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These watches were popular 40 years ago. They had a blank face and when a button was pushed at the side of the watch then you could see the digital time light up . Do they still sell this watch ? I had one but what I didn't like about the watch was that if you were writing at University , you would have to stop writing with your hand ,to push the button on the watch which was on your other hand.
 

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Pulsar. I have the Pulsar II day-date model. And the "feature" is really annoying when you actually need to know the time in a pinch.
A silly novelty that is only replicated by some G-Shock negative displays.
 

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You're thinking of the early- to mid-70s LED watches. Pulsar made the first, then many, mostly American, companies also made them. Most of them did not survive, sadly since they used fragile circuit boards vulnerable to corrosion and leaking batteries.
If you want to buy one, I suggest a Bulova, since they seem to have survived the best. Here's my 1976 Bulova Computron Driver's watch.
You can also buy Pulsars, many of which have had their circuit boards replaced with modern reproductions.
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Pulsar. I have the Pulsar II day-date model. And the "feature" is really annoying when you actually need to know the time in a pinch.
A silly novelty that is only replicated by some G-Shock negative displays.



Yes, yes, that's the one
 

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You're thinking of the early- to mid-70s LED watches. Pulsar made the first, then many, mostly American, companies also made them. Most of them did not survive, sadly since they used fragile circuit boards vulnerable to corrosion and leaking batteries.
If you want to buy one, I suggest a Bulova, since they seem to have survived the best. Here's my 1976 Bulova Computron Driver's watch.
You can also buy Pulsars, many of which have had their circuit boards replaced with modern reproductions.
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So these are called LED watches ? They lost their popularity, lol
 

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I remember buying one when I saw Kojak using one on TV.

Ran down the batteries in about a week! :grin:
 

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I had one for 2 days in 1978, stopped working and Dad took it back and came back with an OMAX lcd.

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The one I have is a Hamilton (their design) and was given to me by a friend, it had been presented to him as an award in 1972 and at the time was the cat's meow as much as an Apple watch when it came out, well sorta, lol. One button for time, one for date and a small magnet concealed into the clasp that nested into the caseback so you could change hour, min, date. It has a heavy gold filled case and bracelet and was worn a lot, he said the msrp at the time on the watch was $1,000.
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I still have some batteries for it I purchased out of asia back in my brief tuning fork era of collecting. I think they are cool, the re-issue not so much
 

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Lets not forget Texas Instruments - they were a powerhouse in the digital watches, affordable for the masses.
I got one for Christmas.

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My Parents had a small town Jewellery shop they sold amongst other things, Omegas, Pierponts,Citizens and Seiko's - naturally, and they were quite successful (its why I developed a love for Watches). As soon as they saw LCD's and there price, they sold the shop.
 

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The one I have is a Hamilton (their design) and was given to me by a friend, it had been presented to him as an award in 1972 and at the time was the cat's meow as much as an Apple watch when it came out, well sorta, lol. One button for time, one for date and a small magnet concealed into the clasp that nested into the caseback so you could change hour, min, date. It has a heavy gold filled case and bracelet and was worn a lot, he said the msrp at the time on the watch was $1,000. View attachment 447083 I still have some batteries for it I purchased out of asia back in my brief tuning fork era of collecting. I think they are cool, the re-issue not so much
That was a lot of money back then. I don't see how it could have been so expensive because one could have bought a Rolex watch back then for $1000 unless the gold content could have driven the price so high ?
 

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My Parents had a small town Jewellery shop they sold amongst other things, Omegas, Pierponts,Citizens and Seiko's - naturally, and they were quite successful (its why I developed a love for Watches). As soon as they saw LCD's and there price, they sold the shop.
I don't see why they sold the shop because expensive watch stores exist today, even though watches can be purchased for as low as $10 in a drug store.
 

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I don't see why they sold the shop because expensive watch stores exist today, even though watches can be purchased for as low as $10 in a drug store.
In a small town (pop 3000) you would only sell 1 or 2 expensive watches per year (if that)
"Quartz" shut a lot of small town Jewellery shops,
 

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That was a lot of money back then. I don't see how it could have been so expensive because one could have bought a Rolex watch back then for $1000 unless the gold content could have driven the price so high ?
It wasn't the gold, it was the technology. Those were the early days of consumer electronics. Producing components was very expensive. They spent a fortune on R&D for the Time Computer they had to recoup.
When the Seiko quartz-astron was released in 1969 it cost more than a Toyota.

Here's a fun relic of that era. I love the musique concrete
 

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Had a boxed Accurist LED until recently when I sold it.

I was going to put it up on here but I'd already had an ad taken down as I didn't have the requisite amount of posts.

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