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Lifeclock One ‘Escape from New York’ Inspired Smartwatch

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

It’s hard to beat a good, all-around ’80s action movie and if you’re a watch enthusiast that grew up loving these films, you probably remember Escape From New York. The story centers around Snake Plissken, who is given a gun, a two-way radio, and a countdown watch before his mission to save the President from the country’s largest prison – New York City in 1997. It may seem a bit heavy handed by today’s standards, but the film has achieved a cult following and the timer, which is central to the story line, has been especially appealing to watch enthusiasts that love “watch-spotting” in movies and TV shows. Today, we’re introducing the Lifeclock One, an officially licensed, supercharged version of Snake Plissken’s countdown watch from Escape from New York equipped with a range of modern smartwatch functions.

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

The Lifeclock One was developed to be more than just a glorified, static prop and is engineered with a range of useful features in addition to the programmed countdown mode. This includes modes for tracking eight different time zones, a stopwatch, step tracker, weather monitoring, smartphone camera control, compass, and more. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also worth noting that the Lifeclock One also has built-in Bluetooth functionality, which allows it to pair to your Android or iOS device. This makes it easy to receive push notifications from your favorite apps, which can be set to ‘vibrate’ on wrist for a more discreet form of alert.

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

The case of the Lifeclock One is CNC machined from a solid piece of brass and fitted with a tempered glass crystal featuring scratch resistant coating. It’s a bold case, large, and attention-grabbing, but it offers something different from the rest of the smartwatches out there. In essence, it is an accurate reproduction of the prop worn in the film but with a more practical approach to function and wearability. There are also a few models to choose from and all of them feature genuine leather “cuff” straps fitted with either hook-and-loop or buckle attachments.

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

As interesting as the case is, however, the star of the show is definitely the LED display. It features an array of custom 11-segment LED displays, which deliver a superior and clear readout when compared to more commonly used 7-segment displays. Customizations have been made so that the watch can support the full English alphabet (A through Z) as well as the full number set 0 through 9. There is no upper or lower case on the Lifeclock One and each character is uniquely presented. The core PCB is also manufactured in the US and serves as the “brain” of the unit that will serve its wearer for years to come.

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

Each Lifeclock One is also precision fitted with a stainless steel backplate featuring a custom o-ring to keep the elements out and an integrated magnetic charging port. Additionally, there’s a variety of engraving options to choose from and you even have the option for a fully custom engraved backplate. Currently, two models are offered: the Snake edition and the Gullfire edition. While the Snake edition is more true to the original, the Gullfire is machined from 7075-T7 aluminum and finished with a MIL-A-8625 Type III Class 2 aluminum anodized hard coat in black for a more tactical look. Functionality is the same and all Lifeclock One watches are fully designed, tested, and assembled in the United States (Georgia). This is a very unique offering in the smartwatch market and the approach allows for careful, hands-on attention to detail throughout the entire manufacturing process.

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

Lifeclock One 'Escape from New York' Inspired Smartwatch Watch Releases

The Lifeclock One is a unique watch that’s not only smart but attracts attention. With rock-solid construction, a range of useful features, and a mission-ready look that’s true to the film, it’s a watch that can really stand out in any collection whether your a watch or film enthusiast. Price for the Lifeclock One Snake edition starts at $399 while the Gullfire edition starts at $599. Remember, there’s a range of engraving and personalization options available and you can learn more by visiting the Lifeclock One official site.

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  • Brandon Boudreaux


    Why is this so massive

  • SuperStrapper

    One mode you forgot to include is the one where the wearer doesn’t look absolutely ridiculous. A kind of important one, No?
    The shots of women wearing it are very lulzy, but I do commend your attempt. You dont actually assume a woman would wear this?

    • Tim

      *You dont actually assume people would wear this?

  • Pete Pete

    what the f***

    wouldn’t it be a lot easier – and more subtle – to strap the smartphone to your arm?!

    • Framlucasse

      Also a lot more useful.

    • MeaCulpa

      Or, something roughly the same size as this watch i.e. A mid 90’s full tower PC with a 24” CRT monitor, a HP 560 colour inkjet printer and a US Robotics modem.

  • Berndt Norten

    Oh. My. God. Becky. Look at that watch….

    • DanW94


      Sorry Berndt, I had a flashback there….

  • Tempvs Mortvvs

    I know it’s huge, bulgy and kinda tasteless…. But i like it! Not sure i would really wear it, though.

  • R Ramki

    Lol, as subtle as walking around wearing a storm trooper helmet. Isn’t lifelock the credit monitoring company?

  • Mikita

    Does it have some kind of a wrist railgun?

    • Ross Diljohn

      Not in the movie.

      • Mikita


  • IanE

    I rather liked it – till I saw how huge the thing is. Still, it may well get its culty following!

  • proudAmerican702

    If I saw that strapped to someone’s arm, my first thought would be, “boy, those inmate-monitoring ankle bracelets are really getting fashionable!”

    • harveyspecter

      haha great

  • Tea Hound

    This is absolutely awesome!

    I’m probably not the target audience for this, but if I was younger, thinner, taller and cooler and could still wear a leather jacket without looking like an office couch, I’d grab one of these in a shot. In fact I’d grab both varieties. I love the jumbo LED display, the steampunk look, the attention to detail, the functionality, the price… everything really. Finally a smart watch that dares to be different. I wish Lifeclock One every success with this – but I think it’ll do very well without needing my wishes.

    Just to clarify: I’m not being sarcastic (unlike me I know), I have no relationship with Lifeclock One, and I’m not being paid for my words…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Dork !

