What Is A Atomic Wrist Watch?

There has been a lot of buzz over the last few years about atomic wrist watches. They have greatly increased in popularity, and you probably know at least a few people who own them or have tried them out to see what the fuss is about. You may have heard that an atomic wrist watch is an extremely accurate. But what exactly is it, and how does it work?

First of all, you can put the safety concerns to bed because there is nothing literally “atomic” about any of the watch materials that will be on your wrist. The watch itself is actually a quartz watch, which uses the steady vibrations of the quartz crystal to tell time. This is a very accurate method of timekeeping, and it has been widely used for nearly a hundred years.

However, what makes a regular quartz watch into an atomic wrist watch is that it has a radio receptor that picks up signals that are sent out daily from the National Institute of Science and Technology. NIST sends out the readings from the U.S. atomic clock, which is located in Boulder, Colorado using a special radio station called WWVB.

The atomic clock is the most accurate and precise form of time measurement that has ever been known. A normal watch might lose a second or two every few days, and it will lead to you needing to change your clock every now and again to keep it up to date. Well, the atomic clock loses about 1 second every 30 to 60 million years or so. You can officially stop worrying about adjustments and fine tuning!

So when your atomic watch picks up the daily signals from the WWVB radio station, it automatically takes that information and adjusts itself to the precise atomic time. It will automatically detect your time zone, since the information is sent out in time according to UTC.

Additionally, you’ll never have to make any other kind of adjustments when you have an atomic watch. When the time changes for daylight savings time, your watch will change automatically which means you never have to worry about getting it wrong again. The date will always be accurate, so you can stop changing that as well.

Another great benefit is that if you travel to a different time zone within the transmission range, the watch will automatically change to that new time, and then revert back when you leave. WWVB has a range of about 2,000 miles, so almost anywhere in the United States and Canada it will be functioning.

Elsewhere, it will fall back on its normal quartz operation. However, if you travel around to different countries, your watch may actually be able to pick up on that country’s atomic clock readouts as well! This just adds even more convenience and capability to this already great invention.

Hopefully now you understand what an atomic wrist watch is all about. Atomic wrist watches are continuing to grow in popularity and why not? They offer many benefits and are extremely convenient, and it’s great to know that your time is always as precise as possible.