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Definition: Dick Tracy watch


A wristwatch popularized in the 1940s by the Dick Tracy comics. Tracy was a detective who had two-way radio communications to police headquarters via his famous watch, which was decades ahead of its time. See smartwatch.




Dick Tracy's Watch
This two-way radio became synonymous with Dick Tracy, the comic-strip super detective created by Chester Gould from 1931 to 1977. (Image courtesy of copyright holder Tribune Content Agency LLC. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)






Tracy Would Be Jealous
This Hitachi mock-up was created in 2000 and foretold GPS and video calling on a smartwatch. (Image courtesy of Hitachi America, Ltd.)