Over on eBay, there are not one, but two utterly gorgeous HP-01 Hewlett Packard LED calculator wrist watches up for auction. Even at $1,500, it’s just brutally hard not to pluck a kidney from the navel and hit the black market in order to own one. These herald back from a different era, when the fashion accessories of today’s most hopeless geeks were the leathery, tobacco-scented wrist accoutrements of the opulent lounge lizard god.
If you can afford one, go buy it. They even come with a case and manual in good nick, though it certainly looks like the manual has been used to swab up a bus station floor or two.
Update: Literally within the course of writing this post, that last HP-01 was plucked from out of our hands… the reserve price has been met, the auction is over. I can’t justify not posting this, though. Some commenter will write about their first HP-01, someone will respond with a loving reverie to their first calculator watch… and even if not, this post will stand as testament to how beautiful even the most obsolete gadget can be. It’s still a post worth spitting up.