The Timex Marlin is just one of those watches. By which I mean, "one of those watches that manages to land with a big splash, recede into the background for a bit while remaining both relevant and sincerely cool, and then reenter the general consciousness seeming more exciting than ever."
That other watches out in the world have pulled the same sort of trick isn't news. It's all part of the ebb and flow of the market. Beloved styles rarely slip completely under the radar, but they have a habit of getting a little quiet from time to time, only to be rediscovered by collectors and enthusiasts, driving up their value while driving down their availability. Them's the breaks. But usually, those styles are from high-end Swiss watchmakers, meaning they're priced in the thousands (if not tens of thousands). So when a watch from an enthusiastically accessible brand like Timex manages to get in on the action for a fraction of the price, it's a good moment to start paying attention.
The Marlin debuted as a hand-wound, 36mm dress watch inspired by mid-century aesthetics and Timex's own archive. It was always a damn good-looking timepiece, but 36mm isn't everyone's cup of tea. Luckily, since then, the brand has introduced new iterations that scale up the size while maintaining the look. And with that added space for the movement, Timex was able to make automatic versions available, as well.
One of those versions, with a 40mm case and a California dial that features Roman numerals on the top half and Arabic ones on the bottom, is currently on sale—at 25% off with code SAVEMORE, which brings the price below $200—in a Very Good (TM) color combo that matches a black dial with pink gold-toned case and indices. It's finished with a domed acrylic crystal and boasts a 40-hour power reserve, so you can leave it off your wrist for a day and change if you'd like to. But considering how good it looks, you probably won't want to do that. And no one would blame you.
There was another colorway (polished steel with an eggshell dial) on offer at one point. It's sold out now. If that's not a sign that time is of the essence, I'm not sure what is.
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