Looking for info on the Timex Q 1978 Reissue Date? Look no further! Here’s our hands-on review.
Timex has been killing it in the watch scene lately. Ever since the release of their iconic Timex Q Reissue, watch fans have been all up in Timex’s grill. The watch was an instant hit for the masses.
The Timex Q 1978 Reissue Date is an unsung hero of the Timex Reissue world. A “sleeper hit,” you could say.
This watch brings a lot to the table in terms of refinement, all at an affordable price. Read on to find out if you should own this often overlooked bargain!
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A Brief History of Timex
Timex was established in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Company by a Connecticut brass manufacturer named Benedict and Burnham.
After producing watches for several years and following the major World Wars, the first watch labeled as a Timex was produced in the 1950s. Timex watches have become known as the “watch that takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”
The success of their labeled Timex watches pushed the company to finally rename itself the Timex Corporation in 1969.
Now, let’s get on to the watch!
The watch is measured at a proportional 35mm in diameter with a lug-to-lug of about 40mm. These dimensions make the watch perfect for just about any wrist, especially slender ones.
It does not stand tall but hides on the wrist with its short height of 11.5mm.
The entire case is made of stainless steel and is given a polished surface. The lugs extend out in a slight slant from the case and are designed to resemble old art deco lugs from watches of years ago.
Covering the dial is a domed acrylic crystal that just exudes the perfect vintage feeling. Sure, you’re more likely to get scratches, but there is just something about the distortion on the dial when looking at it from a different angle.
Turning the watch over, we get a glimpse of the iconic battery hatch present in all quartz Timex watches.
The polishing of the case extends to the caseback. The lug width, serial number, stainless steel text, and water resistance are etched onto the caseback — breaking the polished monotony from the other parts of the case.
In true dress watch fashion, the watch’s water resistance is only rated at a shallow 50 meters. Yeah, it’s nothing to write home about, but it’s a dress watch with an accessible battery hatch so what more can you ask for?
Looking closer, we get a glimpse of the amazing dial of the Q Reissue 1978.
The dial is colored in a silver champagne tone with vertical strikes that resemble a linen dial. Around the dial, we have minute ticks and an applied minute marker for each five-minute interval.
In Timex’s own words, the hour markers are fashioned after the towers and skyscrapers of New York City.
At 3’oclock, we have a black text date with a white background, set within a black frame. The date is legible and easy to read.
Text on the dial is minimal, giving more importance to the color of the dial, among other aspects.
At the top of the dial, we have the signature “Timex ‘Q’” in the vintage format. We have the name “Timex” below it in all capitals, in black-capped text.
Below the hands is “Quartz” in all caps, making sure you don’t forget that this watch is a battery-powered movement.
The hour and minute hands are rectangular with a small slit of black paint by the ends. The polished seconds hand is colored silver, in line with the watch case.
The Q Reissue 1978 uses a quartz movement with a date function. And that’s about it.
Sadly, there is no information on the supplier of their quartz movement. We get online that the quartz movement is Japanese, so one can assume that the supplier is either Seiko or Miyota.
Nevertheless, a quartz movement with a date function where you can change the battery yourself is a welcome addition.
The longevity of the movement is inherent in its accessible design. You can expect this movement and watch to last a long time.
The strap of the Q Reissue 1978 leaves a lot to be desired.
For one, the strap has an embossed text of “Genuine Leather,” but yet, the strap feels like a rubber strap wrapped in some cheap leather lining. It is flexible and kind of comfortable on the wrist.
But the strap just feels weird when the watch is on your wrist for a time.
Branding on the strap is minimal, with just “Timex” embossed on one side of the strap.
It’s easy to adjust the strap with its ten adjustment holes. The buckle is polished stainless steel and has one small leather lock for the excess strap.
One good thing about the Timex strap, or a detriment if you are Timex, is that it comes with quick-release spring bars. (It’s almost as if Timex knows they make subpar straps and want to make you swap out the supplied strap right after buying the watch).
Overall, if I were to condense this watch into a single statement, it would be “refinement for less.”
This watch just hits a lot of the boxes that one would find in an expensive dress watch, but for low price.
The sizing is just perfect for a slender wrist, and the lugs and polished case just scream vintage. The amazing silver champagne dial just pulls the eye to the watch.
With all this going for it, it’s just a “no-brainer buy” — when considering the quartz movement and acrylic crystal, the price is just too good to pass up.
So, should you get the Timex Q 1978 Reissue Date? I think that’s a definite yes. It just exudes class and vintage looks, all for an attainable price.
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