In the late 70s when digital watches were first getting popular I can remember hearing people talk about how it was easy to accidentally reset the time by pressing the wrong button. Then they would need a toothpick to press the recessed at that point.
Does anyone remember anything like this?
Of course these were kids talking so I'm not sure how accurate the information was.
Nope. I am not that old but i seen these watches. I have 1976/81/83 Casio, 1978/79/81 Seiko. None you can reset with single push or change time accidentally.
I assume some cheaper one could of faced some troubles but i don't think it was intentional.
I do have Victorinox analog digital from 2000 and it can self reset on button been pushed out or simple knock on one of the buttons or analog part stem. But that just malfunction.
At some point i came into possession on 1980s Soviet Electronica watches (whish i kept them but some been dead so i disposed of them and some gave away as a special gift) and as far as i remember you can't do it there either. A least on 54 and 55 models which very much modern in terms of operation.
I do remember some odd configurations with several recessed buttons. May be there could of been some tricky set ups.
Like Casio G100 where one of the buttons moves analog hands and it not protected by anything.
Don't think it was too common. It is a bad design to start with.
This one had 5 buttons
While this one has 3 recessed pushers. Logic of operation of older watches was different from anything we have today.