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    vintage LCD or $1 fashion watch? please ID

    I bought this watch:



    I got photos of the innerwork. It eat's 2x 1.55V cells and the frontside below the red plastic glass is made of 2 rows of little LED bulbs. At least it looks like that.
    One of the battery clips snapped so i have to solder it to try if it works. The old batteries were corroded.

    more pics to come!

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    Re: vintage LCD or $1 fashion watch? please ID

    What's the name of the brand?

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    Re: vintage LCD or $1 fashion watch? please ID

    im pretty sure its a late 70s or early 80s led watch.
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    Re: vintage LCD or $1 fashion watch? please ID

    I dont know the name. No identification. More photos on the inner parts:






    And the backplate:


    any clues?

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    Re: vintage LCD or $1 fashion watch? please ID

    Just a nameless LED watch.There were lots of them in the 80's, before that tech went.
    THE batteries did not last long, if you kept checking the time.

    You can see that the movement is assembled in Malaysia.

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    Re: vintage LCD or $1 fashion watch? please ID

    You might find this site of interest:

    Vintage LED Watches The LED Watch
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    Re: vintage LCD or $1 fashion watch? please ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzper View Post
    I bought this watch:



    I got photos of the innerwork. It eat's 2x 1.55V cells and the frontside below the red plastic glass is made of 2 rows of little LED bulbs. At least it looks like that.
    One of the battery clips snapped so i have to solder it to try if it works. The old batteries were corroded.

    more pics to come!
    Looks like an authentic vintage piece. As far as I know, apart from the Synchronar and Elektronika-1, LED went out of production in the late 1970s (until resurrected in the 21st century) because nobody wanted them. Texas Instruments even switched from LED to LCD midway through their production run of 'Star Wars' watches circa 1978. And they were sub-$10 plastic watches. Your example with heavy chromed case and steel bracelet would surely be earlier than that.
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    Re: vintage LCD or $1 fashion watch? please ID

    The movement for this watch is one of the later ones. Production had already been shipped to Malaysia and it uses a crystal which has a smaller encasement than the original ones used.

    If it works, great. However I have never been able to restore full functionality to acid soaked watches. I will no longer buy LED watches which are not stated to be working.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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