A Concise History Of The LED watch

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A Concise History Of The LED watch

Postby Racer-X » February 28th 2018, 1:29am

by Joe Thompson "In May of 1970, 36-year-old John Bergey, head of research and development at Hamilton Watch Co., in Lancaster, PA, was a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He was there to show Johnny not just a new watch that Hamilton had created, but a new kind of watch.

Called the Pulsar Time Computer, it was the world’s first digital watch. It was unlike any watch that Carson, or anyone else, had ever seen before. It had no hands or dial. Instead, it had a blank, red, rectangular computer-like “time screen” (Hamilton’s term), made of synthetic ruby, set in a gold cushion-shaped case. To tell the time, you pushed a button on the side of the case. Three (or four) red digits, indicating the hours and minutes, appeared on the screen for slightly more than one second and then blinked off. If you pressed the button longer, red seconds digits replaced the hours and minutes digits on the screen and then disappeared."

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Re: A Concise History Of The LED watch

Postby foghorn » February 28th 2018, 5:04am

I had a Texas Instruments LED back in the good old days. I was the nutz!!
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Postby Falstaff » February 28th 2018, 7:27am

Still have my Pulsar P2. As a matter of fact, I think I'll go fire it up for the day.
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Re: A Concise History Of The LED watch

Postby Racer-X » February 28th 2018, 12:33pm

Enjoyed this article and had a Pulsar or similar back in the day. I remember it beeped at every button press.
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Re: A Concise History Of The LED watch

Postby biglove » February 28th 2018, 7:38pm

My Dad had a gold tone one back in the very early ‘70s, a gift from IBM for his years of service. Wish he still had it.
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