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National Geographic Atomic Field Watch

$129.00

Price: $129.00

Item# :1074321

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Inspired by the U.S. Army field watches that are heirlooms for many service people, this watch receives accurate time signals from the U.S., U.K., German, and Japanese atomic clocks. A canvas band and stainless steel bezel retain the age-old look of analog craftsmanship, with a classic face featuring National Geographic's distinctive logo. Displays both 12-hour and 24-hour military time, world time in 31 cities, day of the week, digital date, and seconds. Luminescent hour, minute, and second hands.


Not available for shipment outside of the U.S. and Canada.


In the U.S., the accuracy and speed that your watch and clock will receive signal updates depends on your proximity to the U.S. atomic clock in Fort Collins, CO. This means that the majority of personal atomic clocks and watches will synchronize only within the continental United States, and may not synchronize correctly in Hawaii or Alaska or on continents other than North America. Personal atomic clocks and watches work only in some areas of Canada and Mexico.


Another limitation of personal atomic clocks and watches is that they may not receive the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) signal within large buildings containing steel construction. Moving clocks and watches closer to windows in these types of buildings will usually resolve the synchronization problem.


  • Waterproof to 165 feet
  • 9 1/2"L; 1 1/2"-diameter mineral glass face

We recommend having a jeweler replace the battery in this watch. It is intentionally challenging to open the case in order to protect the mechanism and preserve its water resistance.


We recommend having the watch battery replaced by a jeweler, as it is intentionally difficult to remove the back. This helps protect the watch mechanism. However, as global atomic functionality is relatively new, even experienced jewelers may have a difficult time re-setting the watch. Here are the steps to follow.

  • The hour and minute must be manually set:
  • Set the hour by pressing the bottom right button until the three-letter city code blinks. Press the button quickly two more times until you see "H" on the screen with a blinking number next to it. Press the top button to scroll through the hours, keeping in mind that this is displaying 24-hour clock time. Press the bottom right button again to set hour. You'll see a "wait" icon and the second hand will spin as the watch adjusts itself.
  • Set the minutes by pressing the bottom right button until the three-letter city code blinks. Press the button quickly three more times until you see "M" on the screen with a blinking number next to it. Press the top button to scroll through the minutes. Press the bottom right button again to set the minutes. You'll see a "wait" icon and the second hand will spin as the watch adjusts itself.

For additional information or an updated instruction and troubleshooting manual, please contact our customer representatives at 1-800-437-5521 (1-801-783-2144 Outside the U.S. and Canada) or NGCatalog@ngs.org

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National Geographic Atomic Field Watch
 
2.3

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

26%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (10)
  • Accurate (9)
  • Comfortable (6)
  • Water resistant (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

  • Inaccurate (9)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (12)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (16), Classic style (5), Athletic (4), Modern (4), Stylish (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not bad for the price.

I had some problems setting the minutes until I followed one of the sets of directions where I set the watch manually to 11:59 then waited for the watch to set itself. Since...Read complete review

I had some problems setting the minutes until I followed one of the sets of directions where I set the watch manually to 11:59 then waited for the watch to set itself. Since then it has been very accurate. I like that it "knows" when there isn't a 31st in the month and doesn't need a manual reset.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DON'T BUY THIS WATCH

This watch took many days to set correctly, then wouldn't keep its own time. Directions were almost impossible to read, tiny print and written by a foreigner with little grasp of the english...Read complete review

This watch took many days to set correctly, then wouldn't keep its own time. Directions were almost impossible to read, tiny print and written by a foreigner with little grasp of the english language. Recently, I needed a new battery, and now it won't allow me to go through the same routines to set it and won't set itself. It's been a big headache and disappointment ... and is about to go into the trash!

Reviewed by 23 customers

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1.0

Never could get the watch to get the correct time.

By schintl

from Van Nuys, CA

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Inaccurate

    Best Uses

      Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

      I could never get the watch to have the correct time, directions are not very good. There is no way to contact anyone to help with setting the watch. I will probably return the watch.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Too Complicated to Set

      By MC

      from Austin,TX

      About Me Athletic, Classic, Practical

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

            Way too difficult to program. End up tossing it in a drawer and never using. Very disappointed.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Everything I Expected

            By Nelson

            from Rome Ga.

            About Me Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Comfortable
            • Quality Construction
            • Stylish
            • Water Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

              I was so pleased with my watch that I purchased three more for Christmas gifts for my two sons and son in law. They all have nice watches, but I think they will like this one.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Useful Watch

              By waymartian

              from Waymart, PA

              About Me Practical

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Easy to read
              • Stylish

              Cons

              • Hard to set

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Travel

              Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

              I always wear a man's watch as the dial is larger and the numbers and letters clearer than majority of women's watches. I especially like this watch with a black background. The strap I may replace eventually though I do like fabric better than letter as it is more comfortable.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              2.0

              Difficult to program

              By Chas

              from Colorado Springs, CO

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

                    Found it difficult to program...instructions not clear...change of battery confusing

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Classy and smart!

                    By MtheBlogger

                    from Findlay, OH

                    About Me Athletic, Classic, High End Shopper, Modern, Perfect, Practical, Stylish

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Quality Construction
                    • Stylish
                    • Water Resistant

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Travel
                      • Work

                      Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

                      Useful for international travel.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      looks good but does not work right

                      By Scientist

                      from Georgia

                      About Me Classic

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                      • Inaccurate

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use

                      Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

                      I selected this watch as a gift because it looked interesting however I noticed that the minutes always appeared to lag behind actual time. Adjustment of the minutes "manually" following the instructions written in transliterated English in microscopic 2 point font was frustrating and the adjustment did not last. The performance can be described as inconsistent and erratic, the instructions for setting correct time confusing, complicated and inadequate. Rather than persist with more frustration amounting to hours of fiddling with this watch in attempt to have it keep accurate time as is the point, I asked for a refund.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Not bad for the price.

                      By Don M.

                      from Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Comfortable
                      • Water Resistant

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Travel

                        Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

                        I had some problems setting the minutes until I followed one of the sets of directions where I set the watch manually to 11:59 then waited for the watch to set itself. Since then it has been very accurate. I like that it "knows" when there isn't a 31st in the month and doesn't need a manual reset.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very satisfied

                        By diojdioj

                        from Eastern Township Canada

                        About Me Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Comfortable
                        • Quality Construction
                        • Water Resistant

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Use

                          Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

                          Daily use.
                          Second needle usefull
                          Readable at night

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Atomic Field Watch

                          By National Geographic Patroness

                          from Miami, FL

                          About Me Athletic, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Comfortable
                          • Stylish

                          Cons

                          • Arrived broken
                          • Not Water Resistant

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

                            I gave it as a Christmas gift but the person had to return it because it didn't work. After a couple of months a new one arrived in good condition.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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