By Andrew Liszewski
I’ll admit I’ve always had a passion for high-tech watches and it’s mostly because I don’t see a reason for wearing one unless it does something more than just tell time. So as someone who grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s and saw the evolution of the digital watch first hand I highly recommend the Nerd Watch Museum for a small dose of nostalgia.
The collection appears to date back as far as 1977 and goes all the way through the 80’s up until the late 90’s. Just keep in mind you’re not going to find any Rolex or Tag Heuer models here. No I’m afraid this is the domain of companies like Casio, Citizen, CompuChron, Texas Instruments and Seiko. (Plus plenty of knock-off brands as well.) In fact there’s a section dedicated specifically to calculator watches which I guess is as ‘nerdy’ as you can get. I particularly like the attempts to cram all the functionality of a scientific calculator into something as small as a wrist watch which usually led to the individual buttons being about the size of a pin head. Clearly a case where functionality had a higher priority over form, and even usability.