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I have a VSA Officer's that is marking time four seconds at a time. It is still showing the correct time. I figured it was doing that because the battery is low, so I googled and found that, indeed, it does this to let the wearer know the battery is running low. Perhaps the instruction manual would have told me so if I'd read it.

Neat, huh?
 

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I have an eco-drive that skips 3 seconds when the battery is low. I thought it was just a Citizen thing, but I guess not! Pretty neat!
 

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That's the end of life indicator. I know it comes on the ETA F06 quartz movement. It's in my TSAR.
 

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You still can wear the watch for a couple of weeks before it completely stops, but better have the battery replaced ASAP.
 

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Nice feature.

I originally misread the title and thought it was going to be a foudroyante. Do affordable examples of this exist?
 

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Some of my quartz watches have an end of life indicator where the second hand starts keeping time in something like 3 second bursts. Not all my quartz watches advertise this feature and I guess you know that the battery is flat when the watch stops.
 

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Do you mean whether affordable watches have this EOL feature ?
No, the foudroyante feature. Completely useless but fun to watch. I'm wondering if they are only ever found in higer-end timepieces
 

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from what I have seen 2 second jump EOL indicator is very common, when the feature exists.
many quartz modules don't have the feature.
 

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Some watches jump 2 sec. while others jump 4 sec.

The higher amount of skipped seconds is, the longer battery life will be.
 
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