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Easy to use radio-controlled watch,
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This review is from: Casio Men's WV200A-1AV Waveceptor Watch with Black Band (Watch)
I bought this watch as a replacement for a Timex radio-controlled watch whose non-replaceable band had failed after a couple of years. The Casio is bulkier, but I think the band will hold up longer - and anyway it's replaceable.
The setup is typical for this sort of digital watch, and it goes well if you follow the instructions. This one synchronizes with WWVB at 4 minutes after midnight, and if it fails, tries again in an hour. A nice feature is one-button access to the most recent sync time, date, and signal strength. I leave the "world time" zone set to London without DST, which is UTC. The time display is big enough, but the date is a bit small. The only goofy thing about the instructions is that you're supposed to point the 12 o'clock side of the watch toward Colorado. This is not an analog watch, so there's no 12 o'clock side. The watch matches my other radio-controlled time sources, so I am happy.
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Initial post: Aug 13, 2010 12:08:59 PM PDT
i really enjoyed your review...i need to figure out how to access the log for the last sync...but anything circular might be considered to have a noon or 12 o'clock, i think
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010 12:38:52 PM PDT
T. O'Brien says:
MEJ, To display the last sync date and time, press the "RECEIVING" button. The day-of-week will be replaced by "GET", and the "signal strength" circle will show how strong the signal was. Press the button again to go back to the normal display. My watch usually synchronizes at 4 minutes after midnight (00:04), but sometimes has to try again and synchronize at 01:04. The instructions say it will try 6 times.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2010 1:04:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2010 4:26:19 PM PDT
Well at 12:54AM just checked... I was wearing a different watch and had the Casio at a angle but on the handle of a glass door near my 3rd floor apartment's balcony and it doesn't look like it had synced, maybe at 1:04 am it will! I had set the time yesterday pretty accurately, so I was uncertain if it had synced. Some owner's claim it needs to be horizontal.
Buying it yesterday, the time was so totally off by years, and the month was very off too, such that it had not apparently ever synced.
Thanks for the encouragement. If it still doesn't sync, maybe a new battery might help! I think I got it for 25% off, so I cannot complain too much if it just needs a new battery.
update...it synced at 2:04 am!!! and all the bars in the circle are solid, so it must have been a good one...since its battery is only rated at 2 years, i feel a apprehensive need to replace before my trip to Honolulu in 2 weeks, where it can test a new time zone and "pacifc waves",
oh, sorry in my previous post wrt noon, i should have said circular with an up/down orientation, sometimes it is called north, but that confuses actual directions
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2010 12:49:49 PM PDT
T. O'Brien says:
Glad you had good luck getting your watch to sync with WWVB (the station in Colorado). You mentioned you had left the watch hanging on a glass door handle. It's best to put the watch somewhere away from metal (at least a foot). Metal distorts radio fields at low frequencies (60 kHz). Casio also suggests pointing the "12 o'clock" side toward a window.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2010 1:12:29 PM PDT
well thank you so much for the concern! well it has not synced again yet...but as quartz is so accurate that won't be necessary for some time...anyway, about 1 year ago I did some genealogical research and discovered that my ancestor whose name i carry, jensen, came to chicago from SKAGEN, Denmark...i had been thinking about it for sometime, but the new watch inspired me to send a Skagen watch to my 1/2 sister Kathy in Santa Rosa, CA which i did...it is "rose" colored metal, but I found out the company was founded in Reno, NV where my mom divorced my father!
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