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We believe every watch has a soul. Ours comes from a relentless pursuit of craftsmanship, quality and design. In 1854, we combined European clockmaking and American ingenuity to take clocks from the mantels of the 1% and brought them to the world.

We Learned the Rules, then We Broke Them

We were rebel watchmakers with a cause. Established in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Company, we turned a 300-year-old industry upside down. We stamped our gears out of metal, instead of carving them from wood. We made smaller, more accurate movements faster than ever before. In fact, even Detroit’s automakers were inspired by our assembly lines when the automobile became a thing.

From the Pocket ‌to the Wrist
By 1901 our movements fit in your pocket and cost just one dollar, ($35 in today’s dollars). We became the people’s watchmaker. They helped the trains run on time and helped settle the Wild West. When timepieces turned from fragile curiosities to durable everyday carries, even Mark Twain bought two.
Takes a Licking Keeps on Ticking
The move to the wrist just took a little ingenuity and two metal bars welded to the sides of our smallest model. 
By the 1960s, our watches were so inexpensive, handsome and durable, every third watch sold in America was a Timex. Our televised torture tests, proved our mechanical superiority, of our Timex Marlin™, still a favorite after a half-century.
Made For Badass Women
In the first half of the 20th Century, a Timex became a symbol of an independent women. In a man’s watch world, we liberated the market with thoughtful designs and small movements that didn’t sacrifice our legendary durability.
The women who wore them, and the generations of women watchmakers who created them, made Timex the most popular watch in the world.
Precision Quartz Timekeeping

As the world entered the space age, our wound brass springs were replaced by counting the vibrations of a quartz crystal. These tiny electric movements meant you never had to wind your watch again, and our designers were no longer bound to the shape and size of a mechanical movement. The Q Timex series reshaped watches for a new generation.

The World’s Most Popular Watch

If the Waterbury watch is our soul, the Timex Easy Reader™ is our heart. Beautiful in its simplicity, the timeless, utilitarian design quickly became ubiquitous with Timex. Since 1977, we’ve made more than 100 million. If your father had a Timex, it was probably a Timex Easy Reader™. The influence of the Easy Reader’s minimalist beauty can be seen across nearly every Timex today

Smart Before it was Cool

We introduced the first connected “smart” watch years before most people even owned a mobile phone. The Timex Datalink is one of very few wrist watches officially certified for space flight by NASA. It used a digital eye to read information from your computer screen and built the foundation for today’s connected smartwatches.

Watchmaking Back in the USA

Just like our very first mantel clocks, 167 years ago, our American Documents® collection layers American ingenuity and craftsmanship with European precision to create a truly amazing timepiece. This American-made watch is drop forged in US-sourced stainless steel by auto parts manufacturers, and assembled in our Connecticut Headquarters with a high-quality Swiss movement. What started as an impossible idea is now a Timex watch made in America.