Timex

Timex - fashionable watches for the masses

The credo of the American manufacturer must have been more or less the same, with which they flooded the market, especially the German market, with price-sensitive and desirable pin-stick watches, especially in the 1970s.

With simple chrome-plated cases, many of them “100% waterproof” and a tight watchmaking palette, which consisted mainly of very sturdy stone-free hand-wound movements, they could not shine technically, but provided low prices, the aggressive advertising, and a sheer endless variety of models that no other watch brand at that time could be found on as many wrists as Timex.

Every year a new “collection” was launched, and hardly a model was available for more than two years. In conjunction with low prices and many not really watertight housings made for a certain turnover, and so the masses could afford every few years a new fashionable watch. Much to the displeasure of the domestic competition (v. Kienzle was really “not amused”), as well as the Swiss manufacturer.

Apart from the electromechanical works, which Timex breaks through in the mass, simple pin lever mechanisms were installed, which were provided depending on the version with center seconds, with date and day date and in the top with an eccenter selfwinding mechanism. In the case of a defect, these could be replaced for a few dollars, as the dial and the movement offered a removable unit. The Electric models were always priced (up) out, but were marked especially in the 70s with the emergence of the base M40 by extreme simplicity. In any case, they could not warm the heart of a watchmaker, but they must be conceded that they were truly genuinely simple in design, and even expandable so far, that from 1972 onwards a quartz module was simply added, offering the first analog quartz watch to the masses , at prices where the competition was just bad. In 1978, the second generation of quartz movements came on board, this time with a shift motor that worked in minutes (!) And ensured really minimal battery consumption. For the first time an analogue quartz watch for under 100 DM was possible! In the early 80s, as well as the competition brought cheap quartz watches on the market, it was over with the Timex supremacy. Mechanical models were made in the Philippines for a few years, but were barely found on the wrists. At the end of the 80s, the legendary indestructible stone-less mechanics of Timex were finished.

Collection

In the collection presented here you can get a good idea of the enormous variety of offers.

Wherever texts are, they have been taken from the original “Timex Collection” catalogs and translated, as well as the prizes in DM (German Mark - the local currency before the Euro). Prices in parentheses mean that this model no longer appeared in the then current catalog, so it was already phased out models. The prices were taken from the last catalog, in which they were still regularly included.

Most watches are very easy to date from the code on the dial. It consists of two number blocks, the first of which designates the model number and the second contains the factory number (front two or three digits) and the year of production (last two digits). There are very few models where no dating and no model number can be found.

undated

  • Timex ladies’ watch with fixed lugs
  • Timex Electric with Laco 880 (backset)
  • Timex 400
  • Timex “Military”
  • Timex Taiwan Quartz
  • US Time Minnie Mouse 21-28150

1961

1010
movement: M22


1962

4014
movement: M31


1963

1010
movement: M24


1964

5460
movement: M23


1965

5300
movement: M23


1967

1158
movement: M24

5270
movement: M23


1968

2010
movement: M24

6524
movement: M72


1969

1035
movement: M24

5710
movement: M23


1970

9214
movement: M82


1971

xxxx
movement: M23


1972

10010
movement: M78

23571
movement: M25
(DM 36.-)

Chrome case with stainless steel back. 24 hour indication. Date. Luminous dots and hands. Red center second. Water resistant.
50950
movement: M23


80460
movement: M69
(DM 92.-)

Lady electric, decorative model, Goldplaqué case, black suede strap

1973

46860
movement: M33
(DM 74.-)

automatic, calendar und weekday indication, nicely shaped goldplaqué case, attractive dial, 100% waterproof
80160
movement: M69

83650
movement: M71
(DM 96.-)

Lady electric, sportive model with calendar, 100% waterproof

26950
movement: M27
(DM 59.-)

Fashioned stainless steel strap, 100% waterproof

1974

10053
movement: M80
DM 29.-

nice and virtually indistrucable youth watch
50111
movement: M23
DM 34.-

Timeless, delicate model, full number dial with sunburst
50150
movement: M23


50873
movement: M23
(DM 29.-)

cheap youth model, classic form
76250
movement: M50


1975

10052
movement: M100

10053
movement: M100
(DM 34.-)

Blue is the favorite color for many. Chrome case with stainless steel bottom. center seconds
13850
movement: M102


20915
movement: M100
(DM 39.-)

Timex Boutique Kollektion - in the middle of fashion. Cream hostaform case, 100% waterproof
23770
movement: M25
(DM 59.-)

Ladies diver watch, tested to 25m depth, calendar, light fittings, dial with sunburst, stainless steel link bracelet
23772
movement: M25
(DM 54.-)

Ladies or Youth sports watch. Waterproof. Tested to 25m diving depth. Date. Lighting device.

