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Lorus Digital 1980s Watch


DSC03766If you took your Jellies shoes and crossed them with the movie Tron, you would end up with this watch.  Someone opened up the 1980’s time capsule and this thing escaped!  I don’t know what to look at first- the gummy bracelet band or the futuristic circuit board face.  Don’t be surprised but somebody thought about this watch. Lorus, the low-end brand of Seiko put this together.  Allow me to point out the subtle, if not overlooked, differences between this and other watches of the same time. First, let me tell you about the case. You won’t need your pocket knife to change the battery on this guy- you’re going to need that tiny eye glass repair kit screwdriver. Why? Because it has 4 screws to hold the back on- not your typical, lower cost push-on back. Next, let’s talk about button placement. Everyone else had buttons on the right side- one for displaying the date and one for setting the time.  Lorus said no! We will be better and put on big, colored button right on the face! Lefties and righties unite. Lastly, it’s really thin! It’s no Delirium but damn does it try. When I opened up the case, part of the movement was attached to the case back. Well Lorus, the apple doesn’t fall far from the Seiko tree does it?



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Fossil Sundial Watch


DSC03733 You saw it first on Fred’s wrist in an episode or two of the Flintstones. You knew you had to have it but no one made one back then. So you tried to make a sundial wristwatch yourself, didn’t you? First with paper, then with things found in the garage. Then you gave up and settled for the plastic toy version they sold at Children’s Palace. A consolation prize at best. This wasn’t the first time a cartoon made you think the uninvented was already invented, right hovercraft-owners? So then you go on a mission to find or relentlessly search for years for your go-go-Gadget Skates until they come out with Wheelies. Imagine my glee when Fossil made it happen  in 1993- a real, usable sundial wristwatch for $16. And what better brand than Fossil? It’s got a leather strap, and the sundial is made to look like stone.  So cool. What’s next, chronophiles? Who’s making my watch with a millennium hand?

 

  

If you didn’t get one in 1993, Fossil just came out with another Sundial Watch this year.



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Lie Detector Watch


DSC03850 This watch was really expensive.

This is my favorite watch.

I never wear a watch.  

These are all lies.  You would know that if you had the Spy Truth Detector Watch by Wild Planet. This watch has a motley collection of functions. First, it has a light for viewing in the dark. Not your up-to-date back lit LCD, but an old-style bulb on the side that only lights up about half the display. Think Clockwork Orange. Next, it has a timezone indicator as part of the main display, with a D for DST. It wouldn’t be complete without an alarm or 24 hr time display. The feature functions include a Secret Decoder mode for storing up to three alphanumeric codes, and the Lie Detect mode.  In Lie Detect mode, your subject places two fingers on the two metal bars at the top. Resistivity sensing (that’s a guess) determines whether your subject is lying or not by displaying a bar graph representing True or False.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could use this any time you bought a watch online?  Then you might have a Breitling instead of that Bratling.

You can find this watch in toy stores or Amazon.

 



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Ernest Borel Kaleidoscope Cocktail Watch


DSC02993I’m not allowed to buy a new watch until I finish a project at work. Good thing the project that begot this watch was really, really late- it took that long to find the perfect Borel. I knew I wanted the Borel but I didn’t know if I should get the leather or metal bracelet…or white or black? I’m glad I got the black and boy did I find the perfect one! Mint in box with the $36.00 tag from 1960! I love the lugs and the exhibition back which shows a beautiful manual wind movement. The mystery dial, common at the time, provides the kaleidoscope effect. The gold embossing on the leather band is still in perfect condition, even though I’ve worn it a few time. How could I not? There are always Borel kaleidoscopes on eBay in mens and ladies styles. They can go upwards of $300 and the white dial and band is more rare.  Other kaleidoscope-style watches came out in the 80’s and also in the 90’s. What’s the equivalent today? How about the Perrelet Turbine. Now that’s earnest design.



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Nelsonic Dukes of Hazzard


DSC02237Things you should never do: keep a dying battery in your digital watch. I can’t help it with this one. Of course this classic Nelsonic has an alarm and it plays Dixie.  It has a metal case and band with a rather large digital face. It was made while the TV show was popular and before Tom Wopat began his singing career. The orange plastic display case is shaped like Uncle Jesse’s van, and the confederate flag is on the box, the watch and all over Tennessee. So what does this have to do with a dying battery? When Dixie plays with low power, it’s an eerie, slightly off rendition of the real thing. Kinda like that Vance and Coy season. I can’t help it- I have to play it over and over again until it gives up the ghost.  These are still plentiful on eBay in plastic and metal band versions.



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