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  • #46
    Quick stroll around the block to get the 6105-8110 fully charged

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    • Artemis12
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      Finally a bit of blue sky, but mostly overcast for the capital today too,

  • #47
    Trying on my, new to me, vintage Timex Electric (1969 ish?)
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    • Don
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      That's lovely, Slade ..Tell us more about it if you can, like what Model it is, etc.

    • sladew
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      Hi Don,

      I like it a lot. I'm fascinated by the 60's electrics. I'm amazed at how many different types and makers there were prior to the rise of quartz.

      I received a late surprise Xmas gift of several vintage watches from my mother-in-law in the US. The MiL said the Timex dates to '69 and it is a rare model from "Great Britain" but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me given the Timex US focus at the time, so I need to do a bit of research and confirm the date and movement.

      I don't know the model and I'm still trying to track down a decent list or catalogue of models. I think it is probably a Timex Type 40 movement, but I have to confirm. Timex have released a bunch of earlier Service Manuals so there's a bit to go on (and read through).

      I closed the case back really firmly after I replaced the battery and I still have to work up the courage to prise it off (I don't want to scratch it up).
      It's running OK with a replacement LR44 button battery, but needs to be "hand agitated" like winding an automatic (or hand-cranked a vintage car) to start it after the battery is replaced or the the battery circuit is switched off when the crown is pulled out.

  • #48
    Really worn, but when it does get an airing is does still make an impact IMO.

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    'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' - but lets face it some people have better eyesight than others!

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    • LeroyC
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      Sure does.

    • Don
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      Seeing this always brings joy ...A great great, for sure.

    • harlansmart
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      Me too, am impacted, 'tis a cool watch.

  • #49
    Originally posted by sladew View Post
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    Originally posted by sladew View Post
    ...Hi Don,

    I like it a lot. I'm fascinated by the 60's electrics. I'm amazed at how many different types and makers there were prior to the rise of quartz.

    I received a late surprise Xmas gift of several vintage watches from my mother-in-law in the US. The MiL said the Timex dates to '69 and it is a rare model from "Great Britain" but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me given the Timex US focus at the time, so I need to do a bit of research and confirm the date and movement.

    I don't know the model and I'm still trying to track down a decent list or catalogue of models. I think it is probably a Timex Type 40 movement, but I have to confirm. Timex have released a bunch of earlier Service Manuals so there's a bit to go on (and read through).

    I closed the case back really firmly after I replaced the battery and I still have to work up the courage to prise it off (I don't want to scratch it up)...
    Nothing like a MiL-issued watch ...Very thoughtful and kind of your mother-in-law ...I don’t have much experience or knowledge of electric watches, have yet to own one, but like you, I find their history fascinating. Though Electric movement technology eventually made way for Quartz, I feel their existence and success in the market played a large part in giving the watch industry the confidence to invest in making quartz a mainstream technology.

    To consumers at the time, Electric primed their wallets for Quartz, making the latter a lot less alien-technology than it would have been had it not followed Electric.

    As mentioned, I don’t know a lot about these, just the very basics, so here’s what I have to help start off your research. Yours is, I think, either a Timex Electric 76160-4071 or 76160-4072, and it is possible that this reference number used to appear on the dial, underneath the 6 o’clock hour index. Over time, the number may have been rubbed off or dissolved by moisture condensation (happens on many vintages). “76160” is the Catalog Number of the watch, indicating the case style. “40” is the movement, Model 40 (M40). 71 or 72 will have indicated the year of manufacture.

    Here’s an image capture from the Timex Catalog 1961-71, showing the 76160-4071 at the bottom.




    According to this catalog, the first 76160 was introduced in 1971. I have also found examples on the web—they seem to be rare, but not very rare—4072, dating to 1972. Regarding the origin, Great Britain is entirely possible, and I have come across later Timex Electric models with “Great Britain” at the 6 o’clock instead of the model reference. “Germany” is also seen—I’m not sure of the reason.

    Here’s a vintage printed ad from 1971, showing both versions of the 761x0 (image source Arteepee's Watch Collection).







    Re the case back, as far as I’m aware, you can open the battery hatch to replace the battery, but this watch is actually a front-loader. That is, the movement is accessed by removing the crystal, and what looks like a press-in case back is actually semi-permantly sealed from the factory with epoxy glue.
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    On the instruments we entrust to pace our lives, to bear witness to our days, and to be the keepers of the most precious thing we have... time.

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    • Artemis12
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      Wow, awesome info Don What a fantastically cool watch sladew, I look forward to seeing it on a regular basis

  • #50
    Started off the morning with my Nixon 48-20

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    but decided to go with my 1974 6105-8110 and a coffee of course last day of the holidays for me, heading back to work will give me a bit of R&R time

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      • Artemis12
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        Looking good Kronos

      • Don
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        Congratulations on the new addition, Kronos. Good on you going for the automatic in the end.

    • #52
      Originally posted by Don View Post




      Nothing like a MiL-issued watch ...Very thoughtful and kind of your mother-in-law ...I don’t have much experience or knowledge of electric watches, have yet to own one, but like you, I find their history fascinating. Though Electric movement technology eventually made way for Quartz, I feel their existence and success in the market played a large part in giving the watch industry the confidence to invest in making quartz a mainstream technology.

