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    Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    I have discovered a small face times in my parents 'memory' box. Its likely mine from the 1960's.

    It does not run and has no identifiers that i can see..
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    Re: Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    Interesting find. Looks like it's a lot older than something from the 60's. Try a web search for Timex Forums that might have information.

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    Re: Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    Does the very bottom of the dial or inside case back have any identifying information?

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    Re: Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    It's British

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    Re: Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Does the very bottom of the dial or inside case back have any identifying information?
    nothing inside or further im afraid. I'm reasonably sure it was my first watch as a child in the 60's
    it may have been bought used so be older

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    Re: Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    I read that one of the Timex plants was in Scotland and that is confirmed by the movement marking. The design looks like early 1950's to me and the V-Conic escapement apparently originated in 1950. Below is an interesting article on the history of that escapement. I do remember how popular Timex watches were with a reputation for being inexpensive and durable. And the Takes a Lickin' and Keeps on Tickin' advertising and retail displays were common.

    The top 20 watches of the 20th Century

    edit: Watches were much smaller back then. If it is around 28mm-30mm it may have been marketed to adults. I could imagine a child receiving one as a gift too.

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    Re: Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    The watch is from the 1950s. The movement is an M21, which was released in 1950 and produced until 1960.

    I have my doubts about it being a child's watch. It may have been given to a child, but I think it is a ladies, and it wasn't unusual to give a ladies to a young boy, especially when the design is fairly unisex. I believe it may be a Sportster. The below ad from 1953 shows a Sportster (far right) marketed to women, but the hands aren't a match. That may be because it is an American ad, the British (Scotish) made Timex watches often had different hands.

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    Re: Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    OMG! My Dad gave me the same watch, sometime around 1958 /69 in, of all places - Scotland. I'm going to assume it was locally manufactured due to the Country stamp.
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    Re: Vintage Childs Timex, what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ManOnTime View Post
    The watch is from the 1950s. The movement is an M21, which was released in 1950 and produced until 1960.

    I have my doubts about it being a child's watch. It may have been given to a child, but I think it is a ladies, and it wasn't unusual to give a ladies to a young boy, especially when the design is fairly unisex. I believe it may be a Sportster. The below ad from 1953 shows a Sportster (far right) marketed to women, but the hands aren't a match. That may be because it is an American ad, the British (Scotish) made Timex watches often had different hands.

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    Thats very helpful. Thanks
    Im guessing its not worth repairing as its a pretty basic movement ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timexhope View Post
    Thats very helpful. Thanks
    Im guessing its not worth repairing as its a pretty basic movement ??
    Basic doesn't mean bad.

    However, I would only recommend have it repaired if it holds sentimental value. The cost of repairing it will undoubtedly exceed the resale value.
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