Analog Clocks (Clocks with Hands)

clock_with_handsIf you have an analog atomic clock, which is a round clock with hands, there is very little you need to do to set up the clock.


  • Insert the battery and put the clock in a window with the face of the clock pointing toward Colorado.


  • If the clock does not immediately catch the signal it will move to 2:00, 4:00, 8:00, 10:00 or 12:00 and stay there until it gets the signal. The clock is not broken. It is waiting to receive the signal. Put it in a window overnight and leave it alone.


  • When the clock picks up the signal it will set to Pacific time. If you are not in the Pacific time zone then push either the ET, CT or MT button and hold it until the hands start to move, then release it.


  • Do not push the small indentation between the ET and CT buttons. This will disable Daylight Saving Time and your clock will not change for DST. This button should only be pushed if you live in Arizona.


  • If your clock does not set don’t keep taking out the battery. This will only delay the clock from setting itself. Be patient. Move it to a different window so that it may have clear access to the signal. If you did take out the battery wait 10 minutes before putting it back in. If you put it back in too quickly that could confuse the clock.


  • Some clocks have a tab to set it manually. If you hold down the tab it will advance the hands and you will need to release it at the right time. When the clock tries to search for the signal and does not catch it then it may move to 2:00, 4:00, 8:00, 10:00 or 12:00 and stay there until it gets the signal. Setting the clock manually may not work out for you.


  • There is no way to disable the atomic signal. If you don’t want a clock that catches the atomic signal then you should purchase a different clock.


  • Even though it always caught the signal in its current location, you may still need to move it to another window if it doesn’t set because something may have changed in the environment or the clock may be getting old.


  • The analog clocks are very simple. There is not much you can do, so please give it time and clear access to the signal so it may set itself.
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