In the Venn diagram of affordability, quality and style, Timex Marlin stays on point. Released in the 1960s and re-released, more or less unchanged, in 2017 it is an exceptionally rare sub-$200 watch that can easily rival other watches of this price. sell for thousands of dollars. In the years since its heavily advertised re-release, Marlin’s first 34mm hand wrap has been joined by a steady stream of new versions of Marlin with larger cases, automatic movements and a Beagle Scout Snoopy riff, among many others. Luckily, the brand’s latest sale, fitted with a moss-colored dial, proves Timex has no idea (or archival record). Better still, its green dial is right for the money in 2022.
The latest Timex Marlin is based on Viscount, an original design from the era of Timex All-Star Jazz Program, with a unique dial configuration that features quarter-hour numerals set in black rectangles against a sunlit green background. Not only does it represent a vibrant piece of Timex’s history, its dial colors make it a direct match for new releases from luxury watchmakers like Audemars Piguet, Rolexand Omega—All those who have added sunlit green dials to their collection this year.
Aside from the spot color scheme, the latest Marlin has all the right specs, from a 40mm stainless steel case to a Japanese automatic-winding movement with a 40-hour power reserve (another departure). color refers to the amount of time the watch will continue to run after you remove it). Details like the domed acrylic crystal take their cue from the ’60s and complement new additions like the sturdy leather strap from Red Wing, SB Foot Tanning Company of Minnesota. At $249, the automatic Marlin is one of the best deals for a self-winding watch, any of its dozens of variations—including a water-blue analog one. sea - you choose. Save a little green, get a little green back: everyone wins.