Whenever the latest vintage quartz watch arrives it’s almost automatic to reach for the isopropyl, a cotton bud and fibreglass scratch brush in anticipation of the inevitable leaking battery and associated corrosion of the circuitboard that is nearly always present.
So it’s a rare treat when you find a watch that was stored with care, like this one!
I won this on a local auction site, boxed with instructions, and opened it to find the original receipt, and the battery wrapped in an old telegram of the owner.
So, for once, the battery bay was clean and a new battery later it fired up like it had never been used.
The careful storage extended to the rest of the watch too, which looked like it had never been worn, and the chromed plastic is in excellent condition.
For a watch that was designed to be played with, this is probably the best example I’ve seen. And while there were a lot of cheap knockoffs of this particular watch, the build quality is obvious, inside and out, of the genuine Takara.
The robot is probably the most common of the Takara Kronoform watches (perhaps due to all the knockoffs) but it was also available as a scorpion, plane, gun, boombox and other variations.
The module is basic, but does give you the option to have the time/date alternating which is unusual for these.
Once the robot is untransformed, it clips to a special holder on the custom watch strap and can be worn as a standard timepiece – but no one ever did that, did they?
Not terribly rare, although genuine ones in good condition are, they still fetch high prices, like any Transformers toy 30+ years after they first appeared.