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This must be Dooyoo....
Member Name: ANDREWSJK
Date: 05/07/01, updated on 31/12/01 (5309 review reads)
Advantages: NEAT, SIMPLE, TROUBLEFREE
Disadvantages: BRACELET ADJUSTMENT
I think I've finally got into the Dooyoo thing, for the first time in my life I've had to buy something and here am I sitting like an idiot with the packaging and instructions all around me writing about it. Is this wise, should I see a doctor?
Talking about doctors, an elf came to my house the other day, and he was ill. I said to him "What happens to elves when they are ill, like money for example and he said "Haven't you heard of The National Elf Service?"
Anyway, that's enough of the quality, on with the watch. I had had my previous Seiko watch for about 10 years with absolutely no problems, but it came to the day last week when it was just too scruffy to consider buying a new strap for as the face had a accumulation of scratches and the plating had worn, so I decided naturally on another Seiko.
After looking around I decided on the Perpetual Calendar Serial Nos. 4F32, 8F32 and 8F33. This may have cost £175 from Great Universal Catalogues, but at least I get my 12 1/2% cashback, and I don't have to pay until February 2002 (that's my excuse anyway).
I was sure in this that I would be getting a real quality product, on opening the package though there was one problem :- it didn't fit my little wrist! Having scoured endlessly through the instructions there was no mention of how to adjust the bracelet (actually the only fault) so eventually I paid my local friendly (eh??) jeweller the sum of £5 to make it fit (he broke my arm to do this -- no not really).
The watch is silver with a metallic blue face, and single Roman Numerals to denote the hours with a silver link bracelet (now two links less). It is fairly solid, but not too heavy.It also has a large window for the date for us blind bats, which were my requirements... a plain, simple, stylish and reliable piece of equipment, not a portable Big Ben that could do every function under the sun and operate at 90 fathoms underwater i
n the mouth of a shark!! Oh, just discovered as I'm writing this that the dial is attractively luminous as well...great!!
The first surprise was that it was set at the factory for the correct time and date, so no unnecessary fiddling about there. The calendar automatically adjusts for odd and even months including February of leap years up to February 28,2100.The accuracy is high as well, with an annual loss/gain of 20 seconds. I believe Seiko have scored a first with their perpetual calendar.
To check the calendar you pull the crown out to it's first click, and push back to it's normal position and within a second it will display the leap year (second hand) and the month and date within the calendar frame. The
leap year indication is that the second hand moves quickly at five-second intervals and stops to indicate the number of years that have passed since the last leap year (just what I wanted!!)
The battery should last at least 5 years, and on some versions 10, so I will write another op at a later date to confirm this. So I am told, when the second hand starts moving at two-second intervals the battery should be replaced otherwise the watch will stop working in two weeks.
Well, that is probably all most of us want to hear about a functional and well made watch, but for the technical amongst us I've found the following (which I don't understand) from the nice dark blue box it came in.
Frequency of crystal oscillator 196,608 Hz
Loss/Gain is 20 seconds when used on a wrist approximately 12 hours a day, at normal temperature range
Operational temperature range -10degrees C to +60degrees C
Driving system Step motor for the time indication and Ultrasonic motor for the calendar indication
Integrated Circuit C-MOS-LSI,1 piece.
The battery is not rechargeable.
There is also a one year guarantee.
Right,I'm off to play about with the calendar and give all
this packaging to my dustman.
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