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The last 2 digits of the numbers at the bottom of the dial is the year.

***man beat me to it lol***


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Mind you, it did look like this when I got it, sold spares or repair

I loved the funky numbers, and was delighted when the mess on the case was mostly dirt, and the watch actually ran :)
 

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It cleaned up nice. Mine had a bunch of gunk under the factory rubber strap.Rubbing alcohol cleaned it and the face pretty well.
 

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Just picked up this handwind.... The dial says England and numbers below the 6 are 27249 02480.

From what I can tell by reading online and based on the numbers, this is an M24 movement from 1980 with a blue linen dial. I am still not sure if this is a "Marlin" or not.

So far all I've done is buff the crystal a little with Novus 2 and a micro fiber cloth and I am really happy with the way it looks and feels.

I am going to keep an eye on it over the next few days and see how it keeps time, mostly just because I'm curious.

If anyone might have any more information, like where it might have been made or about the Marlin models in particular I would definitely be interested.

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There are definitely people on this forum that collect vintage Timex, and I'm sure you'll get some good and specific advice. I think there are some solid Timex models that you can buy for very good prices.

My main concern about collecting "budget" watches like these is the question of servicing, past and future. While I think you can make a good argument that the watches are worth preserving, the economics of maintenance just don't add up, unless you are prepared to service them yourself.
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