[time-nuts] Beware the Casio WaveCeptor analog watch

Bob kb8tq kb8tq at n1k.org
Sun Feb 25 20:30:21 EST 2018


I’ve had the Citizen “Atomic” analog watches for quite a few years. The solar powered
versions have gotten a bit better over the years. They nave never had a “hand slip” 
problem that I have noticed.


> On Feb 25, 2018, at 6:52 PM, Skip Withrow <skip.withrow at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Time-Nuts,
> For many years I owned a Casio WaveCeptor digital watch and like it a
> lot.  The down side was that the battery had to be replaced every few
> years.  And since I had worn it for many years, the plastic case and
> crystal had taken quite a beating.  Finally, the pin holder that
> secures the band broke - end of watch (except as a 'pocket' watch).
> So, I went out and bought a solar powered analog version of the
> WaveCeptor (and vowed not to take it caving).  However, several months
> ago I needed to take an action at an exact time (not ebay) which was a
> miserable fail.  I found that the watch was over a minute off.
> I went back and explored the watch manual and found that there is a
> procedure to sync the minute and second hands.  I did this and after
> syncing to WWVB all was good.
> Now, a couple of months later I needed the precise time again.
> However I checked my watch before hand and found that it was 8 seconds
> off.  Ahrg!
> It appears that the stepper motor position of the second and minute
> hands can be jarred out of sync with normal wear bumps and shocks.
> The trouble is you don't know when it happens (unless you check your
> watch against a trusted source often).
> Now I'm seriously considering buying a solar version of the digital
> watch to get rid of the problem.
> Regards,
> Skip Withrow
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