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Trova (1929 - 2009)
H A M I L T O N
Pulsar was the first case design in the transition from the Hamilton -
prototype to the first production Pulsar. By mid 1970, the first
Hamilton-E/D prototype, housing the 44-IC module was proving to be unreliable.
A new watch case was needed to house a new electronic module. Hamilton
commissioned Ernest T. Trova to design a new case for the 2nd generation,
25-IC module being developed jointly by
Campbell, who headed the
engineering drafting department at Hamilton's Military Division assigned
Robert E. McCullough to convert the Trova design
(sketch below) to a technical drawing for production. "Too radical" was whispered through the halls in
easy to see how Trova�s futuristic spaceman design for
70�s media articles mistakenly gave reference to the original Hamilton
- E/D prototype as being designed by Ernest Trova. This misinformation is
responsible for many enthusiasts to believe Trova�s design was the
world�s first digital LED timepiece introduced May 5th,
1970. Oldpulsars.com is
proud to set the historical record straight.
(Above) The Technical drawing of the Trova concept Pulsar, dated August 6th, 1970. This design was to utilize the same 25-IC Electro Data module later used in the first production Pulsar. The dashed lines represent the module. You can see the outer radius would have made this a very large watch. Trova's case was 25% wider and 38% longer than the final production Limited Edition Pulsar.