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    Another vintage Timex

    I've done some research and I can't find any information on what makes a Marlin a Marlin. Is this a Marlin?? The cool thing is that it's dated 1969 and in nice condition.

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    Great question for which I too would like to know the answer. What is a Marlin and what is a Mercury? I've also heard of Viscounts. I know the earlier, smaller US Time models from 50's and early 60's are Marlins (like the Ben Hogan).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giotime View Post
    Great question for which I too would like to know the answer. What is a Marlin and what is a Mercury? I've also heard of Viscounts. I know the earlier, smaller US Time models from 50's and early 60's are Marlins (like the Ben Hogan).
    Hopefully someone will chime in.

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    I just go by what my service manual says.....but it stops at like 1967.

    I think viscount are automatics. Marlin always had 3 hands but Mercury could have one or 2. The Mercury were the lower cost of the product line. I will see if the book says anything when I get home.
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    Being a Timexican I used to know all this but forgot so I looked it up... :)

    Timex model names:

    Men's and boy's models: Electric (Back set)
    Marlin--Men's waterproof, 11/16" strap.
    Mercury--Men's round non-waterproof, 11/16 strap
    Monroe--Rectangular non-waterproof, 11/16 strap
    Sportster--Boy's waterproof, 1/2" strap
    Sprite: Men's small waterproof, 5/8 strap
    Super-thin/Wafer-thin 11/16 strap, no sweep second. Case was tapered, far thinner at the edges than the middle.
    Viscount--Automatic (self-wind) 11/16 strap, thicker than Marlin or Mercury
    21 Series--Available in both regular--similar to Marlin and Self-wind, similar to Viscount
    400--Similar to 21, but with either Seiko or Laco-Durow 17 jewel movement. These movements were almost certainly superior to the 21.

    This always confused me.. if it says "Waterproof" on the back then it's a Marlin, but if it says "Water Resistant" it's not??

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    Well....I'll have to look at the case back again later.

    On another note, I need to learn how to regulate these Timex movements if they can be. All three vtg watches are running super fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by allkindsofwatches1 View Post
    Well....I'll have to look at the case back again later.

    On another note, I need to learn how to regulate these Timex movements if they can be. All three vtg watches are running super fast!

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    Sounds like they need a service. Could be magnetized.

    The Timex manual shows Marlins as waterproof and only shows the dial so I am thinking the dial markings are the important thing. The Mercury it says non-waterproof and again only shows the dials. I also only see a Marlin with a date feature. Based on that...

    Waterproof on the dial (Until that was no longer allowed) Marlin. Says waterproof and has a date its a Marlin. No waterproof marking on the dial then it is a Mercury.

    If you have a Timex that does not say Waterproof on the dial but says it on the case back.....Not sure what to say. But in one of my conversations with Fred he stated "They kept using a case until there was no more of that type and then made more." So you could have a Water Resist dial with a Waterproof case or the other way around. They used up dials and cases....they did not just chuck them out when a model year changed.

    Being Waterproof was no longer allowed after a certain time, I would think they would switch to Water Resistant on the dials for the Marlins.

    Based on the pic...I would say Mercury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thoth View Post
    Sounds like they need a service. Could be magnetized.

    The Timex manual shows Marlins as waterproof and only shows the dial so I am thinking the dial markings are the important thing. The Mercury it says non-waterproof and again only shows the dials. I also only see a Marlin with a date feature. Based on that...

    Waterproof on the dial (Until that was no longer allowed) Marlin. Says waterproof and has a date its a Marlin. No waterproof marking on the dial then it is a Mercury.

    If you have a Timex that does not say Waterproof on the dial but says it on the case back.....Not sure what to say. But in one of my conversations with Fred he stated "They kept using a case until there was no more of that type and then made more." So you could have a Water Resist dial with a Waterproof case or the other way around. They used up dials and cases....they did not just chuck them out when a model year changed.

    Being Waterproof was no longer allowed after a certain time, I would think they would switch to Water Resistant on the dials for the Marlins.

    Based on the pic...I would say Mercury.
    This makes sense. I'll check the case back when I get home tonight.

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    Re: Another vintage Timex

    Well....the case back only reads "shock resistant" so it's just a regular Timex . No Marlin, no Mercury. It's still a cool little watch. I love th he champagne dial color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allkindsofwatches1 View Post
    Well....the case back only reads "shock resistant" so it's just a regular Timex . No Marlin, no Mercury. It's still a cool little watch. I love th he champagne dial color.

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    That makes it a Mercury.

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