Missing my life in Switzerland

Jun 27, 2020,15:31 PM

To the right a very, very interesting gentleman. He was involved in a a project creating the atomic wristwatch. Not a radio watch receiving radio signals from an atomic watch somewhere, but actually a wristwatch with a small embedded isotope making it a true “atomic watch” for the wrist. Should run 100% accurate for more than 100 years. It never happened of course, but the stories he could tell about the project run by a company in Grenchen ........

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This sounds a fascinating story..

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 27th, 2020-15:36
Can you tell us anything more ?

+1 please :) [nt]

 By: emcquillan : June 27th, 2020-15:53

Nope. I probably said too much already.

 By: kjell_watchmaker : June 27th, 2020-16:03

Just teasing us ;-)) [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 27th, 2020-16:09
No message body

It was a test to see if it was possible to make a wristwatch with an internal isotope.

 By: kjell_watchmaker : June 27th, 2020-16:36
The idea was to create something way above the newly started beta quartz project. First of all, radiation was a problem. Second, it became way too big. Third, it really did not work as planned. So the project was scrapped. That’s the story. And my dear fr... 

Thanks, very interesting! In general, I find the science that goes behind these projects (and horology in general) very fascinating, since at high levels it obviously involves very advanced research in different fields.

 By: FabR : June 27th, 2020-17:12
The more technical aspects of what watchmakers, or R&D departments at manufactures, do are honestly too far away from my own training in school for me to understand or replicate (my PhD as well as my current research are in abstract algebra! ;-), but ... 

I hope so.

 By: kjell_watchmaker : June 27th, 2020-16:36

I know so, and take more pics when you do!

 By: Ted-Lo : June 27th, 2020-16:41
I love living vicariously through others.

Fascinating stuff. I’m no longer involved in the nuclear business but I’m lucky to have seen it all.

 By: U3O8 : June 27th, 2020-19:06
Front end through back end. Mines, fuel, component manufacture, Reactor builds and operation, turbines, decommissioning and disposal and even fuel re-processing. I can’t begin to describe the incredible things I’m fortunate enough to have seen with my own... 

"And now, for something . . .

 By: Dr No : June 28th, 2020-00:42
. . . completely different." Yes, David Berning's vacuum-tube regulated quartz movement. Art ...  

Not water resistant at all, but . . .

 By: Dr No : July 1st, 2020-08:14
. . . it should survive a nuclear blast.

That made my day!

 By: kjell_watchmaker : July 1st, 2020-09:02
Thank you - I needed that just now.