Review of Cadence 4-Bit Binary Watch

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A watch, I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed one, but I have one for review today from a company called Cadence. This watch isn’t just your normal kind though, it’s a sneaky, geeky one. Yes I said sneaky, geeky there. This watch is called the 4-Bit binary and it was designed by a gentleman called John Flear for our enjoyment. What makes this watch special is the numbers, or actually lack of numbers, instead they are replaced with, you guessed it, 4-bit binary code. Anyway, let’s just jump right into this…


4-bit binary watch

4-BIT Watch Improves Your Geek Cred
Instead of Arabic or Latin numerals, the numbers on this dial are 4-bit. binary. This watch is classy enough to wear with on any occasion, while geeky enough to make a good conversation starter.

Want to improve your geek cred?  Then this is the watch for you.  Instead of Arabic or Latin numerals, the numbers on this dial are 4-bit. binary. This watch is classy enough to wear with on any occasion, while geeky enough to make a good conversation starter.

About John Flear’s designs
The 4-bit binary watch was designed by John Flear. His designs often incorporate high-tech motifs into classical objects. These objects take on a signature retro-futuristic feel. This retro-futuristic tension also surfaced in his critically acclaimed low resolution LED panel. The LED panel simulated a swarm of fireflies within the rigid confines of a traditional wall mounted picture frame made of brushed aluminum. While not aluminum, the 4-bit watch also uses brushed metal, this time jewelry-grade stainless steel, to create a retro look. John Flear then punctures the retro look with the 4-bit binary markings that bring us back to our technological age where geeks rule supreme.

Technical specifications
-Case made from jewelry grade (316L) stainless steel.
-Saddle stitched two part leather strap with stainless steel buckle.
-Miyota quartz movement.
-Five year limited warranty on movement and hands.
-Case size:  40mm diameter, 9mm thickness.
-Water resistant to 3ATM.
-Sapphire coated quartz glass.

Price: $90.00

You can order the 4-bit watch with or without a box, they sent me one in a box, a bright orange box to be exact with the Cadence logo on it.


Inside you’ll find the watch resting on a felt like black background.


When you unpack the watch you’ll see it and a warranty/information card.


The back of the watch is a highly reflective chrome and the watch has a soft leather band for comfort. The watch is made of stainless steel which makes it durable, and it’s battery powered.


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The front of the band resembles a snakeskin I would think, or maybe crocodile.


The clasp is rather thick and appears to be heavy duty, this is a good thing of course.


The geek or 4-Bit part of this watch is the numbers, or I should say lack thereof. Instead of numbers there are dots or blocks which are the 4-bit binary code.  You read it from the outside in to figure out what time it is, but you need to have some understanding of 4-bit.


The dots are 1, 2, 4 and 8 and here’s a handy little chart to help you understand better:




Here’s a few more pictures of the watch:


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The ‘numbers’ are illuminated, or they glow in the dark but for whatever reason the hands don’t, which doesn’t make much sense to me. It would be nice if you could see it in the dark.

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If you’re looking for something stylish, yet in a subtle way let’s people know you’re a geek at heart, then you need the Cadence 4-Bit Binary Watch. This watch is very nicely made, and it looks great
really, and of course it keeps good time. The 4-Bit Binary Watch features a nice looking face with 4-bit code replacing the normal numbers you’d find on a watch face. I like the Cadence 4-Bit Binary watch and I think you will too. I think anyone who gets one will be very happy with it. The watch can be worn everyday, and yet it’s nice enough to worn out on the town if you’d want to.


+Well made
+Looks great
+Certainly unique

-Hands don’t glow


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