We predicted many years ago that LED/LCD would become collectible, and, indeed, these types of watches have an important, though not well-defined, position in the collectibles marketplace. Because of the myriad of complications available on them, these can be worth $20-$30 for parts or $20,000 for early examples, like the early 18-karat gold Pulsar (shown below; only a few hundred were made). As with other watches, it depends on how many were manufactured and, most importantly, the condition.
Ultra-Rare Pulsar Watches
Watches must run for maximum value. If you are not using them, take the battery out, as it will leak and ruin the watch. Pictured above, bottom left; is one of the earliest LED watches; it was produced by Riehl and is highly collectible. These rarely work, but nevertheless have value — because they were groundbreaking. Most people think that Pulsar, unveiled in 1970, was the first. Not so. Also in the shop is one we are attempting to repair for a billionaire philanthropist from California. Because they made only about 400, parts are difficult to find for this ultra-rare Pulsar P1.
$75-$20,000 / 20th CENTURY VARIOUS COLLECTIBLE PULSAR WATCHES
Also pictured, at top right, is a watch owned by Paul Stanley of Kiss that we recently overhauled for him, and a Space Attacker watch, bottom right — one of the earlier game watches that sprang up. Valuation is as follows: (bottom left) Nonworking Riehl, $200 to $500 wholesale; (top left) Pulsar P1, $10,000 to $20,000 if it works; and (bottom right) Space Attacker video game watch, like new with box, $75.
$75-$20,000 / 20th CENTURY VARIOUS COLLECTIBLE LED / LCD WATCHES
This is an archival article formerly written and is for informational purposes only. The valuations in this article have likely changed since it was first written.