No one in the horological world can escape Timex. It’s true. Of course, why would you want to escape them? They’re an inexpensive way to wear a piece of timekeeping history on your wrist—with durability at standard fare for modern quartz watches. On an historical note, Timex has a story that stretches back to 1854. That means there are over 150 years of design work built into the brand. Arguably, many of their greatest designs came out of the 1960s and 1970s. We recently covered the Timex Q (1972) re-release but another mid-century redux has appeared in recent days—the Timex Marlin. With an updated mechanical movement, sleek stainless steel case, and leather strap design—it drips classic flair. With this special release, a particular special-edition Marlin dropped featuring the “good man” star of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts series. Indeed, ol’ Charlie Brown makes a featured appearance on this 1960s wristwatch style. Ahead we’re going to dish on some specifics regarding this well-timed holiday release.
Fly A Kite
Charlie Brown can be seen worriedly flying a kite on the dial of this limited edition Marlin. The crystal is a domed acrylic, magnifying his plight of flight—a design aspect that’s very 60s. However, instead of sporting any Arabic numerals for the hours it’s all tick-marked. Where the original Marlin has a bit of an art-deco feel on the numerals, Charlie’s exclusive gets a bit of a modern twist. The small date window is a fine utilitarian touch. As well, an automatic movement (vs. a manual wind) is a modern pick-up-and-go feature that’s refreshing for the update. Speaking on the movement, there’s a back-crystal for viewing the wind in action. So, there’s plenty of wind to go around for Charlie Brown with an over 30hr power reserve—sure to keep his kite in the air for some time (as long as it stays worn).
Christmas Time is Here
With bright lights and wish lists getting written up, this Marlin reissue makes for a good holiday gift for the wristwatch fan in the family. It’s a classic mechanical piece at a much more affordable price than other similar watches on the market. It retails for $249 but is currently on sale online for under $200. Who could beat that? With a simply stated homage to an Americana cartoon classic—with its own classic Americana flair—the Peanuts Timex Marlin series is sure to be a people pleaser. If you buy it for yourself, we promise not to tell anyone. Certainly we’ve all been good enough this year to have access to such a gem of a piece. No need to buy a smaller tree after picking this one up—just be quick. Every one of these Timex watches are flying away fast (the Snoopy “Flying Ace” version is currently out of stock). So snoop out a deal and pick up one before they’re gone. And on a final note: Happy horological hunting and holidays from us here at TimesTicking.
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