Timex Marlin?

I bought this Timex at an estate sale. I thought maybe it is a Marlin but I don’t know. Do we have any Timex authorities on here?  The numbers straddling the number 6 marker are “27710 10580”. This seems to indicate that the manufacture date was 1980. But… I can’t find what model (Marlin, Sprite, Mercury, Viscount, etc.) the first five digits correspond to. Any ideas where I can find this info?

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It looks like a Viscount to me, but I am out of my depth concerning Timex. Tagging @TimexBadger  for an assist.

I keep come across this from 2018 which is helpful: https://watchesyoucanafford.com/the-unofficial-guide-to-vintage-timex-watches/ 

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Ooh thank you!

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Timex Viscount Series

This watch has some attractive dial designs and is often called a Marlin by unscrupulous sellers. It was also produced thru the 60’s and 70’s and is a great automatic self-winding, waterproof watch for both the avid collector and those just entering the vintage watch market seeking a true automatic, for around $50 USD.

Here is the BIGGEST problem with buying a “Marlin” on virtually every online site: most of the time they are not Marlin’s; they are Viscounts, Mercury, 21 Jewel, or Monroe models. It frustrates me to see these watches being misrepresented and sold on the higher end of the scale. 


 

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TimexBadger

Timex Viscount Series

This watch has some attractive dial designs and is often called a Marlin by unscrupulous sellers. It was also produced thru the 60’s and 70’s and is a great automatic self-winding, waterproof watch for both the avid collector and those just entering the vintage watch market seeking a true automatic, for around $50 USD.

Here is the BIGGEST problem with buying a “Marlin” on virtually every online site: most of the time they are not Marlin’s; they are Viscounts, Mercury, 21 Jewel, or Monroe models. It frustrates me to see these watches being misrepresented and sold on the higher end of the scale. 


 

Thank you! The weird thing is I can’t find my reference anywhere  on the 1980 catalog. Is it not true that the last two digits are referring to the date made?  Ref 27710 10580

If you don’t mind me picking your brain… what characteristics  define a Marlin vs a Viscount?

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JDinAZ

Thank you! The weird thing is I can’t find my reference anywhere  on the 1980 catalog. Is it not true that the last two digits are referring to the date made?  Ref 27710 10580

If you don’t mind me picking your brain… what characteristics  define a Marlin vs a Viscount?

Sure, but although I love Timex, I'm really not that type of collector and just started collecting them because even with all their heritage, the watch community gave them no love and it was the watch I always remember my Grandfather wearing when I was a kid.  I'm pretty sure it was the Marlin.  I always thought the Viscount was part of the Marlin family, but that is not correct.  It seems the Marlin is the king of the hill, then come the Timex 17 and 21 Series, Mercury Series and the Viscount Series.  I don't think the Marlin ever used that font on the dial, but truthfully, you will need to talk to someone who  is a real expert when it comes to the brand.  There are a lot of sites that specialize in vintage Timex.  Here is one below.

Glad to meet another Timex fan!!

https://watchesyoucanafford.com/the-unofficial-guide-to-vintage-timex-watches/#Timex_Marlin_Series

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Same here. Thank you!