Limited-time Offer SAVE $40 on Geno 2.0! Now only $159.95.    View Details >
  1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
Clothing:Accessories:Watches:National Geographic Atomic Field Watch

National Geographic Atomic Field Watch

$129.00

Price: $129.00

Item#:1074321

Qty: Available, ready to ship.





You May Also Like

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

.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
National Geographic Atomic Field Watch
 
1.7

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

7%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (6)
  • Accurate (4)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

  • Inaccurate (7)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (9), Modern (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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.

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.

VS

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 14 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
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
     
    1.0

    Did not change to Daylight Savings.

    By ELP

    from Washington DC

    About Me Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Inaccurate

    Best Uses

      Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

      Watch has been six or seven minutes off almost since I got it. The digital seconds counter is always different from the analog second hand. It did not update to Daylight Savings time. I had to change the timezone to the next one over so that, at least, the hour would be "correct."
      I don't mind the bulky size (can't button some shirt sleeves at the wrist), but it would be better if it displayed the correct time.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This produc was incredibly complicated.

      By Michael

      from Austin Texas

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Strap too short
      • Too Complicated To Progra

      Best Uses

        Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

        Much too complicated to program and the strap was sized for a child - too short

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        very good

        By None

        from Florida

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Travel

          Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

          Perfect for overseas Travel

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Difficult but workable

          By JP fly fishing dude

          from Idaho

          About Me Classic, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Comfortable
          • Stylish
          • Water Resistant

          Cons

          • Analog Portion Fragile
          • Difficult To Work With
          • Directions Difficult

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

          I got an older version of this watch some time ago. Took it saltwater fly fishing and it did great. Toward the end of the trip it got 30 minutes behind and not having the directions with me, I could not reset it. It eventually died and I let it go. I pulled it out a month ago, could not find the directions, but they are located at Dakota Watch Company, under Original NG Atomic watch. I figured it out, got a new battery, and it works fine and is accurate. The directions however do not really tell you that when the analog hands are off, which is the fragile piece, you basically have to reset it. The directions allow you to reset it, and then it works. The digital portion of the watch is accurate; fragile analog hands get bumped and are then not in sync.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Simply did not work

          By Jack

          from Ellicott City, MD

          About Me Practical

          Pros

          • None

          Cons

          • Inaccurate

          Best Uses

            Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

            would not set to atomic clock, returned and second watch would not set . Tried manufactures rep at their customer service, never received promised call back. Had to pay 18.95 {was refunded} for shipping, Return postage less than 3.00.

            Very disappointed. The watch was exactly what I was looking for except it did not keep time!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not reliable

            By Janet

            from LaGrange GA

            About Me Athletic, Modern

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • Did Not Keep Time
            • Inaccurate

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

            Atomic clock may have been affected by pacemaker?

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Don't go to the bother

            By d

            from Bellwood, PA

            Pros

            • Stylish

            Cons

            • Didn't work

            Best Uses

              Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

              This was purchased and given as a Christmas present. Imagine the disappointment when the watch wouldn't even run. I called NG and they replaced it with another watch - and guess what - it ran but would not pick up the correct time. It was also returned. Pretty useless.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              A gift that no longer works

              By sg8e

              from Spokane, WA

              About Me Modern, Practical

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Stylish

              Cons

              • Inaccurate

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

              Purchased this watch for my husband for Christmas. Six months later it won't keep time. Jewler could not fix it. He really liked it when it kept time.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Worked fine until I replaced the battery

              By Max the pilot

              from California

              About Me Classic

              Pros

              • Perfect time for 9 months

              Cons

              • Consistently 30 min fast
              • Inaccurate

              Best Uses

                Comments about National Geographic Atomic Field Watch:

                It was a beautiful watch, ran perfectly untim I had the battery changed by a jeweler. Then rean 30 min fast and wouldn't adjust.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Displaying reviews 1-10

                Back to top

                Previous | Next »