Smartwatch Rewind: From Dick Tracy and James Bond to Sony and Pebble

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-02-15
 
 
 

2-Way Wrist Radio

Debuting in 1946 and quickly becoming the iconic gadget from Chester Gould’s "Dick Tracy" comic series, it kept Tracy in touch with police HQ, and was upgraded with a TV in 1964.

2-Way Wrist Radio

Pulsar P1 Series

When released in 1972, the Pulsar P1 was the first LED watch ever sold to the public and, manufactured in 18-carat gold, sold for $2,100.

Pulsar P1 Series

Seiko M354

The M354 Memory-Bank Calendar, used by Bond in the 1979 movie "Moonraker," is equipped with explosives and a remote detonator, which Bond uses to escape from the Moonraker launch platform.

Seiko M354

HP HP-01

Hewlett-Packard offered a digital wristwatch, personal calculator, alarm clock, stopwatch, timer and 200-year calendar all-in-one, complete with 28 tiny keys.

HP HP-01

Seiko G757 Sports 100

Another Seiko, another Bond film, this time 1983’s "Octopussy," equipped with a tracking device and a color television screen, which Bond employs for less than critical pursuits.

Seiko G757 Sports 100

Fossil Wrist PDA

Released in 2003, this watch ran Palm OS and boasted a virtual keyboard and touch-screen, and was able to carry out many PDA functions and applications.
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Fossil Wrist PDA

LG G910 Touch Watch

Released in 2009, this was the first video watch phone to be sold by a major mobile carrier, Orange, and a featured a full touch-screen interface, 3G HSDPA, video-calling capabilities and an MP3 player.

LG G910 Touch Watch

Sony SmartWatch

Running Google’s Android OS, the device provides calendar notifications, a variety of email plugins and access to social media sites.

Sony SmartWatch

Pebble Smartwatch

The Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting users with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages.

Pebble Smartwatch

Apple "iWatch"

While we no idea what Apple’s watch would be called, it would likely run the company’s iOS mobile platform and feature Bluetooth connectivity, among other features.

Apple

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