A surf gear brand from Australia, Made in Hong Kong
Google "Rip Curl" to find their website please, Rip Curl's founder is Doug "Claw" Warbrick obviously
Rip Curl, Digital "Classic" ATS Oceantide
#17106, bought in Fremantle in June 2003
Hong Kong OEM Caliber, Battery CR 2016
|Front with Wombat||Display||Battery out||Top Back||Back||Movement||Buckle||Manual
Larry Kopp, a fellow
suggested I should get a "tidal watch" as a traveling souvenir from my first trip to Australia in 2003. And so I did. I had just checked the watch last week when a Singaporean WIS visited me in Bangkok and it was still running. And today, April 13th, 2005, on Songkran Day, the Thai New Year 2005 or more accurately 2548 (add 543 years to get the Thai year numbering, starting from the the year Buddha got enlightened, 543 BC), I posted about this watch on PMWF and wanted to take a close-up of the dial. Battery life ended, not too bad, the CR 2016 at least made 2 years. And the CR2016 is the thinnest of the CR20xx (CR2025 and the very thick CR2032) pack, thus has the lowest capacity. Yikes, 5 years according to the manual! So my poor grey little duckling was locked up in that vitrine for 3 years before I freed it? I do not think so, just exaggerated battery life from the circuit manufacturer.
I was able to find this grey model (who wants a grey Rip Curl anyway!) at a 30% discount in a Sea resort near Perth... the sales lady was seemingly excited to get that dusty "ugly duckling" out of the vitrine next to the cashier. In that little surf shop, you had to stare at this last grey Rip Curl when paying... and I loved it. Despite its rather imposing RRP of 189.95 Australian Dollars! I was playing for days with all the functions. This watch made shuttling between the different highlights of that region a pleasure. There is a quite a bit of sand and dry grounds between e.g. Perth and Caversham... so playing with a new toy watch makes time fly! Especially if you do not understand all the functions immediately. The watch has a very peculiar 00 setting algorithm, basically the 00 seconds are set when you leave the setting mode. But read more about the trick that does it below.
The 00 synchronization trick really is to know that toggling through all the NT settings (year, month, date, hour, minute) takes about 10 seconds, so start toggling at about 45 seconds before your target synchronization time and then leave the setting mode at 00 seconds sharp. Very strange, never before had I encountered such a strange 00 setting. Not a word in the manual about it, but as mentioned above, this was the fun, to find out how to synchronize the watch a time signal. Took me quite a few hours to finally find out how to synchronize this little beast. And I was worried that the pushers would soon have reached their end of life after having been repeatedly pressed for hours. These kind of inexpensive pusher springs normally take probably ca. 10'000 pushes and then start to become "lame".
Products of Search!!!! is the Rip Curl slogan. Four exclamation marks included in the original. Indeed, I searched the whole manual for the 00 synchronization and then finally found it with trial and error. Also the little manual covers all Rip Curls, analogues, ana-digis and digitals. Watches have been categorized in "Ultimate", "Core" and "Classic". As the looks suggest, my model is from the Classic line-up. And grey I guess makes it a very classic Rip Curl ;-) ATS stands for automatic tide system and has been patented. The manual printed in a font that want you to have your reading glasses ready, covers all the models and again, you will need a bit of patience to find the description that matches your Rip Curl. Look at the back, it's all there. But this you normally find out after you have read the whole manual; which is never really a bad idea either.
Since the ATS Digital Oceantide Nr. 17106 will probably remain my only Rip Curl, I will list the functions here on this main page. Interesting also, the analog-digital Rip Curl watches use Chinese "French Movement parts" calibers with 5 jewels. At least those available during the time of print of my manual.
Conclusion: While the watch is fun to play with, the RRP is simply too high. I do not really know how much Casio watches cost in Australia, but the "Rip Curl" watches seem to be pretty pricey for the functionality/quality they offer. At AUD 133 after discount still a very expensive "plastic" watch. But of course, souvenirs have other then simply monetary values.
Functions are displayed in the red grid top down, left to right in this sequence
NT: normal time and date setting. Moon phase is factory preset which means it depends on your correct local time setting
AL: alarm setting, alarm has an hourly chime, I always like that function, except in lecture rooms or at seminars
TM: count-down timer 19:99 99 with 5 minutes pre-alert signal for surf heats
FT: setting future tide, the tide for
any given date in the future can be displayed until 2009, no information how
many years into the past that "thing" will work. From the year of production,
probably back to 1-1-2000. And given the proud RRP of almost 190 AUD, one year
of tide forecast is going to cost you almost 30 bucks. I am not going to put a
new CR2016 under that rather ugly - in terms of battery change - battery sticker
and then have problems getting it out again. I never really liked battery
stickers, especially if they come in artful shapes. With a bit of patience, you
will however be able (in most cases) to cut out your own battery sticker. Sticky
paper as used to lay out drawer bottoms, transparent or white, does a good job
The watch will go into "Sleeping Beauty" mode now.
FT setting (or rather display) involves year, month, date. Then the start/stop pusher lets you toggle through the hours to see the change of tide. Always under the assumption that the local high tide (HT) has been set correctly.
DT: setting dual time, somewhat confusing to have DT between FT (future tide) and HT (high tide)
HT: high tide setting. Unlike the Casio tidal watches I know - which require to enter longitude and latitude - e.g. the Fisherman, the Rip Curl simple asks you to observe the high-tide or get the high-tide from a table and then program the time of the local high tide. Important, the HT setting has to be started when FT is on the display, thus high tide setting is done within the FT settings. HT setting involves year, month, date, hour and minute and will be the basis for all FT displays. Thus it is a good idea to do the proper HT settings first and then start playing with the FT mode.
The trick for most functions is to hold the SELECT button for 3 seconds and then "SETTING" will appear flashing below the function grid. The SELECT button is also used to advance through the positions in a setting. Again quite peculiar, each setting has to be completed in 16 seconds, otherwise the watch will leave the setting mode on its own. Thus my 45 seconds trick above.