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Atomic Watches: FAQ and Troubleshooting
Many of the following questions apply to Junghans watches

Why should I consider an atomic (radio controlled) watch/clock?
How do atomic clocks and watches work?
I bought an atomic (radio controlled) watch in Europe. Does it work here in  North America?
Does my atomic (radio controlled) watch work everywhere in North America?
If I travel overseas can I use my watch?
How do I find out what time zone my watch is set at?
How do I adjust the time zone?
My watch does not show any of the North American time zones when pressing the button at 10 or 2 o'clock.
Do I have to adjust the date/month of my watch?
Do I have to adjust my watch for daylight savings?
Will my watch adjust itself when I travel from one time zone to another?
My watch does not receive the synchronization signal. Why?
My watch is off by a few seconds. Why?
Can I find out when my atomic (radio controlled) watch was last synchronized?
What does this single digit mean? (see previous question)
When is the atomic (radio controlled) watch synchronized?
Can I activate the receiver manually?
Why is there a difference between reception of signal during the day and night?
What do I do if my watch does not receive the signal?
My watch never gets the single. Why?
I keep my watch in a safe. It does not receive a time signal.
I am a retailer, located in a large shopping mall.  I noticed that the watches are not synchronized. Why?
My watch behaves strangely.  It displays the wrong date, time or is otherwise not properly functioning.  What do I do?
Why is the display of my atomic watch constantly blinking?
After I had my battery replaced, how do I set the watch?
If I replace my battery do I have to adjust the hands of my atomic watch?
Where can I find more information about atomic timekeeping in general?

How water resistant are Junghans watches?
I saw a Junghans watch in Europe, but cannot find it on your website. How do I get it?
How do I get my older Junghans clock/watch repaired?
Where can find more information Atomic Watches products outside the United States?

 

Why should I consider an atomic (radio controlled) watch/clock?

The accuracy of an atomic watch (radio controlled) watch/clock is unprecedented and absolute.  You will never have to adjust your watch for Daylight Savings Time (DST) or bother with the date.  This is taken care of automatically by the synchronization signal.

How do Atomic clocks and watches work?

All watches receive a radio signal from the Caesium atomic, the world's most precise clock, accurate to 1 second in 1 million years.  The signal is encoded so that it can be transmitted in long wave radio form.  The signal originates from the WWVB transmitter in Fort Collins, Colorado and is transmitted on a frequency of 60 kHz.

The atomic watches contain an antenna and internal program to receive and encode the radio signal.  It is then decoded to display the precise time.  They maintain total accuracy by automatic nightly updates with the radio signal.  Junghans watches and clocks may be manually updated by the user.


I bought an atomic (radio controlled) watch in Europe. Does it work here in North America?

It will only work as a regular quartz watch.  The transmitter frequencies between Europe and North America are different.


Does my atomic (radio controlled) watch work everywhere in North America?

The transmitter range is 1864 miles (radius) from Fort Collins, Colorado.  Your watch will work in most parts of the USA and Canada.  The exceptions are Hawaii, Alaska, part of the Maritimes and all of Newfoundland. In Newfoundland, the watch cannot be used at all.  At the present time, there is no way to adjust the time zone to half hours. For actual signal coverage in North America visit: www.boulder.nist.gov/timefreq/stations/wwvbcoverage.htm


If I travel overseas can I use my watch?

Yes, you can use your watch, however not as an atomic (radio controlled) watch - but as a regular quartz watch.  You simply have to adjust your watch to the appropriate time zone. (Push button at 10 o'clock to select time zone)  Make sure to select the appropriate "am" or "pm" time to assure date change at midnight.


How do I find out what time zone my watch is set at?

Press button located at 2 o'clock (ceramic watch only: press recessed button with a pointed object.)  You should see a letter P, M, C, E followed by a number.  The letters stand for: P=Pacific, M=Mountain, C=Central, E=Eastern Time Zone.  The number shows the actual hour the watch displays at the moment.  If your watch displays a number without any of the letters, your watch is not set to any of the North American time zones.


How do I adjust the time zone?

Press the recessed button at 10 o'clock until you see the letter appear for your time zone.  You might have to press this button repeatedly up to 23 times to arrive at your time zone.


My watch does not show any of the North American time zones when pressing the button at 10 or 2 o'clock.

Simply keep on pressing the button at 10 o'clock until you get the Pacific time zone (P).  Now choose your time zone (if other then "P") by pressing button repeatedly.


Do I have to adjust the date/month of my watch?

No, your watch adjusts itself automatically - even in a leap year (February 29th) the watch will set itself properly.


Do I have to adjust my watch for daylight savings?

No. Your watch will adjust itself overnight - provided it can receive the synchronization signal.


Will my watch adjust itself when I travel from one time zone to another?

No. Your watch is not equipped with a GPS system (global positioning system).  You will have to adjust the time zone yourself.


My watch does not receive the synchronization signal. Why?

Make sure that your watch is set to your time zone (see above).  Your watch can only receive the radio signal if it is set to one of the 4 North American time zones (P, M, C, or E).


