A digital watch has a face mounted local pulse sensor unit which is coupled to infrared plethysmograph electronics within the watch. The local pulse sensor includes transmitter and receiver photodiodes connected to the electronics by a plurality of moveable contact fingers. A connector at one end of a flat cable is insertable into a slotted opening on the side of the local pulse sensor and between the contact fingers and the two local photodiodes to disconnect the photodiodes from the electronics. Simultaneously, a remote pulse sensor unit at the other end of the cable is electrically coupled to the contact fingers by the connector for enabling the wearer's pulse at his finger to be sensed. A loop about the connector end of the cable maintains the connector in position when inserted into the local pulse sensor receptacle. A cuff at the remote sensor end of the cable secures the sensor to a wearer's finger for pulse monitoring.