The Timex x Todd Snyder MK1 Bootcamp Is Inspired by a Classic U.S. Marines Field Watch

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To celebrate a decade of Timex collaborations, menswear powerhouse Todd Snyder dug deep into Timex archives to recreate a tough field watch originally made for U.S. Marines. 

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Snyder's new take on the MK1 Bootcamp watch draws on from a very specific Timex reference with a Mil-Spec W-4637 4B specification. Produced only for two months in 1982, the model was originally built to be "non-maintainable" (read: disposable) to allow for a lightweight body without a removable caseback, eliminating the possibility of repairs. 

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Any original Timex-made Mil-Spec W-4637 4B is considered a "holy grail" item among field watch fans, as the limited lifespan and short production run make them exceedingly rare. But since 2016, Timex has sold a revamped MK1 with a lasting construction, which serves as the basis for menswear designer's variant. 

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“I’ve always been inspired by the rugged beauty of watches that were originally developed for American servicemen," Snyder said in a statement announcing the timepiece. 

“I was excited to work with Timex on a ‘maintainable’ version of those vintage timepieces that would look modern and appeal to today’s gentleman.”

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The MK1 Bootcamp gets a sturdy 40mm case forged in aircraft quality stainless-steel case that's water resistant to 50 meters, a 20mm lug on which a NATO-style nylon strap is secure, a domed acrylic crystal, and an INDIGLO backlight. No frills, just functionality. 

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Priced at a bargain-friendly $128, the Timex x Todd Snyder MK1 Bootcamp is available to purchase online now. 

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