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On this week’s B&J Wound-Up: A Killer Zodiac GMT, an Affordable Alternative to the Hamilton Khaki Field series and Quantitive Data from Chrono24 Shining a Light on the Mystery that is the Importance of Box and Papers when Buying used Watches.
An Enthusiast’s Brand – The Timex Mk1 36mm Mechanical
In recent years Timex have been taking the watch community by storm with mechanical and automatic reissues from their iconic historical catalogues. The Timex Q, Falcon Eye and numerous Marlin models have been well-enjoyed by enthusiasts and collectors at every level due to their widely accessible prices of around £150-£250. Yesterday saw a new addition to the Timex ‘Archive’ range with the Mk1 Mechanical field watch. I’ll reel off a few specs for you: 36mm stainless steel case, domed acrylic crystal, 18mm lugs, classic field watch dial-layout, 50m of water resistance and a mechanical, manually-wound movement. Sounds good, doesn’t it? The Mk1 Mechanical certainly sounds like it will be a hit amongst the community, especially considering it comes in at a price point of just £159. The watch is available now at timex.co.uk.
Before you jump onto the Timex website to make the purchase, there are a couple of aspects to take note of. Unlike the similar-looking Hamilton Khaki Feild and Seiko SNK805J1, this Timex field watch does not feature a Swiss-made or Japan-made movement. In fact, Timex offers very little in the way of information on which manually-wound calibre is found in the back of their modern watches, other than the fact that they’re made in China. This likely means that this Mk1 Mechanical shares the same 20 Jewel Seagull movement as the current Marlin Mechanical line. While Timex doesn’t state any information on the accuracy or recommended service intervals of this calibre, Seagull movements are generally well-regarded in modding forums for being low-cost, vaguely accurate movements that can go decades without a service. *Update* Timex have confirmed with us that the Mk 1 features a China-made Seagull TY6 Series hand-winding 20 jewel movement with 40 hours of power reserve and accuracy of -20 to +40 seconds per day – not bad specs for the price you pay. The next reason to not submit your order right away is that Timex currently only offer the Mk1 Mechanical with an olive-green dial and matching two-piece strap. While the watch is undoubtedly very handsome and classic in this colour, it’s likely that black and perhaps cream and blue variants will drop in a month or so – as we saw with the Timex Q models.
Overall this good-looking little Timex offers a fantastic value proposition that will see it make its way into a range of watch collectors hands. Launch content and product shots are not Timex’s forte, so we’d like to thank Ark Zaydman for letting us use these great shots. If you’re into new and vintage Timex check him out on Instagram @heritagetimex.
Timex Mk1 Mechanical 36mm Ref: TW2U69000LG (Credit – Ark Zaydman, @heritagetimex)
A Killer Zodiac – The Limited Edition Super Sea Wolf GMT ‘Sherbet’
Earlier this week we released my ‘Week on the Wrist’ article with the Yema Superman GMT. I noted how there isn’t loads of choice in terms of vintage-inspired GMT tool watches under £2,000. One brand that also has heritage roots, as well as mainly ETA powered £1,000-£2,000 sports watches is Zodiac.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf GMT ZO9403
Zodiac is a massively underrated brand, founded all the way back in 1882 by Ariste Calame in Le Locle, Switzerland. Most famously known for their divers, the company operates a unique approach to releases, launching a wide variety of attractive colourways in their flagship watches in limited runs, regularly selling-out soon after release.
This week saw the release of the brand’s Limited Edition ‘Sherbet’ Super Sea Wolf GMT. Zodiac made use of their cult fanbase in allowing their social media followers to choose the colourway for their new limited edition release – it looks like they’ve done a really good job. While reminiscent of a British train ticket, the orange, white and blue colour combo elevates the vintage-inspired GMT to a new, more summery look. The watch features a conservatively-sized 40mm case with 20mm lugs and Zodiac’s good-looking take on a 3-link bracelet. Powering this vibrant piece is the ‘Zodiac’ Calibre STP 3-13, a dolled-up version of the familiar ETA Caliber 2893-2 with a limp but usable 38-hour power reserve and a reasonable accuracy of +/- 8 seconds per day.
Overall, this is a fun and quirky watch that’s priced well at $1,695 or £1,350 here in the UK. Seeing a major brand involve the community in the design of a watch is awesome and an action we’d like to see taken more often among other enthusiast-based brands. Check out the rest of the Zodiac diver series here and ablogtowatch’s in-depth article on the limited edition Sea Wolf GMT here.
Are a Watch’s Box and Papers Important or Not?
“How important are the box and papers?”– This is one of many never-ending debates that we have in the watch world. It’s never-ending because we all have different motivations for spending what is seemingly an obscene amount of money on a timekeeping device.
The short answer is yes. On average, the inclusion of box and papers as part of a listing on Chrono24 increase the sale price by around 11%. However, that statement alone is not the full story. Your buying intentions are what ultimately determines how important the box and papers is for you.
Check out Adrian’s article on Chrono24’s online magazine for an in-depth breakdown of all the factors to consider before you buy a used watch with or without box and papers.
What’s your opinion on this pair of releases? Have you got any experience with Seagull movements? Let us know your experiences down in the comments section below. Join us next week for a full Wound-Up of all of the major developments in the watch industry over the next seven days.