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LAP TIMER
A chronograph function that lets the wearer time segments of a race. At the end of a lap, he stops the timer, which then returns to zero to begin timing the next lap.
LEAP-YEAR CYCLE
Leap or bissextile years have 366 days and occur every 4 years (with some exceptions, Calendar, Gregorian). Some watches display this datum.
LEPINE CALIBER
A caliber typical for pocket-watches, characterized by the seconds hand fitted in the axis of the winding-stem.
LINE
Ancient French measuring unit maintained in horology to indicate the diameter of a movement. A line equals 2.255mm. Lines are not divided into decimals; therefore, to indicate measures inferior to the unit, fractions are used.
LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY or LCD
A digital watch display that shows the time electronically by means of a liquid held in a thin layer between two transparent plates. All LCD watches have quartz movements.
LUBRICATION
To reduce friction caused by the running of wheels and other parts. There are points to be lubricated with specific low-density oils such as the pivots turning inside jewels, the sliding areas between levers, and the spring inside the barrel (requiring a special grease), as well as numerous other parts of a movement.
LUG
Double extension of the case middle by which a strap or bracelet is attached. Normally, straps and bracelets are attached with removable spring bars.
LUMINESCENT or LUMINOUS
Said of materials applied on markers and/or hands, emitting the luminous energy previously absorbed as electromagnetic light rays. Tritium is no longer used and was replaced by other substances having the same emitting powers, but with virtually zero radioactivity, such as Super-LumiNova and Lumibrite.
MAINSPRING
This and the barrel make up the driving element of a movement. It stores and transmits the power force needed for its functioning.
MANUAL
A mechanical movement in which winding is performed by hand. The motion transmitted from the user's fingers to the crown is forwarded to the movement through the winding stem, from this to the barrel through a series of gears and finally to the mainspring.
MARINE CHRONOMETER
A large-sized chronometer watch enclosed in a box (therefore also called box chronometer) mounted on gimbals and used, on board of ships, to determine the respective longitude.
MARKERS
Elements printed or applied on the dial, sometimes they are luminescent, used as reference points for the hands to indicate hours and fifteen- or five-minute intervals.
MEANTIME
The mean time of the meridian of the Greenwich Observatory, considered the universal meridian, is used as a standard of the civil time system, counted from midnight to midnight.
MEASUREMENT CONVERSION
A feature, usually consisting of a graduated scale on the watch's bezel, that lets the wearer translate one type of measurement into another - miles into kilometers, for instance, or pounds into kilograms.
MECHANICAL MOVEMENT
A movement powered by a mainspring, working in conjunction with a balance wheel. Most watches today have electronically controlled quartz movements and are powered by a battery. However, mechanical watches are currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
MICROMETER SCREW
Element positioned on the regulator, allowing to shift it by minimal and perfectly gauged ranges so as to obtain accurate regulations of the movement.
MICRO-ROTOR, see rotor.
MILITARY TIME or 24-HOUR TIME
When time is measured in 24-hour segments. To convert 12-hour time into 24-hour time, simply add 12 to any p.m. time. To convert 24-hour time into 12-hour time, subtract 12 from any time from 13 to 24.
MINERAL CRYSTAL or MINERAL GLASS
Watch crystal that has been tempered (heat treated) to increase its hardness and scratch resistance.
MINUTE REPEATER, see repeater.
MODULE
Self-contained mechanism, independent of the basic caliber, added to the movement to make an additional function available: chronograph, power reserve, GMT, perpetual or full calendar (s).
MOONPHASE
A function available in many watches, usually combined with calendar-related features. The moonphase disc advances one tooth every 24 hours. Normally, this wheel has 59 teeth and assures an almost perfect synchronization with the lunation period, i.e. 29.53 days (in fact, the disc shows the moonphases twice during a single revolution). However, the difference of 0.03 days, i.e. 44 minutes each month, implies the need for a manual adjustment every two and a half years to recover one day lost with respect to the real state of moonphase. In some rare case, the transmission ratio between the gears controlling the moonphase are calculated with extreme accuracy so as to require manual correction only once in 100 years.
MOTHER OF PEARL
Iridescent, milky interior shell of the fresh water mollusk that is sliced thin and used on watch dials. While most have a milky white luster, mother-of-pearl also comes in other colors such as silvery gray, gray blue, pink, and salmon.
MOVEMENT
The entire mechanism of a watch. Movements are divided into two great families: quartz and mechanical; the latter are available with manual or automatic winding devices.

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How do I set the hour, minute, date etc.


