This unworn, unknown WristMac goes up for auction today

What you need to know

  • An unopened WristMac is going up for auction today.
  • The watch was programmable and could be used to communicate with a Macintosh.

It wasn't made by Apple but it could work with a Mac.

While it might be nothing like the Apple Watch Series 7 that you can buy today, the WristMac might actually be even cooler. So rare that most will never have heard of it, the Apple Watch precursor is going up for auction later today and it's pretty amazing.

Built by Seiko and Ex Machina, the WristMac was released in 1988 and could connect to a Macintosh, auctioneer ComicConnect notes.

In 1988, Ex Machina, Inc. and Seiko came together to release the Wrist Mac, a programmable watch that connected to a Macintosh computer. The Wrist Mac could store telephone numbers, set alarms for both one-time use and recurring daily and weekly uses, and take notes, which could then be exported to a disk as a text file.

This watch itself comes boxed and unused, including floppy disk and cables.

This 1988 Wrist Mac comes in its original packaging and has never been sold in the over thirty years since its first release. The box advertises the revolutionary features of the watch, and contains the original sticker noting the Serial Number (70216). The box has been opened and shows little wear, retaining its original white appearance despite some stress. Inside, the box contains the original Wrist Mac Registration Card (never filled out!), the Wrist Tutorial and Reference Manual (complete with white pages and no writing inside it), the Wrist Mac 1.2 floppy disk containing the official Wrist Mac software, the Wrist Mac's holder for stability when plugged into a computer, and the original Seiko box containing the WristMac itself in pristine condition, with its original cables.

Still don't think this is cool? How about the fact that WrisMac watches were used in space back in 1991?

When the astronauts aboard the Atlantis Space Shuttle sent the first email from space on August 28, 1991, they wore WristMac watches to coordinate with the Macintosh Portable and Apple Link software aboard the shuttle.

This might just be the best Apple Watch that isn't actually an Apple Watch. While it's difficult to judge how much this will sell for given its rarity, I'm pretty confident it's going to go for a lot of money.

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