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    Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    Picked this up at a thrift $5. Good condition, running but not good. Needs service. Definitely happy about this pick up! Very rarely do I find a jeweled Timex, when I do the condition is horrible. I assume 1950s on this one? Can anyone identify the movement? It's actually in good condition with some green wearing on the back? Is this corrosion or just wear? Were Timex 400 top of the line for Timex back then? Also, does anybody have ads for these watches? It'd be cool to see how much they retailed for! Any info is great considering I know nothing about Timex watches! I hope I can get this serviced for a decent price as I actually really like this watch!
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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    Looks something like this Durowe 540. Durowe was a German manufacturer associated with Laco watches, and it was acquired by Timex. I'm guessing that this movement is better quality than the average Timex movement from that era.

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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    Great find Sparty. These are not easy to come by especially in good condition. Two versions of these were produced, one from Laco-Durowe in Germany and one from Japan with a Hattori/Seiko 17 J mechanism These are signed with Japan on the dial and movement.. Sending pix and some info. These are my favorite Timex along with their 11 jewel West German Laco backset electrics. All from early 60's.
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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    Thanks for the info!! Mine doesn't look like a redial does it? Always worry about that haha!

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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    No I think you can be sure that is not a redial. I have seen many of these and I believe I have seen that pattern before. And not really worth a redial of a Timex. You can google Timex 400 Mens and there are usually some to be seen. Most often in pretty bad shape.

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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    A little more info I had saved on these 400's. Sorry about poor photo of watches, but close look at top row middle shows your dial style.... I think. So no redial.
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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    Giotime, I liked seeing the photo from the old Timex Forum. I was involved with that forum as a moderator and actually designed the banners (and that's my Ben Hogan watch too lol). It had to be shut down to new posts because of costs, and also because of a couple jerks that always started fights. The replacement forum (which gives the moderator more control over blocking jerks) is here:

    The TIMEX WATCH FORUM - Index page

    The moderator hasn't gotten around to changing the look and feel yet but hopefully will in the future.

    That being said, I wonder if the Timex 400 has a date code on the dial?

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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    Thank you Ron for that Timex Forum link- I will do some exploring. Still haven't gotten myself a Ben Hogan although I did take a shot at one a couple of times. No date code on the dials - just West Germany or Japan. I have a couple of ladies 400's too and they have a date stamped on the inside of the casebacks. I can't remember if the men's 400's also have that. I will check tomorrow.

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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    Yes mine has a stamp on the inside case back it's 9M60... Mean anything? Maybe 1960? Also when searching Timex 400 on google this is the first picture, can't believe I never saw it! Nicer than mine but not by much! http://sevesteen.livejournal.com/11355.html
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    Re: Timex 400 West Germany.... Date? Thrift find.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spartcom5 View Post
    Yes mine has a stamp on the inside case back it's 9M60... Mean anything? Maybe 1960?
    That's exactly what it means. Nice get, I've been on the look out for a 400 myself.
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