A couple of days ago, this 35mm “Small-Q” Timex arrived, one of these jump-minute oddities with, probably, a quartz-controlled balance. I say “probably” because the movement, a Model 55 from 1979 according to the dial numbers, is lurking under its plastic cover which I haven’t yet had the courage to remove for a look-see, for fear of causing sausage-finger mayhem. However, I have read that Timex moved to solid-state quartz movements in about 1981.
Bought for next to nothing as a non-runner, I had absolutely no expectations for this one. I gather you can be very lucky with these (like, just needs a new battery) or very not (like, the movement is fried) but miracle of miracles, I got lucky. Somewhat disconcertingly, at first glance there’s no indication that the watch is actually working as it’s completely silent in operation, until you hear a distinct “click” when the minute hand jumps to the next marker every 60 secs.
Mostly, the information I’ve found so far (mainly from old threads in another forum) relates to the Models 62-63. Any mentions of the 55 say that it was only a two-hander and that the Model 56 was the date version. There was also some suggestion (unverified) from a correspondent that the 55 and 56 couldn’t be found in the Timex sales catalogues of 1979 and 1980, although were referred to in the Timex Museum archives. Dunno, but according to this resource, the Model 55 was an electric Dynabeat https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Budget_Watch_Collecting/Timex_movementswhich mine ain’t, so confusion reigns. Whilst mine remains hidden until I get more familiar with it, the final image is of an uncovered Model 56 from 1980, according to its dial numbers. Not mine, but shamelessly lifted from the interweb and I hope the owner will forgive me. I expect my movement will look like this one.
My knowledge of Timex movements is virtually non-existent, but I do know that their Model numbering system was not sequential, in that the 62/63 were issued before the 55/56. However I’m aware that there are experts on all things Timex in our forum and I’d be most grateful for anything they may wish to share about the Model 55 which, from what little I’ve read, only existed between 1978 and 1980.
Thanks and regards.