This Watchman was an updated version of the FD-10B, though the numbering suggests otherwise. The two sets look very similar, but can be distinguished from each other easily as the colour of the tuning scale pointer was changed from red to yellow, and for the white version the “Watchman” script was changed from red to grey. The later model also had “FD-9B” printed in tiny letters in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
Few changes were made, though few (if any) UK model FD-9B sets seem to have an input socket for an external antenna. By this time, other manufacturers had successfully released pocket TV sets which used LCD display panels instead of cathode ray tubes. Rather than admitting that the Watchman was becoming out of date, Sony’s advertising explained how they had passed over LCD displays as their “micro-tube” still gave the better picture. This position of course had to be revised when the LCD colour models came along a few years later. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.