The Evolution of Calculator Watches

Published: 04th May 2011
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It’s hard to believe that calculator watches once were the pride possession of many people in the seventies. A lot of people would buy calculator watches as a symbol of high fashion and style statement. Who can forget those days when pop singer Sting was featured on the cover of "Wrapped Around Your Finger" proudly sporting a calculator watch? With passage of time and evolution in the gadget industry, the once popular calculator watches relegated from height of glory to the depth of oblivion.





However, it cannot be denied that it is the calculator watch that marked the beginning of many high-end tech products we use today and certainly, calculator watch played a great role in heralding a brand new beginning to many other gadgets that are popular across the globe today. In fact, it is really interesting see how a calculator watch evolved quite dramatically over the decades as the world of fashion changes its course.





Calculator Watches in 1970’s





In the seventies, calculators were being used predominantly and nearly every consumer had a calculator with them. With watches being prevalent at the same level, innovative watch manufactures began to spin a product that could combine both and offer a great value for money to the techno-savvy consumers in the market. So, in 1975, it was Pulsar who introduced the very first calculator watch in the market. Pulsar was built in solid gold and an expensive thing to possess. It was available for $3950 at the retail stores.





The introduction of Pulsar gave fillip to an entirely new breed of watch manufactures who introduced their very own products with different features to woo the existing consumers looking for calculator watches. In 1977, a new breed of manufacturers including Uranus, National Semiconductor, Compuchron, and Hewlett-Packard entered the market to offer their products.





The early calculator watches failed to sustain themselves as they suffered from multiple technical drawbacks including power-sucking LED displays. As the LED displays consumed most of the power in the watches, the batteries would discharge only in a couple of days. However, the manufactures were quick to realize this and worked on this aspect to offer more sustainable solutions.





Calculator Watches in 1980’s





The calculator watches in the seventies typically had some basic arithmetic functions including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. However, the in the 1980’s, there was a mass production of the calculator wristwatches following the massive demand, enormous popularity and reliable models of calculator watches.





Today, we have come a long way since the early days of calculator watches. With the use of advanced technology, they are being manufactured keeping in view of the modern needs of much fashion-conscious professionals. As of today, for example, Casio Databank watches are one of the sought-after lines and considered cool. Besides, with nearly all functions to help you keep track of your daily schedules, some calculator watches are considered equally effective to the conventional PDAs.





The Casio CMD40F offers TV and Cable infrared remote control function. Similarly, DBC-610GA empowers you with 12/24-hour time option, password protected telephone databank, stopwatch, countdown timer, world clock, and even calendar with multiple daily alarm features.





Eric Russell has great interest in the latest technologies which are integrated in Calculator watches. He thinks that Calculator watches can give great value for money.

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