How to Make Your Own Apple Watch, a Retro One That Is

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April 13, 2015

It won't be long before you'll start seeing the first early adopters of the Apple Watch roaming the streets, which means now's the perfect time to show up that guy with the $10,000 Apple Watch with your own version -- a homemade Apple II Watch.

Instructables user Aleator777 has shared plans for building a working watch crafted after the classic Apple II computer, complete with tiny disk drives and an 80s-style UI -- because really, is there anything more 1980s than a computer watch?

Aleator777 said: 

When I set out to design the Apple II watch, I originally planned to create a faithful tiny replica of the classic machine in a wrist-sized form factor. While researching the design I began to ask if I really just wanted to make a miniature, or something altogether new? I settled on the latter. The design would be a working* device, heavily inspired by the form factor of the full size computer, but it would also be an imaginative exploration of a wearable tech world that began long before we had the technology to do so in a meaningful way.

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It won't actually sync with your iPhone, check email, or track your fitness but it does keep the date and time and it will definitely let you know who the biggest geeks in any room are when they ask you about it.

Head over to Instructables for the full parts list and build instructions. 

Apple II Watch | Instructables

Chris Wiltz is the Managing Editor of Design News.

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