My watch is off by a few seconds. Why?

Your watch is adjusted to run on average within +/- 0.15 seconds in a 24 hour period as a regular quartz watch.  Most likely, your watch did not receive a signal for some time and was not synchronized with the atomic cesium clock in Colorado.


Can I find out when my atomic watch (radio controlled) watch was last synchronized?

Yes.  Simply press the button at 2 o'clock and hold for 10 sec.  After approx. 3 seconds, your hands will start to move to the 12 o'clock position.  A double 00 appears in the LCD display.  After 7-8 seconds, a single digit appears (0-9).  Within 9 minutes the watch resumes normal operation. To return to the saved internal time, press the 2 o'clock button.


What does this single digit mean? (see previous question)

If the displayed number is "0" (zero) your watch received the signal within the last 24 hours and your watch is synchronized.  A number of 1, 2, 3, etc. means that your watch did not receive the signal for 1, 2, 3 days.  The number 9 means that your watch was not synchronized for at least 9 days (perhaps more).


When is the atomic (radio controlled)  synchronized?

Your watch is programmed to receive the signal during the night (starting at 11 pm) on the hour for 9 minutes.  If the watch does not receive the signal during the first attempt, it will try again (for 9 minutes) at 12 o'clock and so on during the whole night.  Once the signal is received, the receiver shuts down until the next night in order to save battery power.


Can I activate the receiver manually?

Yes. Simply press the button at 2 o'clock and hold for 3 seconds.  The hands will go to the 12 o'clock position and stay there for 9 minutes.  The receiver is now manually activated.  If the signal is not received within 9 minutes, the watch will go back to the time which was previously displayed.


Why is there a difference between reception of signal during the day and night?

There is a lot of "electronic pollution" especially during working hours in urban areas.  Many factors can affect the reception of the signal such as cell phones, computers, faxes, satellite dishes, etc.  The watch is subject to such interferences similar to a cell phone.   During the night, the "electronic pollution" is greatly reduced.


What do I do if my watch does not receive the signal?

Make sure that the watch does no rest during the night beside or on top of an electronic device which might interfere with the reception.  


My watch never gets the single. Why?

Make sure you have a watch made for the North American market.  Furthermore, make sure you are within the range of the transmitter.  Also check if you are living near power lines, they can interfere with reception.


I keep my watch in a safe. It does not receive a time signal.

Your safe does not just keep burglars out but also the time signal.  The metal casing acts as a shield and prevents the signal from  reaching the watch.


I am a retailer, located in a large shopping mall.  I noticed that the watches are not synchronized. Why?

Most likely the watches did not receive the synchronization signal for some time.  Most shopping malls have heavy duty steel roofs which shield your watches from the signal.  Also note, that the watches can interfere with each other if they are kept very close together in you showcase or overnight in a safe.


My watch behaves strangely.  It displays the wrong date, time or is otherwise not properly functioning.  What do I do?

Perhaps the memory of the watch is mixed up due to any number of factors.  You have to wipe the memory clean (hardware reset).  Press and hold both  buttons (at 2 and 10 o'clock) simultaneously for at least 4 seconds.  The hands will go back to 12 o'clock.  The watch memory has now been cleared and the watch is waiting to receive the signal.  This can easily take overnight - so, please be patient.  Once your watch receives the signal, it will be on to the proper time and date.  However, the watch will set itself to the Pacific time zone ("P") by default.  If necessary adjust to your time zone.


Why is the display of my atomic watch constantly blinking?

You need a new battery.  Have a qualified watchmaker replace it or send it  to the national service center:

Providence Watch Hospital Inc.
1024 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
1-401-944-5100
provwatch@aol.com


After I had my battery replaced, how do I set the watch?

Replacing the battery is the equivalent of a hardware reset.  You simply have to wait (probably overnight) until the watch receives the synchronization signal.


If I replace my battery do I have to adjust the hands of my atomic watch?

No, the atomic Junghans watches are equipped with an exclusive world wide patented system which remembers the 12 o'clock position of the watch.  See the technical information for further details.


Where can I find more information about atomic timekeeping in general?

Visit www.boulder.nist.gov
 

How water resistant are Junghans watches?

Depending on the model, Junghans watches are water resistant to 3 bar (30M/98ft.), 5 bar (50M/164ft.) and 10 bar (100M/328ft.)

For water resistance details and suitable use please click our
Water Resistance Chart
 

I saw a Junghans watch in Europe, but cannot find it on your website. How do I get it?

Not all Junghans watches are available in the United States, though all Junghans watches available in the US can be found at Atomic Watches USA.
 

How do I get my older Junghans clock/watch repaired?

Please contact Providence Watch Hospital for all Junghans clock and watch repair and warrantee questions:

Providence Watch Hospital Inc.
1024 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
1-401-944-5100
provwatch@aol.com

Where can find more information Atomic Watches products outside the United States?

Please contact Junghans Germany at information@junghans.de

 


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