What's It Worth? LED and LCD Watches Come Of Age

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What’s It Worth? LED and LCD Watches Come Of Age

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 18k gold Pulsar (shown) (only a few hundred made).

As with other watches, it depends on how many were manufactured and, most importantly, the condition. Watches must run for maximum value. If you are not using them take the battery out as the battery will leak and ruin the watch.

Pictured 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. Unveiled in 1970 most people think Pulsar 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 four hundred, parts are difficult to find for this ultra rare Pulsar P1.

Also pictured is a watch owned by Paul Stanley of Kiss that we recently overhauled for him and a Space Ranger watch one of the earlier “game watches” that sprung up.

Valuation as follows: (bottom left) Non working RIEHL $200 to $500 wholesale; Top left Pulsar P1 $10,000  to $20,000  if it works: and bottom right.. Space ranger watch like new with box $75.

Whether you are a jeweler, dealer, country singer or private citizen, we want to bid on your valuable watch.

JEFF HESS, Owner & Appraiser
Comments, questions or suggestions for this column, please send to jeffreyphess@aol.com.
St. Petersburg 1131 4th St. N, St. Petersburg FL 33 701. 727.898 .4377.
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