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* WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle parodied Dick Tracy's two-way radio wristwatch (when it was still mainly such) with Boris having a two-way wrist ''television'' watch. When Natasha expresses surprise, Boris responds: "I'll show that Dick Tracy!"
16th Mar '17 5:09:47 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' got there first, with the teleport-wristwatches featured in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus The Keys of Marinus]]'' (like ''Series/BlakesSeven'', written by Creator/TerryNation).
** The Seventh Doctor had a pocketwatch scanner, which he used in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]"; possibly in other stories as well.
** The Chameleon Arch pocketwatch in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia Utopia]]" definitely counts as a gadget-watch. It [[spoiler: holds the memories and Time Lord nature of a Time Lord who's going ''so'' deep cover he gives himself FalseMemories and even reads genetically as a human or member of any other target species.]]
** Vortex manipulators (wriststrap teleport/time machines used by Time Agents and River) might also fall under this; one would assume a time machine can tell the time.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' got there first, with the ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The
teleport-wristwatches featured in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus "The Keys of Marinus]]'' Marinus"]] (like ''Series/BlakesSeven'', written by Creator/TerryNation).
** The Seventh Doctor had a pocketwatch scanner, which he used in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]"; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival "Survival"]]; possibly in other stories as well.
** The Ninth and Eleventh Doctors are both seen using their perfectly ordinary-seeming wristwatches to tell what year they're in.
** The
Chameleon Arch pocketwatch in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood]]" Blood"]] and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia Utopia]]" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]] definitely counts as a gadget-watch. It [[spoiler: holds the memories and Time Lord nature of a Time Lord who's going ''so'' deep cover he gives himself FalseMemories and even reads genetically as a human or member of any other target species.]]
** Vortex manipulators (wriststrap teleport/time machines used by Time Agents Agents, and River) anyone else who gets ahold of one) might also fall under this; one would assume a time machine can tell the time.time.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker "The Caretaker"]], the Doctor builds an invisibility watch.



* A one-shot gadget used on an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' was a wristwatch with a concealed tracer carried by Pete during a hostage exchange (for Mac to follow at a safe distance). When the hostage takers end up being clever enough to force Pete to get rid of all of his clothes (and later to change cars), Mac is forced to keep giving chase through other methods.



* A one-shot gadget used on an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' was a wristwatch with a concealed tracer carried by Pete during a hostage exchange (for Mac to follow at a safe distance). When the hostage takers end up being clever enough to force Pete to get rid of all of his clothes (and later to change cars), Mac is forced to keep giving chase through other methods.



* Jarrod and Brandi found spy equipment in a storage locker in ''Series/StorageWars'', and among them was one of these, which doubled as a video camera, and could be connected to a computer with a USB cable.



* Jarrod and Brandi found spy equipment in a storage locker in ''Series/StorageWars'', and among them was one of these, which doubled as a video camera, and could be connected to a computer with a USB cable.
4th Mar '17 8:59:59 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' got there first, with the teleport-wristwatches featured in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus The Keys of Marinus]]'' (like ''Series/BlakesSeven'', written by Creator/TerryNation). The Seventh Doctor had a pocketwatch scanner, which he used in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]"; possibly in other stories as well. The Chameleon Arch pocketwatch in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia Utopia]]" definitely counts as a gadget-watch. It [[spoiler: holds the memories and Time Lord nature of a Time Lord who's going ''so'' deep cover he gives himself FalseMemories and even reads genetically as a human or member of any other target species.]]
** Vortex manipulators (wriststrap teleport/time machines used by Time Agents and River) might also fall under this; one would assume a time machine can tell the time.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' got there first, with the teleport-wristwatches featured in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus The Keys of Marinus]]'' (like ''Series/BlakesSeven'', written by Creator/TerryNation).
** The Seventh Doctor had a pocketwatch scanner, which he used in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]"; possibly in other stories as well.
** The Chameleon Arch pocketwatch in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia Utopia]]" definitely counts as a gadget-watch. It [[spoiler: holds the memories and Time Lord nature of a Time Lord who's going ''so'' deep cover he gives himself FalseMemories and even reads genetically as a human or member of any other target species.]]
** Vortex manipulators (wriststrap teleport/time machines used by Time Agents and River) might also fall under this; one would assume a time machine can tell the time.
* One of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s Memory Gadgets is the Spider Shock, a wristwatch that can turn into a spider robot; it typically functions as a "smart" grappling hook, but can also be used in conjunction with Double's weapons to make "nets".



