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Sony Watchman FD210

The Sony Watchman is a line of portable pocket televisions trademarked and produced by Sony.



The initial model was introduced in 1982 as the FD-210, becoming the * first mass-produced pocket television. The FD-210 had a grayscale five centimeter display. The device weighed around 650 grams, with a measurement of 87 x 198 x 33 millimeters. The device was sold in Japan with a price of 54,800 yen. Roughly two years later, in 1984, the device was introduced to Europe and North America.

  • edit March 15, 2010 The Panasonic TR 001 was the first pocket-able television in production, available for purchase in 1970. The Panasonic measures approximately 6.25 x 4 x 1.85 inches. I purchased the set new in 1970. The Sony FD-210 was the first flat CRT television in production. (see the short history of pocket TV link) edit by etype2

Later Releases

Sony FDL-3500

Sony manufactured more than 65 models of the Watchman before it's discontinuation in 2000. Upon the release of further models after the FD-210, the display size increased, and new features were introduced. The FD-3, introduced in 1987, had a built-in digital clock. The FD-30, introduced in 1984 had a built-in AM/FM Stereo radio. The FD-40/42/44/45 were among the largest Watchmans, utilizing a 4" CRT display. The FD-40 introduced a single composite A/V input. The FD-45, introduced in 1986, was water-resistant. In 1990, the FDL-310, the first Watchman with a color LCD display was introduced. The FD-280/285, made from 1990 to 1994, was the last Watchman to use a black and white CRT display. One of the last Watchmans was the FDL-22 introduced in 1998, which featured an ergonomic body which made it easier to hold, and introduced Sony's Straptenna, where the wrist strap served as the antenna.


Due to the switch of over-the-air television to digital, most models of the Sony Watchman in the US have lost their usefulness, because they now require to be connected to a digital converter box. Because of this, the Sony Watchman, especially older CRT-based models, is now becoming increasingly popular as a collector's item.[citation needed]

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