11 classic "smart" watches

These pre-Internet watches were smart, in their own ways, well before the Pebble was kickstarted or the iWatch rumored

Seiko C153
Seiko C153

Year: 1977

 

Nothing says "smart" (or "nerd") like the classic calculator watch. This was Seiko's fist such watch and it was operated with a stylus. There have been many, many calculator watches over the years, but this one was (and still is) particularly loved among the geekerati.

 

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Casio AX-210
Casio AX-210

Year: 1980

 

Sure, giving the date in addition to the time was cutting edge stuff in 1980, but how about displaying the full calendar for the current (and following) month? Now THAT was smart. As if that wasn't enough, it also offered three different alarm melodies: Dixie, Greensleeves and My Darling Clementine, proving that annoying other people with your mobile device started way before cell phones came along.

 

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Casio Game-10
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Casio Game-10

Year: 1980

 

Back in the dark ages, before smartphones, laptops and tablets, people needed other ways to kill time in meetings. Casio came to the rescue in 1980 with the Game-10, which let you play a hybrid version of Space Invaders and Defender. Fans of Mattel’s classic handheld football game will recognize the advanced graphics.

 

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Seiko TV Watch
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Seiko TV Watch

Year: 1982

 

Who needs Netflix, YouTube or Amazon Prime when you can watch live broadcast TV on your watch?! This little beauty sported a 1 1/4" LCD screen as well as an external receiver you had to lug around. But, hey, that's a small price to pay to watch Gimme a Break!, Knight Rider or T. J. Hooker while on the go, right? Plus, it was cool enough to be used by James Bond in Octopussy.

 

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GCE Arcade-Time
GCE Arcade-Time

Year: 1982

 

Gaming watches came a long away in the two years after the Casio Game-10 came out. The Arcade-Time was one of three gaming watches put out by GCE in 1982 and included a fully-functioning joystick, firing button and four games. The watch could also track high scores and even offered "exciting" sound effects. Take that, Angry Birds!

 

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Casio TE-2500
Casio TE-2500

Yea: 1983

 

Designed with the well dressed, hair-blown-dry early-80's world traveler in mind, this watch was called the Walking Dictionary and could provide English to Spanich translation and travel phrases in French, German and Japanese as well. Muy bueno!

 

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Nelsonix Sexum XXX Adult Watch
Nelsonix Sexum XXX Adult Watch

Year: 1983

 

Back before watches had browsers and access to the Internet, there was no way to get pornography on your wrist - or was there? Yes, there was, well, sort of, thanks to the strange folks who designed this "adult" watch. When the alarm went off, it played a little animation of a man and a woman doing... well, you can guess (or you can see a video of the alarm going off here; don't fret, it's SFW). Not sure if this really counts as "smart" but it was sure unique!

 

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Seiko Data-2000
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Seiko Data-2000

Year: 1983

 

The Data-2000 was one of a number of watches put out by Seiko meant to jump on the burgeoining home computing bandwagon that plugged into keyboards or directly into computers. The Data-2000 transmitted data to its keyboad via electromagnetic coupling (i.e., magic) and, aside from performing calculations, could also store memos and appointments, like your weekly aerobics class. Don't forget those leg warmers!

 

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Citizen Radio Watch

Year: 1985

 

Almost 25 years before the TuneIn app became available for iOS, you could dial up live broadcast radio on your wrist using this little number. Both AM and - are you sitting down? - FM all right there! What better way to enjoy Wolfman Jack or Casey Kasem spinning the latest from A Flock of Seagulls or Dexy's Midnight Runners? Dr. Johnny Fever would have approved.

 

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Casio M-14
Casio M-14

Year: 1986

 

You like your mobile devices to play music? Well, then you'd love Casio's M-14, which played 7 popular (for 1986) songs as alarm melodies, one for each day of the week, including: Flashdance (Sunday), Over the Rainbow (Wednesday) and I Just Called to Say I Love You (Saturday). It also had a stopwatch so you could see just how long you could stomach listening to Ebony and Ivory (on Tuesdays).

 

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Casio TM-100
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Casio TM-100

Year: 1987

 

The TM-100 came with a transmitter, telescopic antenna (remember those?) and a microphone, to allow you to send audio signals to an FM frequency of your choosing. It was like having a Mr Microphone right there on your wrist! Back in '87 this watch would've made you the life of any party - that is, if anybody invited you to a party after spotting this thing on your wrist.

 

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