When I was a kid — maybe eight or so — I received my first watch for my birthday. It was a gray, plastic piece with an LED display, and it was the coolest thing ever. There began my love for watches, and since then LED watches have held a special place in my heart. Around the time I received my plastic LED watch, which was the late 1970s, Bulova released their now classic Computron LED drivers watch.
The Computron drivers watch had a unique rectangular case with the LED display off to the side facing up at an angle so as to be readable without having to turn your wrist towards your face, especially while driving. It has since become a cult classic that is highly sought after by collectors. However, the hard part of collecting vintage LED (and LCD) watches is that they are very finicky as far as the actual electronics are concerned, and repairing them is often difficult. Fast forward to this year’s Baselworld where Bulova has re-introduced the Computron through their Archive Series. This has to be the coolest watch by far at the show this year.
Dial: Red LED or Blue LED display
Crystal: LED display
Movement: Quartz – about 2 years of battery life
Strap: Metal bracelet (steel and gold plate), or rubber strap (black)
Price: $395 gold plated; $295 steel or black IP
Release date: Fall 2019