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    Latest addition to the Electric collection

    Just arrived from Canada this morning, something I've been hunting for a while, a backset Timex. This one has the Timex M87 movement, a transistorised development of the Laco 861/Timex 67. The 87 is rather more sophisticated than the more usually seen 40 and 50 series, having as it does 6 jewels and an incabloc like shock protection system. This one is from 1971/72, but it would need the crystal lifting to actually read the codes on the dial to find out exactly.

    the sellers photo:



    and after an hours work or so, (before I reset the date)





    So, I'm quite happy to scratch another item off my wish list.
    John
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    Re: Latest addition to the Electric collection

    Oh... no movement pics

    In general I am amazed at the variety in Timex Electrics...
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Latest addition to the Electric collection

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Oh... no movement pics

    In general I am amazed at the variety in Timex Electrics...
    Sorry there's no movement photo at the moment, it's accessed from the front, and I'm wary of the "automatic" crown wheel coupling mechanism. It will be sent away to the UK in the New year for servicing, so it will wait until then. If you're interested you can find photos of the movement here, on Paul's really useful site.

    The variety of Timex Electrics is, as you say, amazing, but as their production was probably far more than all of the other brands put together its hardly surprising.
    John
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    Re: Latest addition to the Electric collection

    Congrats John, 6 jewels in a timex and just as I thought Timex only made non jewel watches. Makes me wonder why they never made the second hand smooth then tick on these type of movements.

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    Re: Latest addition to the Electric collection

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    Congrats John, 6 jewels in a timex and just as I thought Timex only made non jewel watches. Makes me wonder why they never made the second hand smooth then tick on these type of movements.
    Thanks Joe,

    The M87 was developed from the first Timex electric movement, the 67, which was a LACO design, the LACO 861, and some of the really early ones were actually branded LACO, these movements have 11 jewels btw.

    Timex did make some 17 and 21 jewel mechanicals,

    Here's my 100 from 1975, with a 17 jewel AS/Standard Time 1941, aka Timex Model 181

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    Re: Latest addition to the Electric collection

    Quote Originally Posted by john87300 View Post
    Sorry there's no movement photo at the moment, it's accessed from the front, and I'm wary of the "automatic" crown wheel coupling mechanism....
    It is actually pretty simple... almost foolproof but if I said that some fool might prove me wrong!

    Just don't try to take off the back... it's held on with epoxy!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Latest addition to the Electric collection

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    It is actually pretty simple... almost foolproof but if I said that some fool might prove me wrong!

    Just don't try to take off the back... it's held on with epoxy!
    Thanks Eeeb, I could well be that fool, I've proven myself foolish on more than one occassion, don't forget I'm the sort of person who can snap a case lug just changing a strap
    John
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