If you've browsed through the Timex online store recently you may have noticed that the Timex Marlin is a model that is being offered. This isn't just a new model, it's an example in the Timex lineup that bears significance in the history of the brand. For many who remember the original, it will have a nostalgic appeal and for others, it could well become their next favorite. In case you're not familiar with the watch, here are 10 things that you probably didn't know about it.
1. It's the first manual Timex to be made in over 35 years
The Timex Marlin will go down in the history of Timex as a first. The last production run of a mechanical watch was all the way back in 1982. It's been a long stretch in-between and the move was a little unexpected. Nonetheless, the new Marlin will find success as did the original version of yesteryear.
2. The bar is set high for the new Marlin
The new Timex Marlin has big shoes to fill. When the original was first released for sale to the public, the response was overwhelming. The first Marlin almost immediately sold out and this left many enthusiasts unhappy because the demand was higher than what retailers could keep up with. If it lives up to the Heritage established by the original Marlin, the watch will be a rampant success.
3. The Timex Marlin is affordably priced
It's no big secret that the price of quality and well-known watch brands has been steadily rising. This is especially the case for special editions, such as the remake of the Marlin. Timex made the decision that they would keep the price for the new Marlin within reason. They're offering it for a suggested retail price of just $199. We think it's a real bargain, considering the uniqueness and attractiveness.
4. It's a novelty on today's watch market
You don't see many manual winding watches of Marlin's character on the market today. it is hand wound with a vintage flavor that will take former Marlin owners back in time. It's an old design, but a good one. It's a proven success that bears the DNA of its ancestor. Timex decided that it was time to revisit one of the past's good old days when the Marlin made history for the brand, and try to create nostalgic moments for some and a new awakening for others.
5. The simple dial will steal your heart
The dial on the new Timex Marlin is silvered and brushed to a lovely reflective aesthetic. It is reminiscent of a watch that one's grandfathers or fathers had worn and in many cases, this is the case. It has the ability to conjure memories from the past by bringing back a flood of impressions through nuance because it truly embodies the characteristics of the watch that was so prolific and popular in the 1960s era. And that is a very good thing.
6. For a simple watch, the details are intense
From the vibrant brushed steel case back to the luster that has been imparted to the stylized Arabic numerals, Timex paid careful attention to each detail of the watch to make it an extra special edition. You might not have even noticed precisely what gives it a special difference had it not been pointed out. That is the purpose and intent of the special effects lent through the extra effort expended in designing a masterpiece.
7. The United States depleted the stock of the new Marlin
Some things never change. Just as when the original Timex Marlin was released for sale to the public and promptly sold out, the new edition followed suit. The mark of success is finding that retailers sell out quicker than they can have these collectibles shipped in.
8. The Timex Marlin is a rare watch
Although there were plenty new Marlins manufactured, they're becoming harder to find. Because of the high demand and the fact that retailers were constantly sold out of them, some savvy resellers started buying them up as soon as they could find them. They offered them for sale on auction sites such as eBay and others where the price more than doubled the suggested retail price.
9. The Timex Marlin is Waterproof
Just as the original watch the Marlin takes its name from the impressive sports fish. It's water resistant, and although it's not a diver watch, it holds up when it gets wet. It wouldn't set well with its audience to be named after a fish and easily succumb to water damage.
10. It proves that it doesn't take a fancy watch to appeal to the masses
The Timex Marlin produced in 2017 is not a fancy watch, but it is finely detailed. It doesn't come equipped with complex functions, but it is reliable. It's vintage and nostalgic vs new and modern, and it proves that sometimes the simpler things in life are among the best.
Written by Garrett Parker
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