Sinclair Black Watch
The Black Watch was launched in September 1975 by Sinclair Radionics, later Sinclair Research, the company behind the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum. It cost £24.95 ready-built or £17.95 as a kit. It had a red LED display and was marketed by the company as follows:
'if that [the technical description] sounds technical, think of the outcome: a watch with no moving parts, a watch with nothing to go wrong, a watch which gives accuracy never achievable by the most precise mechanical engineering.'
The Black Watch, however, was riddled with problems. So many were returned that the company made a huge loss and would have been bankrupted but for a government subsidy. However, the Watch is a good early example of Sinclair's interest in aesthetically pleasing electronic products.
Our Black Watch comes in its original display case.Date : 1975
Manufacturer : Sinclair Radionics
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