Great Scott! Back to the Future character Doc Brown’s watch of choice is the Seiko A826 Training Timer from 1983. The functions are controlled by a rotating bezel and a wired trigger that attaches to your finger. Can you think of a more fitting watch for the inventor of time travel?
In Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly is also wearing a calculator watch. After analyzing the DVD and some catalogs from the period, we have high confidence that the time-travelling slacker is sporting a Casio CA-50.
A few Seiko watches made an appearance in the 1986 film Aliens. Sigourney Weaver/Ellen Ripley is wearing a stainless steel A728-7000 Speedmaster and the android Bishop is equipped with the matte black A728-6000 Speedmaster. But if you take a close look at the Marines, you’ll see each one is wearing a black Seiko S234-5000 Pulsemeter.
We receive many requests asking to identify Michael Knight’s wrist communicator, the radio watch David Hasselhoff used to talk to his four-wheeled partner KITT on the ’80s hit drama Knight Rider. The watch, cosmetically enhanced for the show is a Hong Kong made LCD model sold under a variety of brand names (Nelsonic, Gala, Advance, Quasatron, etc.). But this gadget watch is pretty neat in its own right–it has a built-in AM radio. Plug a set of headphones into the hole on the left and tune the dial…we recall this one being a great diversion in our junior high school Algebra class.
Nobel Prize-winning American economist Milton Friedman championed the idea of laissez-faire capitalism. He is considered one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century. His watch of choice? A Casio C-80 or C-90 calculator model.