Few of Timex's mechanical models can claim to have been more successful than the Marlin. The dress watch, first launched in the 60s, is most likely the platonic ideal a baby boomer imagines when you mention the word "watch," even today. This latest iteration of the famed reference--the Marlin Automatic Sub-Dial--is both an interesting evolution and a notable departure, in many ways.
Off the Cuff: Q Timex Chronograph
The Q Timex Chronograph carries forward the torch of the original Q Timex styling which lends the timepiece a certain legitimacy. It has that same angular case shape, the telltale dome (albeit mineral crystal here), and of course, the coveted Timex pricepoint that has made the Q line a gateway drug for a whole new generation of watch lovers. In that respect, the brand's recent renaissance has coincided--if not driven symbiotically--an industry-wide revitalization.
Off the Cuff: Timex M79 Batman Bezel
The first M79 colourway ("M," for mechanical; "79," for the year the Q first appeared) to roll out was the very cool Batman bezel. Again, another riff on the GMT-Master II. While it would be absurd to consider the two watches as competitors, the referential design was not lost on aficionados and newcomers, alike. What both the Q and the M79 offered was an attractive entry-point into collecting, for some; and for those with already carefully curated collection, an inexpensive bit of fun.