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La Crosse Technology WT-3126B 12-Inch Atomic Analog Wall Clock, Aluminum
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- Atomic time with manual setting option
- Automatically sets to exact time
- Accurate to the second
- For precise time in the home or office, 12-inch atomic analog wall clock from La Crosse Technology
- Aluminum frame with black numerals and hour, minute, and second hands; flat lens covers clock face from dust and debris
- Daily resets via radio transmissions to US Atomic Clock in Colorado; 4 time-zone setting buttons on reverse
- Requires separate purchase of 1 AA battery
- Measures 12 inches in diameter with a 2-inch depth
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Top customer reviews
I wish I still had the packaging so I could return it. What a waste of money. So frustrating.
I tried pressing the reset button, but it came back to the same wrong time, I tried removing and reinstalling the battery with the same result. So, I decided to wait for the change to DST to see if that might do the trick. It jumped ahead an hour, but remained off by two hours.
I sent an email to the techies at La Crosse, and they promptly sent me the instructions for restarting the clock, but alas that did not work either. So I sent them another email informing of this about a week ago, and I haven't heard from them as yet. The clock now resides in my recycle bin.
So, needless to say I would not recommend purchasing this clock.I now have a simple, non-atomic,clock in its place.
Upon opening the box from Amazon I discovered that the clock was attached to it's packaging by two small screws through rubber shock absorbing washers. I've never seen this before, but approximately 15 seconds of work with a small screwdriver released the clock. This packaging seems to have been effective as the clock arrived in perfect condition.
While waiting for the clock to be delivered I went to the Lacrosse website to look for the set up instructions. I received the clock in early May after Daylight Saving Time had already begun. After inserting the battery and setting the approximate time I placed the clock in a window at about 8 PM to see if it would pick up the radio signal and set itself precisely. The clock did set itself, but not to DST. The online instructions had said that it might take several days for this to happen. After waiting for three days it never did set to DST. Then I remembered seeing a white card packed with the clock. I retrieved that card and, lo and behold, it had the specific instructions for this particular clock, including the location of the DST switch, time zone setting and manual operation. After a quick reading, it took only a moment to set to the DST mode. That evening the clock set itself to the precise DST time without a hitch. Let this be a lesson for those who, like myself often "don't do manuals".
Since I mounted the clock on the wall back in May it has been functioning well. It attempts to set itself nightly at 1 AM and again at 6 AM. Occasionally, when there is difficulty receiving the signal it gains one or two seconds. One time it took about five days to correct that. On one occasion, during a period of especially poor reception, it gained about three minutes for about three days. Other than that it keeps extremely accurate time. This past November when the time reverted to Standard Time I just happened to glance at the clock when it adjusted for the change. At 9:55 PM the hands began to spin until they stopped one hour earlier. I'd been waiting to see what would occur and was happy to see that the change was effected flawlessly.
Here's the thing. This clock is ABSOLUTELY DEPENDENT upon consistent, reasonably good reception of the radio signal from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology station WWVB located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Reception can be adversely affected by terrain, sunspots, seasons, weather, presence of tall buildings in your area, and the type of construction of your own building, among many other factors. Contrary to the thinking of one reviewer, living in a large city is not conducive to good radio reception of distant stations. Nearby televisions, computer monitors and other appliances can also affect reception. If you live in an area with poor reception of this signal, or if your clock is placed in a poor reception area within your building it will not work properly as a radio controlled clock, and you're probably better off with a conventional clock rather than using this one in it's manual mode.
As other reviewers here have pointed out this clock lacks a visible indicator to show that it has successfully set itself. I have seen such indicators on digital radio controlled clocks, but I don't know of any purely analog radio controlled clock that does have one. However, if you wish to check the clock for accuracy you can call WWVB at [...] (NOT toll-free) to listen to the time signal. If you have a computer you can download a freeware application such as Dimension 4 from Thinkman Software (a good thing to have anyway if you want accurate time on your computer) which will synchronize your computer clock to the NIST clock or other time servers.
In summary, if you appreciate the satisfaction of having a clock that you know to be precise nearly all the time, if the size and style are suitable to your taste and application, and if the clock will be in an area of good reception of WWVB, then this clock is an excellent choice for the money.
Addendum added 03/15/2012; When Daylight Saving Time arrived earlier this month, the clock advanced to the new time promptly and without a hitch.
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After a week second arm freezes at position 10. Clock is till working. I am surprised same happens with my other La Crosse Clock 16". I bought that clock about 2 years back. after a year or so minutes hand freezes at same position 10. Then I just open the clock and remove minute hand. The close is work fine till now.
This elected me to bring the 1 star down.
I've got to downgrade this from 5 stars as my clock has kicked the bucket. The IKEA wall clock this replaced lasted over a decade, a few moves, and was still running when I donated it. A wall clock has one job and doesn't experience unforeseen wear and tear (unless moved a lot), yet mine is broken after sitting unbothered on my wall with the exception of a casual battery change. From more recent reviews, it seems durability isn't LaCrosse's strong point, which is unfortunate since they're one of the only players in the game. I'm going to replace the clock, just not sure I can commit to this brand.
I'm lazy and always wait forever to update my clock for daylight savings. When I decided to replace my existing, cute Ikea wall clock with an atomic one, I wanted something that looked nice in my predominantly modern room. I was really happy with this clock's design and performance. The instructions for setup were really easy and I was thrilled when I came out after clocks changed to see that it had done its job.
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Unboxed it, looked over the instructions, set the time zone for my time zone and popped a battery into it.Read more