Many watches earn the title of Novelty. Some deserve it and some don’t. The Sea-Monkey Aquarium Watch earns this title with honors. Why? No one else thought it would be a good idea to make a portable aquarium for brine shrimp that you can wear on your wrist. They thought of everything. The aquarium part is removable and simply twist-locks onto the front of the digital watch. A Sea-Monkey extractor tool is provided for grabbing the little guys from their habitat and putting them into the aquarium. I got this for Christmas in 1999 and I have actually worn it with the Sea-Monkeys inside. They survived. Bravo Sea-Monkey people for thinking of us. Novelty Chronophiles salute you. You can get a Sea-Monkey wrist aquarium but it doesn’t have the watch on it anymore. It’s available from Amazon.
Two things Radio Shack might have in stock when you go there- the Talking Alarm wristwatch and the DJ Rapper Game watch! Hello! And you thought all they had to offer was every TV connector you don’t need and a boatload of LED lights! This is a rarity among rarities. The yellow circular thing on the side of this watch is a record so you can scratch along to a beat. This watch has digital animation of records scratching, DJ’s spinning, and it that’s not good enough, you can play a game! The record and a light at the top of the watch flicker on and off when you scratch or play the game. I can’t really understand what it’s saying to me when the music is playing. About all I can make out is wiggidy, wiggidy, wack! Good luck finding one of these. No seriously- good luck. I wish this beauty to grace your collection!
Surprise! I’m a geek. The TechNoteTime Ohm’s Law wristwatch is actually useful to me. Need to calculate power, current, voltage or resistance? This watch will remind you how. And in case you forgot the color coding for resistors, its got you covered. The Ohm’s Law wristwatch has cleverly placed colored bands at the numbers corresponding to resistor color codes. For example, the 1K ohm resistor would have a brown-black-red mark. Reading from the watch would make 1-0-2 which equals 1000 or 1K ohm. Genious. If only I had this in my first year of college, I could’ve spent more time on that electronic cat pee detector that I was making. I so wish I were kidding. Geek.
Remember this guy? Max Headroom was a character created in the mid-80’s and was a futuristic, computer-generated character. He had a movie, a television show spinoff, was in a music video and was also a spokespersonality for New Coke! This wristwatch is from his television show which aired for a few years in the US. I love it because it’s a pop-up style and has a hologram face of Max. It made the “novelty” category for these two reasons but really it’s a character watch. I have two Max watches- the other one is a swatch-style plastic watch that I believe was a promotional item which came inside a case of Coke. This one I found on eBay. It’s just so 80’s with the harsh background and simple design. It doesn’t even have real buttons to change the time or check the date- just metal tabs inside a cutout that required a pin to touch. Classic.
What in the heck is thermal time? I got this watch at a thrift store several years ago. It has a ceramic Fossil-esque case that makes it look legitimate. It says thermal time on it and has a temperature track on the outside of the time track. I figured it must do something, right? So I took it home, put in a battery and waited. Nothing. It tells time of course, but what about this whole thermal business? Maybe if I heat up the case, the temperature band will change color indicating what temperature it is? Nope. Maybe it’s just broken? I took it apart (of course) and nothing inside but a standard quartz. Disappointing. Regardless, it still looks cool and seems like it’s doing something. If I’m missing it, someone let me know.
How cool would you have been in 1990 sporting this Sasquatch of a watch on your arm? It looks more like a portable radio than a voice recorder. Check out the size of the 2 batteries it needs! Way back in 1990, apparently before we had computers or fashion sense, tape recorders where the size of a shoebox. So wearing this must’ve been the way to impress your friends or get someone’s phone number. As you can see, it was shown on Entertainment Tonight and various other TV shows. I’m not saying it was the iPod of the time, but it did get some air time. Enough knocking it, though- If I had seen this in 1990, I would’ve bought it. Personal voice memo devices (digital) were popular back then and of course, people were no longer buying tape recorders. This probably was a neat item to have especially since you can mess with the playback speed. I bought it on eBay for I’m sure way less then it was sold for in 1990. There are other voice memo wristwatches out there ranging from adult, name brand types to plastic, children’s types. None have voice changing capability and none are as…large.
Purely for voice recording, try this one.
Fate or luck made me buy this watch about 5 years ago. I remember thinking I hit the jackpot in the novelty watch department. I bought this new and have never seen one for sale since. The only other reference I came across was in a forum where someone was desperately searching for one. My favorite thing in the world is when a digital watch has animation of some sort. Not only does this Casio plot the three states of my well being (sensitivity, physical and intellect) it does so in two-toned, memory-banking style.
What best to pair with your Chupa Chup cola-flavored lollipop? An airplane trip, of course! That’s why there’s a floating airplane inside this Chupa Chup’s watch. Don’t worry- I didn’t get it at first either. I was at Schipol airport in Amsterdam in 2000 when I found this at the gift shop. I had to buy a 50 pack of Chupa Chups to get the watch. Totally worth it. As any Chronophile knows, the watch is more valuable as the oddity increases. It’s got a quartz movement behind the bubble and Chupa Chups lollipops are pictured on the band. After 8 years the water inside the bubble watch is still full and clear. After 8 years, I’m still giving away Chupa Chups at Halloween.
Why do they not make watches like this anymore? Digital animation has got to be my favorite type of novelty watch. I’m not talking about the pixelated, matrix-style watches of today that have 100×100 resolution (see C-watch or DJ Rapper Game Watch). I’m talking about the LCD display like this Digital Sun and Moon Armitron. The LCD’s were different 2 decades ago and although they were small, they made for a better image quality. This watch shows a sun with eyes that rock back and forth with the seconds. Once you hit 6 PM, the sun changes to a moon until 6 AM. I bought this at a Woolworth’s store for $8 in about 1985. I remember they had other types of animation, but I settled on this one. It’s all plastic with a plastic textured band. My very first watch, a musical Armitron model, had an animated roller coaster moving to the seconds. I lost that watch in 3rd grade and I’m still searching for a replacement.
You’d better be on the right side of this watch. Nothing like staring down the chamber of a 357 wheel gun. How unique that someone found a way to make this into a watch. A non-descript, Japan quartz movement is nestled inside the middle of a chamber on a revolver. Fake bullet facades are inset into the chamber around the face of the watch, and a hinged chamber “door” is attached to the front. The hinged part rocks open and closed just like a revolver. The pleather strap holds six plastic 357 rounds for decoration. I thought it was cool so I bought it on eBay years ago. It’s a heavy watch that I am pretty sure uses actual parts from a revolver. If I wore it, I would annoy the $#&! out of everyone by constantly flipping the chamber door open and closed. That sound is pretty realistic and unforgettable. Yeah, I probably shouldn’t wear this one.