Really cool, I wasn't even aware of the original Casio model.I recently purchased this Timex Matterhorn, a rebranded Casio ARW-320, from the bay. The $95 the seller was asking felt a little risky as the description stated that it probably didn't work, but given the rarity and the fact that the seller originally wanted $495, I couldn't resist.
After I replaced the two batteries and tapped what I (in my overeager excitement) thought was the reset button, I sealed the watch back up, and nothing happened. Hmm. As luck would have it, my 9 month old daughter woke from her nap just as I got the case reopened.
As I sat playing with her, I recalled having read that the watch might need a reset by using a jumper. So, I asked her to bear with me, and she sat curiously watching me strip the ends of a bag-tie at my kitchen counter. When I turned the watch over to see that it had worked, I put my arms in the air victoriously. She started to jump excitedly, and I thanked her for her help.
Side note: the inside of the caseback actually says Casio
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The seller is located in New York. The seller's write-up explained it better than I could so I've pasted it here. He/she had a bunch of Zulu Time, B-29 variants, and more standard Timex ana-digis of the time.Really cool, I wasn't even aware of the original Casio model.
Can I ask where the seller was located and if he knew where it came from? Timex-branded Casios are a niche interest of mine, they are a little rare in the US, my best guess is they were made for some specific market.
Really interesting stuff. I did a quick google of "Timex Matterhorn" this morning that brought up an old thread here on WUS about that user's watch originating from Switzerland as well. Perhaps the seller did the same thing, who knows. The whole "art book" story only adds to the mystery!The seller is located in New York. The seller's write-up explained it better than I could so I've pasted it here. He/she had a bunch of Zulu Time, B-29 variants, and more standard Timex ana-digis of the time.
"This is what I believe is a Casio Altmeter watch licensed to Timex in the early 1990's and sold only in Switzerland. This is what the notes on the folder said..."
"I'm listing a collection of Timex watches from a certain area (the 1990's and soon after) that were purchased from collectors and Timex employees (design and marketing) to be used in an industrial design / art book, the project was abandoned with the sale of the publishing company in the early 2000's, these watches were all working at the time, have been in a box in an air conditioned and heated office environment since, and include some of the most popular and some of the most rare versions of dual display watches by Timex from the era. Some may be prototypes or evaluation samples, everything was purchased with an unlimited budget and with connections to people working at Timex, but I don't know any more the story of any individual watch, it's been 20 years since I've even known the people who would know..."
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It probably was not huge batch. Some models come and go and later you won't find them. Especially outsourced ones ( i don't think Casio licensed it to Timex).Really interesting stuff. I did a quick google of "Timex Matterhorn" this morning that brought up an old thread here on WUS about that user's watch originating from Switzerland as well. Perhaps the seller did the same thing, who knows. The whole "art book" story only adds to the mystery!
I've acquired three Timex/Casios, and I've seen at least two others on ebay (and now I've seen yours, which is most interesting!). I've also acquired a Casio JC-10, which @Rocket1991 told me there was a Timex equivalent. When I went down the rabbit hole to find it, I only found one or two pictures of the Timex model, one from an auction years ago whose description said it came from a former Timex employee and was a prototype. All that to say, "Timex employee" and "prototype" and "samples" seem to be the most common terms I come across in my admittedly lackadaisical research on the subject.
The other perplexing thing is, all of the "Timex Casios" I've found come from a time when Timex had fully developed it's own digital watches. Which has me thinking, did Timex contract Casio to make watches for them, or did Casio license the Timex brand for their own watches in certain markets?
So, the watch arrived almost 2 weeks ago, and didn't work. Sure enough, after removing the caseback and taking my voltmeter to the battery - less than 0.2V of juice left in the 1.5V battery. Finally, with a fresh battery put in today, she loves her new Timex, especially with that textured dial.The girlfriend has 4 different watches: a 2006 Raymond Weil, 1980's Casio digital, 1961 Omega Seamaster and a Seiko SKX013 modded (by me). But the Omega is now toast (Swatch in Switzerland would't do a full service on the movement - long story) and not worth fixing with our budgets, rendering her dressy gold watch category unfulfilled.
So, after much frustration searching among women's new watch choices, avoiding fashion brands and trying to stay under $650-ish, she happily found a watch that I also believe is uniquely elegant (textured dial!) with interesting proportions and amazing value - arriving in the mail soon - the below Timex 34mm gold-finish "Metropolitan" with mesh strap. Will post wrist pics soon.
Unfortunately, I believe Timex has now discontinued this watch, and replaced it with other variations (the "Transcend" and "Midtown") which we found to be less desireable.
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