So, I decided to enhance my watch collection to more than just sporty style (diver, digital, etc) and try dress watch. Unfortunately most of the so-called dress watch is not my cup of tea. Most that I can afford (still jobless 😅) is Quartz (not that is a bad thing but automatic watch is already taken my heart & soul) or the brand is not “iconic” enough for me (Daniel Wellington, Guess, etc that didn’t make their own movement). Probably I became a snob or something he he.
So I decided to jump into vintage territory. Why? Because it’s cheap ha ha. I once bought a vintage Ginsbo for just Rp 300.000,- (approximately $20) in a good condition. And my dad snatched it from me ha ha.
Honestly, it’s not my first time using Timex. I’ve been quite a fan of them since high school days. I once have a Timex expedition & Weekender, both are, in their own terms & jargon, worn “well” he he. I sold them after heavy abuse and it still sold in a good price.
Most watch snob probably knows Timex for many reasons; affordable, great legacy, beater watch, etc. But me personally remember my time with Timex for 3 reasons, it ticks “loudly” (seriously, I have to put it on drawer just to eliminate the sound) and the light or illumination if the dial is really helpful especially in the dark and lastly, meh water resistant he he (around 30 or 50 ATM).
It ain’t a deal-breaker though, Timex provides a great looking, reliable and feel-good watch. I always preferred them than most dress watches that I mentioned before. That’s why I’m not hesitated to buy a vintage one.
First thing first if you buying a vintage is, please realize that you buying an old (but not obsolete) watch so don’t expecting a tiptoe condition or even performance. My Ginsbo (that my father snatched😅) is conditionally & performance-ly OK (minus water resistant). But I always feel the need to be delicate and gentle. That’s probably I’m kinda OK when my dad snatched it because I needed a beater watch, the one that could withstand my idiocy and recklessness ha ha. Probably the only reason I buying vintage Timex is because I need a true formal watch, dress watch that can be wear in formal occasion (that & my fond memories with Timex in the old days).
So I browse the web here & there till I found the “one” (kinda bummer that it still has date complications but it is “good” though). So here is my vintage Timex ladies & gents.
My first impression is…it’s kinda small, 35 diameter & 18mm lug width. And it’s very light to the point I almost forgot I wear a watch. Oh the “signature” loud tick still there ha ha.
From the site that I mentioned before, this Timex produced in 1972 (cool, older than me) and the movement is…hard to read 22 probably ha ha.
The condition isn’t pristine or tiptoe to be expected but still I feel kinda overpriced for Rp 600.000,- (approximately $42). Look at the defections I found: scratches on the glass, tint on the dial, rust on the hands, but overall I really love this watch.I already mentioned how light it is, so I decided to put it on a bracelet, not a strap. But it never accidentally opened or fall from my wrist. That’s how light this watch is.
To sum it all, it’s a very good watch, even with all the defects. If it’s in brand new watch, I bought it in a heartbeat. Imagine if Timex produce an automatic watch, in a weekender body or expedition body. Add some good water resistant (100 ATM at the very least), they could conquer the entry level or affordable market.
About vintage watch, give it a try. Don’t expect a beater watch but rather a delicate object that could satisfy you ha ha. Maybe I’ll try another vintage one another day, or maybe my dad give back my Ginsbo again ha ha.