The Growing Popularity of LED Watches

LED Watches
by: Ben Tseytlin - on Vintage & Luxury Watches

Although LED watches have been around for about forty years, limitations in technology have prevented them from reaching their full potential, until now. There are a number of factors which make these watches distinct from traditional time pieces, and below are some reasons they’re increasing in popularity.

How Do LED Watches Function?

LED watches are sometimes referred to as being a type of digital watch. Whereas traditional pocket watches make use of numbers which are painted on and hands to show the time, LED watches utilize miniature light diodes for the generation of illumination. The current time can be seen when each diode lights itself up. These watches were first introduced during the 1970s, and are considered by some to be the successor to the classical watches which use rotating hands.

Hamilton introduced the world’s very first watch that used LED, which has a light display red in color. It also comes with a gold band that is 18 carat. While this watch is both impressive and revolutionary, it lacks many of the features found in modern LED watches, like language translation, wireless access, calculators, and miniature TV sets.

How Do LED Watches Compare To Their Classical Counterparts?

Digital watches have some advantages over classical timepieces. The first of these is that it is much easier to tell the time, since it is presented to the wearer in digits. Aside from this, LED watch manufacture is more eco-friendly and these watches have great longevity. Since digital watches don’t have moving parts like traditional watches, this means that maintaining them is a lot easier. Also, in terms of cost, LED watches are generally more affordable.

In terms of accuracy, LED watches have a distinct advantage over mechanical timepieces.  However, mechanical luxury watches surpass LED watches when it comes to horology. Digital watches are almost always powered by quartz. Both options give great visibility in dark environments, as most LED watches use backlighting whereas mechanical watches utilize lume, or luminescent phosphorescent on the dials. Another thing to factor in is the durability. Analog watches have greater protection from magnetic fields when compared to LED watches.

However, the biggest weakness of LED watches is that they depend on batteries. In the event that batteries are not available, the LED watch will no longer function, whereas mechanical watches can continue operating without the need to have access to batteries or electricity. This makes analog watches the best option for those who will operating in primitive conditions for extended periods of time.

Fashion And Style

Traditionally, a lot of people have believed that classical watches which contain gears and hands are more stylish. While it is certainly accurate that most LED watches are now considered utilitarian, the truth is that there are a number of LED watches which are very fashionable with a high price tag to match. Many of these watches incorporate precious metals and stones and come in a wide range of colors and textures.