Digital Watches have been around for many decades now and for most of that time have been very cheap and practical time keeping devices.
Because they are so easy and cheap to produce, they have no real value to watch collectors which is great news for the average consumer. Even the most expensive versions are only around $1,000 but the average price range for this type of watch falls between $20 and $60.
These watches tend to serve a much different type of need in the watch marketplace. Whereas the traditional analog style watches are used as a symbol of status and style, a digital watch is prized far more for its practicality.
This practicality is most prevalent in the market of active wear time pieces. Because these watches are so cheap, it’s not difficult to replace should they get damaged and they have some unique features that would be difficult, if not impossible, for a more traditional watch to match.
These features include:
1. Timer functionality (perfect for tracking lap times or rest periods for athletes)
2. Being easy to read (excellent for kids or the elderly)
3. Alarm functionality (great for quickly setting reminders or use as an alarm clock)
While smartphones provide all these same advantages, there is still some convenience factor for being able to do all this right from your wrist. This is especially the case in a situation where a cell phone is not practical such as when running.
Modern Digital Watches
When it comes to modern digital watch design, Casio definitely leads the market with their G Shock brand. They have almost single-handedly kept the digital watch market alive by blending the practicality of digital with the style of more traditional watches.
While some of these watches may masquerade as ‘designer’, the fact is they are still digital and will never be able to compare to a typical analog watch when it comes to style and classiness. However for that certain group of people looking for a blend of style and practicality, there are certainly some great options available.
Watch Escort recommends avoiding any ‘fancy’ digital watch that is made out of gold or silver and have a large price tag because you can most certainly get a much better looking analog watch for a comparable price.
These watches are only recommended if you do have a important practical use for them and only watches made form Resin, Silicone or Plastic that are much more affordable.
What Makes a Digital Watch Perfect For You?
1. You are a very active person who constantly puts your watch in harms way
2. You are a kid or an elderly person and have a hard time reading a standard watch
3. You want a watch with the added functionality of a timer, date display and alarm
Digital Watch Timeline
Digital watches have quite an interesting history to them. Did you know that the first digital electronic watches were LED and later switched to LCD (Only to more recently cross over back to LED)?
1. Late 19th Century
Digital mechanical pocket watches appear on the market.
First digital mechanical wrist watches become available.
First digital electronic watch (the common digital watch) prototype, is invented by Pulsar.
Pulsar’s watch debuts on the market, made from 18k gold with an LED display and priced at $2,100.
Seiko produces the first 6-digit LCD digital watch.
Texas Instruments is the first company to mass produce the digital watch using a plastic case and retailing for only $20.
Texas Instruments digital watch price drops to $10.
Seiko produces a watch with a tiny TV screen built into it, another watch with an integrated thermometer and a final watch that could translate 1500 words from Japanese into English.
Casio produces the first scientific calculator watch.
Casio produces first watch that could call a phone number and citizen invents one that responds to your voice.
Timex produces first watch that can download and store data.