YMC Gives Timex’s Classic MK1 a “Burnt Rubber Brown” Reissue

“Timex and London mainstay YMC have teamed up to rework the classic MK1 watch. The limited edition timepiece integrates YMC design DNA, giving the watch a new ‘Burnt Rubber Brown’ look.

“Originally known as the Mil-Spec W-46374B, the MK1 is the only timepiece in Timex’s long history of producing military watches to be officially contracted by the US government. It was produced for only two months in 1982 for the US Marines, featuring a lightweight body and simple hand-wound movement. It was considered such a ‘disposable’ watch, in fact, that it came with instructions on how to dispose of it.”

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Timex American Documents Watches Debut Review

Up close view of Black Strap/White Dial American Documents watch with watchmaking tools around it.

“Timex’s primary overseas factory is located in the Philippines, built several decades ago during a time when there was strategic U.S. government and commercial investment in the Asian nation. In many ways, Timex was an innovator in overseas production for timepieces and, to this day, the company continues to offer consumers extremely good value for a reliable timepiece product. American Documents products are not intended to replace other Timex models but rather will act as a supplemental collection for a different type of consumer. Even though the price for American Documents watches is relatively very accessible, they will come in as the most expensive products in the Timex collection, intended for those who don’t just want an item on their wrist that tells the time, but also one that tells a story.”

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A Major Watch From the ’70s Is Back at a Very Approachable Price

“Enter the Q Timex. The first quartz watch from Timex was produced in 1972, and by the time this model was released in 1979 it was clear that quartz was here to stay. Not only did it follow the quartz trend, it adopted some major design elements that had come to define the ‘70s, too, with a woven stainless steel bracelet, squared-off and beveled case, and a GMT Master-inspired bezel (which on the Q rotates, non-ratcheting, in both directions). The Q watches proudly displayed ‘Q’ branding at 12 o’clock to let everyone know that everyman Timex watches had officially moved into the quartz era.”

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Timex Turns 165, Launches New ‘American Documents’ Collection In Honor Of Milestone Anniversary

Image of American Documents packaging. White Sleeve, wooden case closed, wooden case open with American Documents watch inside

“Timex was founded in 1854 in Waterbury, Connecticut and today is headquartered just a few miles from its original location. Commemorating a round milestone year following more than a century and a half of ups and downs as an American watch brand, Timex now seems to reawaken from a Sleeping Beauty-like sleep to launch a new collection called American Documents that combines American-assembled watch design with Swiss quartz movements.”

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Wood Wood & Timex Link up for Glow-in-the-Dark Waterbury Watch

“Following on from the release of its latest Allied Three, heritage watch maker Timex has linked up with Danish label Wood Wood for a unique take on the Waterbury model. The new release sees the watch stripped back to an almost all-black utilitarian design, with understated W.W. branding and minimalist numbering on its face.

However, when the watch’s Indiglo backlight is turned on, the phrase “Get Lost” — a motif throughout Wood Wood’s Fall 2019 collection — appears on the face. This slogan was chosen for its double meaning, referencing both losing track of time and losing yourself in nature.”

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The Q Timex 1979 Reissue Is Now Back Online

The watch community has called for more, and we’ve responded — our Q Timex 1979 Reissue is making yet another return to Timex.com, and we’ll continue to bring it back as much as possible. The only thing getting in the way of a permanent in-stock status is how fast our fans have been buying it; with multiple sold-out runs and tens of thousands of people signed up for restock alert emails, it’s just a matter of fulfilling the demand that we know our fans have. If you’ve missed out on recent restocks, sign up for those alerts and keep an eye on your inbox.

Origins of our Q Timex collection

For centuries, watchmaking was based around complex mechanical movements, but in the late 1960s the introduction of quartz timekeeping began to revolutionize the industry.

Unveiling its first quartz watch in 1972, Timex joined the trend by designing approachable, highly accurate watches. By 1980, quartz watches outpaced mechanical watches in both production and sales, causing a panic for traditional Swiss makers who had tried to stay the course with their traditional mechanical watchmaking.

To many, this period in time is known as the “Quartz Crisis.” But enterprising watchmaking companies – Timex included – were able to turn the so-called crisis into triumph by taking this new technology and maximizing its potential.

Case in point: the source material for our Q Timex 1979 Reissue. The 2019 reiteration is a watch that’s just as stylish, functional and approachable now as it was in the ’70s. We held onto the retro color scheme and period-correct domed acrylic crystal above the dial, and we even included that cool coin-operated battery hatch – allowing you to change the battery yourself, and saving a trip to the nearest jeweler or watch technician – to give our modern-day Q the same feel as it would’ve had decades ago.

 

Make no mistake, the watch does have a few modern upgrades to offer: it packs a new movement, and the construction uses state-of-the-art methods, the same way we build every modern watch here at Timex. This makes the Q Timex 1979 Reissue as accurate as possible, and it’s also highly resistant to water, dust and other hazards.

Here at Timex we don’t stop innovating, especially when we’re creating something new in the image of a horological icon. Get in on the re-making of history today, and watch out for more great reissues and vintage-inspired watches from us.

Huckberry Teams Up With Timex for a Retro Dive-Inspired Watch

We share a lot of ideals and principles with our friends at Huckberry. One of those shared principles: if no one else is making exactly what you need, make it for yourself — and then share it with everyone else who might be looking for the same thing. That approach to business, coupled with Huckberry’s archival inspiration below, is what led to the exciting collaboration between our watchmaking expertise and their passion for great outdoor goods.

“Vintage Timex watches in good shape aren’t exactly easy to come by. To be fair though, this really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. For the better part of the last century, the legendary Connecticut watchmaker has made a name for itself, producing some of the most affordable, but hardest-wearing watches of the era, then daring their owners to put them through hell, promising that anything bearing the Timex name could ‘take a licking, but keep on ticking.’ The now-iconic slogan is handily responsible for the Timex legacy of durability, solidifying it as a brand whose watches could be worn without worry – whether you were spearfishing hogfish in the Florida Keys, making your final push for Katahdin at the end of the Appalachian Trail, or prowling Northern California marshlands for a photograph of the elusive and endangered Ridgeway’s Rail.” – Huckberry

So when the good folks at Huckberry in San Francisco stumbled across a vintage Timex Skin Diver watch at the legendary Alameda Flea Market, it wasn’t just a thrifty thrill — it kicked off a relationship that led us all to the Timex x Huckberry watch. Inspired by that vintage timepiece (what someone at Huckberry dubbed “the barn find of the year”), this new watch features a great retro diver design with modern innovations to back it up.

The rotating friction bezel is highly legible and easy to use, and the white-on-black face with luminous-painted hands and indices is quick to read no matter where you are or what time it is. Our design team included several special elements from Huckberry, including the brand’s pine tree logo at the 12:00 marker, on the crown, on the case back and inside the premium leather slip-thru strap that ships with every Huckberry x Timex Diver.

Add in a charcoal radial-brushed dial, a standout red seconds hand and a bead-blasted stainless steel case rated for water resistance to 100M, and you’ve got a winning design that works just as well with your workday blazer as it does with your off-duty flannels and denim.

To learn more about this collaboration between Timex and Huckberry, and to buy the watch yourself, visit Huckberry’s site here.