Scrolling Pulsar

Since getting my own Pulsar recently (Pulsar PV4005X1) with which I am surprisingly pleased by the way, I thought I’d just mention these two models.  They’ve been around for a while but have an interesting display feature that lifts them above the ordinary.   The actual function set is similar to my more conventional standard matrix display model though quite different in operation.
This is the Pulsar PQ2013X1 and the PQ2011X1.

Pulsar PQ2013X1 scrolling Matrix LCD Display

Pulsar PQ2013X1 scrolling Matrix LCD Display

A full dial matrix* display using a scrolling system with adjustable settings such as the LCD contrast and the LED light color.  The digital display can be switched off and it also has an automatic Eco setting.  The scrolling display is really quite odd at first until you get used to it, but actually very intuitive once you do.  The two models here as far as I can tell are the same except for the color and the strap (they use the same instruction set).
Which do I prefer?  Well I’d like the red highlighted dial but the black strap – just to be awkward!

Pulsar PQ2001X1

Pulsar PQ2001X1

The dimensions are substantial at some 48mm width by around 14mm depth, so on the limits for my 170mm wrist, though in saying that the buttons are quite flush to the case, so it might look OK the wrist.
But such is the scrolling display concept and the overall style of these models they are very tempting.  One of the settings I like is the fact you can alter the display digits and show a very large date for example – could be very useful when not wearing my spectacles.

So a rough breakdown of the features – a Pulsar 2 year Guarantee, a 48mm x 14mm, black dial scrolling digital display, multi-function Day, Date, Month, Year, perpetual calendar (2059), World Times (39 cities), Stopwatch/chronograph 100hrs, Alarms etc etc. plus a stainless steel case, PU rubber strap with buckle and Oh yes a back light.
In fact the specification is really quite large especially with the added contrast and color settings and so on – very comprehensive.

There also appears to be a few different variations on this theme, such as the PQ2003, but they all have the same functions and it’s really a matter of cosmetics as to which you might prefer.
One thing is certain, they have a quite different look in comparison to the Casio and Timex range and have moved away from any sort of corporate look, which is nice.
For anyone who struggles with small text these are actually very good, as the text is exceptionally large and the contrast is good, certainly on the models I’ve come across.
However as I always say – try and see one of these in the flesh if this is important to you and BEFORE you buy.
And here is where the internet scores.  Most of the reputable dealers have a good Refund policy, where if you’re not satisfied with your purchase you can return the item for a prompt refund without hassle.  Just remember to make sure you keep everything, box, papers, attached labels and original packing and try not to wear it thus curving or creasing the strap etc. and you should be OK in your return process.  Normally you receive a Returns Number and possibly a label from the supplier and if you then send it back with some form of recorded delivery, all should be well.
Notethe term matrix* should not be confused with “dot matrix” which was originally introduced by Seiko back in 1977.  Whilst some modern LED models today may look “dot” are actually bars on ceramic substrates with small parts of this actually lit to conserve energy.
However as to these particular Pulsar models and as far as large digital displays are concerned, the older Timex Expedition (vibration alarm) Model T49854J is actually pretty good too –  and – it’s one of the easiest of watches to set, it’s lighter, smaller, cheaper and I’ve got one already – so . . . . . . as much as I like these new Pulsars here, I might give them a miss – for now . . .

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