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Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Snoopy Edition of the Marlin Automatic is a limited production version of the new 40mm wide Timex Marlin Automatic timepiece collection as the reference TW2R94800. As its name implies, the Snoopy Edition has an aviator-dressed version of Snoopy from the Peanuts comic universe on the dial. This is known as the “Flying Ace Snoopy” and according to Timex, the brand first produced a watch with the character on the dial back in 1965.

Snoopy watches have been surprisingly popular over the last few years (even though Peanuts watches aren’t anything new). Swiss Omega’s Speedmaster Silver Snoopy watch remains so popular that it frequently goes for more than retail on the used market. Timex’s “Snoopy watch” offering is much more democratically priced (and should ideally be easier to acquire) and I think it should make a lot of watch lovers pretty happy.

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hands-on images by Ariel Adams

When Timex originally re-released the Marlin collection it was “original sized” at 34mm wide. Fans loved the affordable price, mechanical movement, and vintage theme. The Marlin was (is) a great product but Timex knew it wasn’t ideal for a lot of modern timepiece wearers. The Marlin Automatic retains a lot of what made the original Marlin great but offers some upgrades at a pretty reasonable price that is only 25% more expensive than the smaller Marlin.

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

To begin, the Marlin Automatic comes in a much more contemporary taste-appropriate case size of 40mm wide. Nothing is actually shared with the 34mm Marlin, as the Marlin Automatic uses the same model name but takes the collection in a more modern direction. The steel case is clearly vintage-inspired but is new and I think it looks really nice given the price. I like the case’s elegant polishing as well as how the top crystal, case, and lugs flow together to make for a very wearable, soft look and feel. The dial of the Timex Marlin Automatic watches is similarly simple, with baton-style hour markers and needle-style hands with a thin strip of painted luminant in their center.

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For watch collectors, the most important change to the Marlin is likely the movement, which goes from a Chinese manually wound mechanical movement to a Japanese Miyota automatic mechanical movement that operates at 3Hz with about two days of power reserve. The rear of the watch has a display caseback which offers a view of the movement – likely compelling to buyers who at this price point are likely just getting into mechanical watches.

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Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Seasoned collectors with a soft spot for Flying Ace Snoopy should also feel comfortable about wearing such a “pedestrian timepiece” because of the Marlin Automatic’s mechanical nature and the overall respect for those qualities which make a good watch. My only complaint would be the length of the hands, which could be extended a bit in order to reach proper dial proportions. The case is water-resistant to 30m and attached to the case is a black leather strap.

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What makes the Snoopy Edition distinct from the rest of the Marlin Automatic watches is, of course, the Snoopy character on the silver-toned dial at the 6 o’clock position. Even if you don’t have familiarity with the personalities of the Peanuts universe characters, the friendly image of Snoopy is almost universally pleasing. The image suggests adventure with overtones of childhood exploration and play. These are all themes which go well with timepieces and for that reason, I think just the simple addition of a graphic on the dial of a watch can be so impactful and create demand.

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I for one love to celebrate those characters and entertainment properties which currently have an effect on me or that had an effect on me during my more formative years. For this reason, I love watches with characters on the dial – when they are done well. Here I think Timex was appropriately restrained with their design to offer both an elegant vintage-style dress watch, with the added “character” of something fun and animated from our pop culture universe.

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex has made it clear that the Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition will not be produced in large numbers or for very long – and in addition, it will be available for sale exclusively on the Timex website. Price for the reference TW2R94800 Timex Marlin Automatic Snoopy Edition is $249 USD. Visit Timex Here.

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  • Craig A Clark

    That’s pretty cute, I might not go for the snoopy version personally, though it actually isn’t all that bad, but the base watch I quite like 🙂

  • H.S.M.

    Love to see a more subtle Snoopy watch from Timex.
    And it’s an automatic as well…

  • spiceballs

    Cute but could do with longer hands.

    • Dufresne

      I thought the same thing–maybe it is just the angle of the photograph? In any case, I like the overall look of the watch, but to me the sportier style of the wider lumed hands chosen don’t really match the dressier applied baton markers chosen. I like what Timex is doing though!

  • Ben Rothfeld

    I am dying… Now dead… My ghost is riding from the grave to buy this watch. THANK YOU, TIMEX!

  • anonymous

    Get the damn Snoopy off it and reduce the size to 38mm (or have longer hands) and it’s a nice watch.

  • Tony NW

    It is nice, but those short hands ruin it for me. Which sounds like a snobby thing to say, but they’re just wrong.

  • SuperStrapper

    Another marlin article…

    Why did they take the hands from the 37mm variant and put them in the 40mm one. Looks awful they would let them be that short.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Poor Snoopy looks quite sad. Maybe he’s lost his sopwith camel in a mid air fight against the red baron.
    Have him dancing would have looked…happier.
    Would it have killed you to increase the hands to their proper size ( drives me nuts )

  • gw01

    YES!!!

  • Brent P.

    This will match up nicely with my Snoopy high-top Vans. I still have my first Marlin from my childhood in the sixties, and this will be hard for me not to pick up.

  • cluedog12

    Ariel.

    When reviewing watches for the past ten years, you have consistently noted when there is an issue with improperly short hands. Assuming you’ve discussed this pet peeve with industry people in private, how have they responded?

  • BobHoover Tiangco

    Take my money, Timex!

  • I agree with Ariel – the short hands were the first thing I noticed. Well the hands and that this is a totally boring watch outside of the Snoopy graphic. Price is reasonable though.

    • Joe

      Judging by Snoopy’s attire, it must be a pilot’s watch.
      Now’s where’s the peanut crown?

  • Manuel Manuelín Canallín

    I would have already ordered two (one for me and one for my wife), but Timex.com won’t ship outside the US and Timex in my country is a smoking piece of Beagle poop.

  • egznyc

    Snoopy! Maybe this would’ve been more interesting if his hands moved as the watch’s hands, like with some of the Mickey watches. Oh, and if they actually reached their indices …

  • Ulysses31

    I like Snoopy, I really do. Sticking him on the dial of a supremely boring watch doesn’t appeal to me though. OK, the case profile is somewhat interesting but I don’t like distorting crystals that resemble the bottom of a jar. Sure, it’s readable from directly in front but on all the off angles it looks strange.

  • Manuel Manuelín Canallín

    Same thing, won’t ship outside EU and also they are out of stock. Managed to get one through a friend that lives in the States and is shipping it to me.

  • RT

    Thinking of this for my kids:) but Is this really a LIMITED edition as mentioned above ?

  • Troy Smith

    Mine came last night and I have it one right now. However, what wasn’t mentioned and should have is how loud the rotor is for the automatic winding. It from several feet you can hear it grinding. It’s almost like the watch is magnifying the sound. I know this is not a top shelf movement, but I still didn’t expect it to be this loud.

  • Rodney Leong

    Sold out already. Any word on when they’re back on sale?

  • 4tens

    Received mine for the holidays… love it.

  • ydnartitcomb

    You didn’t mention that there is a difference between this version and the other marlin automatics. There is no date on the dial, as all the others have this.

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