My Watch of Choice for our Dystopian Future

In a recent post, @mjosamannen asked what we'd wear if we could only buy a Swiss, Japanese, microbrand or German watch. The post turned a bit dystopian as one's choice evolved into survival in an alternative dystopian universe. After reading the post, I got to thinking what watch I might wear in that situation...and my crazy cool Radio Shack Talking Watch shot right into my brain like a dystopian nutritional plasma injection!

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This watch has it all -- ABS plastice case, monochrome appeal, a big ugly speaker only a mutant parent could love, and a penchant for talking in a Darlic-sounding voice whenever the large talking bar under the display is pushed.

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This dystopian warrior speaks all we will ever need to know in the future: "It's 11:57 AM"; "Alarm 7:31 AM"; "5,4,3,2,1...beep!" 

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I love this watch -- not because it's attractive, but that it's my capable mule able to pack all my emotional wares into its hideous rectangular case every time it hugs my wrist.  

My Watch of Choice for our Dystopian Future

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  • It speaks English!
  • Tells me the time in the dark...no backlight needed.
  • The band is very comfortable.
  • It's hideous!
  • People question my contribution to humanity when I wear it.
  • The two of us sometimes get into an argument.

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pretty neat watch but no concerns that it's battery powered?

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CitizenSailor

pretty neat watch but no concerns that it's battery powered?

Meh...if we are all thrust into that reality, I'm sure I won't be one of the fittest for long-term survival 😂

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"Hey Siri, what time is it" will last two days at best.  If I have no time to look at a watch while running from Zombies, this would appear to be the best choice.

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Sweet watch! This is perfect: “I love this watch – not because it’s attractive, but that it’s my capable mule able to pack all my emotional wares into its hideous rectangular case every time it hugs my wrist.”

Seiko still makes similar watches. (SBJS015, SBJS013, SBJS016).

Photo of the three digital talking watches
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Fun Review! Here is another one. The Nixon Dork Too.

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cageyjames

"Hey Siri, what time is it" will last two days at best.  If I have no time to look at a watch while running from Zombies, this would appear to be the best choice.

And its countdown timer will let you know how long until they catch you to dine on your cerebrum.😂

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roberto

Sweet watch! This is perfect: “I love this watch – not because it’s attractive, but that it’s my capable mule able to pack all my emotional wares into its hideous rectangular case every time it hugs my wrist.”

Seiko still makes similar watches. (SBJS015, SBJS013, SBJS016).

Photo of the three digital talking watches

Holy cow! I want the one in the middle with the metal bracelet!

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DigitalDivider

Fun Review! Here is another one. The Nixon Dork Too.

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I had no idea my humble Radio Shack talker has so many cousins!

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Aren't those talking watches mainly intended for blind and disabled users? My choice for an electric oddball would be a braille/touch watch from eone with two magnetically moving spheres on the face and outer bezel:

A photo of the front of the watch.

If the magnets are strong enough it has all sort of alternative uses. I'm 100% sure that I can MacGuyver fresh button batteries from lemon juice and acorns. 

https://www.eone-time.com/

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Saigoat

Aren't those talking watches mainly intended for blind and disabled users? My choice for an electric oddball would be a braille/touch watch from eone with two magnetically moving spheres on the face and outer bezel:

A photo of the front of the watch.

If the magnets are strong enough it has all sort of alternative uses. I'm 100% sure that I can MacGuyver fresh button batteries from lemon juice and acorns. 

https://www.eone-time.com/

Oh you know it!

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You will be the coolest guy in the urban wasteland of the future 🦾😎🦾

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What vintage is this? I'm surprised that it still works without issue. Doesn't this sort of thing tend to suffer irreparable failure as time goes by?

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OscarKlosoff

What vintage is this? I'm surprised that it still works without issue. Doesn't this sort of thing tend to suffer irreparable failure as time goes by?

It works as well today as the day I bought it in the 90’s. So many wonderful things I bought from that extinct retailer🥲

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Saigoat

Aren't those talking watches mainly intended for blind and disabled users? My choice for an electric oddball would be a braille/touch watch from eone with two magnetically moving spheres on the face and outer bezel:

A photo of the front of the watch.

If the magnets are strong enough it has all sort of alternative uses. I'm 100% sure that I can MacGuyver fresh button batteries from lemon juice and acorns. 

https://www.eone-time.com/

I remember reading about these when first out. Really cool idea. 

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Just got this one for mad cheap 7 dollars everything works on this watch. You can even set it to vibrate. just another one of those Radio Shack classics.