    • Ross Diljohn

      Imagine trying to explain you’re actually not a dork because Snake Plisken wore one and he was a badass from the eighties.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        What a dorky reply 🙂

        • Ross Diljohn


          • IG

            Is Snake a valid first name?

          • Ross Diljohn

            Widely used in some circles I am reliably informed.

  • Yan Fin

    Nostalgia for the crap no one is missing. Looks like Soviet made electronics. ‘Soviet microchips are the biggest in the world!’

  • PollyO

    If only it was a little bigger….

  • Marius

    When is a watch too big? When it extends from your wrist all the way to your elbow.

  • Mark1884

    I don’t really know what to think about this “watch”??
    The display reminds me of my very first digital watch. A “Litronix” red LED. I liked the movie “Escape from New York” and remember Snake’s timer.
    But, I loathe smart watches! Something inside says to me this is kinda cool, although it is WAY to big for me and I would not wear it. My world is now upside down.
    I need to have a Gin & tonic, and mull this over.

  • Framlucasse

    … … … ?!

  • Ross Diljohn

    Snake Plisken would probably shoot anyone who chose to voluntarily wear this.

  • Lurch

    We need a total garbage option under What Do You Think? There are some things I find in department stores for sale that make me wonder what Chinese factory workers think of the West. This belongs in that group.

  • Joe
  • Juan-Antonio Garcia


    • Chester Snapdragon McPhisticuf

      Why not?

      • Juan-Antonio Garcia

        Why yes?

  • Brian

    These are for tardis.

  • egznyc

    This brass/bronze thing has still got some legs … 😉

  • Just too darn big. Half to 2/3 of the size and it would be a fun occasional wear watch for the smartwatch crowd (which isn’t me, but I’m trying to be open minded). The price is not stupid crazy but both brass and aluminum are soft metals and that huge display only having mineral glass (with a hardening?) makes the whole thing a watch to be babied – which is counter to the overall impression. A smaller 2nd generation version would do better in the market, well at least that’s me guess. Still nice to see some innovation and quirky/interesting design work in the smartwatch arena. I wish them success, but did I mention it’s too darn big?

    • Lifeclock One

      Thanks Marc / great observations and agreed on the path to a 2nd smaller version. The watch was very much designed to mimic the prop from the movie which is… well… pretty big. So far our customers actually really enjoy wearing it out and love getting comments – but we know it’s way too big for most people. We really appreciate your reasoned comments – thank you!

      • And thank you for reading replying to comments here (some brands neglect to do that). Consider a stainless steel case and sapphire crystal. I know that may drive up up the price a few bucks but it would help eliminate barriers to purchasing. This is a demanding crowd here, ha ha.

        • Lifeclock One

          Thank you Marc. We are *very* aware of the audience here at ABTW and the height of the bar – we knew that we’d get some harsh comments but we’ve tried our hardest to be as transparent as possible about our design choices (if you look at our Kickstarter campaign/Facebook page you can see our journey). We also know that our watch is very much outside the normal timepieces that this community is used to seeing but we hoped that most people would find it interesting and certainly different.

          We did look at sapphire crystal. To match the aesthetic of the movie, we needed it to be tinted dark red which apparently is not common and in the specific size/shape we needed – and the quotes were horrendously expensive. Given our size and very niche market we just couldn’t support it. We did have a brief discussion with Corning for a GG solution but once again the numbers didn’t work, hence the mineral glass with an SiO2 anti scratch coating on the front.

          • Thanks for explaining the decision process. Tough choices when sourcing parts as the cost/benefit ratio always has to take into account what the market will bear.

  • TheChuphta

    I like that this exists. If I saw someone wearing it, I bet they’d be fun to get drunk with.

    • Yeah, if you like Jaeger shots and being called “Bro” every ten minutes.


    You know the expression “ the watch wears the wearer”. Yeah me neither but damn if I could imagine the faces if I showed up in the office (assuming I even passed security) w this device that looks like a nuclear remote denotator to work. Just the perfect object for my line of work.

    One more thing you could make a killing in North Korea w this

  • Joe

    I think this watch came too late or too early.
    This 45th POTUS isn’t one worth saving 😉

    That aside, I rather like the watch. It’s not something I would wear every day but I can see myself going for the Gullfire edition. I could see it being priced the same as the Snake edition though.

  • Joel Schumann

    This managed to surprise me – somehow I just didn’t think you could actually wear this on your wrist, I thought it was some table clock. As it is, I don’t hate it but I definitely would assume the wearer had some health issues that required an advanced monitoring device easily visible and accessible at all times.

    Now that I know better, I just have a suggestion left: Wouldn’t it be an idea to sponsor this guy:

  • IG

    Dumb like 80s action movies. So I guess it works.

  • Adi Susanto

    Is this a count down for end of the world? Hmmm…repent you rich collectors messiah is coming

  • Well, they are called Life*Clock* and not Life*Watch* and certainly delivered on that aspect and its size implications..

    I look forward to their next offering, LifeGrandather, a faithful reproduction of Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast that you strap to your back.

  • I’m glad Mark Carson has made some constructive comments. What he didn’t tell us, is that he already has a Snake Edition that he wears regularly while driving his ’65 Coupe de Ville (with the optional chandelier headlamps) up Front Street in Lahaina on Saturday nights. (Come on Mark; full disclosure!).

    Anyway, I like the Snake edition, and may even buy one for the hell of it. But then I’d have to go out and find a suppressed MAC-10 somewhere, which would really cost me a fortune.

  • Marius

    I rather liked it until I realised how mahoosive it is. I have a hankering for a watch that is a big lump of bronze/brass but not a 79mm lump. I have a brawny arm, but not that brawny.

  • The proper watch to wear thru airport security checks. Just about perfect. Erratic behaviour a major plus when wearing this thru.