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After casting lots for Secret Santa, I drew Editor-in-Chief Gareth Branwyn. Now, those that know Gareth know that he’s a geek’s geek. So, what to give the geek that out-geeks the geeks?

Tricky situation my friends.

So, as a gift to Gareth, I decided to give him the Kisai Keisan Black LED Watch.

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A bit of a backstory: In April, I flew from Utah, where I lived at the time, to MAKE headquarters in Sebastopol, California for a job interview. After meeting a lot of the MAKE team, I got to meet Gareth, who was in town from DC where he lives and works. I was really impressed with Gareth’s cool Tokyo Flash watch. I think that adding another geeky watch to his quiver would be a good fit, and something that he would get a kick out of.

Part of what Makes Tokyo Flash watches so cool (aside from the design) is how utterly impossible they are to read. They almost take a degree in Computer Science, Latin, and Klingon to read the time. Below is an example of how the time works on this watch.

For those that like 30 Rock, back in season one, there was a scene with Liz Lemon meeting someone, a geek she had a crush on, in an elevator. He was wearing a “Japanese Pie Watch.”

The Head: I see you’re lookin’ at my watch.

Liz: What?

The Head: It’s cool, isn’t it? That’s a Japanese Pie Watch.

Liz: Oh, OK.

The Head: It tells time with those little pie pieces. Each piece is six minutes, so right now it’s… six times four… 5:30? That can’t be right.

Liz: My watch has these little hands that go around and point at numbers.

The Head: Hey, that’s awesome, possum.


  • Displays the time and date
  • Made from high grade aluminum
  • LED animation mode
  • Energy saving mode to ensure battery longevity
  • Clasp: simple fold over clasp with push button
  • Minimum wrist size: 150 mm
  • Maximum wrist size: 220 mm
  • Case dimensions: 30 mm x 45 mm x 12 mm
  • Water resistance: 3ATM
  • Instructions: Japanese and English instructions included
  • Battery: CR2032 standard watch battery
  • Weight: 80 grams
  • Three year warranty

Cool watch, retails for $159. Great for any geek.

Jake Spurlock

Web Developer at MAKE. I’m an Engineer. That means I solve problems.

Also, a geek, designer, HTML/CSS/PHP lover. Taker of photos, and sometimes skiing and biking…



  1. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Why, Jake, you shouldn’t have. It’s perfect. In fact, I thought about buying that very watch at one point (when it was on sale).

    And thanks for thinking of me as an uber-geek, but honestly, I don’t think I’m much of a geek at all. My dyslexia makes me suck at math and I don’t know if you can be a geek’s geek and not be good in math and logic.

    I remember us talking about that 30 Rock episode during your job interview. I remember thinking: “OK, if he likes 30 Rock, he’s probably alright.” I greatly underestimated the Spurlock awesomeness. It’s been amazing having you on the team.

    Merry Christmas.

  2. DianeB says:

    Did you get your watch in the mail yet?And did you have to pay a fee to the post office? I was going to order 2 of the silver watches till I read the about the fee. Im on a tight budget and was wondering how much more I would need?

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      Diane, I have bought three of these watches directly from Tokyo Flash and have never had a problem and never had to pay any sort of fee. Not sure what that’s about, or if that’s something new. I even sent back a watch I didn’t like and got a full refund to my credit card.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The red pill, or the green pill.

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