Re: Do mechanical digital wristwatches exist?
- From: Jeff Wisnia <jwisnia@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 20:26:25 -0400
John S. wrote:
I know that mechanical digital pocket watches exist. But what about wristwatches?
I would want to see a mechanical digital watch out there which shows the time in 1-minute increments. Oh yes, I saw one which I thought was hard to read and also extremely expensive. But I mean one that shows hours and minutes, is easy to read, and costs under USD 1000.
Sure. There were several of them with automatic movements made in the early 1970's with minute markers and some had a jumping hours feature, seconds and date display. Here is an example of mechanical digital with a simple display: http://watchismo.com/watchImages/fullEnicarDig.jpg
I have yet to see a digital display (mechanical or electronic) that beats an analog display for ease of determining the time.
I chewed that over back when digital wristwatches first appeared on the scene and decided that analog is much better for me.
I reached the conclusion that most of the time I don't care what time it is, I care what time it isn't.
i.e. it isn't time to go to lunch yet, or it isn't too late to dash to the movies and get there on time.
So, it's easier for me to look at where the minute hand of an analog watch is in relation to the spot on the dial where the event of interest happens and estimate how much time remains from the size of the subtended angle.
Not so easy with a digital display, I have to read the numbers and then do a numerical subtraction in my head to get the answer.
Plus, at my age it takes good light my reading glasses to see whaht time it is with a digital wristwatch, I don't need either of those to read my analog one.
Just my .02,
Jeff -- Jeffry Wisnia
(W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented." .
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