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    Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    Hey guys picked this up today for $10, really unusual Timex back-set made in West Germany. Probably from around 1960s or so... Really hoping it will run with a little cleaning and a new battery, the battery contacts look clean although I see a little corrosion specks around the opening... my guess is it probably won't run. I can't get the back off of it, maybe the crown comes off first and then I can pop it off? Do you guys think it will run?
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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    I've had about 50/50 luck with timex electrics after putting a new battery in. Some times they don't start and you have to tap them a couple times to get the balance wheel moving.


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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    I own a couple of Timex electrics, and that period in watch making is certainly fascinating.

    The back should be removable, but servicing is done through the crystal. If you can get the back off, there still may be a ink date stamp on the inside of the cover. If not, after removing the movement there should be a series of numbers on the dial, the last two will be year of production.

    A couple of links for you;

    A great site devoted to the history of electric watches:

    Welcome to Electric Watches! - Electric Watches

    A Timex owners group. Pretty sparse, but those who participate usually know their stuff:

    The TIMEX WATCH FORUM - Index page

    Interesting fact (to me anyway):

    In 1968 Timex made a 14k solid gold version of that model. Extremely rare and today fetches in the four figures.

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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    Quote Originally Posted by matlobi View Post
    I own a couple of Timex electrics, and that period in watch making is certainly fascinating.

    The back should be removable, but servicing is done through the crystal. If you can get the back off, there still may be a ink date stamp on the inside of the cover. If not, after removing the movement there should be a series of numbers on the dial, the last two will be year of production.

    A couple of links for you;

    A great site devoted to the history of electric watches:

    Welcome to Electric Watches! - Electric Watches

    A Timex owners group. Pretty sparse, but those who participate usually know their stuff:

    The TIMEX WATCH FORUM - Index page

    Interesting fact (to me anyway):

    In 1968 Timex made a 14k solid gold version of that model. Extremely rare and today fetches in the four figures.

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    14k Timex with an obscure movement? Oh my!

    Spartcom5, that looks like it'll be a beauty with a good cleaning and maybe a new crystal. Hope it fires up for you!
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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    Quote Originally Posted by odd_and_vintage_fan View Post
    14k Timex with an obscure movement? Oh my!
    The movement was Timex's standard M84. Pretty robust and beats at 21,600bph. Thousands upon thousands were made.
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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    I got my fingers crossed! Not getting my hopes up yet, so far I have bought two newer Electric Timex and the corrosion was awful and no way of fixing them up... This doesn't look as bad but what do I know lol The dial and case are near perfect condition just a little dirty, be a shame for it not to work!
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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    This Timex model 84 has 7 jewels. There is an earlier version which has 11 jewels model 67. In this earlier model The back set setting wheel has a screw in in the middle of it. On both The back is not designed to come off. You need a crystal lift to take off the crystal. Then you unwind the setting wheel and it pulls out. Careful -at this point the movement and dial will come right out. As noted before after you put a new battery in you almost always need to give them a few taps- a little smack to get them going. I really like this early electrics. Most of mine still keep excellent time. One of those solid gold models( known as the El Dorado) was on the bay couple years ago- a real pristine model- went for about $500. Good luck
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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    The back setter Timex Electric watches have the back sealed up and have to be accessed by the front.

    I have the date version of that same watch. It was my grandfather's watch and it still works great even after 50 plus years. The Timex Electric watches are more robust then may think. I have 2 of them and they work great.

    Clean the contact and then put the battery in. If it does not work off the bat, give it a good tap on the side or back and it should work.
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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    Cleaned it up and it looks good but of course I put a new battery in and shook it up and it doesn't work..... Dang it, sucks I loved the look of this watch and it was a good size at 35-36mm!!
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    Re: Will my Timex run? West Germany Electric

    Do you have a blower? Air can sometimes make the balance start up.

    My favorite is the big Giotto Rocket. The rest are just wimps.
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