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jalind

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The Bulova Archive Series Computron (96C139) in Stainless and blue is a reissue of their 1976 LED Computron. Case design and bracelet is nearly identical to the original. The case on this one is updated from chrome plated base metal to a mirror finish solid stainless steel. Bracelet is solid stainless with cotter pins in the removable links, a welcome update from the hair pulling folded links from days of yore. Its innards are updated to reduce its power consumption some and it's powered by a 3V CR2032 instead of two 1.55V silver oxide cells. The LED display is blue with wide LED segments, unlike the original thin red ones. The new electronics add weekday and second time zone in addition to the original's hour+minute, seconds, and mm/dd date. Weekday is calculated by setting the year, which will also handle Leap Years correctly with the date. Attempted to photograph it with the time lit up, but the studio lights overwhelmed the display. Did get a wrist shot with it lit up - which took quite a few attempts. This joins my vintage 1977 Texas Instruments 401 red LED digital. Sorry, no lume shot, but I did include a hairy wrist shot.

Note: the studio lights show the underlying LED panel through the blue lens.

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daycoo2

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:outstand: Very cool, John!:dance2: A big congratulations!:up::applaud:
 

Bella Dino

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The Bulova Archive Series Computron (96C139) in Stainless and blue is a reissue of their 1976 LED Computron. Case design and bracelet is nearly identical to the original. The case on this one is updated from chrome plated base metal to a mirror finish solid stainless steel. Bracelet is solid stainless with cotter pins in the removable links, a welcome update from the hair pulling folded links from days of yore. Its innards are updated to reduce its power consumption some and it's powered by a 3V CR2032 instead of two 1.55V silver oxide cells. The LED display is blue with wide LED segments, unlike the original thin red ones. The new electronics add weekday and second time zone in addition to the original's hour+minute, seconds, and mm/dd date. Weekday is calculated by setting the year, which will also handle Leap Years correctly with the date. Attempted to photograph it with the time lit up, but the studio lights overwhelmed the display. Did get a wrist shot with it lit up - which took quite a few attempts. This joins my vintage 1977 Texas Instruments 401 red LED digital. Sorry, no lume shot, but I did include a hairy wrist shot.

Note: the studio lights show the underlying LED panel through the blue lens.

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And different it is but in a good way
 

rog1

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Retro style with a modern twist , congrats.
 
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buzzmartian

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I like it. I've thought of picking one up for myself. Congrats and enjoy.
 

leelovesbug

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😲Wow! That's Cool...I like it.

Congratz!:shake:
 

jalind

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I like it. I've thought of picking one up for myself. Congrats and enjoy.
Best price I found on them when I ordered it was on Amazon . . . lower than they were going for last Fall when they first came out. The stainless steel with blue LED are the most popular, and Bulova apparently didn't make as many of them as the other two (gold with red and black PVD with red). They are getting a little harder to find. Build quality on mine is excellent. My advice is to get one soon if you're going to get one.

The cotter pins in the bracelet took a bit more force to drift out than most. I used a jeweler's hammer, a jeweler's pin drift (aka pin punch) and a plastic fixture that's made to hold bracelets on edge. That's OK by me. They definitely won't work themselves out over time. ;)
 

Ronkoman

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Different in a good way & has that retro vibe to it - enjoy!
 

ScottyB

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😲Wow! That's Cool...I like it.

Congratz!:shake:
really cool & your usual high level technical horo-splaining...

as for anonymous hairy man wrist shots... yeah spent too much tyme with those over the last 10 years
 

2manywatches

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I've always loved that one, every time I've seen it. Congrats on getting one. Just such a cool factor to it! Has the '70's Sci Fi vibe, haha, and it's just awesome.
 
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