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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    "Classics", I wouldn't call them that, and so did National Semiconductor, Novus.
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    Class buy! Love seeing the 1980s classics coming to the forum. I didn't know that TI made watches. Really cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    "Classics", I wouldn't call them that, and so did National Semiconductor, Novus.
    I'd call them classics. But I collect vintage quartz

    Hughes Semiconductor was another Silicon Valley maker of watches.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    I just can't recall Hughes in the 'The Valley, TRW yes.
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    I'd call them classics. But I collect vintage quartz

    Hughes Semiconductor was another Silicon Valley maker of watches.

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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    I just can't recall Hughes in the 'The Valley, TRW yes.
    I used to sell to this industry. They are all over. But I think most of Hughes production was in Arizona. A lot of Intel's was there too. Texas and Oregon were two other hotbeds of chip fabrication back then too. I don't think TRW fell into the 'lets make a watch' faze of the industry.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    "Classics", I wouldn't call them that, and so did National Semiconductor, Novus.
    I call them classics. I have 1980s Casios that are as much prized by me as my 1950s Omegas and sit in pride of place in my watch box side by side with them.
    Nothing like the classic 1980s tacky looks next to 1950s metal. Pure class.
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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    You're probably right, I don't know when they shifted production. But I do think the earlier ones were all US made:

    Texas Instruments - 1975 LED watches introduced

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean0070_8, View Post
    just bought this watch off the bay...just wanted to know if anyone else has one of these and if its chrome plated or s/steel? thanks
    I owned a watch like this one. It was my favorite watch! Can you tell me the TI model number? I'm on the hunt for one myself.

    Thanks.

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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    Google is your friend. It knows all.

    TI is making watches again. There is a number of threads in HAQ on a project using this watch. It appears the member has made the world's most accurate watch from the new TI (it is programmable BY THE USER ).
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Google is your friend. It knows all.

    TI is making watches again. There is a number of threads in HAQ on a project using this watch. It appears the member has made the world's most accurate watch from the new TI (it is programmable BY THE USER ).
    Is TI actually making a watch (not just a prototype as shown in the link), or selling the chip to other manufacturers?

    The Wiki is very confusing to us non-engineering types.
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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    Quote Originally Posted by gatorcpa View Post
    Is TI actually making a watch (not just a prototype as shown in the link), or selling the chip to other manufacturers?

    The Wiki is very confusing to us non-engineering types.
    gatorcpa
    They make the watch. You could buy it as just a watch but it has the advantage of being fully programmable by the owner so is marketed as a development system. HAQ has had a running project on it spearheaded by member Catalin. He has constructed firmware that makes it the most accurate watch in the world (excluding watches that get their time from a network somewhere -- those watches are network devices not standalone watches ).

    It is slick and cheap. $50 for the worlds's most advanced watch...

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    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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