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Encyclopedia > Timex Corporation
Timex Group B. V
Type Family business
Founded 1854 as Waterbury Clock
Headquarters United States
Key people Fredrik Olsen
Industry Watch manufacturing
Owner Fred. Olsen & Co.
Website http://www.timex.com

Timex Group B.V. is an American watch company. Timex's U.S. headquarters are located in Middlebury, Connecticut, and it has substantial operations in China, the Philippines and India and full scale sales companies in Canada, the UK, France and Mexico. Image File history File links Timex_logo. ... For other uses, see Family Business (disambiguation). ... Waterbury is the name of some places in the United States of America: Waterbury, Connecticut Waterbury, Vermont This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Fredrik Olsen or Fred. ... Russian Poljot Siberia model finished movement viewed through crystal back For other uses, see Watch (disambiguation). ... Fred. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Russian Poljot Siberia model finished movement viewed through crystal back For other uses, see Watch (disambiguation). ... Middlebury is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ...

The company began in 1854 as Waterbury Clock in Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley, known during the nineteenth century as the "Switzerland of America." Sister company Waterbury Watch manufactured the first inexpensive mechanical pocket watch in 1880. During World War I, Waterbury began making wristwatches, which had only just become popular, and in 1933 it made history by creating the first Mickey Mouse clock under license from Walt Disney, with Mickey's hands pointing the time. 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Waterbury Region Central Naugatuck Valley Incorporated (town) 1686 Incorporated (city) 1853 Consolidated 1902 Government  - Type Mayor-board of aldermen  - Mayor Michael J. Jarjura Area  - City 74. ... The Naugatuck River Valley is a region of the state of Connecticut located in the central-southwest of the state, and is focused around the southern reaches of the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...

During World War II Waterbury renamed itself U.S. Time Company. In 1950 the company introduced a wristwatch called the Timex. Over the next three decades, Timex was sold through a series of advertisements which emphasised its durability by putting the watch through "torture tests," such as falling over the Grand Coulee Dam or being strapped to the propeller of an outboard motor, with the slogan "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking." With the help of former Olympic broadcaster, spokesman John Cameron Swayze, sales took off. The company later became Timex Corporation, then Timex Group and, to date, has sold over one billion watches. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the town, see Coulee Dam, Washington. ... John Cameron Swayze (April 4, 1906-August 15, 1995), was a popular news commentator and game show panelist in the United States, during the 1950s. ...

In the 1970s, the American watch and clock industry was devastated by the arrival of cheap mechanical watches from the Far East, as well as the development of digital quartz watches pioneered by Japanese companies. In the 1980s, in a joint venture with Sinclair Research Ltd, the company entered the home computer business, selling such computers as the Timex Sinclair 1000 and succeeding machines, modeled on the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum. After a reasonably good sales performance to begin with, Timex decided it couldn't compete with the low-end market's eventual saturation and so the company withdrew. Sinclair Research Ltd was a home computer company founded by Sir Clive Sinclair in Cambridge, England. ... Children playing on a Amstrad CPC 464 in the 1980s. ... The Timex Sinclair 1000 (TS1000) was the first computer produced by Timex Sinclair, a joint-venture between Timex Corporation and Sinclair Research. ... The Sinclair ZX81 home computer, released by Sinclair Research in 1981, was the followup to the companys ZX80. ... The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ...

Timex survived the 1970s and 1980s and came back strongly. The company remains profitable and competitive and the Timex brand continues its dominance. Its primary market remains the United States and Canada, although the Timex brand is sold worldwide due to its ability to capitalize on its strong brand image and reputation for quality. In addition, Timex Group sells many other brands addressing all segments of the watch market, such as Guess, Nautica, Ecko, Opex and, in a successful foray into the luxury watch market, Versace. In addition to its regular watch lines Timex also manufactures the well received Timex Datalink series of PDA-type watches that has attained cult-like status among computer gadget aficionados. Timex also manufactures GPS enabled watches, heart rate monitor exercise watches and similar high tech devices. The word guess can refer to the following: Guess?, the name-brand clothing line that uses a question mark as its emblem. ... Founded in 1983 by David Chu, Nautica has evolved from a collection of men’s outerwear to a leading global lifestyle brand with products ranging from men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories to a complete home collection. ... Marc Eckō Eckō is a brand of urban clothing that has been popular among the subculture since the late 1990s, but has moved into the mainstream during the early 2000s. ... OPEX is an alternative trading system (ATS) that that is managed by PEX (Private Exchange). ... Gianni Versace S.p. ... The model 150. ... Look up PDA in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not discuss cult in its original sense of religious practice; for that usage see Cult (religious practice). ... The NASA Columbia Supercomputer. ... The iPhone is a promising new gadget that was released June 29, 2007 A True Utility LockLite, a gadget invention to turn a key into a flashlight. ... The Global Positioning System (GPS) is currently the only fully functional Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). ... Photo of a heart rate monitor (made by Polar) showing chest strap and watch Photo of a Prevention MF-180 strapless heart rate monitor This article refers to a device used by laypersons. ... High tech refers to high technology, technology that is at the cutting-edge and the most advanced currently available. ...

Today, Timex Group products are manufactured in the Far East and in Switzerland, often based on technology that continues to be developed in the United States and in Germany.

As of 2006, it had 5,500 employees on four continents. It is owned by the Norwegian company Fred. Olsen & Co. and does not have a published annual report. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fred. ...

There is also a Timex watch forum available. This is a resource for those interested in Timex watches and their history.


See also

The Indiglo® nightlight uniformly lights the surface of the Timexs watchs dials using patented electroluminescent lighting technology, very similar to the Illuminator® used by Casio. ... The model 150. ...

External links

  • Corporate website
  • TFS Review: Timex IRONMAN Bodylink GPS System
  • The TIMEX Watch Forum



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