Long before the Apple Watch, there was the Seiko WristMac, and it could be considered the precursor to the smartwatches of today. Why? It was released in 1988 by Seiko / Ex Machina and worked with the Macintosh computer. This programmable wristwatch can be used to store phone numbers, set alarms and even take exportable notes.
This item is so rare that there are no recorded previous sales, but ComicConnect, the company auctioning this particular specimen, expects it to sell for between $25,000 – $50,000 USD. Despite it not being factory fresh, it has never been worn and comes in the original box, complete with registration card, instruction manual, a dock, and WristMac 1.2 software. More information here.
- Beautiful, bright amoled display and up to five-day battery life in smartwatch mode; Up to six hours in GPS and music mode
- The broadest range of all-day health monitoring features keeps track of your energy levels, respiration, menstrual cycle, stress, sleep, estimated heart rate and more
- Easily download songs to your watch, including playlists from Spotify, Amazon music or Deezer (may require a premium subscription With a third-party music provider), and connect with headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening
When the astronauts aboard the Atlantis Space Shuttle sent the first email from space on August 28, 1991, they wore WristMac watches to coordinate with the Macintosh Portable and Apple Link software aboard the shuttle. Apple products have long been seen as the forefront of technology, making them a natural choice for NASA missions, like the use of the then-futuristic iPods aboard NASA ships in the 2000s,” said the seller.