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9 months, 3 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch
Not planning on any purchases from independent watch brands this year but I am a big fan of small well made brands. I think you often get the best value there.
1 year, 1 month ago on GIVEAWAY: Mark Carson Hawaii Ka La Watch
Actually... I've only bought one watch in the last year. That is about a hundred and ninety nine less than I wanted :-)
1 year, 3 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Azimuth Bombardier VI Vintage-Style Mechanical Aviator Watch
@Ulysses31 @WelcomedRain You know one of my complains about my Casio Edifice which is radio synced... also seems like it would be a complaint with the Seiko Astron and Citizen, and that is... you don't know when the last time is successfully synced. You only know if it properly synced on the last attempt. That is a drag. With my Edifice, it is not reliable. When traveling in Hawaii, South Korea, China and Japan on vacation in April it never successfully synced once and when at home it might successfully sync only intermittently. So it would be nice to have indicators on Satellite watches which let you know how many days it has been since the watch successfully synced. Since it only tries once a day at most... this would be helpful. I think the attraction of a satellite watch is its near perfect precision. Without having any idea if it has been a day or a week since it successfully completed a sync, that detracts from the main feature of the watch. Just say'n.
1 year, 10 months ago on Morgenwerk Satellite Precision Watch Is More Accurate Than Your Mobile Phone
@Ulysses31 Quite right. I stand corrected. I just looked the automatic function up in the Astron's User Manual. The thing that threw me was their advertising (which is still on their site), which says "This watch can be set to the precise local timeby just one button operation anywhere in the world." I took that to mean you needed to push the button for the satellite syncing to take place. My impression on the Citizen was based on a review and subsequent blog interaction but I have not looked that up. The one potential issue I see with the Astron though is (according to the manual) "The automatic time adjustment is performed at most once per day. Therefore, even if automatic time adjustment has failed, the next automatic time adjustment will be performed the next day or thereafter." So... conceivably you may still need to watch the watch to make sure it gets sufficient signal and light for the required automatic adjustment. This can be checked on the watch to see if the adjustment has been successful or not but given the requirement for sufficient light and view of the sky, automatic updates might still be a challenge. Thank you for pointing out my error as I had looked specifically for the automatic update feature on Seiko's site previously but unsuccessfully.
Okay... I'm confused. You said, "The thermo-compensated quartz movement in Satellite Precision watches is accurate to about 10 seconds a year without any external intervention." but then you say, "Between the thermo-compensated base movement and the satellite synchronization, the timepieces are no less than (plus/minus) accurate to three seconds a month."; but if the thermo-compensating quartz movement is accurate to ten seconds per year... that would mean that without any other intervention, the watch would be accurate to plus/minus 0.833 seconds per month... much more accurate than your referenced plus/minus three seconds a month. Am I missing something?
@Ulysses31 I think you will find that both the Seiko and the Citizen Satellite watches require manual satellite syncing. So... not so much "set and forget" unfortunately.
Wow... it really depends on the specific watch. If I had to choose one over the other, I would say that I lean toward the big name watches simply because the styling tends to be more classic (generally) and the overall quality is more consistent. These are big generalities, as boutique brands can often deliver much more value for the dollar.
1 year, 10 months ago on GIVEAWAY: EHF Horlogere Mk Zero Watch
2 years, 8 months ago on Watch What-If Breitling Navitimer
aBlogtoRead is my daily addiction. Thanks for such a great Blog and great giveaway. Happy Holidays. Cheers!
2 years, 9 months ago on The Grand Holiday Watch Giveaway For 2011