Budget Watch Collecting/Timex date codes

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Most (possibly all) mechanical Timex watches from 1963 until the end of mechanical production in 1993 have a reference number, usually at the bottom of the dial. The last two numbers correspond to the year the watch was produced. The two (occasionally 3) numbers before that are the movement number, the remaining numbers are the catalog number. For example, 2495210592 would indicate catalog number 24952, movement 105, year 1992. In some cases this number is hidden under the bezel and cannot be viewed without removing the movement from the case.

Some earlier Timexes have an ink-stamped date code on the inside caseback consisting of one letter and one number. The numeral denotes the year of manufacture as follows: 1959-8, 1960-7, 1961-6, 1962-5 1963-4 1964-3 1965-2 1966-1 1967-9.

Watches from 1985 and later generally have a 2 digit code on the caseback indicating year and month of manufacture:

        Jan     Feb     March   April   May     June    July    August  Sept    Oct     Nov     Dec
1985    01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12
1986    13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24
1987    25      26      27      28      29      30      31      32      33      34      35      36
1988    37      38      39      40      41      42      43      44      45      46      47      48
1989    49      50      51      52      53      54      55      56      57      58      59      60
1990    61      62      63      64      65      66      67      68      69      70      71      72
1991    73      74      75      76      77      78      79      80      81      82      83      84
1992    85      86      87      88      89      90      91      92      93      94      95      96
1993    a1      a2      a3      a4      a5      a6      a7      a8      a9      a0      aa      ab
1994    b1      b2      b3      b4      b5      b6      b7      b8      b9      b0      bb      bc
1995    c1      c2      c3      c4      c5      c6      c7      c8      c9      c0      cc      cd
1996    d1      d2      d3      d4      d5      d6      d7      d8      d9      d0      dd      de
1997    e1      e2      e3      e4      e5      e6      e7      e8      e9      e0      ee      ef
1998    f1      f2      f3      f4      f5      f6      f7      f8      f9      f0      ff      fg
1999    g1      g2      g3      g4      g5      g6      g7      g8      g9      g0      gg      gh
2000    h1      h2      h3      h4      h5      h6      h7      h8      h9      h0      hh      hj
2001    j1      j2      j3      j4      j5      j6      j7      j8      j9      j0      jj      jk
2002    k1      k2      k3      k4      k5      k6      k7      k8      k9      k0      kk      kl
2003    l1      l2      l3      l4      l5      l6      l7      l8      l9      l0      ll      lm
2004    m1      m2      m3      m4      m5      m6      m7      m8      m9      m0      mm      mn
2005    n1      n2      n3      n4      n5      n6      n7      n8      n9      n0      nn      no
2006    o1      o2      o3      o4      o5      o6      o7      o8      o9      o0      00      op