* One of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s Memory Gadgets is the Spider Shock, a wristwatch that can turn into a spider robot; it typically functions as a "smart" grappling hook, but can also be used in conjunction with Double's weapons to make "nets".

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* One A one-shot gadget used on an episode of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s Memory Gadgets is the Spider Shock, ''Series/MacGyver'' was a wristwatch with a concealed tracer carried by Pete during a hostage exchange (for Mac to follow at a safe distance). When the hostage takers end up being clever enough to force Pete to get rid of all of his clothes (and later to change cars), Mac is forced to keep giving chase through other methods.
* ''Series/OpenHeart'' features a fairly low-tech one, as it only has a secret compartment hidden under the watch face. It's still important, though, and Dylan and her father are the only ones who know about it, and Dylan realizes
that can turn into a spider robot; it typically functions as a "smart" grappling hook, but can also be used in conjunction with Double's weapons was given to make "nets".another doctor after viewing security footage from the day her dad vanished.



* ''Series/OpenHeart'' features a fairly low-tech one, as it only has a secret compartment hidden under the watch face. It's still important, though, and Dylan and her father are the only ones who know about it, and Dylan realizes that it was given to another doctor after viewing security footage from the day her dad vanished.
* A one-shot gadget used on an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' was a wristwatch with a concealed tracer carried by Pete during a hostage exchange (for Mac to follow at a safe distance). When the hostage takers end up being clever enough to force Pete to get rid of all of his clothes (and later to change cars), Mac is forced to keep giving chase through other methods.



* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The pockets, which are universal translators, watches, timers, contract makers and telephones. Plus they float around and can turn invisible.



* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The pockets, which are universal translators, watches, timers, contract makers and telephones. Plus they float around and can turn invisible.



* For one of their friendship anniversaries, WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} gives Lydia a wristwatch - specifically, a "Droolex". It has a calendar function and performs a few other mundane tasks; however, rather unintentionally, it also sprouts bat wings and flies away.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s, which actually {{Lampshaded}} the fact the Omnitrix doesn't tell time. Until ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', anyway, where WordOfGod confirms that it actually does tell time now.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'''s wristwatches have a pager function.
* Scrooge's nephews had one (and caused predictable chaos with it, and allowed villains to steal it, etc.) in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Time Teasers".
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s entire hand functions as a gadget watch (among other things). His niece Penny has a more standard Videophone/ Remote watch, however.



* WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel has a watch that when opens up has a squirt gun that douses the fuse of the missile to which he's tied in his show's TitleSequence. Not to mention it held a television that linked him to Double Q in two other episodes.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' when Sheep is recruited by a spy organization and receives a watch...that can tell the date. When the enemy Mooks look at it, they scream "He has a watch that tells the date! ABORT MISSION!" and start evacuating en masse before the Angry Scientist shows up and says it isn't dangerous.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s, which actually {{Lampshaded}} the fact the Omnitrix doesn't tell time. Until ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', anyway, where WordOfGod confirms that it actually does tell time now.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s, which actually {{Lampshaded}} The Amulet of Merlin used by the fact Trollhunters in''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' bares many resemblances to a pocket watch, including the Omnitrix doesn't tell time. Until ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', anyway, where WordOfGod confirms that various clockwork dials in it actually does tell time now.turning when the Amulet is activated.



* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s entire hand functions as a gadget watch (among other things). His niece Penny has a more standard Videophone/ Remote watch, however.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' when Sheep is recruited by a spy organization and receives a watch...that can tell the date. When the enemy Mooks look at it, they scream "He has a watch that tells the date! ABORT MISSION!" and start evacuating en masse before the Angry Scientist shows up and says it isn't dangerous.
* Scrooge's nephews had one (and caused predictable chaos with it, and allowed villains to steal it, etc.) in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Time Teasers".
* ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'''s wristwatches have a pager function.
* WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel has a watch that when opens up has a squirt gun that douses the fuse of the missile to which he's tied in his show's TitleSequence. Not to mention it held a television that linked him to Double Q in two other episodes.
* For one of their friendship anniversaries, WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} gives Lydia a wristwatch - specifically, a "Droolex." It has a calendar function and performs a few other mundane tasks; however, rather unintentionally, it also sprouts bat wings and flies away.
* The Amulet of Merlin used by the Trollhunters in''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' bare many resemblances to a pocket watch, including the various clockwork dials in it turning when the Amulet is activated.


