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Welcome to Electric Watches!

Post by koimaster » November 2nd 2015, 9:39am

This web site is dedicated to that short period between 1957 and the mid 1970s when Electric Watches reigned! By “electric”, I mean they have a battery, either a balance wheel or a tuning fork and either electrical contacts or a transistor. This was a very short-lived transitional phase: transistors were just becoming available and mass-produced quartz watches had not yet appeared. So there are no mechanical watches (manuals or automatics) on the site but I have included one or two very early quartz watches.

Electric Watches really have died out. Quartz is king in the 21st century, but conventional spring-driven manual and automatic mechanical watches are enjoying a revival both at the top end of the market as well as at the bottom. Not so with the electrics; the last one was probably made in the mid 1970s.

In strict terms, Electric Watches are those without any electronic components i.e. no resistors, diodes or transistors; just a coil, contact and battery such as the Hamilton 500 and 505. But this site also includes the early “electronic” watches. Some key milestones:
•Hamilton : world’s first electric watch
•LIP : world’s first watch to employ an electronic component (a diode to reduce sparking on the contacts)
•Bulova Accutron : world’s first watch to employ a transistor
•ESA Dynotron : world’s first watch to employ a balance wheel and a transistor


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