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The 1977 Pulsar Calculator Watch

I came across this timeless while another day doing some shopping on eBay. After 18 bids, it ended up going for $1,125 — not bad for a to get-year old timepiece. Even though the watch ‘s almost as old as I am, I had been truly able enough to dig up some pretty fascinating facts with this relic from an age of substantially stronger arms.

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  • This watch initially sold for $395 ($495 for the 14 kt gold variation). Based on two distinct inflation calculators, that’s over $1,200 in today’s cash which means it has depreciated simply marginally over the last 27 years. An older solid gold version sold for $3,950 (or at least that’s what Pulsar was inquiring — don’t understand how many were truly sold) which is nicely over $13,000 today. Pamphlets for these watches can readily go for over $80.
  • On your $1,200 (fixed for inflation), you got this substantial stainless steel electronic brick, an upscale case, and a plus for shoving those miniature buttons. (I wonder if modern day styli can trace their origins back to Pulsar calculator watches.) One end of the stylus had a ballpoint pen constructed in, and both ends truly retracted.
  • This creature required four batteries to work. Even with four batteries, the LED screen would simply show the time (hour and minutes simply — no seconds) for merely a few seconds in response to pressing the “Pulsar” button in order to save battery life. Even with this power-saving feature, the batteries would still just last a few weeks. I found that this model may have also shown the time in response to flicking the wrist — rather elaborate for its day.
  • The LED display was long enough for six digits, so 1 could compute fortunes nicely into the hundreds of thousands. Seemingly, the watch was truly competent to compute numbers up to 12 digits, but could not show them.
  • The time on this watch was precise to within 60 seconds a year — great even by today’s standards. Sadly, you had to reset it every few weeks after altering the batteries.
  • The Pulsar’s calendar automatically adjusted for months of different lengths, yet it did not take leap years into consideration.
  • Seemingly you can still purchase these and similar watches brand new because they were being made so fast back then that supply outpaced demand. What an incredible collector’s item a brand new Pulsar Calculator watch would be!