Sometimes, you just want to feel like you’re a math teacher from the 1980s. Or an accountant. Actually, we have no idea what kind of people wore the 80s version of the Q Timex Reissue Digital LCA, but from what we can tell, it’s the kind of digital timepiece that will look nice when paired with more professional garb.
A pretty faithful reissue of the original “liquid crystal analog” watch, the timepiece looks and feels exactly like the classic from over 30 years ago. Seriously, this thing looks like a vintage watch that has somehow been preserved for your retro enjoyment, making it an absolute treat for guys who like accessorizing in 80s aesthetics.
The Q Timex Reissue Digital LCA doesn’t really recreate the watch using new technology, instead relying on the same liquid crystal panel with a transparent outer layer that was used in the original timepiece. Heck, they didn’t even bother using Indiglo for the backlighting, instead using the same single bulb design implemented back in the 80s model, rendering it extremely difficult to use in the dark, since it doesn’t illuminate the sections that actually display the time. We know, it’s annoying, but we do admire the penchant for being a stickler to detail. Suffice to say, that’s a feature not a bug.
As a result of this faithful recreation, you get the same display layout as the original watch, with analog-style time on top and regular digital time on the bottom because people in the 80s liked seeing their time in two different styles (we’re kidding, of course), with options to show alarm, timer, and stopwatch on that bottom section. And yes, it can function as both a chronograph and countdown timer, in case you actually wear a watch for sports timekeeping.
The Q Timex Reissue Digital LCA has a case that measures just 32.5 x 32.5 x 9 mm (width x height x depth), so it’s a fairly small and thin watch, which should give you a nice break from the larger digital smartwatches and GPS sports watches you probably use today. Despite the small size, it has 30 meters of water resistance, so you should be able to wear this around water without much trouble. Perhaps the only departure from the original watch is the finish, as it’s now available in stainless steel or gold tone, while the original was sold in what we assume to be a plated case.
It has a vintage-style 20mm steel bracelet, with brushed links and black-tone interlinks that match up well with the case, giving the whole thing a unified aesthetic. How vintage is it? Well, it uses an old-school adjustable clasp that’s a hallmark of the period. That means, the clasp is really annoying to adjust because it still contains all the issues that have since been addressed in bracelet designs that came after it. Again, this is intentional, as they seem to want to really make you feel like you are wearing a watch from the 80s.
The Q Timex Reissue Digital LCA is available now, priced at $149.