Don’t believe the hype! Two Timex vintage models

By Montredo in Lifestyle
February 24, 2020
Don’t believe the hype! Two Timex vintage models
Was the hype justified? The Q Timex Reissue from 2019 © Timex

When the long-awaited Q Timex Reissue finally arrived in 2019, it was sold out within a day. And as soon as the stores were restocked the buying frenzy repeated itself. As a result of this madness, naturally, these watches were quickly offered on eBay at a hefty premium, sometimes selling for twice their RRP. Overall the hype was understandable – the watch does, after all, combine some pretty desirable features:

  • Pepsi bezel
  • Steel case and bracelet
  • Vintage dial
  • Historical model from the company’s own archive

Not to mention the fact that Timex, a watch manufacturer with more than 100 years of history, gives the watch additional authenticity.

However, if you take a closer look, the question quickly arises whether the price of 179 Euros can actually be justified. A quick check reveals that the quartz movement can be purchased for just eight dollars, which leaves over 170 Euros for a watch that is of moderate quality at best. The steel band seems as if it would pluck out your arm hairs just looking at it, and the blue tones of the dial and of the bezel don’t really work together, which rather spoils the overall picture.

Of course style is in the eye of the beholder, and this particular ticker may indeed catch your eye. Even still it’s clear that you don’t get a lot of watch for the money. It is perhaps no coincidence, then, that there seem to be more and more disappointed customers already reselling their Q Timex on eBay. At the time of this article the watch has also been in stock at Timex for several weeks – and at the normal price. Some people who fell victim to the hype and impatiently bought the watch at a higher price might now be feeling a wee bit miffed.

One more hyped up watch from Timex: the M79 © Timex

The more recent M79 (as we reported) seems to have some parallels with the Q Timex. It too seems eager to jump on a current trend, with its blue-black “Batman” bezel, and it too has an asking price (279 Euros) which doesn’t really seem tenable, especially given the Miyota movement found inside. Of course it too immediately sold out. So, if there’s a lesson to be learned here, perhaps it’s patience. If you still want an M79, maybe at some point in the not too distant future it too will be available without back orders and without premiums.