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