By most accounts, the first LCD (liquid-crystal display) wristwatch was the 1972 Gruen Teletime, a four-digit, segment-display timepiece that did exactly one thing—it told the time. In 1973, Seiko released the world’s first six-digit LCD quartz wristwatch (the extra two digits displayed seconds), and in 1974, Casio gave the world the Casiotron, whose digital chronometer allowed the watch to deliver calendar functions to its wearer.

LCD wristwatches delivered on the technological breakthrough promised by watches with LED, or light-emitting diode, displays, which had been introduced a few years earlier. As their name suggests, LEDs project light, and while we associate LEDs with energy efficiency today, when the Pulsar LED wristwatch was introduced by Hamilton a few years before LCD wristwatches debuted, the wearer had to press a button to see the time, otherwise the juice in the watch’s battery would run out. LCDs were always on, and they were much cheaper to produce and own.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Nerd Watch Museum

Nerd Watch Museum

This gallery of hundreds of LCD and calculator watches from the 1980s includes nerd-friendly brands like Casio, Sei… [read review or visit site]

National Watch and Clock Museum

National Watch and Clock Museum

This virtual museum, created by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, lets you stroll through tim… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Seiko Lcd A966 Digital Talking Watch Nos, Instructions, English/spanish1972 Vintage Digital Dsm Dynamic Lcd Lucien Piccard Quartz Watch Bwc Era Vintage Retro Seiko Lcd Digital Calculator Watch Nos C439, Boxed With TagRetro Junghans Mega 1 Lcd Digital Radio Controlled Watch No ReserveVintage 1972 Dsm Dynamic Lcd Optel Merano Quartz Digital Watch RareRetro Casio Lithium 5 Lcd Digital 106 H101 Marlin Watch No ReserveRetro Seiko Lcd Digital A159-4019-g Spy Who Loved Me Watch No ReserveOutstanding Retro Lcd Digital Casio Arw 320 Alti-depth Watch Altimeter No Res00 Seiko! Two (2) Legendary James Bond Digital Lcd Seiko Alarm ChronographsCitizen Promaster Windsurfing Digital Lcd Wristwatch Runs 42-8035 Gn-4-s D060 Vintage Omega Cal. 1616 Quartz Lcd Mens Watch Ref 196 0074 In Working OrderMicrosonic Nos Rare Old Vintage 1970s 70s Digital Led L.e.d Lcd Mens Swiss WatchRetro Seiko Lcd Digital A259-5010 Moonraker Watch No ReserveSeiko A239-5009 World Timer Alarm Red Lcd Watch 1980 Rare Vintage Watch JapanRetro Casio Lcd Digital Sdb-300w Lap Memory 30 Watch No ReserveRetro Casio Lcd Digital Bm-100wj Watch & Digital Barometer Altimeter Depth MeterVintage Seiko W853-4000 Timetron Lcd World TimerGenuine Prt-40 Protrek Casio Bearing Sensor Triple Sensor Lcd Quartz Men WatchRetro Casio Lcd Digital W-700c Alarm Chronograph With Compass No ReserveCasio Alarm Chrono Electro Luminescence Illuminator Lcd Watch Gold Tone A168Rare Seiko Vintage Digital Watch 1980 Digi Ana Alba Y950-5010 Floating LcdBig Lot Of 61 Vintage Red Led Lcd Bulova Caravelle Texas Pulsar Casio DigitalCitizen Crystron Alarm Model 50-2031 Lcd Rare Vintage Digital Watch 1976 JapanRetro Casio Lcd Digital Map 100 Watch Map Meter Alarm Chronograph No ReserveVintage Casio/japan Lcd 1101 Bp-120. Blood Pressure Monitor Rare Boxed & Papers Vintage Retro Casio Digital Watch Original Stainless Steel 1572 A168 LcdRetro Casio Lcd Digital S-50w Watch Stopwatch No Reserve Retro Caravelle Bulova Lcd Digital And Analogue Watch, BoxedSeiko A169-5000 Melodic Alarm Melodia Digital Watch 1979 Vintage Lcd Watch JapanRare Vintage Casio Cs-831 Digital Lcd Calculator Watch 1985 With Case Excellent Vintage Pulsar Digital Led/lcd Watch PapersSeiko Uc 3000 Vintage Memo Data Watch Lcd 1985+ Keyboard Nib Mint + ManualsRare Seiko Vintage Digital Watch Cabane De Zucca W621-4000 Designer Retro LcdCasio Lcd Digital Blue Thunder 103 A201 WatchShark Mens Alarm Army Digital Lcd Quartz Date Day Stainless Steel Sport WatchPulsar Vintage Retro Lcd Digital Analogue Watch, Nos, BoxedRare Vintage 1980s Casio / Japan Lcd 79cs-51.casiotron Chronograph Digital WatchNice Retro Gents Lcd Hands Analog Watch Vintage Casio Dbc-310 Databank 300 Lcd Watch Telememo Watch Rare Qw-1478 Vintage Large Antique Space Age Red Crystal Led Lcd Mens Watch ... NrDiesel Dz7202 Anti-intelligent 5 Bar Electronic Watch LcdFashion Mens Lcd Digital Stopwatch Date Waterproof Rubber Sport Wrist Watch +boxRare Vintage Seiko 1st Smart Lcd Digital Memo Data Bank Computer Watch Working!Vintage Pulsar Calculator Lcd Watch For Repair Or PartsOld Vintage Casio World Time Thermometer Lcd Wristwatch 815 Ts-100 Working Omega 1665 Multifunction Lcd Quartz Wristwatch Movement Circuit Board Module NosMilitary Army Mens Date Lcd Digital Sport Quartz Waterproof Stop Wrist Watch/boxInfantry Police Mens Sport Lcd Chronograph Digital Army Quartz Wrist Watch BlackCasio Men's Sea-pathfinder Digital Lcd Watch.boys', Modern (2000-present)Stunning Rare Vintage Men's Seiko-lorus Lcd Digital Analog V041-5020 Watch!Infantry Army Lcd Digital Chronograph Sports Quartz Mens Wrist Watch WaterproofKenneth Cole Men's Touch Lcd Red Collection Edition Watch Kc1639Dual Core Digital Lcd Date Day Display Alarm Backlight Rubber Strap Analog WatchMen's Dual Time Date Sport Waterproof Stainless Steel Wrist Watch Quartz Lcd/boxShark Army Military Blue Lcd Digital Analog Dual Core Men Quartz Sport WatchShark-steel Leopard Shark Men's Sport Watch.lcd Backlit Day, Date, Alarm 107Ohsen Rubber Waterproof Digital Lcd Alarm Sport Quartz Wrist Watch Gift 86 Oh12Ohsen Rubber Waterproof Digital Lcd Alarm Sport Quartz Wrist Watch Gift 86 Oh12Rare Mens Retro Texas Instruments Lcd Wristwatch Full Working Order Huge Lot Lcd Watches All Are Complete Needs Batteries Health Watches 110 Lcd"s