Sony Watchman

Published: October 14, 2021
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The Sony Watchman was a line of portable televisions produced by Sony. The TVs were introduced in 1982 and discontinued in 2000. Its name came from a portmanteau formed of "man" from Sony's Walkman personal cassette audio players and "Watch" (watching television). As the models progressed, display size increased and new features were added. The very first Watchman, the FD-210, was released by Sony in Japan in 1982, followed by a wider release in Europe and North America two years later. The device weighed around 650 grams, with a measurement of 87 x 198 x 33 millimeters. It wasn't the first handheld TV available to consumers, companies like Panasonic had released versions in the 1970s, but the Watchman was the first to be considered truly pocketable thanks to a clever feat of engineering. The device was sold in Japan with an original price of US $480 (equal to $1,330 in 2021). Two years later, in 1984, the device was introduced to Europe and North America.

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There were more than 65 models of the Watchman made before its discontinuation, including a variety of screen sizes like the Sony Mega Watchman series, and eventually models featuring full color LCD screens.

Popular Watchman models include:

  • Sony Watchman FD-10A
  • Sony Watchman FD-20A
  • Sony Watchman FD-210
  • Sony Mega Watchman FD-500, 510, 525, 555

Although the Watchman TV eventually fell out of favor when television companies committed to switching their devices to digital signals, you can still make your Sony Watchman work by implementing a digital signal converter.

Convert to digital

You need a standard RCA plug-equipped splitter cable, a standard coax cable and a digital converter box unit. First, connect the RCA splitter cable to the AV out ports on the digital converter box and the port labeled in on the side of the Watchman. After the 3.5 mm cable is plugged in, connect the coax cable to the port labeled in on the converter unit and the coax output port near the antenna on the Watchman. After this is complete, you have the necessary bridge to convert and display digital signals on the Watchman.

Some people use a Watchman to connect to their Playstation or other vintage game console.


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Sony Watchman value and price guide

What's your Sony Watchman worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Sony Sony Color Watchman CRT TV FDT Sony Color Watchman CRT TV FDT 5BX5 AM 09/2021 $ 192.66
Sony Sony Watchman FD 40A Black Sony Watchman FD 40A Black White 07/2021 $ 38.54
Sony Sony Color Watchman TV AM FM Sony Color Watchman TV AM FM Tuner FDT 09/2021 $ 136.03
Sony Sony Color Watchman TV AM FM Sony Color Watchman TV AM FM Tuner FDT 09/2021 $ 134.90
Sony SONY Watchman FD 230 Portable SONY Watchman FD 230 Portable 2 7 Black 10/2021 $ 109.27
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