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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:50 pm    Post subject: Pulsar Serial Numbers Reply with quote

Can you tell when a Pulsar watch was made by the Serial # on the case, and why do some have 1973 on them and others don't, what I mean is one of mine has 1973 on it with a higher S # than the one that does not, lower S #, is the one with 1973 worth more because the year is stamped on it. Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: Pulsar Serial Numbers Reply with quote

liveat10 wrote:
Can you tell when a Pulsar watch was made by the Serial # on the case, and why do some have 1973 on them and others don't, what I mean is one of mine has 1973 on it with a higher S # than the one that does not, lower S #, is the one with 1973 worth more because the year is stamped on it. Thanks


The short answer is no, but in some rare instances, like your 3100 Date Command, yes. That particular watch is the only “Dated” case so we do know what year that it was made. From mid 1972 through 1975 Time Computer couldn’t get parts fast enough to make Pulsars. They contracted more than one supplier for cases and bracelets for some models. They were each given a separate lot of serial numbers. The P3 cases with the dated caseback were not the only P3 cases made that year, others made in 1973 have no date.

In general, serial numbering gives little clue as to when the watch was assembled. The rare models like the P1 and the solid gold Pulsar/Time are well documented but the mass-produced models are impossible to document. Even if we knew when the parts were made, we are not sure when the watch was assembled. Take for instance the models that were introduced near the end of a year but were assembled and sold early the next year. All we have to count on the manufacturing dates I have listed on the website.
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