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.
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An excellent review of a beautiful watch. Very Steve Zissou.
In terms of functions and technology, the Aquatimer Automatic is virtually identical to the titanium IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000. One of the few differences is its pressure resistance, which is designed to withstand up to 100 bar or the pressure encountered 1000 m below the surface. As a result, the case is only 12.8 mm thick, rather than 14.8 mm. Another distinctive feature is the fact that this one is available exclusively in stainless steel with a blue rubber strap.
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I love my Speedy Auto, but I still pee a little when I see a Speedy Pro. Les Zetlein writes a very cute review of the Pro and mentions that Buzz Aldrain actually hated his Speedy. This, however, is a GREAT exchange:
“Yes,” said Carretta, “I’m looking for a high-quality, accurate but sturdy chronograph that can time events up to 12 hours.”
“Hmmmm. Manual wind or automatic?”
“Doesn’t matter, as long as it can be wound by hand as well.”