Your watch should say something about you. More than a mere timepiece, it should be part of your daily fashion, sharing something about your personality with the world.
Me, I’m a nerd. I collect antique computers and make podcasts for a living. I have a dogcow tattoo on my ankle. I know who I am.
I’ve worn an Apple Watch for several years. I like having select notifications come to my wrist, and I love the fitness features.
Before the Apple Watch, I wore a Casio Telememo 30. If you aren’t a Casio expert, it’s the classic calculator watch. I could figure tips and save phone numbers wherever I went. It was cheap, lightweight and told anyone who noticed it that I am a nerd.
I must admit that I even tried the whole iPod-nano-as-a-watch thing.
There is one watch in my collection, however, that is the nerdiest of them all. It was a promotional item from Apple in the summer of 1995, and it is the undisputed nerd watch champion.
Curiously, the band comes with “Mac OS” stamped into it, even though that wouldn’t be the name Apple used for its system software until 1997. The name was in the lexicon, however, as part of the Copland project. This watch proved to be a little … aspirational.
The watch itself came with a stunning blue metal case with a Japanese quartz movement inside. The hands are big and colorful, matching Apple’s corporate aesthetic at the time. It looks a little like the never-shipped Gizmo theme for Mac OS 8.
I just had a new battery put in it, and the jewelry store staff all wanted to see it. In a world of Fitbits and Apple Watches, the Mac OS watch still turns heads.