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This Retro-Futuristic Digital Watch Was Good Enough for James Bond

Hamilton’s new PSR, replete with modern Swiss luxury finishing and tech, revives the world’s first space-age LED watch.


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Born in 1970, the Hamilton Pulsar Time Computer was the world’s first LED watch, and it looked positively space-age for its generation. (It was even worn by Roger Moore as James Bond.) Now retro-futuristic in our 2020 eyes, this digital throwback couldn’t fit in better among modern watch offerings given the current industry enthusiasm for vintage and vintage-styled watches. For the 50th anniversary of its release, Hamilton has brought the Pulsar back as the PSR, a remarkably faithful and well executed reproduction with modern updates.

Matching the size and shape of the original, the PSR is wider at 40.8mm than it is tall at 34.7mm. With its sapphire crystal, the display is a hybrid of LED and OLED tech that remains visible at all times (rather than going dark to save battery), but is further illuminated with the push of the button on the case side. It also remains remarkably legible in person despite its light on dark color scheme (which often hurts legibility).

Hamilton previously had a modern tribute to its Pulsar watch that interestingly featured a kinetic movement, but this made for quite a large case. The moderate sizing of the new PSR, along with the fit and finish of its case and retro-styled bracelet, make it feel like Hamilton really nailed it this time. In stainless steel, it’s priced $745, and a limited edition of 1,970 pieces has a gold PVD finish and comes with special packaging for $995.

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