Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

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    Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy for now?

    This poll is about practical everyday use of this technology...
    Last edited by Funkywatch; June 17th, 2008 at 12:18.

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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    "Once a new technology rolls over you, if your're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road".

    Stewart Brand, author, editor, and creator of The Whole Earth Catalog and CoEvolution Quarterly.


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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage View Post
    "Once a new technology rolls over you, if your're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road".

    Stewart Brand, author, editor, and creator of The Whole Earth Catalog and CoEvolution Quarterly.

    "Sometimes you can find old trusty pathways that get you to your destination quicker than a new road..."

    Funkywatch, sound engineer.

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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    Well, the technology has been with us for quite a while now, seems stable and is improving all the time. I would say, if it's there, why not use it. It seems perverse not to, just for the sake of it. ..... .....
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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    IMHO, it depend on the watch (solar) and location (atomic)

    just a simple example, solar power is more suitable for high power consumption/actively used watch. this include pathy, riseman, wademan (those with sensor) and daily beater.

    for atomic sync, more suitable for place where DST is involved. at my place, there are no DST, so i wont bother with +-15sec drift a month on non-atomic watch

    just my 2C. so i cant vote, again...
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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    I like the solar/atomic models that have it...I think it's an interesting innovation. I also don't believe the hype about the 'failures' with the solar technology. They seem to be in a very tiny minority of almost mythical standing.

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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    atomic solar is the first thing i factor in when buying Gs. i like atomic feature because i dun have to worry bout time accuracy and i like to be on time. i like punctuality but unfortunately some people dun know how important that is to me.

    solar is a great feature because i can tell my friends that my watch need the light to survive.
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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    For me, solar + atomic is not an option, it's a requirement. I've "been there, done that" with battery-driven watches and manual calibrations.... NEVER AGAIN!

    Of course there's a story; 3 years ago I was travelling to a tradeshow in Las Vegas so I had to re-set my analog Tissot to a new time zone (instantly throwing the watch off a couple seconds). Also, since it is an analog watch, IMHO it is not as easy to set precisely... throwing the watch off even further. When I got to the hotel/casino, there are NO clocks displayed ANYWHERE (what time is it? it's time to gamble, not sleep!) so I couldn't find a reference to double-check my watch. Lastly, with no warning (nor reasonable expectation it was going to happen), the battery failed to drive the movement for about 2 hours that night. Long & short of it; despite owning a relatively accurate & expensive watch (which I had no reason to disbelieve), I was late to arrive for a meeting and instantly compromised my credibility.

    Besides the confidence Atomic Solar empowers a user with, the combined technology overcomes a lot of shortcomings:

    * A weak battery may or may not keep time correctly... you can't be confident that the time in your wrist is accurate.

    * You never know how much charge a traditional battery holds or when it will die... it's literally a "guessing game" whereas solar will give you a visible indicator.

    * Any time you crack the seal on a watch (e.g. to replace a battery) there's a risk to the device's watertight integrity.

    * Atomic synchronization self-corrects nightly (even on-demand) and gives you a reference indicator when completed... no more guessing "When's the last time I synched my watch?"

    * Let's face it... most of us would synchronize our watches against the "beep" timestamp from a radio broadcast, probably while driving to/from work. That's a two-handed operation when both hands should be on the wheel. But with an atomic watch, I leave it on my dresser and the next morning it's synchronized.

    * No arguments... it's right, despite what the oven, dashboard, cable box, IT network, or cell phone displays say.

    * It is truly a thing of beauty when you have 4-5 watches lined up on your dresser, and all of them are in perfect, self-maintained symmetry & synchronization!!!!
    All the best,
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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    Fully agree with PeterKNH! :)

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    Re: Is Atomic/Solar technology really worthy?

    I would say that solar is definitely worth it. I hate the thought of having to change a battery, and using the watch in a limited way to save power. As mentioned, cracking the case can lead to problems.

    I don't feel as enthusiastic about atomic, though. It adds weight and bulk, and I don't see a huge benefit.

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