Electronics buff marks grandfather's trade with LED pocket watch

First published: 15-10-2009

Electronics buff marks grandfather's trade with LED pocket watch

An LED-based pocket watch has been created in honour of an inspiring master horologist and grandfather.

The grandson of a well-respected watch expert has honoured his grandfather in the most fitting way he possibly could: by continuing his good work with his own personal spin.

Paul Pounds inherited a collection of broken pocket watches when his grandfather Howard passed away in 2005, and as a project he decided to restore one but bring it into the new millennium with a very different approach to time displays.

He said: "As my skills are in microelectronics, rather than micromechanics, I felt it would be a fitting tribute to him to produce an electronic movement in place of one of the broken ones he'd never had the time to fix."

Mr Pounds replaced the interface with an LED display to tell minutes and seconds, with the watch in standby mode for most of the time to save power; however, when the crown is pressed, the watch comes out of standby and displays the time.

LEDs represent every second, and each time a minute or hour is registered, the LEDs will spin through 360 degrees to their next position, "producing a decorative swirl".

People with gold pocket watches could be in a good situation at the moment should they want to sell them, as the price of gold has hit its record high over the last week as more people invest in the precious metal.

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