Colours/finishes

FD-10B

Although there have been many Watchman models, the FD-10B is perhaps the definitive and most instantly recognisable version. Following on from the previous, larger sets in the series, the FD-10B had at last been reduced to a practical size, still too big to slip easily into a pocket but not far off. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

No single advance in technology had made the reduction in size possible, it was down to continuous refinement in all areas of the design. The tube was slightly smaller and used a more compact scanning assembly, and new integrated circuits meant that the electronics could be assembled on a smaller board area and used less power. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The UK version of the set unfortunately lost its UHF/VHF tuner and the option of European sound band coverage, though one could still switch to “sound only” mode, reducing the power consumption and making the batteries last much longer. An earphone socket was included, though unlike some previous Watchmans this was a mono type, so could not be used with normal Walkman headphones. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.