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Pulsar P3 (Stainless)

The iconic Pulsar


The Pulsar P3 is perhaps the most well known and iconic of the Pulsar line with its futuristic curvy astronaut helmet shape. The P3 still looks futuristic 40 years later.

The Pulsar P3, the President's Preferred Timepiece in 1973

The P3 "Date Command" was introduced just one year after the first consumer model, the P2 and was the first digital watch with a date capability. The date is displayed by pressing the left button. The P3 has a "smart calander" which keeps track of the number of days in each month so the date never need resetting except after the last day of Feburary in a leap year. The P3 is one of the largest Pulsar models, but it remains comfortable to wear and is surprisingly light for its size.

President Ford in the Oval Office with Betty and his Pulsar P3

The P3 was available in stainless steel, 14 KT gold filled, and solid gold models by special order. The stainless model above was available with either a solid link bracelet (shown above) or a hollow link bracelet. The solid link bracelet is a bit heavier but also feels a bit more solid, is more durable and is more sought after by collectors. The more common hollow link bracelet is lighter in weight but more fragile.

David Prowse a.k.a. Darth Vader and his Pulsar P3

The gold filled model was worn by President Gerald Ford (with a leather band) until he got in trouble from the press for wearing such a decadent wristwatch. It was deemed improper for the President to have accepted such a luxury wristwatch as a gift.

The stainless Pulsar P3 is the wristwatch of choice for dark rulers of the galaxy such as David Prowse, a.k.a Darth Vader.


Case: Excellent.
This stainless Pulsar P3 is in excellent condition. The macro photographs don't really do it justice. It looks almost new to the eye. There's a very slight scratch on the case back near the button (visible in the photos), but really, it looks almost perfect.

Face / Hands: Excellent.
All LED digits and segments are complete and bright.

Crystal: Very good.
The crystal has only very minor scratches visible under a bright light. The Pulsar logo is complete and sharp.

Band / Bracelet: Very good.
This solid link bracelet is excellent with nice brushing. The bracelet is in excellent condition with 14 out of 15 links and fits a large 8" wrist with the included clasp extender. The clasp has a few scratches and shows signs of use but contains the original setting magnet and magnet holder. The solid link bracelets are hard to come by and make this the largest and heaviest of all Pulsar models. It feels very smooth and solid on the wrist.

Function / Accuracy: Excellent.
All functions work perfectly. Digital quartz accuracy. This model contains a SASM 3013 refurbished module, which replaces the original IC with a modern microprocessor for added reliability over the original Time Compouter modules.