Usually brand collaborations are reserved only for higher end designers and result in an even higher price tag. Luckily for those of us on a budget, Timex and Red Wing, the venerable watch and footwear brands both over 100 years old, have teamed up on a small collection of watches that look like they should cost much, much more.
Offering 3 timepieces, a 38mm, 40mm, and 42mm chronograph shown here, the Waterbury Watch Collection offers vintage styling with the quality both brands are known for. Timex's vintage styled timepiece with modern features like lume and Indiglo while Red Wing produced the rust colored straps from their quality boot leather.
The best part? The 38 and 40mm watches are only $109, with the chronograph at $135.
The collection originated in Timex's Tokyo Design Studio – Japan actually has had a long interest in Americana styling. Fashion designer Todd Snyder discovered the timepieces when working with Timex on his own collaboration.
The Waterbury name is a nod to Timex's long heritage. The company was originally founded as The Waterbury Clock Company in 1854 in Waterbury, Connecticut. The region was home to so many clock manufacturers it was known as the “Switzerland of America,” with Waterbury Clock Company being one of the largest. Wars (and them ending), a saturated market, and new cheaper quartz entries from Asian companies caused the watch region to all but fade away, with WCC being one of the few survivors. Today, its successor Timex Group USA is the only watch manufacturer remaining in the region.
UPDATE: Whew! Looks like you guys really dug these. They're sold out on End now, which I believe is the only retailer currently. I've reached out to Timex to find out if they're available anywhere. Stay tuned!
UPDATE 2: Looks like Todd Snyder will sell them on their site starting March 1. Thanks for the tip in the comments, Brian!