Alan's Vintage Watches
Hi. This is Alan. This page has links to many, many watches that I have featured with their own individual pages.
There are pictures of each featured watch by its link, so you can quick-scroll visually. I have listed them in no particular order. There is a wide variety of watches, from Rolex to K-mart, from military issue watches, to watches for kids learning to tell time, from Japanese-market Timex to watches for Russian doctors.
Click links to get to each featured watch page, where there will be several pictures of the watch, along with various descriptions and other text-based information. Some pages have their own internal links you can follow if interested. Click link or the picture below, to get to the page.
Many of these watches I still own, but many I have sold off, and in some cases have given away.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments about these watches, or about vintage watches in general. Contact: Click on this link, to get my email address. There is also my Instagram.
I hope you will enjoy looking through the pages of these featured watches. Thank you for your interest.
NEW: this page has become so large, it has required more pages. There are now PAGE 2, PAGE 3, PAGE 4. (Links also at the very bottom.)
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Russian watches. This page highlights a number of Russian-made mechanical watches, and includes documents and other information. Timex Marlin reissue 2017. This is not a vintage watch, but it is a mechanical watch very faithfully recreating a classic Timex from 1965. It is the first mechanical watch Timex has made in decades. K-Mart branded watch! A vintage mechanical watch with a cheap 1J Swiss movement, from ACTUAL K-MART! If it wasn't for the iconic slanted K on the dial, there would be nothing special about this K-time." Page on mechanical digital watches, sometimes called "direct read," or "jump hour" watches. I love these for what they are, but never liked telling time with them. Read on. Sputnik watch, late 1950s or early 1960s. Russian watch. Big page on the watch, and on Sputnik.
Timex Electric. (Link under construction). Early 1960s. The setting crown is on the back. Mechanical watch, run by battery.
R-X-W Zeromaster RXW. Formerly "Prolex," until Rolex sued them, haha. It was created by Takeshi Sato of Ken Trading in Japan. This is an homage to the rare 1930s Rolex Zerograph. It is a truly amazing watch. Click the link and make sure to scroll to bottom of page to see comments from the creator. Timex "Bullseye" Sprite, 1971-1973. Sometimes called Target or Roulette, this is an iconic and highly sought old Timex. Tremendous amount of information, pics, catalog details and more at this link. Rolex Explorer, ref. 1016. Classic watch from either 1967 or 1969, I cannot remember. One of my favorite watches of all the ones I'ver ever had. Timex Playskook kids watch, 1987. Haha, now they would call it a "Timex x Playskool collaboration," and people would be lining up in sleeping bags outside the Timex store for the limited edition of 500. Maybe not. But I love this watch, and I have worn it unironically. Seiko SUS Military Style Automatic - 4S15. This watch, from 1995 or 1996. The legend goes it was "conceived to introduce to a new generation of Japanese youth, what was for them a novel concept: the analog watch." I believe the legend. It is an amazing watch, and highly sought. Russian medical watch, by Slava. This is a fun, almost crazy looking watch. 1989 : pre-Wall Soviet relic. Scales for timing heart beat, etc. I've got the paperwork for this and it looks like bureaucracy. Timex "TV dial" watch, probably 1970s. Seems very rare; I've only seen just this one. Cannot find any information on it. Appears to have been made at the Timex factory in Dundee, Scotland. No one I have asked has ever seen or heard of this watch. Smiths W10 Army Watch, 1967. Broad arrow, all that stuff. Maybe the last of the all-England watches. Sold this to a chiropractor in Los Angeles, some years back.
Dear ebay sellers of this watch. This is not the first TIMEX. It just isn't! Stop!.
1950s Timex Marlin. "Made in Great Britain." Nice red-tipped arrow seconds hand. Good dial. Timex Color Flicks, 1970s. Sometimes called Color Flix. Dial has three painted color sections, and the seconds hand is replaced by a translucent disc with three color sections. As the disc turns, the overlapping additive color effects are visible. A smaller version is seen here. Timex "Mod" Watch, by Todd Snyder x Timex. Recreation of the iconic early 1970s Timex "bullseye" Sprite, in a much larger, robust watch with a steel case, quartz movement. A really fine watch. Page on Ingersoll watches, including this Ingersoll Nurse's watch. 1940s, I am guessing. Pretty nice watch, larger than the Timex nurse watch listed above. Hangs by a pin from nurse's uniform. Notice this one is not upside down, like the Timex. Ben Hogan Timex, 1950s. Ben Hogan was a golfer. Sold this to a gentleman in New York, some years back. It is basically a 1950s Timex Marlin, signed by Hogan. Wittnauer automatic, 1975. Brushed steel case. The shape of the dial can probably be called "TV shaped." The dial color is like pink champagne on ice. We are all just prisoners of our own device. Seiko Field Master Watch, 1980s. Two-headed watch. It is a watch, along with a compass, alarm timer, and map meter. Some people say it was used by covert military operators in Central America. I'm not sure I believe that. It is a very strange piece. Was quite uncomfortable to wear. Dive watches. About a dozen diver watches listed at this page, with pictures. None of these are serious watches a diver would wear, but show the extent to which watch manufacturers wanted to capture the appeal of these types of watches. Timex MIL-W-46374B 1982. Very long write up, almost a "white paper," on the subject of the mysterious and exceedingly rare "military contract Timex watches." J Crew Timex 2008. Military style watch, quartz movement. Maybe the first design "collaboration" between Timex and a major clothing retailer or designer. Timex x Nigel Cabourn Military Style Watch. 【SS18 UNISEX】 Nigel Cabourn x TIMEX - ナムウォッチ / NAM WATCH. With steel Camper case, crown and mineral crystal identical to the reverse-dial Timex listed immediately above, this is the first collaboration between Timex and designer Cabourn. March 2018.
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1980s small mechanical TIMEX. This a small watch in a white plastic single-piece solid lug case very similar in proportion and design to the TIMEX Camper watches. "SOVIET TROOPS of RADIATION CHEMICAL PROTECTION USSR RUSSIAN MILITARY WATCH 70s!" Haha. This huge watch is amazing. Old pocket watch converted to a wristwatch. I believe the dial design to be completely made up, nothing to do with any 1970s radiation troops watch. That's my opinion. If anyone has facts to support this being what it claims otherwise to be, please let me know. But I love this huge watch for what it is.