Jimmy Olsen was lucky enough to get a Superman watch after officially becoming Superman’s Pal. That would be quite the honor, and receiving a gift from the Man of Steel made it all the better. But this piece of jewelry does more than just tell time.
Jimmy Olsen always found himself getting into trouble, which makes sense when you hang around Lois Lane a lot. Because of this, Superman had the bright idea of making him a watch so he could signal the superhero in times of trouble. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the only one who could summon one of the most powerful beings on the planet with the touch of a button? Obviously Superman trusted Jimmy enough to not abuse the ability to alert him of the trouble he was in. His trust was not completely justified, since Jimmy sometimes alerted Superman for minor reasons.
The Superman watch is said to have been made from gold, silver, and a host of other elements not native to planet Earth. The watch would emit a high frequency noise that only Superman (as well as Supergirl and Krypto the Super-dog) could hear. In the first comic appearance of the Superman watch, Superman says that it emits an ultrasonic frequency noise. Jimmy later says that the noise is supersonic. In Superman – The Animated Series, Superman calls the frequency “ultrasonic.” We’ll assume that the comic book-Jimmy was mistaken in his description of the watch’s frequency.
The Superman watch has seen its variations throughout the years in all its depictions. In the original comics, it didn’t appear to have a distinguishing design. In Superman – The Animated Series, we see that the watch has the symbol for the house of El on the face. In a later comic, the watch is a metallic color in the shape of Superman’s symbol.
Besides being able to summon Superman, the watch also tells time! It’s too bad we can’t get a real high-frequency Superman to alert the Man of Steel. We can, however, get a watch that looks just like the watch Jimmy wears. Here’s one from Amazon that has Superman’s symbol on the face. Check out Amazon’s complete selection of Superman watches.
Jack Stewart is a writer for SuperheroLegacy.com