357 Magnum Revolver Wristwatch


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.

If your dead set on a revolver watch, improve on this a bit and go for the Nixon Revolver in gun metal or Andy Warhol.

Mechanical Beating Heart Wristwatch


I know what happened. Al loved Mary. He loved her so much that when he saw the ad in the back of Reader’s Digest magazine for the mechanical beating heart wristwatch, he had to get it. It was in the mid-1980’s, and what better way to show your true feelings than with a Swiss timepiece engraved with your name? The only catch was that the name had to be less than 8 characters. “No problem”, thought Al. “If I put mine and Mary’s name on it, that leaves an extra space in the middle. Perfect.” So he carefully filled in the proper items on the order from, including filling in a block for each letter of the engraving. He sent in the $8.00 S&H and waited. Every day he read the advertisement, awaiting the arrival of the wind-up Swiss watch with, quite literally, a beating heart window. Each second of the day could be counted by the little white lever pumping up and down. The thin, leather strap attached to the gold case would look lovely on Mary’s thin wrists as she gazed at the wannabe-guilloche pattern on the face. But the people at the assembly plant turned it all around. Or perhaps the engraving machine couldn’t handle spaces. When it arrived, Al was devastated. This simply wouldn’t do- his love message now turned into a one-word, made-up name?! The beating heart wristwatch was banished to a drawer. It never met Mary or got to be placed upon her wrist. Years later, it wound up in a thrift store on the far west side, only to be rescued by a Chronophile. Brand new love.

Circuit Board Wristwatch


It’s hard to pick what to write about on Christmas and writing about a Christmas watch seems a little too expected. So I decided on this one. It was 10 years ago today I received this watch. This one is special because it was the first watch my SO gave to me, before we were even affianced. It’s significant to me as it combines my inner geek with my passion. This circuit board wristwatch was available from Uncommon Goods who always had a smattering a geeky-cool things for people like us. During college I worked at an engineering firm assembling circuit boards. I can still smell the soldering paste and etching acid if I try hard enough. I loved that job. He knew that and he knew me. He picked out this watch, which was the first of many watches to come. The circuit board watch comes in a metal tin with a recycled circuit board blank decorating the top. The face of the watch is also a piece from an unused, unpopulated circuit board. The case is stainless and the band is mesh stainless as well. What makes this watch even more geeky? The circuit board is the battery portion of some electronic gadget. So 10 years ago, this is what I opened on Christmas day. Wait until you see what he got me this year.

I can’t find this one anymore, but Fossil has a good alternative that actual uses a circuit board to create a circuit board that’s a digital circuit board.

Radio Shack DJ Rapper Game Watch


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!

Honeycomb Cereal Watch


It’s hard to believe, but the prizes in cereal boxes used to be better. This is one of the good ones from 20 years ago. It might seem like an easy catch- buy the cereal and you’re guaranteed the watch, right? Not so easy in my household. Cereal was either bran flakes, cornflakes or puffed rice. I must’ve been a good whiner because I was able to convince my parents to buy the sugar stuff on this occasion. A classic 80’s children’s watch style was the one piece plastic band and case combo, with a bezel-like plastic ring to hold the face and digital works. The Honeycomb promotional wristwatch came in three colors: red, blue and yellow. I got the blue one in the box and this red one on eBay, years later. Honeycomb did another wristwatch promotion in the 90’s with a slightly more up to date plastic design. I’m thinking they’re due for another one this decade. As cool as I thought the Honeycomb watch was, it didn’t compare to the Golden Grahams promotional watch. I’m telling you it was the precursor to the Casio Film. I had the Golden Grahams watch for a short time before my brother lost it while mowing someone’s lawn. I’m still looking for it in peoples lawns across the state.

Clockbox Cromo Wristwatch Kit


If you’re a real Chronophile, you’ve already taken apart an old wind-up and likely lost a few Incabloc springs. I’m no different, but before I’d even done that, I came across Clockbox. For someone who grew up with a love for kits, (electronics kit, woodburning kit) this is the one I dreamed about. The kit came in this excellent packaging, showing you everything you need to put the watch together. There were several different designs to pick from but Cromo was the best. You can see from the pic that there’s not too much to it. It takes 11 steps to put it together with the detailed instructions. In fact, this would be an excellent gift for a junior horologist. I’ve never put this Cromo together, but I did buy another one for a friend and got to see how it came together. Now that you’re in love, I’ll have to give you the good news and the bad news. The bad news is that I don’t believe this kit is available anymore. The good news...they’ve made the kit into a promotional/marketing product. You can put your own logo on it and package it with your own promotional CD/DVD media! I love this idea because I work with a bunch of engineers. See where I’m going with this?

Junior Chronophiles can start with this kit.

Max Headroom Pop-up Wristwatch


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.