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75203 Atomix Crestwood
Atomic 12.5-Inch Wall Clock,
By Chaney Instruments
75203 Atomix Crestwood Radio Controlled Atomic 12.5-Inch Wall Clock
is a medium-sized analog
clock that's ideal for both home and office. Unlike other Atomix analog
wall clocks, the Crestwood is nearly square in shape--the manufacturer
calls it "pillow shaped"--and we think it looks really sharp.
If your interior decor is modern and includes some fairly dark wood,
this clock certainly merits your consideration.
The 75203 Atomix Crestwood wall clock features a wood composite (fiberboard) case in a rich
walnut finish accented by a wide, spun aluminum bezel surrounding
the face. The face is white with black hour and minute hands.
The second hand, hour numerals (3, 6, 9, and 12), and hour markers
at the other positions are silver, and the lens is convex glass.
At 12.5 inches square (okay, nearly square) with an 8-inch face,
this clock is equally well suited for home or office. Its striking
contemporary design will complement a variety of modern interior
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.
composite case in a rich walnut finish with a spun aluminum
bezel around the face. The lens is convex glass (not
plastic). The face is white with black hour and minute
hands, a silver second hand, and silver hour numbers and
- Powered by one AA
battery (included), with expected battery life of up to 2
12.5 inches (317.5 mm)
12.5 inches (317.5 mm)
1.5 inches (38.1 mm)
Atomix radio controlled
clocks keep perfect time by calibrating themselves to 60kHz
low-frequency AM radio signals containing time information supplied by
the official U.S. atomic clock source in Boulder, Colorado. The radio
signals are transmitted from radio station WWVB, which is located in
nearby Fort Collins. Both the atomic clock source and WWVB are operated
by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST (a part
of the U.S. Commerce Department). Atomix analog clocks initially search
for the WWVB signal once per hour. After synchronizing to the signal,
they search 5 to 7 times per day.
The clock's quartz movement
is a patented U.S. design. Its integral radio receiver detects the WWVB
signal, 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--a feature unique to the Atomix
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).
If 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
The clock is powered by a
single AA (1.5 volt) alkaline battery, which is included and normally
lasts up to 2 years.
If you would prefer a larger or smaller wall clock and/or one of a
different design and materials, please check out the numerous
other Atomix wall clocks on this website.
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 the
signal is weak. Signal strength can be determined with an audible
signal strength indicator. You may wish to enable the indicator when
selecting a location for your clock. As 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.
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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.
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