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New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: April 16th 2019, 4:14pm
by Rusty

Re: New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: April 16th 2019, 5:31pm
by JAS1125
I like the concept, the design and materials..

Except for the price...a bit high in my opinion but we'll see what retail is

Re: New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: April 16th 2019, 6:09pm
by foghorn
JAS1125 wrote:I like the concept, the design and materials..

Except for the price...a bit high in my opinion but we'll see what retail is


My oipinion may not be popular but here goes.


The more a watch company uses American parts and labor, the more expensive it's product will be,. Higher costs and labor dictate this.
This watch,if made in Asia and using more sourced parts and labor would probably be 250.00 or less.

You can get a pair of imported New Balance shoes for less than 50 bucks. If you want USA made NB shoes you'll be hard pressed to gat them at under 150 bucks.

Re: New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: April 16th 2019, 7:23pm
by JAS1125
foghorn wrote:
JAS1125 wrote:I like the concept, the design and materials..

Except for the price...a bit high in my opinion but we'll see what retail is


My oipinion may not be popular but here goes.


The more a watch company uses American parts and labor, the more expensive it's product will be,. Higher costs and labor dictate this.
This watch,if made in Asia and using more sourced parts and labor would probably be 250.00 or less.

You can get a pair of imported New Balance shoes for less than 50 bucks. If you want USA made NB shoes you'll be hard pressed to gat them at under 150 bucks.


No arguments here on your reasoning.

For that price however, I'd go for an Orient Small Seconds.

Re: New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: April 17th 2019, 5:58am
by artman
Seems like a gimmick to jack up the price.

Re: New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: April 17th 2019, 6:56am
by Hawk
I doubt they'll even get away with it. The criteria for "Made in America" is more stringent than Swiss or Japanese country of origin markings. Fascinating history on how that came to be but it's been covered elsewhere.

The US still considers the origin of the watch to be the origin of the movement and I notice a big old Swiss turd in the Timex punchbowl. (N.B. movement country of origin does not negate the Swiss FH's ownership of country of origin trademarks which USCBP recognizes which is why you can't mark a Chinese watch with a Swiss movement "Swiss" - it's a trademark thing)

Digression aside Shinola got slapped pretty hard for claiming "Made in America" due to the Ronda movement - and Shinola performed some minor final assembly of the movement in America. It didn't help them and I'm not seeing where Timex is providing even that amount of effort.

We probably don't even have to wait for a government slap-down on Timex - Shinola will likely tattle on them thus hastening the process. And if Timex has engineered a loophole or variance I'd guess Shinola will promptly drive their Ronda through the same loophole. At the least if the loophole consists of additional marking I'd expect to see Shinola adopt "Made in America - Swiss Movement" pretty quickly.

Re: New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: April 17th 2019, 7:00am
by Falstaff
Too pricey? It has Gorilla Glass dammit!

Re: New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: April 17th 2019, 7:10am
by Hawk
Nice. I used to live close to Corning.

Of course they only developed Gorilla Glass because they were unsuccessful in obtaining a license from Eyal for Flame Fusion.

Re: New Timex Made in America Program

PostPosted: May 15th 2019, 9:03am
by koimaster
Did anyone notice that the dial says Swiss Movt which is not legal under the Swiss Federation rules.