What is the atomic feature worth to you?

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    What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    It seems that more and more, each new model is coming out with an atomic and non-atomic version. If you put aside aesthetics, like how the atomic Gulfman looks different than the regular version, how much would you pay for the atomic feature, if all things were equal?

    My dilemna is between an non- or atomic version of the negative display Protrek:

    PRG-110Y (non-atomic): saw it for about $160 shipped from one HK seller on *Bay. I don't see that deal now, but...

    PRW-1100Y (atomic): $220-230 or so from NavCity in the UK.

    Maybe someone smarter than the average bear can turn this into a poll?

    all the best!
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    Feel free to post the cost of different models, atomic vs. non!

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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    Atomic sync is nice, but to me personally it's not worth too much of a premium (I'm quite happy with my Frogmen that are just solar). I'd pay maybe 15-20% extra for it depending on the overall price of the watch.
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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    Depends, really.

    Regular timekeeping on the Riseman, for example, tends to become inaccurate whenever the barometer function is used (seconds running too fast, then too slow), so atomic function helps there.

    Generally, though, I can overlook atomic watches since I consider them a novelty, and an expensive one at that; for now I don't care much for bragging rights over having the 'precise' time, all the time. I'm currently considering the GW5600, but I do so in spite, not because, of it having atomic timekeeping (and it's only Multi Band 2 anyway).
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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    With solar G-shocks you can keep the Auto EL on all day because the battery recharges in the Sun Light and Day Light.

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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    Atomic timekeeping has its tradeoffs in functionality. One of the big ones is a greater than 1 hour countdown timer.

    Just compare the mudman's (non atomic) functions to an atomic (gw5600, for ex.)

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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    I think its good to have at least one atomic to set the others. I like it especially when you have a couple lined up but some Gs are very accurate and dont really need it. I have been wearing my seiko atomatics a lot recently they are a little over a min fast. its not worth me going through the hastle to correct them until the gain maybe more than 3 min. so it does not bother me as much as others. I dont think it should be more thann 50 more


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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by pasfreak View Post
    Atomic timekeeping has its tradeoffs in functionality. One of the big ones is a greater than 1 hour countdown timer.
    Fortunately, two of the newer atomic models (GW-M850 and the GW-9010) have both solar/atomic and 24 hour countdown timer.

    (But then you lose the ability to see the current time at the same time as the countdown timer.)

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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    It's of little practical value really, when a non-atomic watch only loses/gains a few seconds a month. As a previous poster said, a lot of us are happy to wear automatics which will lose or gain 5+ minutes over the same period, whilst still being considered to be within an acceptable range of accuracy.

    Having said that it bothers me greatly when I don't have 'RCVD' showing, so much so I have to do a manual sync. It's reassuring to know that the watch is absolutely spot on all the time, and I can't see myself going back to a non-atomic digital watch.
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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    I like the Atomic Feature, however i LOVE the Solar technology also.




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    Re: What is the atomic feature worth to you?

    I think it doesn't matter if it's atomic or not...lol

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