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Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Updated and developed for today’s watch buyers, the Mid Century is the latest timepiece collaboration between American watchmaker Timex and fashion label Todd Snyder. The Mid Century design is, apparently, inspired by a specific Timex product from 1977 (even though the core design hearkens back to themes developed up to two decades prior). Todd Snyder works closely with Timex in terms of investigating the brand’s impressive archives to discover styles and themes the two feel will resonate with today’s consumers.

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For anyone into the hobby of watch collecting, it isn’t news that vintage-style timepieces have been popular for several years now. Enthusiasts can (and still do) spend large amounts of money purchasing actual vintage watches or recent revival products. The irony, for me, is that I feel most consumers are overspending when they do this — if only because the old watches they are paying so dearly for aren’t that special (most were not really produced like luxury timepieces are today), and the modern luxury ones are, in many instances, more expensive than they have to be for the same core look.

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I say all this to suggest that if you are justifiably intrigued by the often high-quality designs of vintage watches, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to enjoy them in modern form on your wrist. With Timex’s design talents and manufacturing power, you can get a very practical and attractive vintage-style watch-wearing experience for money that will leave you plenty of extra cash to fund actual modern luxury watch purchases.

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex has been on a roll with new-but-vintage-style wrist watches lately. There was first the Marlin (aBlogtoWatch review here), followed by the Marlin Automatic (aBlogtoWatch review here), and now the Mid Century. Each of these watches has a different platform, with the Mid Century probably being the most mainstream in its appeal, given the price and quartz movement combo of the product. In short, if you are going for a non-pretentious urban/dress watch with a vintage style and a lot of bang for your buck, Timex has some of the best options out there.

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Timex Marlin was 34mm-wide (true to original size), and the later Marlin Automatic was 40mm-wide (more appropriate for today’s tastes). The Timex Mid Century is 37mm-wide, making for a nice medium size that works for a lot of smaller wrists and could easily be considered a unisex watch. The case is a bit small for my wrist, but I do agree that the Mid Century case is comfortable and nicely proportioned.

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The case is polished steel, and the crystal over the dial is domed acrylic, which offers that warm, vintage dial look many enthusiasts are after. There is a lot of glare on the crystal (especially during photography shoots), but the overall legibility is pretty good. Sitting a bit high on the wrist, the 37mm-wide size feels about as stately as it can, all things considered. The case is water resistant to 30 meters.

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex did a nice job on the Mid Century watch dial design and construction. Baton hands and hour markers celebrate the minimalist theme that Timex’s Milan design team has been interested in for the last few years. Purists will appreciate the deliberate lines and careful focus on pretty good dial proportions, making for a refined-feeling wrist watch product (despite the low price). Inside the watch is a battery-powered quartz-based movement with the time, as well as a day/date calendar complication on the dial.

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex currently produces the Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century watch with either the pictured black dial (on a dark brown leather strap) or a silver dial (that comes on a lighter brown leather strap). The straps are produced in Minnesota by S.B. Foot Tanning and are said to be the same leather style used for Red Wing boots (also produced in Red Wing, Minnesota, of course). The 19mm-wide straps have easy-release spring bars that allow wearers to easily swap out the straps for others.

Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Timex and Todd Snyder branding on the rear of the watch celebrate the fashion-nature of this timepiece, but one that is still a real tool and also practical, in most respects. For watch collectors curious about this particular vintage-style look, then the Timex Mid Century is a very accessible means of sampling this style. For those seeking an affordable daily dress-style watch in this size, then the Timex Mid Century also makes a lot of sense. If anything, this is a sensible modern timepiece that serious watch enthusiasts can easily recommend to their friends who want something respectable but not enthusiast-priced. The Timex + Todd Snyder Mid Century watches are $158 USD. Learn more or order at Todd Snyder here.

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  • Swiss_Cheese

    If this had an automatic movement and a bit more imaginative hands it would certainly be good competition for the Bambino or the ‘5’.

    Also, the words “Water Resistant” join “Power Reserve” and “Stainless Steel” as things you don’t print smack bang in the middle of the dial. For the love of all that is holy, print it on the case back, print it in the booklet, it doesn’t need to be that prominent, no one is going to see that there and go “Oh my God I’m glad it says water resistant because I’m so wet!”

    • Lingua Franca

      Also, it’s pretty ironic for a fashion designer to have a name that kinda means “dead tailor”.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Hands to short, movement to boring and, like on my Bambino 2, there`s a gap between the dial and the date-discs due to the cadran bombé.

  • Lingua Franca

    It has some GS “Grammar of Design” appeal… but those hands just look cheap,

  • SuperStrapper

    Ladies size, nothing quartz movement, plastic crystal, short handset… is this the watch I buy on earth or that I’m issued along with my justin bieber CD and keys to my Volkswagen when I enter hell as a new resident.

    • 200F

      Hey, leave VW out of it! ?

  • ?????? ??????????

