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As a follow on from my 'And now for something completely different' thread, the Timex electronic watch has arrived.



Back view showing the 'hidden' crown....



The (very hard to see) data at the top of the dial, (90258467) identifies it as:- Catalogue number 9025, movement model 84, manufactured in 1967.

It is running quite well (about 10 seconds a day) and while it would be nice to regulate it better, as it is a 'front loader' with access to the movement by removing the crystal, I'm taking the attitude of 'if it ain't broken don't fix it'....

A contemporary advert here showing the same watch with a slightly different indices....


The trend continues because I have yet another late 60's electronic watch 'incoming', this time a 'Sheffield' branded one, made in Germany,





with, what I suspect, a Junghans movement inside like this one....


Watch this space for an update when it arrives........
 

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Interesting entry, thanks
Cheers, The movement in the Timex model 84 will be a German 'Lacher-Durowe' (Laco) like this one:-


Still puzzled why the dial says made in France though :confused:

Rather amusingly the back of the Timex is endorsed with BS1259.1958 which says it's safe to use in an explosive atmosphere:cool:
 

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Cheers, The movement in the Timex model 84 will be a German 'Lacher-Durowe' (Laco) like this one:-


Still puzzled why the dial says made in France though :confused:

Rather amusingly the back of the Timex is endorsed with BS1259.1958 which says it's safe to use in an explosive atmosphere:cool:
Maybe for tax reasons?

The hidden crown is the JLC Memovox line idea.
I have one at Patek Calatrava
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Interesting that Timex owned Laco and Durowe from '59 to '65, to access the electromechanical movements, then sold it on to ETA.
 

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Interesting that Timex owned Laco and Durowe from '59 to '65, to access the electromechanical movements, then sold it on to ETA.
Apparently they caught a cold over the initial purchase in 1959 as it was just to get their hands on the electric watch movement that they had developed. Turned out it was just a prototype that was a LONG way from being a production movement, which is why it took till 1963 to go into a production watch. I suspect that they let them develop it into the next generation (the Model 84 series), then sold them off .....:rolleyes:
 

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Around 1968 "
That makes sense as the style of back winder knob is almost identical to the one on the second generation Laco/Timex movement, from 1965...


The first generation ones, from 1961.1961 looked like this, with a central screw securing it...


Points to Laco being the originator of the, short lived. design....
 

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Very interesting, love the history of these oddities.
The Sheffield watch arrived and as expected it has the Junghans 600 movement inside, running really nicely as can be seen from the Timegrapher trace....


I found this advert, from the late 1960's, for it :cool: (I suppose $65 was not cheap for a watch in 1968?)


Looks like the Golden Gate?
edit:- not the Golden Gate Bridge, now identified as the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River in New York, as seen here:- (the picture on the advert actually shows the other bank, (street layout for the lights matches) so flying away from Idlewild or Newark airports, so unlikely to be a landing approach, don't you love it when the advertisers get it wrong:grin:)
 
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