1970s Digital Watches

  MAJ 19:34 08 Feb 2009
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Who else remembers them with fondness, as I do? What technology, what style, brushed steel and red display, wish I had kept mine, you could even tell the time when at the pictures. Press the button to see the time, press another to see the date, one or two of the expensive models even had a stopwatch IIRC. I miss them.

  Al94 19:57 08 Feb 2009

Either the films or the bird you were with at the pictures can't have been up to much !

  iqs 19:58 08 Feb 2009

I would like an original 70's digital watch,I just love the red displays.
I have a few modern takes on the 70's theme,but each time an original is listed on ebay,I bid but always get out bid.

  laurie53 20:09 08 Feb 2009

Make sure they come with a good supply of batteries.

Those red displays ate batteries!

  MAJ 20:09 08 Feb 2009

A bit of both I'm afraid, lol. ;-)

iqs:

I think I still have an original at Mother's, will have to take a trip on to the attic soon.

  oresome 20:44 08 Feb 2009

I seem to remember you could buy the watches in kit form.

One or two of the junior members of the service centre where I worked built them.

  Strawballs 20:49 08 Feb 2009

As said before the main thing I remember about the LED versions was their insatiable appatite for batteries

  User-1229748 20:50 08 Feb 2009

used to have the one with that numbers game on it that was more interesting than the school lessons.

  Stuartli 21:14 08 Feb 2009

The kit ones were the work of (Sir Clive) Sinclair from 1975 (£17.95 as a kit and £25.95 ready built); they were a follow up to his kit form calculator.

In 1984, he introduced a combined wrist watch and FM radio.

  Si_L 22:09 08 Feb 2009

The first watch I was given was when I was 6, it was my dad's old watch from around that time. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world back then!

  oresome 22:20 08 Feb 2009

That sounds about right. I started work there in 1976 on a wage of £55 per week, so the watches were quite expensive compared to their equivalent now.

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