Vintage LED Watch Collection - Joe Haupt
All of the watches in this album are from my private watch collection. The majority of them date back to the 1970s. Most of the watches have a Light Emitting Diode (LED) display; however, also included are a number of other early electronic watches and those with a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).

The first LED watch was offered to the public in 1972. At first, LED watches were very expensive and out-of-reach for most consumers. This all changed in 1975 when Texas Instruments started to mass-produce inexpensive LED watches with plastic cases. By 1976, LED watches could be purchased for less than $10. Most watches with LED displays required that the user press a button to see the time displayed for a few seconds, because LEDs used so much power that they could not be kept operating continuously. Usually the LED display color would be red. Watches with LED displays were popular for a few years, but soon the LED displays were superseded by liquid crystal displays (LCDs), which used less battery power and were much more convenient in use, with the display always visible and no need to push a button before seeing the time. Only in darkness you had to press a button to light the display with a tiny light bulb, later illuminating LEDs.
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