It comes as no surprise that Casio unveiled their flagship superwatch the DB-1000 in 1985 – the same year Back to the Future was released; they obviously had their own flying Delorean to bring back some future technology and present it years before its time!
Conspiracy theorists would note that the watch was only sold for three months – perhaps the company realised there was no way this kind of functionality should have been able to exist in the mid-80s and pulled it from production.
Those more cynical might suggest the watch was only sold for three months because the technology didn’t catch on and it was an expensive price to pay for what was really a gimmick.
That said, the DB-1000 surely has to rate among the best watches of the decade.
It has a 50-name databank, eight-digit calculator, five alarms including being able to set them for individual days, chronograph and the usual day/date functions.
Most impressive of all is how you get the data in, and perform the calculations.
The watch has a touchscreen but it doesn’t just show the numbers/letters for you to touch. Instead you draw the characters on the screen (including mathematical functions) with a fingertip – kind of like an early version of the Palm.
It would be great to find a watch that would do that today – in 1985 it should have been impossible, but Casio made it happen.
Ultimately rare, and usually found with LCD bleed or a degree of staining in blue on the LCD which detracts from its look, but not its functionality.
Expect to pay dearly for this watch…assuming you ever see one for sale! Collectors tend to guard them obsessively 🙂
NB – Casio has conflicting dates for this watch. According to their flagship products web page, the DB-1000 appeared in August 1984. Conversely, their document outlining sales dates, prices etc states it began selling on 1 January 1985.