TIMEX Sprite 'Military'
In the Sixties military inspired watches were very popular. TIMEX introduced their Sprite 'Military' in 1966. It turned out to be a model that kept it's place in the TIMEX product portfolio untill the early Eighties. During this period, this Sprite 'Military' was available in a non-date and a date (calendar) version and in various case forms. The dial configuration however remained unchanged.
Here is an overview of the different models and references of the Sprite Military.
Model 24 (no-date)
1966 - 1970*
1969 - 1970
ref. 2307 / 23070
1972 - 1973 - 1975
ref. 23570 / 23070
* Cathedral hands - the US models of reference 1158 from 1966 - 1968 have cathedral hands where the European models have the regular dauphine hands
Model 25 (date)
1971 - 1978
1974 - 1975
The calendar version of the Sprite Military only came in one case configuration, the round one.
Military or something completely different?
The Sprite is called military because of the resilience to the military watches in the past. However, as the Sprite models are boys size watches they also can have a different purpose. According to the Italian TIMEX Collezione 75 catalog this watch was 'didattico per imparare a leggere l'ora' which means they were meant to educate the youth to learn telling time by looking at their watch.