Hamilton QED (Gold-Filled)
The "Kojak" watch
The Hamilton QED was one of the first digital watches available to the public and was the very first made by Hamilton. The QED was a top-of-the-line watch when introduced in 1973 and the gold version was prominantly worn by Telly Savalis in the TV series "Kojak".
Telly Savalas as Theo Kojak
with his Hamilton QED
The QED has a very distinctive deco styling featuring prominant parallel horizontal lines which became a recurring design theme among Hamilton's later digital models, though you could argue that none were executed as elegantly as the first. Despite its trim and elegant design, the QED is a surprsingly large and heavy watch - much heavier than any Pulsar and even heavier than the Omega TC-1. This is a watch that will be noticed.
1974 Hamilton QED Catalog Advertisement
The QED uses the exact same module as the Pulsar P2 (one button) and Pulsar P3 (two button) models and features the same coveted dot type LED display made by Litronix. The only difference is that the Hamilton modules have a sticker identifying them as Hamilton model #955. The Hamilton QED also shares the same module with Omegas top end TC-1 and TC-2 digital watches and even has the exact same links in the bracelet except that Omega links do not have the additional horizontal line down the middle of each link.
There is some confusion over the name of this watch because some were sold as "QED" Quartz Electronic Digital and some earlier models were sold as QTC Quartz Time Computer although they are exactly the same watch.
Hamilton QED Instruction Manual
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Case: Very good.
This gold filled QED is in very good condition. The case front is excellent with a polished front face and nice brushing. There is a small nick to the upper left of the display and a few very tiny marks on the polished sides but otherwise the case front looks almost new. The case back has a number of small scratches, as shown in the photographs.
Face / Hands: Excellent.
All LED digits and segments are complete and bright.
Crystal: Very good.
There are a few faint marks on the crystal but no significant nicks or scratches. There is a small scratch on the right side of the crystal above the logo.
Band / Bracelet: Very good.
The original bracelet is in very good condition. It is complete and fits an 8" wrist. There is a slight amount of gold loss on the last link in the bracelet near the clasp. The clasp has a few minor scratches. The clasp contains the original magnet and magnet holder.
Function / Accuracy: Excellent.
The original module works great, has a very bright display and keeps excellent time. All functions work as they should.