The Apple Watch just became available for preorder, but we already have a look at the Apple Watch II — or, rather, Apple II Watch.
That is, if you’re open-minded about a 1970s-looking retro timepiece and you have a month of free time on your hands.
A user on tech website Instructables built a watch based on the programming language BASIC, which more closely resembles the Apple II computer from 1977 than the watch everyone is scrambling to order today.
Instructables user Aleator77 says it took about a month to create his model — three weeks to work on the case design and circuitry, and another week to develop the graphics and software. He then posted step-by-step instructions on the site so Apple fans could create their own.
“When I set out to design the Apple II watch, I originally planned to create a faithful tiny replica of the classic machine in a wrist-sized form factor,” Aleator wrote on the site. “While researching the design, I began to ask if I really just wanted to make a miniature, or something altogether new? I settled on the latter.”
It has all of the ingredients of a modern-day DIY project It has all of the ingredients of a modern-day DIY project, like 3D printing for the shell and programmable controllers — and it actually works. It touts a 1.8-inch LCD screen, a small 2-watt speaker, a rechargeable battery and a tiny floppy drive. Remember floppy drives?
“Although the MCU I’m using runs at a blistering (by early 1980s standards) 72MHz , the watch functions are mostly parody of the modern Apple Watch,” he wrote. “My version does keep and display the real time and date, [but] the rest of the UI is mostly for fun.”
If you haven’t preordered an Apple Watch just yet, you’ll likely have to wait until the summer to bring one home. Units sold out quickly, but you can build your own Apple II Watch from scratch in about a month.