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A self-contained Cesium Atomic Clock has been integrated into a wristwatch by US-based watch company Bathys Hawaii.



The answer to the question “Does anybody really know what time it is?” has been answered loud and clear “Yes!” by the small Hawaii-based watch company Bathys Hawaii.

Using state-of-the-art technology derived from the US military, watchmaker Dr. John Patterson and engineer George Talbot have successfully demonstrated a working prototype cesium atomic wrist watch capable of accuracy to 1 second in 1000 years. The new watch is called the “Cesium 133”, named for the most stable isotope of the element.

Unlike so-called “atomic wrist watches” that use a radio signal generated by the US Government to keep accurate time, this new watch has its own self-contained Cesium source that generates the time signal independently.

“The technology found in this watch is something even a decade ago no one could imagine existing in such a small package” says Dr. Patterson. “Within a single chip there is a laser, a heater, a sealed cavity of cesium gas, a microwave filter and a photodiode detector. Using the exact same principle of counting hyperfine lines of excited cesium 133 atoms used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), our watch is able to achieve unprecedented levels of accuracy; on the order of 1 second per thousand years”.



The prototype watch created by Patterson and Talbot is powered by rechargeable lithium batteries and the time is displayed on a traditional analog dial with a moonphase indicator. The watch at 60mm x 50mm x 23mm is large, but still fits comfortably on the wrist. Before the watch enters production, Patterson anticipates reducing the size and increasing the battery life.


Plans are to release a limited edition of 20 watches in 2014 with an estimated MSRP of $12,000 each - not a bad price, but being on time will still be up to the owner.

Bathys Hawaii is a small boutique watch company that was founded in 2005 by Dr. John Patterson. The firm specializes in timepieces designed for diving, exploration and extreme environments. The watches are designed in Hawaii and manufactured in Switzerland. Their website is www.bathyshawaii.com
 

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That's pretty cool. I got that email today, as well. Really out of no-where. I had just sort of thought that Bathys was fading away. But maybe not. If they can get this small, and somewhat cheap, it might be pretty big.
 

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Aloha Guys!

Thanks for the comments.

It IS large...it's huge in fact. But this is just a proof-of-concept prototype. You can't get to the sleek watch we'd want to make until we made a rather crude version to test things such as integration, COM and power. There's still a long way to go - but the point is that we've got a genuine cesium atomic oscillator functioning on the arm for the first time ever. It blows me away frankly that we've done this.
I'm sure lots of people will criticize the size, the design, aspects of how you could keep it powered for a 1000 years, problems in perfecting the synch to UTC etc. The truth is there's no need for a watch like this at all.
For me that's not the point. It's to create something new - something technologically advanced, and then to work on refining the concept until it's the best it can be.
I think when this watch is down to 50mm x 40mm x 20mm, made from carbon fiber, weighing 60g and costing less than an 18K gold Breitling etc, then perhaps a certain number of people will see the appeal.
Nevertheless, I completely understand those who would look at this and go WTF?

I want to hear more comments. Poke as much fun as you like...I can take it!
 

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Aloha Guys!

Thanks for the comments.

It IS large...it's huge in fact. But this is just a proof-of-concept prototype. You can't get to the sleek watch we'd want to make until we made a rather crude version to test things such as integration, COM and power. There's still a long way to go - but the point is that we've got a genuine cesium atomic oscillator functioning on the arm for the first time ever. It blows me away frankly that we've done this.
I'm sure lots of people will criticize the size, the design, aspects of how you could keep it powered for a 1000 years, problems in perfecting the synch to UTC etc. The truth is there's no need for a watch like this at all.
For me that's not the point. It's to create something new - something technologically advanced, and then to work on refining the concept until it's the best it can be.
I think when this watch is down to 50mm x 40mm x 20mm, made from carbon fiber, weighing 60g and costing less than an 18K gold Breitling etc, then perhaps a certain number of people will see the appeal.
Nevertheless, I completely understand those who would look at this and go WTF?

I want to hear more comments. Poke as much fun as you like...I can take it!
Congratulations on your achievement!
 

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I only wish it had sirens and could make coffee too...Thank God for the people in this world with the screwy ideas! It's kind of like you made you own version of a Veyron or LFR...doing something just to see if it could be done. I'm more intrigued by a time keeping contraption like that than all the 46mm wide (IWC) and 20mm high (Omega) chronograph's in my jewelers case put together.

I've always figured one day when I visit Hawaii I'd buy one of your watches - now I'm sure of it.
 

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Very interesting, thanks for sharing! Kindly tell us a bit more about power supply, does the heater need much juice?
 

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HORRIBLE
 

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I'd like to make a suggestion.....Put the crown at the 9 o'clock position.
 
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You need to enforce a 100m hazard zone around you when wearing the cesium atomic watch.
 

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Lets remember that other prototypes and early designs be they watches or computers are a long ways from a finished product that is practically designed and salable. Because this watch is being offered for sale it might be comparable to the earliest crude personal computers. Anyone remember those prices? I think it is fascinating to see that kind of time keeping technology applied to a watch. To make full use of that accuracy special attention will need to be applied to features like power reserve, recharging while running and time setting so that an initial highly accurate setting of the display is retained for decades.
 

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You know the first thing I thought when I saw it was what a beautiful dial!
can't find much info on the net about it though.
could you provide more pics of that watch?
particularly wrist shots on a 7.5" wrist if possible.
definitely want one, its beautiful.
 

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Aloha Guys!

Thanks for the comments.

It IS large...it's huge in fact. But this is just a proof-of-concept prototype. You can't get to the sleek watch we'd want to make until we made a rather crude version to test things such as integration, COM and power. There's still a long way to go - but the point is that we've got a genuine cesium atomic oscillator functioning on the arm for the first time ever. It blows me away frankly that we've done this.
I'm sure lots of people will criticize the size, the design, aspects of how you could keep it powered for a 1000 years, problems in perfecting the synch to UTC etc. The truth is there's no need for a watch like this at all.
For me that's not the point. It's to create something new - something technologically advanced, and then to work on refining the concept until it's the best it can be.
I think when this watch is down to 50mm x 40mm x 20mm, made from carbon fiber, weighing 60g and costing less than an 18K gold Breitling etc, then perhaps a certain number of people will see the appeal.
Nevertheless, I completely understand those who would look at this and go WTF?

I want to hear more comments. Poke as much fun as you like...I can take it!

What a cool concept for watch!

Even though such a casing would almost definitely be too big for my wrist. I see the attraction - yet the $12k price tag will keep the watch out of my reach T_T
 
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