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16th Jan '17 1:09:03 PM ErebusElysium
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* The Amulet of Merlin used by the Trollhunters in''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' bare many resemblances to a pocket watch, including the various clockwork dials in it turning when the Amulet is activated.
12th Jan '17 10:35:40 AM Malady
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* In ''The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything'' by John D. [=MacDonald=], the hero inherits a gold pocket watch that stops time for everyone but the person holding it.

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* In ''The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything'' ''Literature/TheGirlTheGoldWatchAndEverything'' by John D. [=MacDonald=], the hero inherits a gold pocket watch that stops time for everyone but the person holding it.
12th Dec '16 1:08:12 PM DragonRanger
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* The titular VideoGame/YokaiWatch can detect nearby Yo-kai and summon ones that have been befriended.
12th Nov '16 2:42:50 PM hello86
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** The [[Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman Dynaman]] GagDub actually calls its TransformationTrinkets Gadget Watches.
19th Jul '16 1:50:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** To the point that in ''Film/GoldenEye'', when Bond uses his laser watch to cut his way out of a railway car, there was no previous scene of him getting from Q Branch; to the average audience, ''of course'' he would have such a gadget on him. Furthermore, the villain (an ex-MI6 agent himself) took away his watch because [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he knew it was a gadget of some kind]].

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** To the point that in ''Film/GoldenEye'', when Bond uses his laser watch to cut his way out of a railway car, there was no previous scene of him getting from Q Branch; to the average audience, ''of course'' he would have such a gadget on him. Furthermore, the villain (an ex-MI6 agent himself) took away his watch because [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he knew it was a gadget of some kind]].kind.



* A one-shot gadget used on an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' was a wristwatch with a concealed tracer carried by Pete during a hostage exchange (for Mac to follow at a safe distance). When the hostage takers end up being DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to force Pete to get rid of all of his clothes (and later to change cars), Mac is forced to keep giving chase through other methods.

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* A one-shot gadget used on an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' was a wristwatch with a concealed tracer carried by Pete during a hostage exchange (for Mac to follow at a safe distance). When the hostage takers end up being DangerouslyGenreSavvy clever enough to force Pete to get rid of all of his clothes (and later to change cars), Mac is forced to keep giving chase through other methods.
30th Jun '16 9:19:09 AM Willbyr
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* In ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'', The Science Ninja Team needed their watches (sometimes called "bracelets" but hey, it was the seventies) to transform, plus they contained a communications device.
** ''And'' a gadget that could be slipped in to track radio waves. But when that was being used, the communicator didn't work.

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* In ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'', The Science Ninja Team needed their watches (sometimes called "bracelets" but hey, it was the seventies) to transform, plus they contained a communications device.
** ''And''
device and a gadget that could be slipped in to track radio waves. But when that was being used, the communicator didn't work.



* ''GiantRobo'': Daisaku controls the eponymous giant robot with one.
* Youji from ''WeissKreuz'' hides his garrote wire inside his already cool-looking diver's watch.

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* ''GiantRobo'': ''Manga/GiantRobo'': Daisaku controls the eponymous giant robot with one.
* Youji from ''WeissKreuz'' ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' hides his garrote wire inside his already cool-looking diver's watch.
16th Jun '16 3:43:14 PM StFan
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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'''s [[CommLinks radio wrist watch]] is one of the earliest examples of this, having been conceived way back in TheForties when actual radios still had vacuum tubes. More importantly, Tracy's has received upgraded versions with additional functions over the years to keep it up to date.
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** To the point that in ''[[Film/GoldenEye GoldenEye]]'', when Bond uses his laser watch to cut his way out of a railway car, there was no previous scene of him getting from Q Branch; to the average audience, ''of course'' he would have such a gadget on him. Furthermore, the villain (an ex-MI6 agent himself) took away his watch because [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he knew it was a gadget of some kind]].

