I've collected and repaired/restored vintage LED's pretty much since they first hit the market in the early 70's....so maybe I'm a little biased. ;-)Just curiosity, I've never seen one of these watches live so I just wanted to know your impressions.
Thanks for all these precious information. |>|>I've collected and repaired/restored vintage LED's pretty much since they first hit the market in the early 70's....so maybe I'm a little biased. ;-)
Vintage LED's certainly have their weak points: high power consumption (depending, of course, on how many times one pressed the buttons, and most of us pressed them a LOT). The red LED display washed out easily in bright light making in difficult to see the time. One needed two hands to tell the time until the development of the "flick of the wrist" or "auto-command" feature (which could be problematic in itself). Many suffered from reliability problems due to the delicate electronics and poor manufacturing, especially in the less expensive watches which flooded the market in the mid 70's.
Yet...they were the first mass-market solid-state watches and thus earned a place in horological history. There also were quartz analog and early quartz LCD watches from makers like Seiko and Optel on the market, but the LED was the one that captivated the public with it's dramatic styling and flashing red digits. They reminded one of lasers and computers and space and all sorts of cutting edge things.
Personally, I still love these things about my LED watches. Treated with care, reliability isn't much of a problem. I don't mind pressing a button to see the time, in fact I rather like it. I don't care if I have to replace the power cells twice a year. I love the dramatic styling (of most of them...some were jaw-droppingly tacky and weird). I love wearing a piece of history on my wrist. In short, I don't find any of the classic problems with original LED watches to be problems for me. And most of all, there is that incredible, ruby-laser red, flashing LED display. I was hooked way back then, and I'm still hooked.
If you are thinking about buying a vintage LED, do be very careful. Finding one in good reliable condition is increasingly rare. Do your homework and hang out online where the knowledgeable LED collectors hang. Feel free to PM me if you'd like any more info.
Very cool!! I've seen several led watches in the internet and most of them are gold coloured, is there any reason? Was it a fashion colour during the 70's?