It’s the late 1980s, you’re keen to know what the time is, AND you want something truly stylish to sit on your wrist. Do you pay top dollar for a Rolex or do you shell out for something a little more fun and fancy free?
Well, if you were a kid during the ‘80s then chances are you had no interest in a Rolex (and no cash to buy one), so you probably had your eye on a colourful, digital timepiece instead. A timepiece such as the bloomin’ awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles watch featured in this post!
Now before I go on, let me make it clear, I’m not trying to sell you this watch. That’s because a.) it’s mine (so you can’t have it), and b.) it practically sells itself!
But in all seriousness, this watch is from my own personal collection. I had one of these watches when I was a kid, loved it, so added a fresh one to my TMNT collection a few years back.
Why do I love it so? Because it boasts the following amazing features:
- Five functions(!)
- Flip top cover(!!)
- Adjustable strap(!!!)
- A battery included(!!!!)
These four reasons alone are enough for anyone, right?!
OK, so the real reason I adore this watch is because of Raphael, who was my favourite Turtle when I was a youngster. Donatello is my favourite these days, but back then Raph was the one for me.
Seeing this Raph watch on eBay a couple of years ago, reminded me how much I loved it as a young Turtles fan and how much I would enjoy having it back in my life again now. So I bid on it, won the auction, and the rest is history.
Turtles in time
For those unfamiliar with this particular piece of TMNT memorabilia, this watch was produced by leading watch company Zeon. It was part of a set that featured all four Ninja Turtles, and was released in 1988.
Leo, Donnie, Mikey and Raph were all available as part of the watch collection, and each boasted a different coloured strap to reflect their different coloured bandanas (red for Raph, blue for Leo etc). The design of each watch was bright and cheery, but the real fun was the ‘flip-up’ feature.
This feature – a staple of kids watches during the ‘80s & ‘90s – gave the wearer the opportunity to check and re-check the time with a little flip of the cover. Many ‘character’ watches had this feature, but in my opinion, the Turtles did it best.
Just look at that little shell on the reverse. Tell me that isn’t cute?
It is a little detail such as this, which made the Turtles watches a little bit more special than all the other kids’ watches on the market. Take that, My Little Pony!
Now come on, admit it. You want one of these watches, don’t you?
Well, as previously stated, this one is not for sale, so you can’t have mine. You will simply have to get your own. And you should.
I’m not a watch collector (let’s not add another line to my list of things to collect), but I will make an exception for something so delightful. And maybe one day I’ll buy the three other Turtles to round out the set.
Hmm… we’ll see.
For now, I’m just going to continue to enjoy this watch. And when I say “enjoy”, what I mean is, I’m going to continually flip and re-flip Raphael until I get bored.
I don’t imagine I will ever get bored.
Should you want to delve further into the old school era of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you might like to know that all three ’90s TMNT movies are available on Blu-ray, as part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray collection.
The set – which is available from Amazon US – contains Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993).
So, did you own one the Turtles watches when you were younger? If so, which one did you have and did you keep it? Let me know in the comments section below.
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