Pulsar P4 Executive (Gold-Filled)
The curviest, most futuristic Pulsar
The Pulsar P4 Executive is sometimes justifiably described as the most beautiful digital watch ever made due to its simple, clean lines, its curves, and its matching bracelet. The Executive was one of the three styles of "auto-command" wrist-flick activated P4 models made by Pulsar with the other two styles being referred to as the "Big Time" and the "Classic".
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The Pulsar P4 Executive was made in stainless steel, 14KT gold fill and both 14KT and 18KT solid gold by special order. The gold allow used in this model is quite beautiful and unique due to its slight rosy color.
These models had the "auto-command" feature, an innovative mercury switch that allows you to activate the LED display simply by quickly rotating your wrist in a flicking motion. The watch is only sensitive to motion along the axis of your arm in order to make it less prone to activating inadvertantly. A few other models of watches such as the Gillette "Reflex" also featured mercury switch activation, but these were activated by orientation rather than a quick back and forth rotary motion and therefore were not nearly so useful or refined as the Pulsar solution.
This particular model also has the "auto-set" feature, which allows you to set the time and date by pressing the buttons three times quickly instead of requiring the use of a magnet.
Pulsar Autoset Instruction Manual
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This late model Pulsar P4 Executive is in very good condition with nice defined edges and most of its original brushing. The case is in great condition with only a few tiny marks visible on the top edge (see close up photos above). This is a later autoset model with a smooth case back with no HR / MN magnet indentations like earlier magnet set models.
Face / Hands: Excellent.
All LED digits and segments are complete and very bright.
Crystal: Very good.
The red mineral glass crystal is in very good condition with just a few small marks towards the top and bottom center of the crystal and one small nick on the upper right edge.
Band / Bracelet: Excellent.
This Pulsar bracelet is in excellent condition with good brushing and only a few tiny scratches. It has 14 links (missing one), which will fit a large size 8" wrist. The bracelet clasp shows a date stamp of 9/76 and is marked with a Pulsar P inset inside of a square instead of by itself, marking it as one of the later models.
Function / Accuracy: Excellent.
All functions work perfectly. The auto-command "wrist-flick" works fine but requires more of a "shake". There was a certain amount of variation between auto-command models and some require just a gentle turn of the wrist while some require a more aggressive shake. Some people prefer the "shake" models because they are less likely to activate inadvertantly, wasting batteries. Digital quartz accuracy. Actually, since quartz crystals actually improve with age and the original Pulsar accuracy was a phenomenal 30 seconds per year, these vintage Pulsars usually keep time better than most modern quartz watches!