80 of your very own.