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Tiffany & Co. PULSAR P2 Time Computer LED Vintage Solid State Time Computer 1976

£850.00Price

Vintage 1976 American Hamilton PULSAR P2

Tiffany & Co. 

Solid State Time Computer

The first ever Mass Produced LED display Wristwatch

 

 

 

A STUPENDOUSLY 1970s Watch to find one in this condition is frankly ASTONISHING we think every SERIOUS collection should have a little something "out there" of the 70s era not every collection will have a piece as fine as this Pulsar P2 Solid State Time Computer its frankly in museum state we have never seen let alone sold one as fine as this.

most are very rare. its the nature of these "transitional"  quartz calibers produced for a year or two and then the next technological advancement drove them into obsoletion now INSANELY sought after by horological collectors  A lot of CROSS collectors have shown a great deal in some of our shall we say Rarer and odder Quartz Pieces Widely collected by 60's and 70's contemporary design and art collectors Horologists Fashionistas and collectors designers of rare high fashion World wide. 

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    Vintage 1976 American Hamilton PULSAR P2

    Tiffany & Co. 

    Solid State Time Computer

    The first ever Mass Produced LED display Wristwatch

     

     

     

    A STUPENDOUSLY 1970s Watch to find one in this condition is frankly ASTONISHING we think every SERIOUS collection should have a little something "out there" of the 70s era not every collection will have a piece as fine as this Pulsar P2 Solid State Time Computer its frankly in museum state we have never seen let alone sold one as fine as this.

    most are very rare. its the nature of these "transitional"  quartz calibers produced for a year or two and then the next technological advancement drove them into obsoletion now INSANELY sought after by horological collectors  A lot of CROSS collectors have shown a great deal in some of our shall we say Rarer and odder Quartz Pieces Widely collected by 60's and 70's contemporary design and art collectors Horologists Fashionistas and collectors designers of rare high fashion World wide. 

     

    HISTORY & ABOUT

    The "P2" is the first mass produced electronic display LED watch in the World. It was marketed straight after the very first LED the "P1" presented in 1972 by Pulsar Time Computer. Despite the market success of the gold P1's they were withdrawn back to the factory due to problems with Electro-Data modules and were fitted with a robust version developed independently by Pulsar. Thus P1's that exist today in an approximate amount of 40 (working) contain electronics from an early P2 (2925) adapted to fit the different plastic carrier.  The P2 in stainless steel aka "Astronaut" was endorsed in 1973 by Roger Moore in the first five minutes of "Live and Let Die" from the James Bond 007 series. A gold-filled version was available as "VIP" as well as solid-gold in limited issues.

     

    Most clasps contain a production code which helps to date Pulsars.

    (this watch) The Date Code in this clasp 2 76 2 (thats February)  76 1976 fitting in nicely with the arround about time Tiffany & Co. stocked the watch 

     

    Pulsar watches as the first LEDs in the World were positioned as revolutionary top-shelf wrist-gadgets for the quality and technology oriented customers. Pulsar was the first of a few digital-watch producers who offered solid-gold cases and even Tiffany stores ordered Pulsars with their own logo printed on the red crystal. Pulsar never lowered the quality of their watches and the retail price for a stainless steel P2 was set at 295$ (and that was a lot of money in 1970's America)   Light Emitting Diodes by Litronix were one of the most expensive components of a LED watch and Pulsar never decided to cut corners and use plastic lenses to enlarge smaller diodes. Quality and visibility of the LEDs was vital and thus displays were encapsulated in durable epoxy giving large and easy readouts. The cool dot-display was characteristic only for Pulsar  watches until 1975 when segment/bar-displays became the standard.

     

    Dot-displays have been nick-named "dot-matrix" by collectors although it is not correct. The name was first introduced by Seiko in 1977/78 in the first true dot-matrix LCD displays that allowed to display all sorts of dot configurations presenting alphanumeric and animated figures. Very likely the "dot-matrix" phrase was used in LEDs due to the visual similarity and it stuck for good. Each bar was manually applied to a ceramic substrate and fixed with conductive silver-epoxy and then wire-bonded under a microscope with fine goldwire. Everything was finally encapsulated in epoxy for protection and better visibility.

     

    In comparison to other LEDs Pulsar watches feature an interesting concept for displaying and setting of time. To create a perfectly waterproof case magnetic reed-switches have been used - tiny glass tubes with two wires inside. These are connected and close an electronic circuit once a magnet is attached thus the  time-command buttons contain a small but powerful (spring-loaded) magnet fitted into a "cup" that is soldered inside the case Time is set and advanced also by means of reed-switches by applying an external  magnet (stored in the clasp) towards HR and MIN indentations in the caseback. This prehistoric technology was applied until 1976 however it enabled all Pulsars to obtain a higher degree of watertightness in comparison to other LEDs.

     

     

     

    BOXED

    The blue box accompanying the best original match for the P2 and particularly the Tiffany & Co. Design and is highly sought after. Some late 1974 versions can be found with some other brown / Gold designs.

     

     

     

    PULSAR P3s ALSO to come! 

     

     

    DIMENSIONS 

    41mm wide 

    45mm lug to lug 

    JB Champion Produced "stainless steel" deployment clasp.