      To consumers at the time, Electric primed their wallets for Quartz, making the latter a lot less alien-technology than it would have been had it not followed Electric.

      As mentioned, I don’t know a lot about these, just the very basics, so here’s what I have to help start off your research. Yours is, I think, either a Timex Electric 76160-4071 or 76160-4072, and it is possible that this reference number used to appear on the dial, underneath the 6 o’clock hour index. Over time, the number may have been rubbed off or dissolved by moisture condensation (happens on many vintages). “76160” is the Catalog Number of the watch, indicating the case style. “40” is the movement, Model 40 (M40). 71 or 72 will have indicated the year of manufacture.

      Here’s an image capture from the Timex Catalog 1961-71, showing the 76160-4071 at the bottom.




      According to this catalog, the first 76160 was introduced in 1971. I have also found examples on the web—they seem to be rare, but not very rare—4072, dating to 1972. Regarding the origin, Great Britain is entirely possible, and I have come across later Timex Electric models with “Great Britain” at the 6 o’clock instead of the model reference. “Germany” is also seen—I’m not sure of the reason.

      Here’s a vintage printed ad from 1971, showing both versions of the 761x0 (image source Arteepee's Watch Collection).







      Re the case back, as far as I’m aware, you can open the battery hatch to replace the battery, but this watch is actually a front-loader. That is, the movement is accessed by removing the crystal, and what looks like a press-in case back is actually semi-permantly sealed from the factory with epoxy glue.
      Don,

      That is wealth of fantastic information! You have helped incredibly just by identifying that model number. Many, many thanks for that. I will be very careful about accessing the movement after your warning about the crystal. The watch seems to be running OK with the new battery, if a touch fast.

      I got lost just by visiting Arteepee's Watch Collection site, and I ended up stumbling down a rabbit hole of "Mad Men" style late 60's ads for Timex Electrics. I have to share just a few...

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      Thanks Don. I will post some pics of the other surprises shortly including the "Jean Cardot" that it looks like could be a white/private labelled Soviet movement watch. V. cool.

      Slade.

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      • LeroyC
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        Those TV ads are something special aren't they? The capitalist machine was in full flight by the '60s that's for sure. I like the 2nd one and the last one the best, they're absolutely perfect for someone to parody and I wouldn't be surprised if there's something out there already. The last one reminds a bit of Homer's Mr Plough TV commercial where it's so abstract it's hard to tell what's being advertised. Classic stuff.

      • harlansmart
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        Great adverts... OMEGA did some awesome ones a bit like that, one went like... hang on, I need to think...

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        I REMEMBER, this was on a ladies Constellation:

        'You’re a fortunate woman to share so fully in your man’s success'

    • #53
      Vintage Wyler Vetta
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      • Don
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        The first time you posted pictures of your Wyler-Vetta, I forgot to comment on how nice that textured dial must be in person. Looks to have a pearl-like finish, or perhaps even glitter at some angles?

      • lepo76
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        Hi Don, it does indeed look very nice in person. Unfortunately my camera is not capturing it properly

    • #54
      Seiko 5 this morning, looking all gloriously golden
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      • Don
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        No harm in trying out your idea, Slade I personally think brown leather straps on gold-tone watches lift up the head visually, and may improve the quality feel and comfort. Yours is a mid-1990s 7006-600x with 18mm lug-width? Here are a couple of examples--sorry I haven't owned many gold cases.

        The first, from many years ago, is fitted with a slightly distressed calf in black, bought from a fellow Timekeeper, Jim 'strappedin' on TradeMe. You can find them under his listing for "Calf leather Air-Con", and he also has brown... https://i.postimg.cc/dVJ8xKvD/2-Calf...r-Con-18mm.jpg ...The other option to explore for gold vintages like yours is brown lizard-grain... https://i.postimg.cc/9FddbQ6v/2-SEIK...-33-Jewels.jpg ...This particular set was ordered in from overseas, but you may find similar locally too.

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      • #56
        Tw steel tonneau ce2002 for my afternoon

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          • #58
            Enjoying making straps with curved ends. A little bit classier and pretty much required for any rolex cases
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            • retlaw4
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              Thanks Don, yes I've always wanted a green strap for this piece and it'll also go on my tropical-ish Tudor oyster prince nicely. I was going for an olive tone and there's hints of yellow coming through too. Have just uploaded another photo that hopefully shows its colour a bit more
              Last edited by retlaw4; 12-01-21, 21:42.

            • Don
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              Some might even call it khaki green? Kinda reminds me of a mango about to ripen, i.e. a promise of sweetness to follow. So, a great summer colour

            • retlaw4
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              Yeah could be Khaki, but the similarity to the ripening mango is spot on now that I think about it!
              Makes me want to do another one but with a bit more yellow and this green over top - could be interesting with my Doxa

          • #59
            SEIKO Gen I Ti SAMURAI

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            • #60
              Tw steel tonneau ce2005 for me this afternoon

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              • Hammers
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                That's a lot of watch.

              • Artemis12
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                Yip, its definitely a knuckle dragger weighing in at a mere 250grams
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