    Short and cheap looking hands, ugly simple finish, HORRIBLE day date window, no detail case and dial, too-big-for-the-strap buckle, out of proportion dome… That’s what’s called “37mm of watch and nothing special”. Timex has to do something radical to make a not-boring watch.

  • 4tens

    Ariel Adams does Timex again!
    Welcome Back to the Cheap Seats.

    • SuperStrapper

      some 49% of ABTW readers: ALL THESE WATCHES ARE TOO EXPENSIVE ALL THE TIME REEEEEEEEEE
      another 49% of ABTW readers: WHY THESE CHEAP WATCHES STOP LIKING THINGS I DONT LIKE REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
      the remaining 1% of ABTW readers: sweet Lange!

      • DanW94

        Still 1% left! Just here for the comments, I suspect 🙂

        • SuperStrapper

          Always leave a variance for anomalies 😉

        • FS1900

          It used to be a higher percentage 🙂

  • Jerry Davis

    If you are looking for an inexpensive dress watch, there are many better options in this price range.
    For an example, most of the stuff by MVMT.
    Plus 37mm? No.

  • Independent_George

    I don’t dislike this as much as others. And I hate being the guy who writes “For the same price I can get [watch A]”, but today I am, because for same price, actually for 8.00 to 18.00 dollars cheaper, I can choose from 16 Bambino styles, and for a few dollars more, buy a small seconds .

    This watch makes no sense unless you can’t work/don’t own a PC and you are forced to shop at Walmart.

    Pass.

    • SuperStrapper

      What would you do with just small seconds?
      “Excuse me sir do you have the time?”
      “No sorry this is just small seconds”
      “Oh. Well, how many seconds have gone by?”
      “…cant tell. Too small…”

  • PollyO

    Any male watch that is 37 mm should have Mickey Mouse pointing to the time.

  • TheChuphta

    A couple years ago I had a very similar Timex that took a lickin’ and did not keep tickin’. So then I found myself on the internet looking up “good watch to buy” and now, thousands of dollars later, I’m here commenting. Make of that what you will. (Also, I kinda like this Timex)

  • Gokart Mozart

    Post a picture

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

      Pic of what?

  • Gokart Mozart

    Apparently he had a blacked out AP before it was all the rage.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      I`ve seen it on the H. Nobody knows who blacked it.

  • Gokart Mozart

    I like the color of the dial….

    Just get a Bambino

  • Independent_George

    I am assuming you then remember the TV commercials narrated by John Cameron Howard. I can remember than strapping a Timex to the claw of a Maine Lobster and boiling it, but I can’t find any evidence of it on Google. Today, people would be apoplectic with rage, but back then I wanted a Timex!

    “Timex. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

      John Cameron “Swayze” Yes, the commercials were awesome. Timex has a rich history of kooky advertising. On a parallel line of goofy advertising, Samsonite had a commercial that featured a gorilla throwing around their luggage.
      Good times : )

      • Independent_George

        I have no idea why I thought it was Howard.

        I remember the Gorilla and the Samsonite! I still favor Samsonite luggage and I still think of that commerical!

      • egznyc

        I believe that OJ Simpson was also in a Samsonite commercial back in the ‘70s.

        Thanks for sharing your Timex pics! Looks like a mechanical movement … cool. It must have lots of sentimental value.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    WTF takes soooooooo long for a post to appear???
    This is getting ridiculous.

  • otaking241

    A modest, workaday watch from a time when a watch was a necessity and not just a fashion accessory. 37mm is honestly not too small, even on a 7.75″ wrist like mine.

    Would have appreciated some three-dimensionality to the handset to match the hour marker batons but otherwise unobjectionable–the kind of thing you might keep in the drawer for occasions when you don’t want to stand out too much (in which case the quartz movement is appreciated).

  • NaJo

    Haha good one with the lobster add

  • NaJo

    Trying to break in orient’s success with bambino series. Hr n sec hands resembles a cheap chinese wall clock!

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Forgot: The watch is from the “Mercury” line and manufacture date is 1973.

  • Independent_George

    Does it run?

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

      Sadly, it ran only a little when tapped. I am thinking of cleaning the movement and polishing the crystal.

  • cluedog12

    Compare the modern release with two vintage Timex watches and you can see the date window location is not faithful to the original. A recurring issue I have with modern watches. This is the smallest diameter watch I can recall where the date window location is an issue.

    Surely there must be slightly larger quartz movements that would place the day and date windows in the right location. It’s almost as if everyone is leaning into the idea that date windows should be located halfway between the index marker and the centre of the dial, because if everyone is doing it, it must be right. Here’s me saying the old way looks better on the dial.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24d42a732b7004393d6036842349bda00c37a846bd7356245cdb24586f70e38a.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84fb083aa27d49c547f0d6b944e551f0ab96380ddd6f60c0e498f7e783ce7234.jpg

  • wejpasadena

    I don’t care for the day of the week indicator. Other than that I like the style. I think Timex is making some appealing watches.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Lovely dial with the blue colour. Works well with the white.

    I see timex used to know the right lengths for hands.

    A poor man’s FP Journe Chronmetre Bleu 😉