Brando Workshop Touch Panel Watch Review


In this time when all things retro are back in style, Brando Workshop is
riding the wave with their

Touch Panel Watch

Doesn’t this watch just scream
Atari and
80s Music?

Of course, no watch in the early 80s came with an LCD touch screen which
included an 8 digit simple calculator, a daily alarm, a calendar with year,
month, day and week display, and best of all – the ability to display the time
from any of 16 different pre-programmed cities.

The display on the Touch Panel Watch is typical for an LCD watch, dark
numbers on a grey face. The calculator does simple math: addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division.

I found that the touch-screen buttons on this watch were so tiny that it was
best to use a stylus when trying to enter information. Here you can see the 16
different time zone/city choices. Clicking on any given city will display its
time…perfect for anyone that needs to keep up with that sort of thing.

This watch is not overly large, so unless you have a tiny wrist it shouldn’t
feel too bulky.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to program this watch – you can
easily set the time and date from their respective screens without reading an
instruction manual. This watch is not water or shock resistant, and it doesn’t
have a backlight…but for this price you won’t cry if you leave it on a counter
somewhere or get rained on.

I would be the first to say that this style isn’t for everyone. You have to
have a sense of humor to wear a watch that looks like a direct descendant of the
Casio Calculator Watch
, but if you like kitschy things and want to feed your
inner nerd, then you might want to check this watch out.

Price: $14

Handy calculator
Day/Date/Year display

No backlight
Not shock or water resistant


Product Information

  • Inexpensive
  • Handy calculator
  • Day/Date/Year display
  • No backlight
  • Not shock or water resistant
Posted in: Watches and Clocks
{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Judie September 4, 2003, 11:12 pm

    Post your comments here on the Brando Workshop Touch Panel Watch.

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  • The Reader September 5, 2003, 12:49 am


    They shouldn’t have brought this product to the US, it’d be better if they tried this in a 2nd world country, ie parts of Mexico or South America. This is the dumbest looking new watch I’ve seen that acts like a notible gadget. This is a good example of how people are trying to make a fast buck. I can explain how simple it is to make this thing is, but no need.

  • JohnKes September 5, 2003, 5:16 pm

    Remember the Casio calculator watch from the 80’s? There was also a calendar watch. Nice combo here but just as nerdy.

  • questionfear September 6, 2003, 2:30 pm

    I have to confess, upon reading this review i desparately wanted a calculator watch again, just like when i was little.
    But then again, i dont recall them being terribly water or shock resistant, which is what i need considering i work in a consistently about to break or spring a leak cafe. :-/

  • Judie September 6, 2003, 2:38 pm


    Don’t give up. I bet that there is a calc watch out there that is shock and water resistant. It will just cost a bit more than $14.

    Judie :0)

  • questionfear September 8, 2003, 1:49 am

    well, the brando watch inspired me, and i found a calc watch on ebay for 9.99…
    if i dont win this one, theres others…no biggie. and even though its not water-resistant it will be a nice test run, to see if i need a calculator on my wrist and need to invest in the uber-strong swiss army version.
    (i bet i can find a reason. and i defintiely need a watch that will survive sticking my hand down a clog made of espresso grounds.)
    this site is contributing to my geekiness and excessive impulse buying.

  • Jordan September 9, 2003, 7:40 am

    Nice ring…. :wow:

  • Judie September 9, 2003, 1:30 pm

    Ha! Thank you, I will tell Steve you said so.

    Judie :0)

  • helf September 26, 2003, 6:28 pm

    Actually, there were several touc hscreen watches in the 80’s.. Look here 🙂

    My favorite computer watch so far has got to be my trusty onhandPC. Love the thing. I can’t wait to get one of the fossil palm watches too.

  • Julie September 26, 2003, 6:56 pm

    It doesn’t look good for the new Fossil watches. They keep postponing the release date. I think I just read that they may not even release them at all now. I think I’m more interested in the SPOT watches from Microsoft.

  • helf September 27, 2003, 1:58 am

    yeah.. sucks :\ really want one.

    Those spot watches sound… interesting.. kinda nifty i suppose.

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