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Old 07-24-2014, 09:02   #1
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How many here had a digital LED watch?

I was watching Columbo on Netflix last night and the "suspect" had an LED watch, remember those?

They had an all black face and screen and when you pressed the button the digits would light up in red. Although high tech and very trendy at the time they were a real pain, but it was a DIGITAL watch, so you overlooked the inconvenience of wearing it. At least for a while.

First problem was that it required both hands to check the time, you couldn't just look at it, you had to push the button to light the digits. Which lead to the second problem, they would go through batteries like popcorn at the movies if you checked the time frequently. That's why the display wasn't always on, the battery probably wouldn't have lasted a whole day. I used one for a couple of months and got tired of the hassle and went back to a $6.95 Timex, which would "take a licking and keep on ticking", at least till the crystal was so scratched up you couldn't see the hands anymore.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:18   #2
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My uncle had one. Had the "face" on the side. The rest was the size of a regular digital watch of today. HUGE! It was gold. I wish I snagged it from him those many years ago.

By the time I was in Jr. High, they had the calculator watches. I had to take my watch off before math tests. LOL
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:23   #3
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I remember them but never had one. It never seemed especially practical. Perhaps I was a bit skeptical from a red LED calculator that went through its battery charge quickly.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:19   #4
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I had one. Cool factor only, and once it wore off, the watch sat for a good old analog.

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Was that the one with the tuning fork in the ads? Pulsar, maybe?
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I remembered those watches. I also remembered thinking they were pretty ghey back then too.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:33   #7
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Fairchild Semiconductor

I was in a class at Fairchild Semiconductor in Silicon Valley in the late 1970's and the instructor was saying Fairchild LED Digital watches were now for sale to employees. I was amazed and in awe at that time. Wow a digital watch. LED's. It was pricey I think $200.00 or so. A year or so later Timex came out with a LED digital watch with a plastic case and band. I think it was around $30.00. Now a computer, GPS, phone, and a watch in your pocket for $200.00 with 2-year contract of course. Only Gene Roddenberry and Mr. Spock could have predicted it.
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Your parents didn't buy you a Rolex for school every year? Peasants.
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EDIT: Oops, that's an LCD watch, not LED. Nevermind.
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:17   #10
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I was given one as a surprise. Gold Pulsar. For her I wore it. After the first day I was sick of having to push a button to see the time. On a bright day you also had to find or make shade to read the stupid thing. After we separated,,,, One day I ask her what did she do with that watch.
She told me she threw it in the river!!! I think she paid like $695 for it. Yeah, she had a real good job at the time. That watch was an attention getter for sure.

And there was nothing ghey about it. That word didn't even exist at that time.... But Homo's and Gay's were just coming into vogue. Disco was in and drugs were starting to boom.
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I was watching Columbo on Netflix last night and the "suspect" had an LED watch, remember those?
Roger Moore's Bond famously wore a Hamilton Pulsar in Live and Let Die, which was an early 70's movie.

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Old 07-24-2014, 12:31   #12
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Was that the one with the tuning fork in the ads? Pulsar, maybe?
Are you thinking of the Bulova Accutron watch that had a resonating tuning fork to regulate the time. They came out back around 1960 or so. I still have mine but it hasn't worked for years, was a heavy watch.
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Yeah, that's probably it. Amazing how tech destroys value.
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Still have it. . . But haven't used it in years. It's a Hughes Aircraft Company's Calculator Watch. Now days they sell for $500+ if you can find one.

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Now days I just wear a Seiko Solar with an analog dial. . .Best inexpensive ($100) watch I've ever owned.
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Never had a LED watch, but I still have a couple of Melcor calculators from the period ... (Regular and scientific ... still work, too)

As noted, they ate batteries, and gave way to blue plasma display, and then LCDs.

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My Dad had a gold Bulova Computron LED watch back in the 1970's. He had his initials engraved on the top. Very cool at the time. My BIL had the Radio Shack LED with calculator. He was a nerdy guy but I liked him. I had a cheap-o black plastic LED, Texas Instruments series 500. Just dug it out. I need 2 10L124 batteries and I'm back in business. tom.
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Old 07-24-2014, 14:39   #17
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I wore them for some years, a Timex.
I think they cost about $14.00.

Funny thing was,

another pilot had a high dollar Rolex and we started checking the accuracy between the two watches.
The $14 Timex was more accurate than the expensive Rolex.
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Old 07-24-2014, 14:46   #18
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Yeah....being my age I've had several....Even my first calculator from Sears was LED.....and it dis all 4 functions.....+ - * /
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I had one, got it for Christmas. I was very careful with it. So careful that when I drove a forklift I put it in my pocket so I did not bang it while on my wrist.

Two weeks after I got it a route driver whose truck I was loading handed me a handful of led watch parts. It fell out of my pocket and I ran over it. I was bummed at the time.
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My uncle had one. Had the "face" on the side. The rest was the size of a regular digital watch of today. HUGE! It was gold. I wish I snagged it from him those many years ago.

By the time I was in Jr. High, they had the calculator watches. I had to take my watch off before math tests. LOL
When I was in HS in the mid '90's, there was a certain watch that you could get at (I think) The Sharper Image that doubled as a remote control for TV's and VCR's. This one kid showed up with one to class one day and had quite the blast with the teacher, who was trying to make us watch some stupid school movie. Having no idea about these watches, she about lost her nut trying to figure out why the TV kept turning off.
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