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Justin Time
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« on: November 24, 2008, 09:02:45 pm »

Some years ago I saw a demo for a watch that, at first glance, appears to not be working as the hands are not moving.  When you press a button on it, the hands bounced around the face and finally settled on the correct, current time and stayed there until the next time you pressed the button.

Like a fool and since it was a wrist watch (I do not like to wear anything on my hands or wrists), I didn't make a note of the maker/name of the watch and now have a possible need for one.  Does anyone have an idea what this watch was and where I could find one?

Anyone?  HAC the mighty and chronoadvantaged?  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 12:55:54 am »

I seem to recall a video of that, but I was under the impression that it was a concept for a multi-function watch. The hands would swing around for each function.

I'll look around a bit.
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008, 01:00:38 am »

Tissot T-Touch perhaps?

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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 01:19:06 am »

That's the one I just found again. Good call Harold.

Justin - check this video -
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 07:31:04 pm »

That's the one I just found again. Good call Harold.

Thanks, Gentlemen, but that isn't it Sad  The one I saw was, I think, more of a novelty feature than for different functions.  The hands bounced around all crazy in both directions before settling on the time and that was all I remembered seeing in the demo.  It was probably one of those 'unique gifts for guys' kind of TV stories around the holidays.  I'll keep searching though.......kicks self again.......

Thanks again, though.  I knew there'd be someone here with some suggestions  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 07:39:58 pm »

looks intrestin though
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2008, 12:05:00 am »

The T-Touch looks very useful for me, seeing as I go hiking a lot! I might keep it in mind, shame the ones that look nice are nearly double the price as the base model  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2008, 06:11:13 am »

I have a vague recollection of (I think) a Seiko watch from (I think) 15 or 20 years ago which ran off batteries which were recharged by a thermoelectric or bioelectric or some such bizarre mechanism in the (rather chunky) case. If you left it off until the batteries got low, it would go powersave and stop moving, but keep clocking internally. When you put it back on, and once the batteries began charging, the hands (including the sweep) would suddenly jump to the correct time, then carry on as though nothing had happened.

Anyone else remember this thing, or am I hallucinating again?
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2008, 09:55:23 pm »

I have a vague recollection of (I think) a Seiko watch from (I think) 15 or 20 years ago which ran off batteries which were recharged by a thermoelectric or bioelectric or some such bizarre mechanism in the (rather chunky) case. If you left it off until the batteries got low, it would go powersave and stop moving, but keep clocking internally. When you put it back on, and once the batteries began charging, the hands (including the sweep) would suddenly jump to the correct time, then carry on as though nothing had happened.

Anyone else remember this thing, or am I hallucinating again?

Bulova, Seiko, and Citizen all had watches that charged a capacitor or battery via means of a thermocouple, that worked on the temperature differenatila between your body and the case..
They actually worked fairly well, too. I have seen one Bulova example. These are pretty rare beasts nowadyas.
The "sleep" mode you describe is still used on some kinetic models..

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Harold

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