Rockwatcher: The First Custom-Designed Stopwatch for Curlers
Established in 1999, it has proven to be the timer for champions year after year. Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed When it comes to warranty, contact us. We want to do what we can to address each failure/defect.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of replacement battery do I need for the Rockwatcher?
A: The battery equivalent is CR2032 3volt (Original and Pro Edition)
Q: My Pro Edition Rockwatcher (Colored Buttons) seems to be frozen, will not reset, buttons appear to be inactive.
A: Most likely due to pressing the MEM button accidentaly. The Pro Edition has a 3-lap memory/recall. The timer is in a Lap/Split or total time recall as indicated above the time display. Press the MEM button to cycle through the recall/total time as indicated above the time indication; ensure there is no lap, recall or total indication above the time.
Q: How do I turn off the watch?
A: Like most watches, there is no on/off. The watch remains on without a big drain on the battery. In most cases, batteries can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years under normal conditions. (The original Rockwatcher should be left in “time-of-day” mode to prolong battery life.)
Q: What is the warranty on the Rockwatcher?
A: Watch failures are rare under normal conditions. Therefore, we like to address each failure. Please contact us on how to proceed.
Q: How do I turn off the time of day alarm? Original model Rockwatcher, black buttons. (The beep during stopwatch operation cannot be turned off.)
A: Press the Lap/Split, followed by the Start/Stop button; the bell icon should disappear.
Why do curlers time the stone/rock?
To determine the force needed to be applied to a rock so it stops at a desired location at the opposite end of the sheet. The force required will vary from sheet to sheet and will change during a game as well, so knowing how hard to throw the rock, before you throw it, will give you the ability and confidence to throw the perfect shot.
How to time the stone/rock?
There are three principal ways of timing curling stones: sheet timing or long timing; hog-to-hog timing; and interval timing or split timing. Each method of timing has specific strengths and applications. Sheet times are typically collected by measuring the time it takes a stone to travel from the hog line at the release end to stop at tee line at the far end. The “faster” (slicker) the ice is, the longer the sheet time will be.
Interval timing is a proven method that helps a curler judge weight. A curler can time a shot between two points, usually the back line (or tee line) and the first hog line. The “split” time is the time it takes the rock to travel from the back line (or tee line) to the hog line and will indicate its ability to make it to a relative location at the opposite end of the sheet.
Interval timing will give the curler a good understanding of changing ice conditions, fast or slow. With this interval time, the curler will learn to be more consistent in delivering the right amount of force (weight) for the required shot.
Sheet times are typically collected by measuring the time it takes a stone to travel from the hog line at the release end to stop at the tee line at the far end. The “faster” (slicker) the ice is, the longer the sheet time will be.
Hog-to-hog times are collected by measuring the time it takes a stone to travel from the near to the far hog line. This method can be used to time draws much like sheet timing. “Fast” ice is 14-14 ½ seconds by this method. However, a really good way to use hog-to-hog times is to learn a variety of takeout weights during practice.
Instruction for the Rockwatcher Pro Edition
1: Stopwatch: Measure up to 23 hours 59 minutes 59 seconds Minutes, seconds and 1/100 second display then will revert to ‘hour, minute and second’ display automatically when the elapsed time exceed 29mins 59.99secs
2: 3 Lap time memories and total elapsed time memory
3: Key tone on/off
4: Operating voltage:3.0V
1: START/STOP Press S1 to start/stop the stopwatch.
2: LAP Press S2 to Lap timing while the stopwatch is running, the“LAP” will be flashing for 2 seconds indicating that it is recording the current elapsed time.In the meantime, the next lap time counting is still going on in the background.
3: RESET Press S2 to reset it after the stopwatch has stopped. All memories will be cleared at the same time.
4: RECALL Press S3 to recall the LAP time in circle: LAP1->LAP2->LAP3-> TOTAL elapsed time-> normal timing mode -> LAP1->
5: Key tone on/off Press and hold [S1]+[S2] simultaneity for 2 seconds to enable/ display the key tone on/off.
6: Maximum Value Measure up to 23hrs 59mins 59secs, it will be stop and reset to 0:00 00 automatically.
Instruction for the Rockwatcher Classic
5620 Size: 20.5 x 13cm
1: 6D Functions (Hour, Minute, Second. Month .Date & Day)
2: 12 Or 24 hour system (selected by user)
3: American (Month- Date) or European (Date- Month) Calendar (selected by user)
4: 1/100 sec stopwatch with lap
5: Daily alarm
6: Hourly chime
A. TIME MODE Hr Min Sec. & Date are displayed. While S1 is being depressed, depress S3 to obtain 12 or 24 hour system.
B. DATE MODE Hold 51 to obtain this mode Month, Date, day are displayed While S1 is being depressed, depress S2 to obtain American or European Calendar.
Press S2 to obtain the alarm time display While S2 is being depressed, depress 51 to turn the alarm signal and the chime signal on or off.
The stopwatch can count up to 24 hours. The resolution is 1/100 sec for the first 40 minutes of timing and then in 1 sec increment. Depress S3 to enter stopwatch mode All flags are on. STW & 1/100 are flashing to indicate stopwatch mode and 1/100 sec correspondingly.
NOMAL TIME SETTING
(Illustrated by using 12 hr system & American Calendar)
1. Hold S3 over 2 seconds to enter the alarm setting mode.
2. Depress S3 again to enter the time setting mode.
3. Second starts flashing. All the flags are on and the third flag is flashing to indicate time setting mode. Depress S2 to reset the second to zero. If the second is 30 or more minute is added to the minute display and if less than 30.the minute is is not changed.
4. Press Si, Minute starts flashing. Press S2 to advance it (fast advance by holding down S2 for more than 2 seconds)
5. Press SI, Hour starts flashing. Advance it as above.
6. Press S1, Month starts flashing, Advance it as above.
7. Press S1, Date starts flashing, Advance it as above.
8. Press SI, Day starts flashing, Advance it as above.
9. Press S3, returns to the normal mode.
The setting mode is returned to the normal mode at any time by pressing 53.
ALARM TIME SETTING
1. Hold S3 over 2 seconds to enter the alarm setting mode.
2. Hour starts flashing. All flags are on and the second flag is flashing to indicate alarm time setting mode. Depress S2 to advance it. (fast advance by holding down S2 for more than 2 seconds)
3. Depress 51, Minute starts flashing. Depress S2 to advance it.
4. Press S3, returns to normal mode.
1. In the stopwatch mode, Depress S1 to start or stop (STP is flashing) the stopwatch.
2. Depress S2 while the stopwatch is counting lap mode is obtained (LAP is flashing). The time is frozen on the display with the stopwatch still counting. Depress 51 may start or stop this internal counting.
3. Depress S2 while the stopwatch is stopped to reset the stopwatch to zero.
4. Depress S3 to resume the normal mode.
The stopwatch mode is returned to normal mode at any time by depressing S3.