Timex Marlin Blackout By Todd Snyder

By: Michael Penate

After Timex introduced the Timex Marlin reissue last year their (first fully mechanical watch since 1982), the watch world immediately took notice and stock quickly dried up. Just as authorized dealers started replenishing their stock, Timex – together with American fashion designer Todd Snyder – have unveiled a new, slightly more masculine version of the watch now known as the Timex Marlin Blackout. For those who found the previous iteration to be slightly dainty with its champagne sunburst dial, this new version is sure to offer a more attractive look that should draw in a range of new customers. Best of all, it’s still a solid and affordable mechanical dress watch option that’s available for around $200.

Timex Marlin Blackout Todd Snyder

When it comes to dress watches, there are some that simply don’t jive with light-colored or plain white dials. In fact, some might even prefer a more under-the-radar look if they’re pairing a watch with formal attire. So while this may appear like a very minor update, I think the important thing to notice is the fact that the Timex Marlin Blackout should prove to be more versatile for a new group of potential wearers. Plus, if these customers are also fashion-focused, Todd Snyder’s main site is sure to help with a great deal of suggested style pairings.

Timex Marlin Blackout

Looking at some of the basics the Timex Marlin Blackout retains the same 34mm case diameter and 10mm case thickness. The undersized crown (too small if you ask me) is also a simple push-pull design that supports up to 30m of water resistance. One of my concerns focuses on legibility and hopefully the polished finishing on the hands and indices doesn’t make time telling more difficult than it should be. Otherwise, I was very impressed with the stock “lizard-style” leather strap of the first version and the Timex Marlin Blackout appears to be fitted with the same accessory. Finally, the mechanical hand-wound movement is still slightly elusive at this point but several folks have theorized that it is in fact a Seagull ST6 or something similar, which is totally fine.

Timex Marlin Blackout

We’ve said it several times on the podcast: 2018 should prove to be a very exciting year for Timex. Whether it’s their sportier watches like the Timex Navi-Harbor or something more elegant like this Marlin, Timex is clearly in a position to deliver a great deal of value for watch lovers on a budget. So, if the Timex Marlin reissue didn’t win you over the first time, is this something that you think you’ll add to your collection now? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments! I’m sure this one will eventually make its way on to the podcast as well.

Timex Marlin Blackout Specs:

  • Case Diameter: 34mm
  • Lug-To-Lug Measurement: Approx. 41mm
  • Thickness: 10mm
  • Lug Width: 18mm
  • Water Resistance: Rated for 30m

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