1951 Timex Marquette

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1951 Timex Marquette

#1 Post by Hamtramck Stan » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:20 pm

When the Timex line was introduced in 1949, there were 3 men's series of watches: the round-cased 'Coronet' (to be re-named the 'Mercury' in 1953), the cushion-shaped 'Monroe', and the rectangular, curved 'Marquette'.

These three series of watches would not see any noticeable changes from 1949 through 1952.

This watch is a 1951 Marquette, the oldest Timex I have worked on so far.
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After a complete disassembly, it needed what is expected of every pre-1957 Timex Model 21 movement... a new mainspring.
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So an alloy mainspring was chosen for it, lubed with Moebius 8300, wound and inserted into the barrel.
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After cleaning, reassembly and oiling, it was wound and ran beautuifully.
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The case was cleaned and polished and the crystal was carefully sanded and polished.
Once re-cased, a new band was installed.
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And this project is completed.

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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#2 Post by JerseyMo » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:50 am

Nice work. What many are not aware of is that the early cases were gold filled. This is one of the reason they polish up so well after 60+ years.
Here are a few all original oldies I have .
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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#3 Post by Paul H. » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:16 am

Very nice!! Cheers p

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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#4 Post by NWI Mark » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:46 am

Ham- Stan , great looking now, I'm lusting after your Timex LOL. :mrgreen:
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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#5 Post by Hamtramck Stan » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:58 am

Thanks much! I was surprised, myself, on how the aesthetics turned out.

BTW, Jersey Mo, you always have Timex's that I have never seen before! I recognize the Monroe on the left and the 53-ish Marquette, but where did you obtain the Monroe in the middle? Is it from the UK? Never have seen that one, ever.

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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#6 Post by JerseyMo » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:48 pm

Hamtramck Stan wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:58 am
BTW, Jersey Mo, you always have Timex's that I have never seen before! I recognize the Monroe on the left and the 53-ish Marquette, but where did you obtain the Monroe in the middle? Is it from the UK? Never have seen that one, ever.
been so long since I got these in that I really don't know if the one is from the UK. But, I'd say no it is a US model because I do recall seeing others show the model.
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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#7 Post by Hamtramck Stan » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:27 pm

What makes it different is the dial. The case is definitely first generation Monroe (1949-1952), but the dial is fully numbered with italicized numerals, quite different from what is in two different ads, and different from actual models.

Here is a '49 and a '52, and they both have basically the same dial:
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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#8 Post by JerseyMo » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:39 pm

Hamtramck Stan wrote:
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:27 pm
What makes it different is the dial. The case is definitely first generation Monroe (1949-1952), but the dial is fully numbered with italicized numerals, quite different from what is in two different ads, and different from actual models.

Here is a '49 and a '52, and they both have basically the same dial:

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And here is yours:

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well it looks like it is a US model and is from 52-

are you certain the one you are showing is also 52?
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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#9 Post by Paul H. » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:13 am

1949!!.............that's one old watch.......my birth year.........Cheers p ;)

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Re: 1951 Timex Marquette

#10 Post by Hamtramck Stan » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:59 am

Based on the movement features and the date code, it appears to be a '52.

This is the date code.
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