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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
British Summer Time fail
Though I don't like losing an hour of sleep and my body clock always takes a while to adjust, moving the hour forward in the spring is easier than moving it 23 hours forward in the autumn on the various digital clocks. Thankfully more and more gadgets these days take care of themselves. The computers happily reset automatically (including the iPod), the TV hard drive recorder does it itself and as soon as I put the radio on in the car, the clock there will reset too. But I still usually find something weeks later that I forgot about.

Today I have done: the radio-alarm clock, the back up alarm clock, my mobile phone, the kitchen wall clock and the clock on the cooker. The DSLR camera has been checked and it is already on BST, so I obviously didn't bother moving it back last autumn.

What I have not been able to change is my wristwatch. Some time between last September and now, I have lost the tiny little knob that winds the hand round. I cannot change the time on it any more. :(

Oh, well. I have had it many years. The gilt is worn off round the edges, but it has served me well and it has a nice clear face. If it's still going next autumn, I could use it again through the winter, but once its batteries run down, it is doomed because I would have no way to set it to the correct time if it ever stops.

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pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: March 25th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you can open the battery compartment without too much effort, restoring power st the right time would work
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 25th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant suggestion! So obvious when you think about it -- though of course I didn't. It's not the type that needs a special tool so I will give it a try. Sometimes old watches corrode and you can no longer get the back off, but by then it's pretty much doomed anyway.
veronica_milvus From: veronica_milvus Date: March 25th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might be able to get it fixed. The twirly knob came off mine and the jeweller put a new one on.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 25th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure that I paid enough for it to be worth repairing and sadly there are no local jewellers who do that sort of thing. I will try pickledginger's suggestion first and see if that works. Otherwise it's probably time I treated myself to a new one anyway. It's not all that long to my birthday now.
From: cmcmck Date: March 26th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
It's our satellite driven weather station with us- the damn thing has to be manually reset which strikes me as nuts! Okay, it's only a matter of pressing a button and waiting a few moments, but even so. :oZ
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: March 26th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love my wristwatch. It wasn't expensive - about $35 from a folk festival stall in Pennsylvania about 16 years ago - but it's silver coloured has a beautifully clear face, and a neat expanding strap. It's very plain, which is probably why I like it. A few years ago it died and I found a watch hospital (in Meadowhall, Sheffield) which replaced the whole of the innards for me for about twenty quid. Yay! It was worth paying the cost of the watch again just to keep the look that I like.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 31st, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pleased to say that pickledginger's suggestion worked brilliantly and I successfully reset the watch. Basically I'll keep it running until I have to spend money on it, which means when either the battery or the strap goes. At that point I'll look for another one because I didn't pay that much for it and the gilt has worn off all the edges, so it's had a good innings and it's probably time it was replaced.
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