August 25, 2009 Neville Godwin

A New(ish) Timex watch from the past…

I had a Timex watch very similar to this as my first proper watch and have rued the day I got rid of it…. Then I found this on my travels around the web and it was like unearthing a window into my youth….

My Timex bought mid 1970’s had round luminous number markers, but apart from that it’s pretty much the same watch.

My only problem with the new J. Crew/Timex watch is that there’s faux distressing and aging… which as we all know it’s not an original it’s a bit tacky if you ask me. If I wanted an original WW2 military watch I’d just go and buy one… there are thousands on the markets and any one time!

As mentioned, this is a joint venture between J. Crew (who before this, I didn’t know existed)

This is what they say on the site:

“We joined forces with Timex, one of our favorite all-American brands, to design this military-inspired watch—an iconic style from the 1940s, back from the archives (and only available here). It’s a fusion of traditional elements and modern materials: the face is strategically distressed to appear worn with time and features a contrasting bright red second hand. Stainless steel watch case with luminescent hands that glow in the dark so you’ll always know what time it is. Nylon strap. 50M water-resistant. Diameter of watch case: 36mm. Five-year battery life.”

Well I think it’s a lovely and in the scheme of watches, cheap beautifully designed watch. It has a tight design and strangly seems ageless in that it would sit well on a kids wrist as much as an elderly man!

It’s nearest comparison must be the Oris big crown pointer date (ref 01 754 7543 4064-07 5 20 53) which I used to have two of (probably to satisfy my nostalgia cravings) until I threw them away! That is another story for another time!.

I’ve no idea if it sold well but I may pop into J Crew and get one when I’m next over the water.

Anyway these are just my thoughts and as we start this blog endeavour any feedback/comment would be welcome.

If anyone has bought this watch, please post links to pics of it. It would be good to see other views etc.

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