Once upon a time, Bond, James Bond didn’t wear Omega. He wore a Pulsar LED watch, something so strange, so futuristic, that it could have come from Q’s workshop. LED watches were everything that was right about the 70s — their bright red numerals glowing out of a dark case offered a promise of a bright, yet slightly menacing future, one full of folks who didn’t need to know the time ALL the time. Only when they pressed a little button.
This magic has been recaptured by the folks at LED-Watches.com, a UK company that has recreated the majesty of the LED watch using new movements and stylish new cases. The Space watch is an excellently styled LED piece made of stainless steel that brings to mind a moon pillow in the lair of Duran Duran.
The watch comes in a handsome aluminum box padded with foam. The kit includes a small instruction booklet and warranty and is ready to go out of the box. It runs on a standard, replaceable battery.
Setting this watch is simple. You begin by pressing a small recessed button on the left side. Then you select either the upper hour or lower date button. Once the numerals begin flashing, you can set them with the same hour and date buttons. Usage is even simpler: press one of the hour or date buttons and the readout flashes red for 3 seconds, offering a glimpse at a fleeting decade.
This is obviously built for style, not for substance. I would rank the quality on par with a good Fossil. However, the unique styling and old school movement are a great conversation starter. Wear it with a suit and a martini… shaken, obviously, not stirred.
Pick it up for about $150 here