In collaboration with Cameron Martel. Last ated March 26, version one. More to come! Greetings all and thank you for checking out my first article for WYCA. I am going to discuss the joy and frustration of vintage timepieces, specifically vintage Timex. I am not a watch expert, nor am I a watchmaker. I am a regular guy with a passion for horology in every form.
It frustrates me to see these watches being misrepresented and sold on the higher end of the scale. This happened to me in the first week I was buying vintage in large amounts. Tough lesson learned, and one I ask you not to make.
Dating vintage timex watches
Pay attention to the model numbers. So buyer beware when looking at a Timex Marlin. They are not something I collect or wish to collect as I seek automatic or manual wind mechanical watches. That said, there are some beautiful examples if electric is your thing.
I prefer a second hand as I like the sweeping motion. These vintage Timexes are a nightmare in my humble opinion.
If the watch is not serviced, these complications will fail miserably. Trying to set the day date feature requires excessive winding, and a dry movement will seize up. Take it from me, stay away from these pieces unless serviced. Generally aged to the point of no value and does not function like new.
Some people love them, and to each their own!
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They sport the manual wound Movement 24 and were produced in and I think of these as the unicorns as you rarely see them for sale on at least. Often available and some are rare, but I do not buy the themed watches because it has a narrow appeal on resale.
I think they were a gimmick and I still see them as that today. I may get some hate email on this. These pieces are something I am just learning about and I found one that is particularly interesting.
The Timex Kaleidoscope designed by Pakter and Krauss has a multi-colored dial with a second hand that is a pie-shaped wedge that rotates around the dial creating movement and color changes. There are bright colored examples, but mine is a more subtle gold and silver combination.
Unfortunately, I do not have a Marlin to show, but here is a different model, the Timex Viscount, that I will use for an example on how to read the model, movement, and year manufactured. As you can see from this example, the catalog number model number is and the movement is 24, and finally, the year is The picture shown here is from the Timex Service Manual page 1.
This Viscount uses the M automatic and was made in I look for specific models and I prefer unique dials as they bring a much higher resale value, but often a higher price tag.
Vintage Timex Mens Wrist For sale is a Vintage Timex Mens Wrist. Condition is Pre-owned. The watch is in working condition and keeps time, the day and date change on time. The case size is 35MM. The case has some wear that can be seen in the pictures. Telling the date on some Timex watches. Lots and lots of questions on this. Timex, fortunately, is one of the few makers which left a code allowing identification of the watch. See picture below. From , until?, Timex had a code. The code is printed on dial in very small numbers above six o' clock. The last two numbers (all the way on the. John is an avid watch lover and recently started buying and selling vintage watches. His love for watches has been a lifelong story with many watches in his personal collection. Recently John has been fascinated with Timex automatic watches from the 's and Vintage Omega watches as well.
For example, I have a number of keyword searches saved and I let do the search work for me. My first search criteria other than the brand is USA product location. Next, I look for the selling method.
You would be surprised how many times this has worked. Important to me is: does it run!
I am not a watchmaker, or even a budding service person. Zero bids is my favorite. This swooping in during an auction is no secret and all experienced buyers use this strategy, so now you need to have your max bid strategy in place. Max bidding allows the system to bid for you anywhere along the auction cycle. Just to high to make money.
I love those people! I found a rust-colored dial Timex Marlin with a homemade stainless steel band that looked like garbage. Upon closer inspection, and asking the seller questions, I found it to be a true Marlin with a very scratched crystal, see below but not broken.
The offer was accepted. The watch arrived, I spent a couple hours cleaning the case, and sanding the acrylic crystal, and out popped a truly unique and beautiful watch. I wish to repeat this transaction anothertimes! Bring a couple tools with you to yard sales, such as a small knife, and case back opening tool for both flat back cases and those that require a case wrench. Always ask the owner or estate sale staff if you can open the case back. Please be careful not to scratch or damage the watch while opening.
Pictured here are three tools purchased from Esslinger. I find these automatic and manual wound mechanical watches to be quite beautiful. Many of them have sunburst dialsand look great on a lizard grain strap. Many people like those old stretch bands so I clean and add them to most sales as a bonus.
John is an avid watch lover and recently started buying and selling vintage watches.
His love for watches has been a lifelong story with many watches in his personal collection. John Phillipp has over 30 years of casino experience with major corporate and Tribal properties around the country.
John has a wife, three daughters, and two dogs. He says his life is very balanced and enjoyable.
John likes to watch shop, golf, ride his motorcycle, and read. WYCA generates revenue whenever you interact with an advertisement on our website or purchase a watch from an affiliated watch store. We are participants in the Amazon Associates referral prorgram.
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Note the thick hands, engraved patterns and bold design of all of these watches. These watches are typical of the "Deco" style of the teens and 20's. The Elgin and Hamilton were dated by serial number, while the Gruen was dated by an inscription on the back. The "New Haven" was dated by looking at the style of the watch. We are watchmakers. Since , we have been designing and crafting high-quality men's watches. Honoring our watchmaking tradition and commitment to craftsmanship, our wide variety of men's watches are designed in a variety of designs, colors and materials, including casual, dress, sport, chronograph and digital watches. Nice Vintage TIMEX Gold Tone Men's Automatic Watch w/Date The dial is in very good condition. The crystal is in very good condition with a little tiny scratch. The gold tone case is in very good condition with no signs of wear. An 18MM brown leather band added for it and it is ready for use.
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