Sony Watchman

2014-09-26 14.07.29

In the 1980s, every kid wanted a Sony Walkman so that they could listen to their cassette tapes on the go, but it was dads everywhere who wanted to own a Sony Watchman so they could watch football from wherever they happened to be.

The Watchman debuted in 1982 and there are dozens of different models. The older ones, like this one, contained tiny black and white CRT displays. Later, Sony switched to LCD displays. Sony quit selling the Watchman in 2000. Now that all television broadcast channels are digital the Watchman is unable to pick up any TV stations, which is why more and more of them are ending up in thrift stores like the one I found this weekend.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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