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    80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    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
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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    now that's a different type of classic! I'm sure the bracelet is stainless, but as for the case - I'm not sure. Usually the telling point is if the inscription on the case back say "stainless steel back" then the case is plated base metal. Manufacturers would even put "base metal" on there sometimes - truth in advertising I suppose. Have a look at the corners at the back, if it were plated, those sharp corners would be the first to start flaking off.
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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    thanks dan...will check it out when it arrives.all the best...d

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    Many of the semiconductor companies made watches in this era... But they found computers to be more lucrative so sold off rights to the Japanese. Here is one made by an independent. It is in the NAWCC museum... but they can still be found on eBay!

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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    wow..thats a great looking piece...thanks for the info

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    I believe that Texas Instruments was the last true US watch manufacturer. All parts were made here. But their history as a watch company didn't last long. I think they sold off that business in the early 1980's.

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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    Quote Originally Posted by gatorcpa View Post
    I believe that Texas Instruments was the last true US watch manufacturer. All parts were made here. But their history as a watch company didn't last long. I think they sold off that business in the early 1980's.

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    I thought most sourced their cases from Hong Kong. The pictured TI looks like others I have seen from Hong Kong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    Probably Microma.
    Quote Originally Posted by gatorcpa View Post
    I believe that Texas Instruments was the last true US watch manufacturer. All parts were made here. But their history as a watch company didn't last long. I think they sold off that business in the early 1980's.

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    Re: 80,s vintage texas instruments watch

    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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