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Abyss LED Watch is About as Minimal as You Can Get

by Paul Strauss

While many of the unusual electronic watches coming out of Asia feature complex displays that border on insane (you hear us Tokyoflash?), this LED watch is about as simple as we can imagine.


The ABYSS watch has no hands. And no, it doesn’t emit blue smoke. And despite its name, I don’t think it has anything to do with the James Cameron movie. There’s just a single ring of LEDs dotting the circumfrence of its face. White dots indicate hours, blue dots indicate… um… we’re not exactly sure what the blue dots indicate.


Best we can tell from the pictures, they’re parts of an hour. But since the product details say the watch’s touchscreen face is used for “changing hour and minute data,” it’s possible that you look at hours in one pass, and minutes in another. On second thought, this is starting to sound complicated. Either way, the ABYSS probably looks pretty cool in a darkened room, even if you can’t tell exactly what time it is.


The description refer to the ABYSS as “Japanese-inspired,” meaning it’s probably made in China. While the ABYSS watch doesn’t look like it’s got the build quality of a ToykoFlash watch, it is a heckuva lot less expensive.  The ABYSS sells for just $48.09 (USD), and you can grab one over at Chinavasion.

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Comments (7):

  1. zach lerew says:

    This watch comes with no instruction manual, and after replacing the battery, the method to set the time no longer works, i got it for only $20.

  2. Chris says:

    I got it for about $15. Instructions were in English so poorly translated that it was almost indecipherable. A direct quote, unedited by me: “Touch surface 8 Sizableg times hols 3 seconds unto the set time State set sequence:Hour(witfor4 seconds)Minute” They sent two of these things for some reason and we’re now trying to figure out why one of them has the LED’s on permanently.

    • Casey says:

      The same thing happened to me, except mine works fine. I’m looking for help on setting it, as my instructions say the same thing.

  3. alex says:

    touch 8 times then hold 1 long time until the dot for the hour starts to blink rapidly then wait 4 secconds to chance the minuets

  4. dixie says:

    at least yours worked.i have to tap mine a hundred times before it might show some sign of life

  5. bez says:

    follow the hour dot blink for 8 times and the 9th time immediately hold for 3 second and the hour dot start rapidly blink then it the times u set the hour and same things as the minutes set.. gud luck..

  6. pumpkin31 says:

    I recently purchased one. I have owned a few LED style watches some very cheap to a few expensive ones. I have not found to much issues with it, like most things you need to get used to the (individual bugs, that most things like this has/ and at times more to do with the user than the item!)

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