Dating Timex Watches

Dating Timex Watches

 
Timex Wrist WatchTimex did not use serial numbers on their vintage watches but there are ways to date a Timex watch. From 1963 onwards a string of numbers may be found at the bottom of the dial on mechanical watches, the last two digits refer directly to the last 2 digits of the date, and no decoding is required. This string may be separated into 2 groups by the 6 marker, it is the last 2 of all digits that will tell you the year. This code is often very small and easy to miss.
 
From 1985 onwards Timex put a date code on their watches, it is 2 characters long and made up of letters or numbers and can be found on the case back. That is the code this tool decodes. As the code was repeated over the years you may be returned to two possible dates, visual indications and the production run dates can then be used to narrow it down more.
 
Most, and possibly all mechanical Timex watches from 1963 until the end of mechanical production in 1993 have a reference number, usually at the bottom of the dial. The last two numbers correspond to the year the watch was produced. The two and occasionally 3 numbers before that are the movement number, the remaining numbers are the catalogue number. For example, 2495210592 would indicate catalogue number 24952, movement 105, the year 1992. In some cases, this number is hidden under the bezel and cannot be viewed without removing the movement from the case.
 
Some earlier Timex watches have an ink-stamped date code on the inside case-back consisting of one letter and one number. The numeral denotes the year of manufacture as follows: 1959-8, 1960-7, 1961-6, 1962-5 1963-4 1964-3 1965-2 1966-1 1967-9.
 
Watches from 1985 and later generally have a 2-digit code on the case back indicating the year and month of manufacture:

 

Year
Jan
Feb
Mar
April
May
June
July
Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

1985

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08

09

10

11

12

1986

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

1987

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

1988

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

1989

49

50

51

52

53

54

55

56

57

58

59

60

1990

61

62

63

64

65

66

67

68

69

70

71

72

1991

73

74

75

76

77

78

79

80

81

82

83

84

1992

85

86

87

88

89

90

91

92

93

94

95

96

1993

a1

a2

a3

a4

a5

a6

a7

a8

a9

a0

aa

ab

1994

b1

b2

b3

b4

b5

b6

b7

b8

b9

b0

bb

bc

1995

c1

c2

c3

c4

c5

c6

c7

c8

c9

c0

cc

cd

1996

d1

d2

d3

d4

d5

d6

d7

d8

d9

d0

dd

de

1997

e1

e2

e3

e4

e5

e6

e7

e8

e9

e0

ee

ef

1998

f1

f2

f3

f4

f5

f6

f7

f8

f9

f0

ff

fg

1999

g1

g2

g3

g4

g5

g6

g7

g8

g9

g0

gg

gh

2000

h1

h2

h3

h4

h5

h6

h7

h8

h9

h0

hh

hj

2001

j1

j2

j3

j4

j5

j6

j7

j8

j9

j0

jj

jk

2002

k1

k2

k3

k4

k5

k6

k7

k8

k9

k0

Kk

kl

2003

l1

l2

l3

l4

l5

l6

l7

l8

l9

l0

ll

lm

2004

m1

m2

m3

m4

m5

m6

m7

m8

m9

m0

mm

mn

2005

n1

n2

n3

n4

n5

n6

n7

n8

n9

n0

nn

no

2006

o1

o2

o3

o4

o5

o6

o7

o8

o9

o0

00

0p

 
Below is a general breakdown of Men's model names per model number. The model number can be found below and to the left of six o'clock (in small print)
 
(1XXX = Mercury/Sprite) 
(2XXX = Marlin) 
(25XX = Sportster) 
(3XXX = Fun Timer) 
(4XXX = Viscount) 
(5XXX = Super Thin) 
(6XXX = 17 Jewel) 
(9XXX = Electric)
 

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