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Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:42 am
by kma2018
I'm new to this forum, but love vintage Timex watches which I've been collecting for a few years. I was very excited last year about the Timex Marlin Reissue given its beautiful and fairly faithful reproduction of the original. Plus, Timex was putting out a decent mechanical watch again, so what's not to like? I finally picked one up about 6 months ago (after a long wait because they were out of stock) and it is a real gem. Earlier this week, I saw this article on the new limited edition Marlin Reissue in black, known as the Timex Marlin Blackout.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/timex ... ntroducing

I couldn't resist. Should be shipping to me soon. I'm really hoping Timex continues putting out mechanicals inspired by their vintage timepieces. I can think of a few I'd like to see -- the Viscount with the crosshair dial and the Black Max would be at the top of my list.

Cheers

Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:28 am
by JerseyMo
Interesting that they went with a black dial version of the 65. I'm trying to think of when they made the first black dial marlin, maybe the late 70's?\\anyway, keep the re-issues coming because
it has boosted the interest in the vintage re-sale market.
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Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:00 pm
by kma2018
Those are some beautiful watches, JerseyMo! I have the Black Max with the 24 movement (no calendar). I like how the date window is framed on your Black Max dial.

I don't know if I could ever part with my vintage wristwatches, having spent so long hunting them down on Ebay and thrift shops in addition to all the time spent getting them running again. Then again, you can't take 'em with you, and I'm willing to bet many of my vintage Timex watches will outlast me!

Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:41 pm
by kma2018
Now, I'm going to have to look for a vintage black Marlin as I like having the original watches and the reissues. Here are three pairs in my collection that see a fair amount of wrist time. I was really happy several years back when Timex drew from their earlier designs to create their vintage-inspired Originals Collection even though they were quartz. I'm ecstatic that they are going one step further in bringing back their vintage designs with mechanical movements.

I don't think that I've ever come across a vintage black 65 Marlin. Does anyone in the forum group have one or a pic they can post?

Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:56 am
by JerseyMo
that is a good start to a collection. the last picture is interesting because the re-issue marlin on the left is a hybrid. The inner chapter ring was on a marlin from 1973 with a blue dial and both had a time ring which this one does not.
here is the catalog image of the one on the right (1974).
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Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:33 am
by kma2018
Thanks, JerseyMo. I haven't come across many with intact time rings so I'll be on the lookout. Those old catalogs are a great tool for sorting and refining collections.

Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:00 am
by inatime
Love the reissue! And Mo, that's one work bench with A LOT of Timex watches! :shock:

Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:16 am
by JerseyMo
inatime wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:00 am
Love the reissue! And Mo, that's one work bench with A LOT of Timex watches! :shock:
well it all started with one 1964 Marlin......

Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:43 pm
by kma2018
It's here! My Timex Blackout from Todd Snyder arrived today. It is a sweet watch. Everything lines up well and the watch started running with the very first wind. It's been about 6 hours now and it doesn't seem to have gained or lost any time. I'll track it more closely this weekend, but I'm just enjoying how nice it looks on my wrist right now.

Re: Timex Marlin Blackout

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:51 pm
by kma2018
By the way, just like the vintage Timex Marlins, the Marlin Blackout has the catalog and movement/year series of numbers at the bottom of the dial's 6 o'clock position.

It reads "20242465"