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    

Seiko A965-4000 Vintage Lcd Talking Watch 80s Fwo Rare Seiko Vintage Lcd Digital A966 Talking Watch With Booklet, Retro QuartzSeiko Vintage Lcd Digital Boxed Tv T001 Watch, Retro QuartzSeiko Vintage Lcd Digital 0124 Watch With Booklet, Retro QuartzVintage Casio 50qs-17 Lcd 3 Button Watch Digital Rare Old Vintage Timex Watch Lot, Manual,automatic,quartz,diver,lcd & More..85+ Watches Seiko Vintage Lcd Digital A358 World Timer Retro Quartz FaultySeiko 0634-5019 Lcd Digital Men's WatchAntiques Watch Omega -1974 Speedmaster Lcd Quartz Chronograph-vintage Rare,Citizen Cr-2014 Digital Lcd Watch -working, Vintage, Super RareVintage Casio Ae-20w 50 Meter Mens Alarm Chrono Digital Lcd Watch For Repair!!Hamilton Miib Men In Black Ii Pulsar P2-original Limited Edition Digital LcdVintage Seiko Lcd Digital Analog Mens Wristwatch - H239-5080 A2 Japan StainlessMen's Seiko Chrono Yatch Timer Lcd Watch Plastic Bezel Ss Case & Back Pvc BandVintage Lcd Digital Watch From 80's Dual Time Chronograph Melody AlarmCasio G Shock 200m Digi Ana Lcd Two Time Zones Chronograph Alarm Stopwatch G/cCasio Vintage Retro Gold Colour Classic Lcd Digital Watch A168 A168wg-9bwefVintage Timex Alarm Chronograph Digital Lcd Quartz Lithium Mens WatchVintage 1985 Seiko Lcd Watch (d410 - 5020}Casio Box With 6x N.o.s. Casio Water Sports Lcd Digital Watch W-26 B Module 690Vintage Seiko A354 Calendar Watch Lcd Digital Rare Casio Calculator Ca-901 Lcd Original Japan Watch 1975s DefectLady Fossil Big Tic All Stainless Jr-8002 All Stainless Animated Lcd Asian #'s ?Lot Of Watch Parts 5 Lbs+ Omega Bulova Waltham Lcd HamiltonGruen Precision Analogue/digital Lcd WatchRare Vintage Timex L Cell Illusion Watch Digital Lcd Mystery Watch Xlnt WorkingCasio G-shock 2991 Dw-56rtb Alarm Chronograph Lcd Watch. SLot Of Lcd Watches Parts Or Repair Casio Piratron Beltime Meister-anker DarwilVintage Timex - Quartz Digital World Time Alarm Chronograph Lcd - Watch MensCasio W43h-1a Men's Resin Band Illuminator Alarm Chronograph Lcd Digital WatchSmael 3bar Waterproof Lcd Dual Display Back Light Luminous Alarm Watch For MenDigital Lcd Pedometer Run Step Walking Distance Calorie Counter Watch BraceletDigital Lcd Pedometer Run Step Walking Distance Calorie Counter Watch BraceletDigital Lcd Pedometer Run Step Walking Distance Calorie Counter Watch BraceletVintage Casio Telememo 30 Lcd Calculator Wrist Watch Silver Tone Case Working NrKenneth Cole Reaction Lcd Digital Wristwatch 1&13/16'' Wide Maroon Leather BandGenuine Casio Collection W-59-1vqes Sports 50m Water Resistant Digital Lcd WatchDigital Lcd Pedometer Run Step Walking Calorie Counter Women Men Watch BraceletDigital Lcd Pedometer Run Step Distance Calorie Counter Watch Bracelet HotBlack Men's Waterproof Sports Solar Power Digital Lcd Alarm Date Rubber WatchVintage Shivas Lcd Quartz Chronograph Watch Retro Gold ToneWaterproof Digital Lcd Stopwatch Chronograph Counter Sports Alarm