I recently bought a new stopwatch for use during time-speed car rallies. I have been using a very similar Minerva stopwatch, but this new watch has an additional feature. Obviously, the first thing that you will notice about the clock shown below is that it is an analog stopwatch. I have a reason for this – I believe that I can see a second better with an analog stopwatch than with a digital stopwatch. This stopwatch makes one sweep in 10 seconds. Because of this I can easily see each 1/10 second. I can easily count down to actions measured in 1/10 second. I don’t have a bunch of numbers flashing in front of me.
My Minerva 10-Second Stopwatch
I already had two Minerva 10-second stopwatches, but this stopwatch is a little different. The stopwatch has a “rattrapante” feature. While it is purposefully difficult to see, this stopwatch has two second hands – one on top of each other. There is a small, fine red colored second hand under the main black second hand. If you look at the picture above, then you can see the tiny round red circle on the underlying second hand below the black second hand. In normal stopwatch operation the smaller red second hand will stay hidden underneath the larger black second hand.
The Small Red Second Hand Stops While Black Second Hand Continues
If the button on the left side of the crown is pressed, then the small red hand will stop at the moment that button is pressed while the larger black second hand continues measuring the overall time. This feature makes this stopwatch a “rattrapante” stopwatch. This “split” feature allows me to note the time that an action happened without stopping the main timing function of the stop watch.
Pressing the button on the left side of the crown again will cause the small red second hand to “catch up” with the larger black second hand and essentially disappear from view again. This is shown on the image below. There is no limit on the number of split times that can be measured.
Pressing The Left Button Again Will Cause The Red Second Hand To Catch Up With The Black Second Hand
Once the main activity to be timed is finished, then the stopwatch can be stopped by pressing the center crown button. Pressing the button on the right side of the center crown will return the stopwatch second hand back to the zero position.
This stopwatch will be quite useful in time-speed rallies and I am pleased to add it to my navigation tool box.
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