As far as I know, the current crop of radio-controlled movements can only pick up one station at a time. Epson’s new movement can pick up three stations and is only 3.5 mm think, a welcome change from the bulking movements of the past.

The solar-charged radio-controlled analog watches available in Japan at present are only capable of receiving standard radio signals from two transmitters in Japan (Fukushima and Kyushu). These watches are unable to handle different radio frequencies and time codes2 from other countries, so they cannot receive radio signals from other areas including those outside Japan. The new radio-controlled watch movement developed jointly with Junghans is capable of receiving radio signals transmitted from Frankfurt, Germany, and Colorado, U.S.A., in addition to the two locations in Japan. By selecting the preferred time zone using the world time function and receiving radio signals from Japan, Europe, or the United States, users can enjoy using a watch that boasts superior accuracy of approximately 1 second in 100,000 years.

Check it out here

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

2 thoughts on “Epson and Seiko Create Radio-Controlled Movement”
  1. That press release is a little misleading. Casio already has several watches that work in both Japan (with both transmitters there), and the transmitter in Colorado. I don’t know that they have one that works with all three plus the one in Germany, so Seiko-Epson might have one up on Casio there, but their technology is not as revolutionary as they make it sound. Still, I think I need one of these watches. 🙂

Leave a Reply