Long before the first Apple Watch, there was the Seiko TV-Watch (T-001) from 1982. Featuring a 1.2-inch display, a separate external tuner for VHF & UHF (channels 2 to 83) channels, and an FM stereo radio tuner. Believe it or not, the batteries lasted for 5-hours of continuous use, which is quite a surprise considering even modern tablets don’t last that long. The top LCD screen shows the time / data / alarm while the lower for the video output.
Unfortunately, the TV receiver is a portable cassette player-sized device that you would also have to carry around if you wanted to catch up on the latest news broadcast. How much would this have cost you nearly 30-years ago? Around $495 USD, or $1,327 if you account for inflation. It was such a radical innovation at the time that the Seiko TV-Watch was even featured in the 1982 James Bond Film “Octopussy.” That’s right, Roger Moore wore one of these instead of his usual Rolex Submariner.
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