But little was said at the time about connectivity and networking. It could IR-beam (consuming the battery) and sync, but other than muted complaints about missing Bluetooth (which would have consumed even more battery), no one said anything one way or the other about getting it on the Internet. And I'm all about Palm devices on the Internet.
It turns out there's a reason for that, and we're going to patch the operating system so we can make the Fossil Wrist PDA into what may be the smallest (and first wrist-mounted) Gopher client. That also required an update to the Overbite Palm Gopher client (which you'll want for your 68K Palm anyway), and then there's the matter of the battery refusing to charge as well. And finally, we want to make all of this portable!
Fossil (still around) had been founded in 1984 as importer-wholesaler Overseas Products; Far East-produced fashion watches were initially only part of their early product lines. The company noticed that the Swatch-esque watches sold poorly in a market then saturated with them, but their retro-styled ones sold rather better and eventually dominated their entire sales mix. In 1987 the business was formally renamed Fossil and expanded the watch line with personal accessories like keychains and organizers and leather goods like wallets and belts, selling from their own brick-and-mortar stores in 1995. By 2000 they would offer a full line of luxury goods including sunglasses, backpacks, clothing, handbags and jewelry. In 2002 Fossil made four out of every ten fashion watches sold in the United States with total sales of over US$650 million (in 2023 about $1.1 billion). Their watches sold under their Fossil (still are) and Abacus (retired) brands, among others, as well as manufacturing and importing watches for other fashion retailers.