Thank you for contacting FixYa.
    Setting the Time and Date
  1. To set the time and date on your Armitron digital watch, begin by pressing the "A" button while in time-telling mode. The seconds place will begin to flash; press the "C" button to reset the seconds to "00". Press "B" to set the hour, and press the "C" button repeatedly until the desired hour is reached. Press "B" to set the minutes, pressing the "C" button until the desired minute is reached. Press the "B" button, followed by "C" to set the month, date and day of the week. When you are finished programming the time and date, press "A" to save and return to time-telling mode.
  2. Using the Chronograph
  3. To use the chronograph feature on your digital Armitron watch, press "B" while in time-telling mode to access chronograph mode. Press the "C" button to start the timing; press "C" a second time to stop the timing. To reset the chronograph, press the "A" button. Press the "B" button at any time to return to time-telling mode.
  4. Using the Split Lap Chronograph Feature
  5. To use the split lap feature on an Armitron digital watch, press the "C" button while in chronograph mode. Press the "A" button to measure splits or laps; at the end of the event, press the "C" button to stop the timing. Press "A" once to see the final split or lap time, press "A" twice to reset the chronograph to "0". Return to time-telling mode by pressing the "B" button.
  6. Setting an Alarm
  7. To set an alarm on your Armitron digital watch, press the "B" button twice to access the alarm mode. Press the "A" button and wait for the hours place to begin flashing, then press the "B" button twice. Press the "B" button, followed by the "C" button to set the hour and minute of your alarm. When you're finished, press the "A" button to save the alarm. Press the "B" button to return to time-telling mode.
  8. Using the Countdown Timer
  9. To use your Armitron digital watch as a stopwatch, begin by pressing the "B" button three times while in time-telling mode to access the countdown timer mode. Press the "A" button, followed by the "C" button to set the hour. Press the "B" button, followed by the "C" button to set the minutes and seconds. Once you've set your timer, press "A" to return to countdown timer mode. To stop the countdown timer, press the "C" button. When you are ready to reset the countdown timer, press the "A" button. To return to time-telling mode, press the "B" button.
Best regards. Jewel

Sep 03, 2010 | Armitron Digital Sport #45/6967PNK Watch

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how can i recall multiple laps during a run?


The Timex Ironman 30 Lap also has a stopwatch that can be used to keep track of split times for racing sports like running or cycling. Press the "Mode" button until the display shows "Chrono," then press and hold the "Set/Recall" button. To start the timer, press the "Start/Split" button. It will continue to run even if you exit to another mode. Pressing the "Stop/Reset" button will stop the chronograph. To record a split time, press the "Start/Split" button again while the timer is running. To see your split times, press the "Set/Recall" button while the watch is in Chrono mode. You can then scroll through the various splits with the plus and minus keys. Press "Set/Recall" again to exit display mode and return to the timer.

Sep 17, 2009 | Timex Ironman 30 Lap 53952 Wrist Watch

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How to set up time on TAG HEUER SLR CHRONOGRAPH ? what are the functions of the 2 boutons and 2 crowns ?


The crown at 3 o'clock is used to set the time and change modes. The crown at 9 o'clock is used to rotate the flange at the edge of the dial.
The A button at approximately 2 o'clock starts and stops the chronograph function. The B button at approximately 4 o'clock resets the chronograph.

Lap Timer: When the watch is displaying normal time, press the right side crown to switch to chrono mode (the hour hand will indicate CHRONO). This watch measures lap times, press A to start timing the first lap. Press A again to stop the first lap and automatically start timing the second lap (the hour hand will move to indicate you're on the second lap), and so on. You can measure up to 20 laps this way. When you're fininshed timing laps, press the right side crown to see the best lap time. To reset the lap timer, hold down B for 2 seconds. To switch out of chrono and see the normal time, just press the right side crown in.

Chronongraph: To time an interval that is not a lap, just follow the above instructions, but instead of pressing A to stop the first lap, press B and the watch will show the elapsed time to the nearest 1/100th of a second. Hold B to reset.

Crown at 9 o'clock: This crown rotates the inner flange at the edge of the dial and is used to measure total race time (i.e. the total of all the laps). Simply rotate the crown until the the little start trinagle on the flange is aligned with the minute hand. This way, the total elapsed time can be read at any time, similarly to how a rotating bezel works.

To set the time: Ensure the watch is not in CHRONO mode, if so, press the right side crown in. At this time pull the right side crown out until you feel a click.The position the second hand moves to indicates what is currently being set. If the second hand is at 9 o'clock, you are setting am hours, press A repeatedly to set am hours. Then press B and the second hand will move to 6 o'clock, pressing A repeatedly will set the minutes. So on for year (11 o'clock), month (12 o'clock), and day (1 o'clock).

Feb 25, 2009 | Tag Heuer SLR Mercedes Benz Limited...

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How do I work the lap timing function work?


hello,the buttons are numbered 1-4
clockwise-top right button #1
bottom right button #2
bottom left button #3
top left button is #4
in normal time push #3,then #1 to start and stop lap time.
for lap time press #2 while chronograph is running,it keeps running while lap time is displayed push #2 again to return to chronograph time display,to clear push #1 to stop then #2 to clear.

Sep 03, 2008 | Timex 1440 53591 Sports Quotient...

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timex expedition


HI

HERE IS SOME STEPS FOR YOUR DOUGHTS......

Set the chronograph. Push the bottom left button until you see the word "CHRONO" on your watch. Press the top right button to pick "Lap" or "Split." Press the top right button to start or stop the timer.

Press the bottom left button to see your lap or split time. Press the bottom left button to pause the timer. Press the top right button to start again. When you're finished, press the bottom left button to stop timing. Push it again to reset it your chronograph to zero.

THANK YOU

Dec 12, 2007 | Timex Digital Expedition watch

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