Arthur J. Cohen, the former president of Pulsar Time, died at his Charlottesville, Va., home on Sept. 3.
Cohen started his career in the watch business at Bulova in the 1960s as a salesman in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Over the next decade he advanced to Memphis, Tenn., regional sales manager and then to national sales manager.
In 1978, he became the founding president of Pulsar Time, creator of the first LED watch. Seiko acquired the brand that same year.
“Much of his success came from his sincere enjoyment of people. He was an outgoing man with a ready smile and liked putting people at ease,” read his obituary.
Before entering the watch business, Cohen was a member of the Signal Corps, serving in North Africa and Italy during World War II. A New York native, he attended New York University on the GI Bill.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan Cohen, son Douglas Cohen, daughter Peggy Law, and granddaughter Samantha Law.