Friday, 14 December 2012

Ingersoll Quartz LED watch

It's a retro style watch again today.

This watch is an old-school LED watch by Ingersoll.

The Ingersoll watch brand was started 1892. It was one of first American watch factories and used new technologies for automated production lines (taking the processes developed by Henry Ford). The company started mainly with pocket watches, and pushed into wrist watches from the 1920s. The brand continued developing watches and was bought by Zeon in 1989. The Ingersoll brand continues to this day under the Zeon umbrella.

This watch has the original type of LED displays rather than the more modern LED bulb and LED illuminated LCD displays. The LED shows 4 digits which are each comprised of thin lines made up of tiny LED dots. The display and module is quite power hungry and takes two AG13 batteries to operate. The module is only basic and just shows the time, and there is one button for display, and an inset button for adjusting. It is a multinational watch with a Swiss case and American module, and it has a bezel made of Noryl.

I'm not sure when it was made, but it is likely from the 70s (as LEDs became unpopular after the advent of the LCD display in the mid-70s).

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