This web site is dedicated to that short period between 1957 and the mid 1970s when reigned! By "electric", I mean they have a battery, either a balance wheel or a tuning fork and either electrical contacts or a transistor. This was a very short-lived transitional phase: transistors were just becoming available and mass-produced quartz watches had not yet appeared. So there are no mechanical watches (manuals or automatics) on the site but I have included one or two very early quartz watches.
really have died out. Quartz is king in the 21st century, but conventional spring-driven manual and automatic mechanical watches are enjoying a revival both at the top end of the market as well as at the bottom end. Not so with the electrics; the last one was probably made in the mid 1970s.
In strict terms, "electric" watches are those without any electronic components i.e. no resistors, diodes or transistors; just a coil, contact and battery such as the Hamilton 500 and 505. But this site also includes the early "electronic" watches. Some key facts:
Looking for information on Richard Arbib? Visit the Hamilton section under "Watch Makers"!
Servicing and Repairs: Accutron repair? Hamilton repair? Other electric watch repair? No problem! I offer a servicing and repair service for most . If you are interested in getting your electric watch serviced or repaired, then please either click one of these links above or use the link on the lefthand side. I also work on mechanical watches, both manual wind and automatics, so get in touch if you have one that needs some attention!
I've created an Electric Watches Community on . I'm still trying to understand
how this new Community and this website
will co-exist. I suspect the latter will continue to be my main reference place on all things to do with these interesting watches while
the Facebook Community will be a place where I post the occassional new photos, discuss things etc. We'll see how it goes, but
please feel free to try the Community (click below) and post some messages on how you think it should (or could) work; post some of your electric watch
photos as well!
In addition, I've added a new "Facebook Like" button at the bottom of each page on this website; if you like a particular watch or page, please tell
other Facebook users
by clicking it!
Virtually all the photographs of movements and watches on this site are photographs of my actual watches! Please do not copy these photographs without my permission. Various other photographs and scans are shown with full permission of the owner and this is usually acknowledged on the page but also on the Acknowledgements page --- please don't copy these.
There are three main sections:
I'm always on the look out for interesting early , so if you have one or more For Sale, I may well be interested! Please email me!