Timex Color Flicks Color-Changing Watch, 1977
Nice little mechanical watch from TIMEX, with a fun twist. This is a smaller version (24 mm) of the Color Flicks watch, manufactured in 1977. The dial is divided into thirds, with each section painted a different color. And instead of a seconds hand, there is a plastic disc which also is divided into three differently-colored translucent sections. When the watch is ticking, the result is that the colors will change, based on the overlap of the opaque dial the translucent disc. The disc is highly reflective. The above photo wasn't intentional. I was trying to get an ordinary photo of the watch, and the autofocus kept on locking into the reflection of the trees, from disc.
Here is a photo with the case removed. You can see the diameter of the disc is smaller than that of the dial. The colors of the dial you can see are pink, yellow, and light blue. The disc colors are actually the same (shown in another photo, below) but from the overlap you can see it creates various colors.
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Profile view. You can barely see the disc, which is attached to the a sort of cylinder, which in turns is held onto the center-seconds shaft by friction. Below that the minutes hand, and closest to the dial, the hours hand.
The dial has only TIMEX, and four bold black hash marks, with no other marks to detract from the color show.
Made in 1977, model number 10072, movement number 100.
The "1969" on the back has led many internet sellers of the various Color Flicks to advertise that the watch was made in 1969. But this refers to when PAKTER/KRAUSS copyrighted the design. Then, in the 1970s, they evidently licensed the design to TIMEX, and therefore these markings are on the caseback. People pretty much always call this watch was "made in 1969."
You can see here that the disc sections are pink, light blue, and yellow.
The crystal is unusual in that is is quite tall, and totally flat on its anterior surface. Many traditional seconds hands are gently curved back toward the dial at the distal end, which allows a crystal that is curved at its periphery. The curve of seconds hand allows it to clear the curved crystal. Well, the seconds disc on this watch is totally flat, has no curve, and needed a taller crystal for clearance.
Fun watch. It comes also in a larger size. See this page. There is also a blue Color Flicks; same idea, but dial and disc sections in various shades and/or hues of blue. There is even one in brown/beige tones, with a gold case, which I think is super ugly.
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