BACK IN YE OLDE 1986, donning a digital timepiece could get you in a bunch of trouble w/ your schoolmarm. It was all this one kid’s fault–Brian or Ryan, I forget. Brian/Ryan was a deal in a sort of hyperactive, scary, smartass way. He was always eating Pop-Tarts and talking about video games no one had yet. And he’d cheat on math tests because his watch had a calculator on it.
Solar calculators were already pretty much the shiz in ye olde days, so a watch that doubled as a calculator was the craziest technology post-Etch-a-Sketch we’d ever heard of. We were leery of scary Brian/Ryan, but duly impressed. Teachers were not, however, and dude had to do without his watch. Shucks.
3 WATCH FACTOIDS:
- Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and philosopher, was the first person to wear a wrist watch–he just took a piece of string and knotted his pocket watch to his arm. Handy dude.
- The first mechanical digital pocket watches showed up in the 1920s.
- The first electronic digital watch, a Pulsar LED protoype, was crafted in the Hello-Hal style of 2001: A Space Odessey’s digital clock. Guess how much it cost? $2,100. No joke.
We’ve all come a long way since Brian/Ryan. And so have digital watches. Here are 7 pieces of retro-inspired arm candy for your viewing pleasure.
5. NIXON UNIT