We have an atomic clock at our house that has been the cause of a certain level of DISPUTE. The problem is that about once per month, it checks in with its radar thingie and comes back with an utterly wrong time/date. I consider that a reasonable frequency for errors. I glance at the clock in the morning, I immediately grasp that 11:27 PM FEB 2004 is not correct, and I change it to the right time. I go on with life, unscarred by the experience.
Paul, though. Paul feels this clock is in violation of the sacred oath of time-keepers. A clock that is EVER WRONG must be THROWN AWAY. An atomic clock, because it has access to the correct information but chooses not to use it, must be publicly shamed and THEN thrown out.
I have fished the clock out of the trash twice. Perhaps it is time to research a replacement.
Before I get to the severely limited options, here’s a picture of almost exactly the clock we have: it’s a Sharp atomic clock (photo from Amazon.com) that shows time, day, date, and temperature. The one I’m linking to shows indoor and outdoor temperature; ours only shows indoor. I don’t need the outdoor temperature (in fact, I’d prefer NOT to have it; we’ve gone through a dozen such devices, so I don’t want a notoriously glitchy feature on a clock), but I do like having day and date and indoor temperature.
Because we’ve had some trouble with our clock, I first searched “atomic clock” and then sorted the results by average consumer review. This gorgeous Infinity Instruments Retro clock (photo from Amazon.com) was one of the first results. Immediately I dropped my date/temperature preferences (I WILL TRADE EVERYTHING FOR THAT SHADE OF AQUA)—only to find that this clock is not an atomic clock at all. Thanks, Amazon search results!
This LaCrosse option (photo from Amazon.com) is so similar to the clock we have, I went and double-checked to make sure ours is a Sharp. (It is.) The reviews sound like this has similar problems: occasional misfiring of the automatic time adjustments.
I like the look of the LaCrosse Analog clock (photo from Amazon.com) significantly better than the rectangular one we have now. But looking at the reviews, what I’m understanding is that an atomic clock that never glitches doesn’t exist. A perfect LOCATION for an atomic clock might exist, but the clock itself is submissive to its environment. It feels pretty dim to replace an atomic clock with another one that will have the same issue.
Perhaps the answer is to get a non-atomic one. The atomic nature of the clock hasn’t been THAT awesome. And then I could get the aqua one!