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Atomic 18" Wall Clock
The Atomix 50308 Balmoral Wall Clock is a large
analog clock with an aged black metal case and a glass lens. This clock features
an analog thermometer on the lower half of its face above the 6. While
the Balmoral atomic clock can be used indoors, its primary application
is outdoors in a shaded location. (Mounting this clock where the
sun shines on it even part-time will cause an inaccurate
Atomix Balmoral has a metal case with an aged black finish accented by gold flecks.
The lens is glass, and the face is off-white with ornate black
hour and minute hands. The clock's styling is quite traditional.
The integral dial-type analog thermometer reads in
degrees Fahrenheit. This clock will look
good in many outdoor applications and also indoors in large
rooms or spaces that can accommodate a clock of its substantial size.
diameter of the 50308 Balmoral atomic clock is 18 inches (457 mm), and its
face is about 13.5 inches (343 mm) in diameter. The big, bold hour
numerals are over 1.6 inches (40.6 mm) tall for easy viewing from
a distance. The analog thermometer reads from -42°
The round dial of the thermometer is about 3.6 inches (91.4 mm) in
diameter, and the thermometer pointer is red. The clock's lens is glass for easy cleaning
without scratching and is tightly sealed with a rubber gasket to
protect the face and hands from moisture. The clock movement is
also in a sealed compartment for protection.
clock's quartz movement is a patented U.S. design. Its integral
radio receiver detects the WWVB time signal from Colorado, and its microchip
adjusts the hands to display the exact time. With only two
controls--a pushbutton and a wheel that manually moves the
clock's hands--setup is really easy. And the clock can
optionally provide an audible indication of radio signal
strength to help you find a location with good radio reception.
clock displays the precise time in any location where the
WWVB radio signal can be received. This includes the continental
U.S. (the "lower 48") plus parts of Canada and Mexico.
Daylight Saving Time adjustment takes
place automatically in the spring and fall, but if you live in
Indiana or Arizona, you can disable DST. You do this by holding
the pushbutton depressed as you insert the battery and then
releasing it after the battery is fully inserted. You then
perform the normal setup steps as described in the instructions.
Also, if you want to
set your clock, say, 5 minutes fast, you can do this manually
after the clock synchronizes to the WWVB signal. Just set the
time ahead by 5 minutes by using the wheel, and the clock
will maintain the 5-minute difference indefinitely
(or until you reset it).
you move to a different continental U.S. time zone, you can
adjust for it simply by using the wheel to adjust the time by
the appropriate number of hours--the minute and
second hands will automatically adjust themselves as necessary when the clock
again receives the WWVB radio signal. Or, if you take the clock out of WWVB range,
you can reset it for local time and it will continue to
operate as a highly accurate quartz clock--but without the WWVB automatic
time calibration. You do this by removing and reinserting the
battery and using the wheel only--not the pushbutton--to set the
50308 Balmoral atomic wall clock is powered by a single AA (1.5 volt) alkaline battery,
which normally lasts up to 2 years. For this
clock, it is important to always use an alkaline AA battery, not a
carbon-zinc, lithium, or rechargeable battery.
Although the following is not included in this clock's instructions, we
thought we should mention it anyway because it is included in the
instructions for similar clocks intended primarily for outdoor use.
Please be aware that when the temperature is expected to fall
below freezing, the clock should be brought indoors. This is because in
low temperatures, the alkaline battery may not provide enough current to
power the clock motor, in which case the clock will lose its accuracy.
(Alkaline batteries lose power in sub-freezing temperatures.)
Note 2: The 60kHz AM radio signal used by NIST to deliver the time information carries
best at night. The signal may be interfered with by weather conditions and local
interference. Building construction and location within the building can also
affect reception. This clock is quartz controlled and will keep very good time
for days when reception is poor, so this isn't normally a problem. You may find,
however, that when you first insert the batteries, or during a Daylight Saving
Time change, the clock will not be able to set itself immediately if reception
is poor. Signal strength is indicated by the icon above seconds in the time
display. You may wish to check the icon when selecting a location for your
clock. Because wiring and plumbing in your walls can affect reception, moving
the clock as little as a couple of inches can make a difference in the strength
of the signal reaching the clock. For additional information, please see the Chaney
Instrument Clock FAQ.
accurate--never needs resetting unless moved to a different
- Sets automatically to WWVB radio signal.
- Automatically adjusts for
Daylight Saving Time unless DST bypass (disable) function is
- Manual time-set capability for use anywhere outside the
WWVB signal range.
thermometer indicates temperatures from -42°
- Clock case
is metal with an aged black finish accented by gold
- Clock lens
is glass (not plastic), and face is off-white with black hands
and graphics. Thermometer pointer is red.
for outdoor use in a shaded location.
- Powered by one AA
battery (not included), with expected battery life of up to 2
- Overall diameter:
18 inches (457.2 mm)
- Dial diameter:
13.5 inches (343 mm)
2.5 inches (63.5 mm)
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This product has "atomic" clock functionality. Atomic, or Radio Controlled clocks receive
a radio signal to set themselves. Like any radio receiver however, they may not
be able to receive the signal if they are in a building with a lot of steel in
the structure, near computers or other electrical equipment that may generate
interference, or if the weather is unsuitable. The signal they receive does not
propagate well during the day. That's the nature of the signal, not the clock.
These clocks are designed to catch the signal when they can, generally in the
middle of the night, calibrate themselves, and then run quite accurately for
days until they can catch another signal. When you first put in the batteries,
they will most likely not set themselves until the middle of the night. That's
normal. By morning, weather permitting, it should be correct. Under less than
ideal conditions, it could take a few days. Daylight savings time changes may
not be made the first night if location and weather are not favorable.
|One AA Alkaline BatteryOne AA Alkaline battery. We typically ship Energizers, in case of availability problems, we may ship Duracells.|
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