Sinclair ZX81 Home Computer, with "Mapsoft" keyboard attached
Sinclair ZX81 Home Computer with 'Mapsoft' keyboard attached
Museum number 1996-290
In 1981 Timex were appointed by Sinclair Research to produce their new computer, called the ZX81. The huge success of the ZX81 virtually created the home computer market.
Timex opened their first factory in Dundee at Dryburgh in 1947. Wages were higher than in the mills and this attracted many workers.
By 1979 the Timex organisation produced around 40 million watches per year with the Dundee factories making a major contribution to this.
In 1993 Timex closed its Dundee plant following an acrimonious six month dispute.