Nearly a year after we first reintroduced the Q Timex collection with our Q Timex 1979 Reissue, we present the Timex M79 Automatic. This latest watch is something entirely new, even though it may look familiar; where the “Q” in Q Timex indicated a quartz-powered watch, this “M” labeling signifies the 21-jewel mechanical movement at the heart of the M79.
This watch holds the same shape that defined our earlier Q Timex watch, with hidden lugs and a rotating bezel. This time, however, that bezel is of the ratcheting unidirectional variety, and since there’s no battery involved, there’s no functional battery hatch in the case back. When you flip this new watch over, you’ll see instead an exhibition case back that displays the Japan-sourced self-winding movement within, a stunning array of levers, gears, springs and jeweled pivot points, all working together to track the passage of time.
One detail you may not see in the images here is that while our Q Timex 1979 Reissue measures 38mm across the case, the M79 is ever-so-slightly larger at 40mm. This design choice helped accommodate the larger automatic movement while maintaining a 50m water resistance rating.
By combining key design elements of our much-loved Q Timex 1979 Reissue with a workhorse automatic movement, we’re delivering something that squarely addresses the renaissance sweeping the watch industry today: a return to automatic and mechanical watchmaking, and a real appreciation for timepieces with presence, soul and character.