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** To the point that in ''[[Film/GoldenEye GoldenEye]]'', ''Film/GoldenEye'', when Bond uses his laser watch to cut his way out of a railway car, there was no previous scene of him getting from Q Branch; to the average audience, ''of course'' he would have such a gadget on him. Furthermore, the villain (an ex-MI6 agent himself) took away his watch because [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he knew it was a gadget of some kind]].






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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'''s [[CommLinks radio wrist watch]] is one of the earliest examples of this, having been conceived way back in TheForties when actual radios still had vacuum tubes. More importantly, Tracy's has received upgraded versions with additional functions over the years to keep it up to date.

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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'''s [[CommLinks radio wrist watch]] is one of the earliest examples of this, having been conceived way back The Tracy Brothers in TheForties when actual radios still had vacuum tubes. More importantly, Tracy's has received upgraded versions ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' communicated with additional functions over the years to keep it up to date.
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* In ''VideoGame/SecretAgentBarbie'', a watch is used by Franchise/{{Barbie}} to communicate with her friends back at base while shes on a mission. When its not being used in this way, it functions as a minimap/GPS type thing.

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* In ''VideoGame/SecretAgentBarbie'', a watch is used by Franchise/{{Barbie}} to communicate with her friends back at base while shes on a mission. When its it's not being used in this way, it functions as a minimap/GPS type thing.
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* There's a subversion on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures:'' Plucky is showing off all his [[TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs]] merchandise, including a "Two-Way Wrist Slug."

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* There's a subversion on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures:'' ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': Plucky is showing off all his [[TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs]] merchandise, including a "Two-Way Wrist Slug."Slug".



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s, which actually {{Lampshaded}} the fact the Omnitrix doesn't tell time.
** Until ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', anyway, where WordOfGod confirms that it actually does tell time now.
* The Tracy Brothers in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' communicated with each other using these.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s, which actually {{Lampshaded}} the fact the Omnitrix doesn't tell time.
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time. Until ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', anyway, where WordOfGod confirms that it actually does tell time now.
* The Tracy Brothers in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' communicated with each other using these.
now.



* WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel has a watch that when opens up has a squirt gun that douses the fuse of the missile to which he's tied in his show's TitleSequence.
** Not to mention it held a television that linked him to Double Q in two other episodes.

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* WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel has a watch that when opens up has a squirt gun that douses the fuse of the missile to which he's tied in his show's TitleSequence.
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TitleSequence. Not to mention it held a television that linked him to Double Q in two other episodes.






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* Real spies used at least two different models of gadget watches: one was a pretty obvious photographic camera, the other had a hidden microphone designed to be used with an external recording device.
** Viktor Suvorov described how during his training he used a watch with a microphone. Apparently, using it during a dinner was a mistake - all the clinking of the cutlery made the speech difficult to hear.

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* Real spies used at least two different models of gadget watches: one was a pretty obvious photographic camera, the other had a hidden microphone designed to be used with an external recording device.
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device. Viktor Suvorov described how during his training he used a watch with a microphone. Apparently, using it during a dinner was a mistake - -- all the clinking of the cutlery made the speech difficult to hear.



* The [[http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote3-gear/ Samsung Galaxy Gear]] is meant to both [[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalize]] and [[ParodiedTrope parody]] this trope. It's basically a cell phone on a watch. In fact, it is {{lampshaded}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2AjPfHTIS4 in of the commercials]].
** A bit of FridgeLogic kicks in as the commercial features a little-known wrist communicator from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' instead of the iconic flip-top-style communicator. Why? Because the classic communicator design has been so thoroughly [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] that it's already (in the era of smartphones) become outdated. (Also of course because wrist-mounted communication is the whole point of the exercise.)

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* The [[http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote3-gear/ Samsung Galaxy Gear]] is meant to both [[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalize]] and [[ParodiedTrope parody]] this trope. It's basically a cell phone on a watch. In fact, it is {{lampshaded}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2AjPfHTIS4 in of the commercials]].
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commercials]]. A bit of FridgeLogic kicks in as the commercial features a little-known wrist communicator from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' instead of the iconic flip-top-style communicator. Why? Because the classic communicator design has been so thoroughly [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] that it's already (in the era of smartphones) become outdated. (Also of course because wrist-mounted communication is the whole point of the exercise.)
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