Friday, May 31, 2024

TGIF: A Thrift Store Timex Watch Find Forgone

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were "thrifting" at a Thrift Store in a nearby town and I came across an old Timex digital watch.  It had a gold toned case and expansion band.  It resembled an iconic digital watch of the late 80s and early 90s.  

Timex Men's 34mm Digital Watch (Model T78677)

I had the store clerk fetch the old watch from the glass case and took a quick look at it.  The battery was quite dead and, while the watch looked like it was in good shape, the band showed a bit of wear.  It was only $9.  But, when I saw that replacing the battery would involve unscrewing and keeping track of some teeny-tiny Philips head screws, I decided to pass.  I'm not big on digital watches anyway.  I've had a few that would audibly chime no matter what you did to stop it.  Besides, the watch was still available and selling on Amazon.   It is listed as Timex Men's Classic Digital 34mm Watch.

According to one amusing review on Amazon, this watch has been offered for over 30 years and changing the battery can be a chore.

It's worth noting, that Timex has recently released several new watches under the T80 label.  These retro watches look like an interesting watch choice that combine modern technology with faithful retro styling.

Timex T80 Digital Watch

While these digital watches might not be everyone's favorite watch, they are a faithful nod to the digital watches from the beginning years of the digital watch era.

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