Vintage Pocket Watch with an Interesting Twist

This inspired and dedicated work is a perfect example of retro form mashed with cutting edge function.

This guy named Paul inherited a stash of broken vintage pocket watches from his grandfather, who was a horologist. He designed a PCB that fits in the watch which holds 133 surface mounted miniature LEDs and a microcontroller.

A quote from his website:

My grandfather was a horologist. When he passed away in 2005 I inherited from him a collection of broken pocketwatches. 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.

The pocketwatch I selected was an Elgin hunter-style case (with opening cover), and appeared to be the most complete and in the best condition of those available. It’s movement inside was stamped “Pat. 1925″. It was also one of the largest to choose from, providing room for batteries and components inside. I resolved that no modifications or damage should be done to the pocketwatch case, or its movement.


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