The 1960s was a hugely influential decade for fashion, from the penny loafers and varsity sweaters beloved by Ivy League preppies to the love beads and paisley of the hippies. In the world of watches as in the world of clothes, traditional, conservative designs were giving way to a wider range of styles, from “panda dial” racing chronographs to sleek dress watches with expressive modern dials. Our vintage-inspired Marlin timepieces are a tribute to the many iconic Timex creations that defined this era, combining the energetic design of mid-century modernism with 21st-century movements and proportions. The Marlin Automatic Sub-Dial, however, draws inspiration from a new corner of 1960s culture: the Mods
As a tribute to Mod culture and Timex watchmaking history, the new Marlin Automatic Sub-Dial captures the suave energy of the 1960s with a sophisticated-yet-youthful design inspired by the unmistakable style of the Mods. It boasts a full Arabic dial and a cushion-style case, a combination that epitomizes the best watches of the 1960s. In addition to a “railroad” minute track, and a date window, the newest Marlin stands out with another unique feature (and a first for the Marlin family): a sub-dial at 9 o’clock with a striking red sweep hand that displays the time in a 24-hour format.
While the new Marlin Automatic Sub-Dial will appeal to anyone with an eye for 1960s cool, those with a taste for Mod style will find even more to love. The Mods’ signature look was defined by three things: their customized Italian scooters, their defiant attitude, and above all, their clothes. From slim-cut Italian suits and skinny neckties, to green fishtail anoraks and polo-neck shirts, these pieces (and the rock and roll attitude they embodied) inspired legions of scooter-riding devotees from Southern California to Tokyo and remains as distinctive in 2023 as it was in 1965.
Three modish versions of the new Marlin Automatic Sub-Dial are available, all inspired by the Mods’ iconoclastic fashion. Each version will suit any wrist, thanks to its midsized 39mm case – a happy medium between vintage and modern. Other thoughtful details abound, including the full Marlin name spelled out on the crown and dial, an exhibition case back engraved with a leaping marlin, and a Japanese automatic movement.
Like the other members of the Marlin family, the new Marlin Automatic Sub-Dial combines the heritage of classic Timex designs with modern influences, capturing the energy and style of the 1960s for the 21st century. Whether or not you’re decked out in a slim tailored suit and Chelsea boots this season, this Marlin will add a dash of stylish sophistication to your wardrobe in 2023.