26450
movement: M27

27677
movement: M25

36650
movement: M181

(Timex 100) Chrome case. Central second. Date. 17 jewel swiss lever movement.

50121
movement: M23

50871
movement: M23

51513
movement: M23
(DM 39.-)

4x chic with Timex 4. The watch with variations. Fashionable and up-to-date. With four different colored ribbons and lunettes to change.

1976

10058
movement: M100
(DM 34.-)

A funny colorful girl watch. Chrome case. Stainless steel back. center seconds
20850
movement: M102

23111
movement: M24
(DM 34.-)

Chrome case with stainless steel bottom. Clearly legible. waterproof

55112
movement: M23
(DM 64.-)

(2x) Chrome case with stainless steel bottom. Link bracelet. Waterproof.
76850
movement: M255

80361
movement: M69
(DM 94.-)

Lady electric. Goldplaqué case with stainless steel bottom. Central second. Waterproof.

1977

23271
movement: M24
DM 49.-

Ladies or youth sports watch. Waterproof. Tested up to 25 m diving depth. Luminescent hands.
50871
movement: M23
DM 34.-

(2x) Chrome case with stainless steel bottom. Dial with sunburst. Clearly readable numbers
98870
movement: M64
DM 149.-

Case and bracelet made entirely of stainless steel. Very clear dial. Day and date. Waterproof.

1978

10055
movement: M100
DM 36.-

Chrome case. Red dial and bracelet. Central second.
20052
movement: M100
DM 59.-

Chrome case. Night blue metallic dial. Central second. Metal bracelet. Waterproof.
23154
movement: M24
DM 39.-

Chrome case. White full-number dial. Red central second. Waterproof.

23271
movement: M24
DM 49.-

Chrome case. Metallic dial. Lighting device. Red central second. Minute ring. Tropic band. Waterproof.
26951
movement: M106
DM 69.-

Chrome case. Gray brown, textured dial. White offset hands and wedges. Central second. Day-Date. Metal bracelet. Waterproof.
27671
movement: M105
DM 59.-

Chrome case. Black dial. Lighting device. Central second. Date. Minute ring. Tropic band. Waterproof.

50871
movement: M23
DM 36.-

Chrome case. Bright metallic sunburst dial. Black antique numerals
96871
movement: M66
DM 149.-

Quartz watch. Chrome dial. Black dial. Minute ring. Central second. Lighting device. Day-Date. waterproof

1979

11119
movement: M23

15338
movement: M100
DM 39,95

Chrome case. Night blue metallic dial. Central second. Metal bracelet. Waterproof.
22128
movement: M24
DM 44,50

Chrome case. White dial. Red central second. Waterproof.

27729
movement: M105
DM 59,50

Chrome case. Bright metallic dial. Black inlaid hands and wedges. Central second. Calendar. Waterproof.
34218
movement: M108
DM 69,50

Gold-plated case. Bright, cut metallic dial. Black inlaid hands and wedges. Calendar. Waterproof.
54218
movement: M43
DM 89,50

Gold-plated case. Cut champagne colored metallic dial. Waterproof.

56219
movement: M43
DM 89,50

Gold-plated housing. Gold metallic dial
83129
movement: M24

86119
movement: M100


1980

15330
movement: M100
(DM 39,95)


1981

12931
movement: M100
(DM 36,50)

Chrome case. Blue dial. center seconds
25169
movement: M104

25261
movement: M104


1983

19932
movement: M114

Red plastic shell housing. Central second. Waterproof.
40253
movement: M272
(DM 36,50)

Ultra-flat quartz watch for ladies. Waterproof.

1984

17344
movement: M101

Chrome case. Gold-plated bezel. Stainless steel band. Waterproof.

1988

34623
movement: M108


?

90070
movement: M0
(DM 84.-)

Perfectly shaped ladies watch with the comfort of quartz technology. Chrome case with stainless steel bottom. Waterproof.