Featured Watches - page 2 (of 4 so far...)
This is page 2 of the Featured Watches section of the Alan's Vintage Watches site. It's a collection of many wristwatches and a few other odds and ends. For each watch, click the link or the photo to get to a page dedicated to the watch. There are other pages of FEATURED WATCHES, PAGE 1, PAGE 3, PAGE 4. TIMEX Ivory Dial Camper, December 2017. A colorful and stunning version of the ongoing Camper series. This was initiated by TIMEX Japan in November 2015 with a green case Camper, which was a recreation of the 1980s-1990s mechanical Camper. Since 2015, there have been several versions. This one is in many ways a departure from the rest, and is truly spectacular.
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December, 2017. Interesting TIMEX collaboration with It's Nice That, and Camelot, a German typefoundry, to create a watch centered around "typography-led design." it's all explained in the link, but the watch references decades of dial fonts of TIMEX watches to create a bespoke font, with hand-lettered quality. Timex Marlin Blackout reissue, July 2018. Mechanical watch. Very similar to the earlier Timex Marlin reissue, from November 2017, this one has a black dial, and steel color hands. A reverse of the earlier version. Very nice. Sold exclusively through Todd Snyder New York. TIMEX "mini" Camper, circa 1983. This small version of the classic Camper Watch appears to be very rare. Here it is on the left pictured next to a magazine ad featuring the watch, from 1983. About 24 mm, mechanical. No luminous. See link for more details. Let me know please if you know more about it. 1987 collaboration, TIMEX x Playskool. A seemingly rare watch for children, to help them tell time, called TEACH ME. Pink dial, fixed lugs, has analog as well as digital readout. Pretty big for a kids' watch, in order to accommodate the two watches on one face. Timex Originals, "Circa 2010." Recreation of a large, colorful 1970s Marlin, model T2N392. Link also has some pics of the original 1973 watch that this is modeled after. Portuguese-market TIMEX! 1976, with QUI in the day window, for THURSDAY. This is very similar to another watch I've had for a few years (link here), but made in Great Britain, and with English language for the day window. The country of manufacture of this TIMEX is obscure. I believe these to be extremely rare. Very early TIMEX branded watch from US TIME, featuring the movement 21. Very simple signage, "TIMEX" on dial, US TIME on back. Not waterproof. Not shockproof or dustproof. Plain, non-Radiolite dial and hands. I believe this to be one of the very early consumer watches from US TIME branded with the TIMEX name, maybe 1950 or 1951. (Aside from a very limited - and very fabled- wartime batch of watches for nurses in the mid 1940s, TIMEX didn't appear on the dial of watches until 1950.) I have to include this. It's not my watch. But it's someone's attempt to clean up the dial on a Russian-made "Sputnik" watch. This is so tragic, it has come full circle and is somehow weirdly beautiful. Like a piece of accidental folk art. If you know the real appearance of this dial, you can see how far off this is. The paint job is amazing. I am not sure if they were painting in continents which had faded away. It reminds of me of this. Mechanical pedometer, West German made. You wear it on your belt. Has a pretty nice movement, pics inside. TRASHED TIMEX. Gallery of Timex watch dials and watches, in various states of dereliction and decay. Quite varied appearances, almost like a form of art. END. X TIMEX X NEIGHBORHOOD 18004 WATCH. This watch was released October 2018, collaboration with END. clothing in England, and the Japanese streetwear brand NEIGHBORHOOD. A diver type watch called 18004, said to derive from an earlier watch called OG NAVI and/or NAVI 18004. If anyone has information about the original from this may have been derived please let me know. Nice watch, 100 m water resistance. Don't be overcharged! The postal charge for sending a watch to the US, from the UK via Royal Mail, using standard International Airmail and a bubble envelope, is £3.30 -- see these two examples. (October 2018) Basically, pre-TIMEX. Ingersoll / US TIME small wristwatch, 1950s most likely. Can I convince you that even though the lettering for the hours is (obviously) not the same as the font for magnetic ink character recognition font, the "checkbook font," that the dial designers may have been inspired by it? If so, this would be a pretty cool, early example of riffing on that theme.
All in greyscale, like the original 1928 cartoon. For a character watch, "almost elegant." Based on the beloved "Original Camper" base model.
WESTCLOX pocket watch. Nice black dial, good high contrast appearance. LOUDLY ticking movement, see/listen to the short video included in this page. Timex Camper Watch from 1983. Proof that the iconic mechanical watch goes back at least as far as 1983. The date codes are all hidden under a metal ring at the edge of the dial. You need to take off the crystal, and then the ring, to see it. Extensive write-up with detailed pics of this early TAIWAN Camper with the old-school dial logo. A must-read for Camperfans, and milwatch fans in general. Magazine ad for TIMEX Camper Watch, and what I'm calling the "Mini Camper," in an Italian magazine, 1983. The watch was called THE MARINES WRIST WATCH, in the Italian ad, and features a soldier (I can't tell if he's an actual Marine," which appears like it could be in Vietnam. A very interesting archival advertisement.
(Note to excited ebay sellers, click on link to see many proofs of its manufacture in the 1950s, not 1944). It's made in the 1950s, long after many TIMEX models had been introduced.) Furthermore, I predict that the very first watch with TIMEX on the dial will never be found, or at least conclusively identified as such.
1950s TIMEX Mickey Mouse wrist watch for children. With patent leather strap. Small watch, 20 mm wide minus the crown. Crown is huge, to allow small fingers to wind and set. Nice red theme. Also, why is Mickey's face spotted red? Read on for more. Total disassembly of a 1985 Camper Watch from TIMEX. This is a tough nut to crack, as there is no caseback. Many people have tried in vain to open the nonexistent caseback, with gouges and scratches to show for the effort, but not many have gotten into the movement, which has to come out the front, after removing the crystal, and then (very painfully) removing the crown/stem. Click to see what we found out. 1967 "military style" Sprite model, from TIMEX. This may be the earliest TIMEX-branded wristwatch to have this degree of "military" themes, though it was 100% an ordinary consumer wristwatch, and may have even been marketed to children. 1950s TIMEX warranty card. More interesting than I thought it would be, including all the demographic information they collected on the card, and the presence of a now long obsolete "punch hole" method (not machine reading) for sorting information.